AFM: Panels And Speakers Schedule Set

The American Film Market has released the schedule for its new Industry Conversations program, which will spotlight prominent biz players, is free to attendees and runs November 2-8. AFM begins Wednesday and runs through November 9. Here’s the lineup:

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

“Columbus Circle” – A Conversation with Actor Kevin Pollak (co-writer & producer), Actress Selma Blair, director and co-writer George Gallo; TBD executive from Lightning Entertainment or another Producer.

“Columbus Circle” is a stylish and riveting thriller about a reclusive young heiress, Abigail, who lives a guarded and sheltered life in a luxurious New York penthouse. But when she is befriended by Lillian and Charlie, the glamorous new owners of the apartment next door, Abigail’s safe and secure existence is suddenly threatened. The film stars Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak. (Lightning Entertainment; American Film Market World Premiere).

Flights. Camera. Action. How to make it all happen – A Conversation with Bertram von Munster, Co-creator and Executive Producer, “The Amazing Race.” Hosted by Jack Gonzales, Former Travel Director, Sony Pictures.

Friday, 4 November, 2011

The Producer’s Vision: A Conversation with Colombian Producer Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, Producer, “Maria Full of Grace,” “Contracorriente (Undertow),” “La Cara Oculta.” Hosted by Bertrand Moullier, Naval Conseil, FIAPF Senior Expert for International Affairs.

With the support of FIAPF – The International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Saturday, 5 November, 2011

The PGA Presents: A Conversation with Lauren Shuler Donner, Producer, “X-Men” franchise, “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Any Given Sunday,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Hosted by William Stuart, President, Aurora Productions.

Sunday, 6 November, 2011

“Summer at Dog Dave’s” – A Conversation with Director/Co-Writer Rob Reiner

A formerly famous western writer attempts to rediscover the talent that made him great in a small rural town. In doing so, he helps a young girl find her wild imagination and helps her mother find love once more. Film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen and Madeline Carroll.

(Voltage Pictures, film is currently in post-production)

Monday, 7 November, 2011

From the Trenches: The Director’s Viewpoint with Jon Amiel, Director, “Creation,” “Entrapment,” “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” “Copycat,” “Sommersby,” “The Core,” and for television “The Tudors,” “The Borgias,” and “The Singing Detective.” Hosted by John Alan Simon, Writer/ Director, “Radio Free Albemuth;” Producer, “The Getaway;” Former Staff Writer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Member, BAFTA/LA Board of Directors.

Presented by British Academy of Film & Television Arts – Los Angeles.