Good Will Hunting Producer Chris Moore and Other Industry Professionals to Speak at 2009 Georgia Big Picture Conference

Atlanta, Georgia (PressExposure) April 24, 2009 -- Continuing to grow each year, the Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC) is returning to Atlanta in collaboration with the Atlanta Film Festival on April 17-19, 2009!

The Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC) consists of three days of workshops, panel discussions, and seminars on topics of basic training and professional development for students and newcomers to the film and video production industry in Georgia. This year's conference will include our signature Directors Boot Camp, as well as educational sessions ranging from industry networking, Production Assistant (P.A.) training and editing, to film entrepreneurism and Web and electronic marketing and distribution.

This year, our confirmed guest speakers are virtually from every media outlet. Chris Moore (LivePlanet) has produced award-winning movies that both influenced pop-culture and launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Moore produced Good Will Hunting, which grossed over $1.38 Million, Project Greenlight and the American Pie movie trilogy. Other speakers include: Melissa Goodman (SAG/AFTRA) executive director of SAG/AFTRA, Meena Payne (Rainforest Films) the Development Director whose contributions led to the theatrical release of Stomp the Yard, Suzan Satterfield (SaltRun Productions) whose production company has produced projects for ABC News, NBC News, Dateline, CNN International, The Travel Channel, Turner Broadcasting and many others. The conference’s signature Director’s Boot Camp will be led by Ken Feinberg (Creative Studios of Atlanta) award-winning filmmaker and actor who has been featured in television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Charmed, STAR TREK’S Enterprise and is the founder and CEO of Creative Studios of Atlanta., Amani Channel (Visual Eye Media) who has excelled for 15 years in television and radio, with content featured on CNN, Headline News, Associate Press Television Network, Fox News Channel, BET, and HDNews, will also be a presenter. “We’re pleased to announce our partnership with ATL 365 to make the Atlanta Film Festival available to 2009 GABPC attendees at a discounted rate,” says Nancy B. Howard, the GABPC Executive Producer and Founder.

“We're also pleased to present the BIG PICTURE AWARDS, where we recognize the contributions of Georgia educators in film, television, and theatre.” Previous award winners include Nate Kohn (University of Georgia), Bob Harter and Della Cole (Sketchworks Theatre), and Tyler Perry of Tyler Perry Studios. The GABPC also accept nominations to award one high school instructor, one college professor and one or more industry professionals. Awards will be distributed at the keynote session scheduled for Sunday April 19, 2009 at 1:30pm. To nominate a favorite instructor or an industry professional, visit

Registration is required to attend this event. Please visit for more information and to register.

The Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC) is produced by the Big Picture Film & Video Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to support, utilize and retain students and newcomers in the areas of film and the visual arts in Georgia. “Our mission and purpose is to provide an environment where students and industry newcomers can participate in a unique education, exhibition and networking experience with industry professionals and peers, in the hopes of retaining that student talent in the state of Georgia,” says Howard, who is also the organization’s founder. “The event has grown in attendance and recognition each year since our first conference in 2005, and we’re excited that it has become the premiere student film and video conference of the southeast.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and are tax deductible. The foundation also offers a program where students can be sponsored to attend the conference by sponsoring organizations. For sponsorship details, call Leigh Hale at 404.593.3797 or send an email to

Additional discounts are available for students, groups, and ATL 365 members.

If you would like to request media credentials for the GABPC, contact Akbar Cojoe at 770-222-6769 or send an e-mail to:

The GABPC is produced annually by the Big Picture Film & Video Foundation, a Georgia non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to educate, support, and utilize students and industry newcomers in the “big picture” of the Georgia film and video production community. The foundation and the GABPC were founded by Atlanta-based Producer Nancy B. Howard. For more information, please visit

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