NEPA Film Festival 2024

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ROCK107 InterviewDoug Claybourne on ArtScene

Friday Night Opening Reception

Waverly Community House Auditorium

Friday April 12th, 2024

Cocktail Reception 6-7PM

Program 7PM

An evening with acclaimed director


Featuring a screening of Doug’s latest work:

“The  Rainbow Prince”

Q&A to Follow, moderated by Julie Sidoni, WVIA
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of

Maiolatesi Wine Cellars
Food by Caravia and Epicurean

Doug Claybourne served in roles as 1st Assistant Director, Producer and Executive Producer on many Academy Award winning and nominated films by talented artists, including The Black Stallion directed by Carroll Ballard(2 Academy Award Nominations, 1 award for Sound), Rumble Fish directed by Francis Coppola, Peggy Sue Got Married directed by Francis Coppola, (3 Academy Award Nominations), The Serpent and the Rainbow directed by Wes Craven, Ernest Saves Christmas directed by John Cherry, The War of the Roses directed by Danny DeVito, Mighty Ducks 2 directed by Sam Weisman, The Fast and the Furious directed by Rob Cohen, The Mask of Zorro directed by Martin Campbell(2 Academy Award Nominations), North Country directed by Niki Caro(2 Academy Award Nominations), and The Nights in Rodanthe directed by George C. Wolfe.

"Create Films, Not Content"

Presented by WVIA’s Alexander Monelli  Saturday, April 13th at 1PM

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to ignite creative passion and a desire to create impactful work that lasts in a world where bland, repetitive content is all most companies/producers/studios are interested in producing.



Storytelling Unleashed: Creating Films with the Camera in Your Pocket

Presenter WVIA’s Tim Novotney,  Saturday, April 13th at 4PM

This workshop will focus on the innovative use of smartphones in filmmaking. Tim will explore the potential of these devices in creating high-quality films, delving into various aspects like shooting techniques, sound capture, and framing. The core message is that storytelling excellence can be achieved without the necessity for expensive, high-end equipment.

How much "Bio" goes into a Biopic? / Licensing, Releases & Fair Use

Presenters WVIA’s Kris Hendrickson & Ben Payavis II,  Sunday, April 14th at 1PM

The most effective way to bring history to life is to see it through the eyes of the person who lived it.  One individual’s accomplishments can have far-reaching impacts on whole industries, cultures, and even the world.  Your collaborators want to celebrate the moments of that person’s life, but you want to present a larger view of the world they changed.  You only have so much time to fill; how do you balance the intimate details with the canvas of history? In addition, learn more about securing talent, location, material releases, pursuing music and archival licensing, and Fair Use. 

Promotional Best Practices: How to Show Them What You Got

Presenter WVIA’s Kara Washington, Sunday,  April 14th at 5PM

This workshop will cover the process of creating, designing, and launching a promotional campaign, including how to write a press release and who to send it to, what should go into a promotional video and what to avoid, how to export your video for multiple media platforms, making graphics, and other promotional tips. Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned filmmaker, you’ll learn or be reminded of best practices to grab your audience’s attention.