March 13th, 2013 Meeting
Another great LAPPG night! Many new members joined us to participate in the evening’s presentations. First up, DC Shorts Film Festival Founder Jon Gann shared many of the insights and comments that he received from the questions he asked his fellow programmers and organizers about how they curate, collect, watch and select films for their festivals in his book, Behind the Screens –Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work (2012) . With surprising honesty, Gann told us everything from the 5 things NOT to do if you want your film accepted into a festival to how . Importantly he stressed that there is a festival for every film but not every film is right for every festival.
At the break everyone networked including some of Hollywood’s other film festival founders who shared information about their own festivals! As an added bonus to the night the Showbiz Store & Cafe kindly offered our members 50% off anything in the cafe!
Then Enrolled Agent Philip Duncan of Robert Hall & Associates shared with us ideas for maximizing our deductions while minimizing your liabilities. Filled with incredibly valuable tax information, Philip talked about the benefits of incorporating, the risks for audits, the deductibility of losses, the Fiscal Cliff and the 3.8% ObamaCare tax. Attendees were able to get their questions answered and were offered a free 30 minute consultation at Philip’s office to go over their last two tax returns to see if there may have been some missed opportunities.