Episode Forty-Four: Zak Forsman of Cinefist and Filmmaker Tom Quinn
With the rapid emergence of several new models of production, distribution, exhibition and audience discovery comes a quarterly event to Los Angeles that distinguishes itself by curating contemporary art films and connecting the artists and their audience in an innovative, interactive and entirely participatory manner.
Zak Forsman is an American interdependent filmmaker whose emotionally-charged work is known for authentic performances and beautiful compositions. In 2006, he co-founded SABI PICTURES and has produced and directed several award-winning motion pictures. In response to the changing landscape of independent cinema, he co-founded CINEFIST to focus all of SABI’s direct-to-audience distribution and exhibition endeavors. Zak also serves as the editor of the NEW BREED blog at THE WORKBOOK PROJECT and you can follow him on Twitter at @zakforsman. (www.sabipictures.com)
Tom Quinn grew up in Bucks County, PA, where he directed a few shorts and freelanced as a camera assistant. His directorial debut The New Year Parade was selected for the IFP Narrative Rough Cut Labs, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at Slamdance, and was a Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee. Tom has been listed one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and Ten Young Writer-Directors to Watch, by MovieMaker Magazine. He was fortunate to be the first American filmmaker accepted to the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and is currently working toward his MFA at Temple University.