Friday Events

Friday March 2, 12:30-1:30pm, Reese Phifer 222

Branding is everything in Entertainment PR, from developing campaigns to copy editing content for clients, knowing how to build and maintain a brand is crucial to working in this field. Join us in hearing from UA alum Emma Harchanko who works for the Disney Institute in copy writing and editing, Coral Marshall who oversees C&IS’ Sports & Entertainment Marketing concentration, and Tiana Raimist-Carter, a current PR student with experience in the industry. This session will feature insider tips on successful entertainment marketing and publicity, and illuminate career paths for current students looking to enter the entertainment industry.

Friday March 2, 2:00-3:15pm, Reese Phifer 104B

Los Angeles-based writer Brandon Easton will give us insight into how to break into the television industry as a writer. On Friday, March 2nd from 2:00 - 3:15 pm in Reese Phifer 104B, Easton will sit down with Dr. Rachel Raimist for an inside look into this industry, give tips on writing fellowships, contests and tips on how to break in as a TV writer. As an award winning writer, Easton has written for and worked on shows including the 2011 ThunderCats reboot from WB Animation and Transformers: Rescue Bots from Hasbro and season two of Marvel’s Agent Carter after being selected as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program. Join us in this conversation  of how aspiring writers can build a career in industry.

Friday March 2, 3:30-4:45pm, Reese Phifer 104B

Danny Ryan is a New York based director and writer who graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015, where he was one of the founding members of the Black Warrior Film Festival. Ryan has recently launched Bluehaus Productions, a film and virtual reality production company that has screened at festivals around the world. Join us on Friday March 2nd from 3:30-4:45 pm in Reese Phifer 104B for an this inside  look at the future of the film in virtual reality (VR) filmmaking and see some of  Danny’s work. From virtual cameras, to collaborative storyboards, creators are using new modes of filmmaking to push the boundaries of storytelling with a constantly changing toolbelt in the VR industry. Some industry insiders claim that the future of storytelling lies in virtual reality, so in keeping with our festival theme, Danny will share his insights and strategies for telling narratives in a 360-degree environment.

Tide Talks x BWFF

Friday March 2, 8:30-10:00pm, Ferguson Student Center Theater

This year we are proud to once again partner with Tide Talks for our annual Tide Talks x BWFF event. Following with the festival theme, come hear our student speakers and VIPs sharing their revolutionary ideas about the #FutureOfFilm. Our student speakers feature current Journalism and Creative Media students Alex Cherry and Allison Reynolds, as well as special keynotes by BWFF VIPs Danny Ryan and Stephen Thomason who will share their takes on how set design and VR are the future of filmmaking.