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  • 08 Apr 2009
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking


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How often have you arrived on set and the actors, writer and actor have trusted each other enough that everything flowed naturally, to the point that you could call it “synergy”?  How is acting for the stage different than acting for camera? As a director, how can you speak the actor’s language so you can work with them to achieve your goals? What conversations should the actors, writer and director have prior to arriving on set?  And what the heck is a “dramaturg”, anyway?  These are just a few of the questions our panelists will address at the April 8, 2009 BAWIFM meeting. Panelists include:
Celik Kayalar, PhD. writes, directs and produces films and plays. Also trained as an actor, he has acted in numerous plays and movies in the Bay Area. Celik is the founder and the director of the Film Acting Program at "San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking", which trains 400 film actors every year. His most recent feature-film, "Moonlight Sonata", which he wrote, directed and edited, has just been accepted to California Indie Film Festival ( Livermore, 2009 ). For more on Celik, please visit:

Kelilyn Mohr McKeever, Writer and Director
Two formative experiences got Kelilyn writing screenplays: she was referred to as "tits" while working as a production assistant and was asked at two different auditions if she'd be comfortable with a simulated fellatio scene.  The comedy, "Greyhounds", is her first short film as a writer/director.  It screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Space4Shorts Film Festival in England, and The San Francisco International Film Festival, where it was nominated for two Golden Gate Awards.  (Watch it online as part of IMDb Theaters).  Currently, she is working on a comedic series for the web about the guests and employees of the first budget space hotel. She has written several feature length screenplays, including "The Wee Hours" about a woman who becomes a menopausal insomniac in suburbia.
Valerie Weak is a San Francisco based actor who works on stage, film, voiceover and print.  "The Snake", an irreverent comedy about dating and body image that features Margaret Cho, screens at SXSW in March 2009.  "Around the Bay" was at Cinequest 2008 and named a top film of 2008 by the San Jose Metro.  Recently wrapped is the short "A Little History, episode one" in the Find your Frame series.  Valerie has worked at many Bay Area theaters including Theaterworks, Shotgun Players, and Pacific Alliance Stage Company and will appear in Bay Area parks this summer with the San Francisco Shakespeare festival in "A Comedy of Errors".  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA and has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.
Laley Lippard is a director and the co-founder / artistic director of Brave Trade Narrative. Laley is committed to championing new work and creating ground-breaking performance with a rigorous physical vocabulary. As an associate artist at Magic Theatre, she worked on three premiers and co-produced and directed "ZMagicMonday". Working with development programs at Playwrights Foundation, Theatreworks, and Just Theater inspired her direction of sevenby7, a Bay Area writer's collective. Local credits include mugwumpin, foolsFURY, Cutting Ball, Open Experiments Ensemble, and A.C.T. where she was the recipient of a SSDC Observership Grant. National credits include Guthrie, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Rorschach Theatre, and SITI Company in Saratoga.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm
7:00 p.m. Networking and light refreshments
7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Panel
9:00 - 9:30 Networking

ADMISSION: FREE for Current Members, $5 general, $3 students with ID

NOTE: ** Reminder: Unlike our special events, this month's meeting is for women only.**

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