Marlowe Weisman

Dick Fisher

Joe Jones

Mike Rom


"Short Films. Big Ideas."


This past year's 2006 ShortFest info:

(3 PM-5:30PM)

A panel discussion with filmmaking professionals from Los Angeles and Arizona, led by ShortFest director and filmmaker Timothy Gassen. The general subject is, "Telling Stories In Less Time Than A Feature"— exploring why the short film gives filmmakers unique opportunities to tell stories that would otherwise be untold. Panelists will show clips of their work to illustrate the discussion, and take questions from the audience.

Here are some of the currently confirmed panelists. More film industry panel experts & their bios will be listed here soon, so check back often!

Animation can define what is best about short film storytelling, and Marlowe Weisman has written for virtually every animation genre. He currently has earned an Emmy nomination for his work on Warner Bros.’ "Baby Looney Tunes", and is a writer on Cartoon Network’s "My Gym Partner’s A Monkey." Marlowe also has writing credits for theatrical animated features, and a plethora of broadcast and multi-media releases. Marlowe will screen some of his best work and discuss writing for short-form storytelling.

Dick Fisher produced, shot and edited "The Brothers McMullen" — the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prizewinner. The feature also received an Independent Spirit Award, a PGA Golden Laurel, and the Deauville Special Jury Award. Dick has since collaborated on nine more feature films as Director of Photography, Producer, and Editor. Dick will discuss working on truly independent films (and their restrictive budgets) and also the transition from film to HD, among other practical topics.

Joe Jones is a veteran actor who has appeared in both large budget and low budget films and television, in both the UK and the US. Joe will discuss the special challenges that face an actor on an indepenednt production, and give tips to directors and producers on how to help talent give effective performances under difficult production circumstances.

Mike Rom is an independent producer and director based in Tucson who has worked in short form dramatic film for more than 20 years. In college he won a Regional Student Emmy Award, and has since worked on feature films, documentaries and commercial shoots in many different departments, including special effects. Mike will debut his new supernatural short film, "Gold," at the ShortFest, and will discuss the challenges and rewards of working on a shoestring budget.