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Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



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We provide job placement services.

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Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

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Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.

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Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Nashville Film School Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for careers in the film industry. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Tabitha Hartbauer Nashville Film School Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

The BSP editing facility sets the standard for editing in Colorado. Three video edit suites utilize “Premiere Pro CS6”, “Final Cut Pro” and “DaVinci” and project Panasonic High Definition 1080p images on to 110” Stewart Screens.

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Jason Hewitt Nashville Film School Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Nashville Film School Mentor

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Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider

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Steve Riach Nashville Film School Mentor

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Steve Riach Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

Steve is an award winning producer, director and writer of over 250 films, documentaries, television shows and home video properties, including specials from the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, and college football bowl games.

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Avery Williams Nashville Film School Mentor

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Avery Williams Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

Avery O. Williams works steadily in both the film and theater worlds. He is the co-writer of the feature film Directing Eddie starring Valerie Perrine and Jade Barrymore, directed by Lawrence Kaldor which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was voted Best Comedy at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and directed the industrial film for the City of Atalanta entitled Surviving Domestic Violence and he wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects, which was showcased at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Trimark Pictures in their compilation entitled The Bogus Witch Project. Other short subject screenplays that have been made into films include Notes In A Minor Key, The Willie Witch Projects and The Chocolate Factory, Part 1.

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Harry Findysz Nashville Film School Mentor

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Harry Findysz Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection Program uses real world people to mentor real world jobs.”

-Harry Findysz, Tucson, Arizona, Southern Arizona Video Productions

Producer of Live Television, Music Videos, Documentaries, Winner of Ashbury Best Music Documentary 2016 Linda Chorney The Cantina

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Greg Freeman Nashville Film School Mentor

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Greg Freeman Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more.

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Tom Malloy Nashville Film School Mentor

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Tom Malloy Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson Nashville Film School Mentor

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Jason Jackson Nashville Film School Mentor

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Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E.

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Matthew Temple Nashville Film School Mentor

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Matthew Temple Nashville Film School Mentor

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“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”

Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide.

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Nick Kielhold Nashville Film School Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Nashville Film School Mentor

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Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight.

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Logan Hale Nashville Film School Mentor

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Logan Hale Nashville Film School Mentor

Background

Logan is a lifelong filmmaker. With 8 years of experience in Event and Experiential Marketing, Logan has a passion for communicating the brand message and essence with artistic quality and creativity.

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The Nashville Film School, Tennessee Film Connection Film School Alternative

WANT TO LEARN TO BE A FILM DIRECTOR IN NASHVILLE?

Is becoming a working film director one of your major goals in life but find yourself confused or depressed at the lack of options or opportunities? Would you be willing to give it your all to learn how to direct films, documentaries, music videos and even commercial projects but can’t find your way into the film industry? Have you researched lauded film schools like UCLA, USC, AFI, The New School, Art Center, and The Tisch School of the Arts, only to find that even the most affordable on the list are still way out of budget or that attending school on their schedule just won’t work for you?

Well, Film Connection in Nashville does it differently than the rest. While conventional film schools and film programs have their students sitting in class for much of their education, our students spend their time in the industry, working and learning on real projects in-tandem with completing their eBook assignments. Written by working filmmaking professionals, our industry-oriented curricula enable our students to gain the historical and foundational knowledge they need to make the most of their time in the field. With us, it’s possible for aspiring film directors to build relevant knowhow and experience right along with local Nashville television and film industry connections (which are most often times how people get hired in the industry).

YES, YOU CAN STUDY FILMMAKING IN NASHVILLE

Rather than ask you to move across the country to spend what can amount to being tens of thousands of dollars on your filmmaking education, you can become an extern to a working film director or producer right in Nashville, Tennessee. Film Connection mentors are working professionals who earn their living in the industry. If attending lectures and writing papers is more your thing, definitely look into other film schools but if learning by doing and getting to assist on actual projects sounds more your style, consider applying to Film Connection. Since lesson days and times are set-up by you and your mentor, most working professionals find they have the time to both extern in-industry as well as complete their industry-oriented assignments on their own time.

Midsouth Emmy Award Winner (2012) Film Connection mentor Zac Adams has directed and produced dozens of projects at his Nashville-based Skydive Films. Two Film Connection student externs worked on Zac’s Emmy-winning documentary Hunger in America, narrated by James Denton (Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Jag), for which they received mention in the film’s credits right alongside real-world experience. Zac’s subsequent documentary film, Autism in America also enabled our students to gain actual filmmaking experience and to see their names in the credits. Lauded festival documentary film, Iron Will, which shines a light on the effect of PTSD on military veterans, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, is another film Zac has had Film Connection student externs work on, enabling them to gain professional filmmaking experience and make film industry connections in Nashville.

However earning a spot on Zac’s crew is not easy. The longtime Film Connection mentor does not accept all of the potential externs he interviews in the Nashville area. He asks a lot of those who train with him. In order to make it, he says, “You’ve got to give it 150%. 100% isn’t going to cut it. It’s just too competitive.”

Attention to detail and being committed to doing excellent quality work is something Zac tries to impart to all of the students who train with him. Aspiring film directors who he selects as externs usually work various crew positions, from grip and gaffer, to assistant camera, to line producer and producer. Once a student has demonstrated they’re ready to try their hand at directing a film, commercial, or music video, Zac is more than willing to let them take the reins.

When asked ‘What are the qualities of a good film director’ Zac doesn’t hesitate with a response:

Knowing what you want, specifically, having a very clear and thorough vision of the project, and great communication skills, not only with your cast but with your crew, with your cinematographer, with your editor, with your colorist, sound designer, everybody…Someone that’s prepared, who has a clear vision.

Many of Zac’s former students have been hired by him to work on numerous projects. Many have secured work on shoots through connections they made while training with Zac. Some have even moved to Los Angeles, armed with the credits, experience, and knowledge they’ve attained through his mentorship.

Besides the hands-on training and bookwork Film Connection for Film Production & Editing students receive, they also have the opportunity of learning how to write a well-honed, professional screenplay via one-on-one video conference lessons in which students develop their very own film idea into a finished script that’s ready to pitch.

IF BECOMING A SCREENWRITER IN NASHVILLE IS YOUR PRIMARY GOAL, READ THIS.

If screenwriting is your main interest and learning how to write for the screen is all you want to focus on, there’s a Film Connection workshop you may want to learn more about. Books on screenwriting and how to be a screenwriter are great. But when it comes to mastering the process of screenwriting and learning how to get from “just an idea” to a completed screenplay, many fledgling or would-be screenwriters find that something is always holding them back from writing an excellent script. “What is an excellent script?” you ask. Answer: it’s what they refer to in Hollywood as “A Killer Screenplay.” These are the screenplays that get read by an agent, actor, manager, or production company reader in one sitting. Then, the proper people are notified, phone calls get made, deals struck, and the movie gets made. Sadly, 99% of the screenplays in circulation are not those scripts.

Whether you live in Nashville, or just about anywhere in the U.S.A, our Film Connection screenwriting mentors are experienced filmmaking professionals who work with you to develop own original idea for a film into a fleshed out, well-written script that’s ready to pitch to the “powers that be” and slate for production. Do all of our students ultimately write Killer Scripts which get made? No, they don’t. Nevertheless, by working directly with a professional in the business on your own idea, and getting to converse on and develop it one-on-one, is what we consider a matchless film education. Rather than simply trying to take the advice that’s given in a book on screenwriting, our student externs have the benefit of learning how to develop and condition their minds into thinking, and thus becoming a proficient screenwriter who asks the right questions and knows what’s needed in every act and every plot point of the movie they’re writing. Throughout all of this, their Film Connection mentor’s objective: to teach how to write the Killer Script. If you take our screenwriting workshop and it seems that you have succeeded in that endeavor, and you’re in good standing with Film Connection (RRFC) and have met the prerequisites, you will be invited to pitch your movie to film executives and managers i.e. the very same people who can get your movie made!

SIMPLY KNOW YOU WANT TO BUILD A CAREER IN FILM OR TELEVISION?

Don’t fret if you simply know, through and through, that a career in film, television, or the media arts is for you, yet you’re unsure on what crew position or role you want to play. The fact is, a great many of the filmmakers who are working today were once in exactly the same position as you. Others set out to be film directors only to discover once they were out of film school that they’re calling was for something else: producing, editing, being a DP (Director of Photography), line producer, or UPM (Unit Production Manager) or even a grip, gaffer, or best boy.

With Film Connection you gain exposure to the industry right alongside on-project training with your mentor. Rather than wondering whether you’d be a good director, you get to see what directing requires firsthand. You also get to experience what it’s like to assume other positions and do things like shoot B-roll, edit a scene, or serve as a producer on a project. Such direct experience is something many film school students at expensive film schools do not ever get the opportunity of doing.

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If you want to learn filmmaking but don’t want to spend a number of years and probably 15-50 thousand dollars in tuition, check out Film Connection. We’re dedicated to enabling our student externs to get what it takes to get working with local film professionals in just six to nine months. Moveover, lesson days and times are established by each mentor and their student extern, so one-on-one lesson times are flexible enough to even accomodate working professionals. If you’re serious about learning the nuts and bolts of filmmaking and want to get on with building your career, consider investing in your future with Nashville Film Connection. As a program area of Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools (RRFC), we’re different from other post-secondary institutions or trade schools. Our students receive hands-on, one-on-one mentorship by training with an experienced professional who works in the industry. We’re the film program that offers you an externship in which you train with professional filmmakers to learn the ropes and get connections in the business of making movies, TV shows, commercials, new media and more. Our no-nonsense behind the scenes programs and workshops are geared towards teaching you the technical side of filmmaking. If you’re interested in acquiring well-rounded filmmaking knowhow, our comprehensive Film Production & Editing program is one option you should learn more about. Do well in the program and you could end up pitching your film to an industry executive. Nashville Film Connection wants to help you help yourself and get going in your film career.

Not only is Nashville the state capital of Tennessee, but with the nickname “Music City U.S.A.”, it is considered by many to be the music capital of America as well. A great many record labels and recording studios can be found in the area, and many professional music entertainers make their home here. Although the music scene here crosses many genres, the dominant genre is country music, which also serves as the catalyst for a major tourist industry which includes landmarks such as Opryland USA.

However, Nashville is not just a hub for music. The film and television industry has a significant presence here, as well, stimulated in part by the demand for music videos and the musical theme of the city, which inspires plenty of movies. IMDB lists over 800 titles of movies, television shows, documentaries and specials that have been connected with Nashville. Walk the Line, The Green Mile, Country Strong, The Country Bears, Head of State and The Matrix are only a few of the well-known films that have done location filming here. If you are looking at a career in filmmaking as a film producer, film editor, film director, cameraperson, or screenwriter, you’ll find that Nashville holds a great amount of opportunity for you to learn.

The secret to Film Connection’s success is our mentored-externship approach. We pair you with a working film or television professional that will personally instruct you during our 6 to 9 month course. You’ll gain valuable experience on real film and video shoots and have the opportunity to make important industry connections along the way. Learn more about Nashville Film Connection today, and you could be on the set within the month!

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Current Nashville Student News

Film Connection extern student Matthew Gibson builds his resume…in Nashville?

Film Connection student Matthew Gibson builds his resume...in Nashville?

Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not just about the music. Just ask Matthew Gibson, a film extern with Zac Adams of Skydive Films in Nashville.

Since starting his on-the-job training with Zac in early 2015,  Matthew has already earned Assistant to the Editor film credits on several feature film projects and music videos, as well as Sound Recorder credits on the just-released documentary Autism In America (narrated by Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson), and Pre-Production Assistant credits on a new documentary Iron Will, featuring narration by none other than Billy Bob Thornton! That doesn’t even begin to mention his own film projects.

Yes. In Nashville. Not L.A.

What’s even more remarkable about all this is that Matthew is earning all these film credits around a full-time job.

“I’m still working full time 40 hours a week just to pay bills and stuff,” says Matthew, “but on my off days I’m doing stuff like this….Sunday was my day off and I just wanted to crash, but [Zac was] like, ‘Well, we gotta shoot. We need you…I was at a shoot at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning.”

Why does Matthew push himself so hard? Simple: he’s passionate about film and wants to turn it into a career. “The more you can do, the more you can sell yourself,” he says, “and I’d like to learn as much of it as I can.”

In fact, it was the flexibility of the program, the ability to schedule his externship around his job, that first drew Matthew to enroll in the Film Connection. That, and the opportunity to learn on-the-job and make future job connections.

“They are very willing to help you with job placement, which is really the ultimate goal of any program,” he says. “That very much appealed to me…Film Connection [also] appealed to me because I still need to work 40 hours a week to pay my bills and keep my apartment and car and stuff…it’s a lot less taxing money-wise, as well as time-wise, because they are willing to work with you.”

Matthew admits that sometimes he fights exhaustion, but it’s his determination to switch to a film career that keeps him going.

“Money’s nice, fame is nice, but really, you just want to do what you love,” says Matthew. “I’ve worked enough crappy jobs to know that you should focus. You’re going to be more successful doing something that you like doing. That’s why I’m doing this.”

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Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

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Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

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Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

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Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

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Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

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Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

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Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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Contact the Film Connection


1900 Church Street, Ste 300
Nasvhille, TN 37203
(615) 852-5960

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 11:00am - 8:00pm

Recording, Radio, Film Connection & CASA Schools is licensed by the State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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