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February 2017 - Special Guest - Mamie Jean Calvert

Self-Distribution Tips for Today's Filmmaker

Mamie Jean will be sharing her experience and tips for navigating the minefield of SELF DISTRIBUTION  in today's media/social media driven world. Mamie Jean will share with us the process of how she made a movie, sold it on the market here in the states and then remade it again to sell on the foreign market. Mamie Jean will be explaining how she in some cases had to make various changes such as add a new name, edits and even posters in order to sell her films. We don't want to give away all the tips she has in store for you now so join us in giving Mamie Jean a warm welcome at the Sacramento VIPs meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

If you want to know more about Mamie Jean just continue to read her bio here:

Mamie Jean's Bio:

MAMIE JEAN, aka Calvert/Depew, a member of the Producer’s Guild for many years. She produced and wrote “In the Eyes of a Killer,” which was sold to Monarch  Films and is also available on Amazon and pay-per-view. “In the Eyes of a Killer” won 12 awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Feature, Best Thriller, and Best Editor. The movie, directed by Louis Mandylor, stars Louis Mandylor (”My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Costas Mandylor (”SAW” franchise), Gwendolyn Edwards (”The Last Confederate”), James Marshall (”A Few Good Men), and Petri Hawkins-Byrd (Judge Judy). Her new movie, “The Magic of Christmas II,” has been released and is selling at Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and other locations. In addition, Mamie Jean recently produced and directed “Marvin’s Business Trip.” Also in production is “Catch It, Cook It, Eat It.” She is one of the producers of “The Adventures of Sandi and Stevie.” She recently finished another script and is currently filming “A Magical Christmas.” “Annabel Lee, a Tragic Love Story,” which she wrote and produced, can be seen on youtube; this short feature won two awards.

Mamie Jean won Writer of the Year for the script “Sunshine” and Best Screenplay for the script “Murder by Design.” She recently finished her first music video of a song she wrote, “Delta Breeze.” Another project, “Boat Flipper,” won best TV reality show in 2014. She has finished her first book, “Tales from Inside the Outhouse.”

Mamie Jean was a stand-up comedian for many years and has a CD out called “Kentucky Fried Laffs.” Some of her work can be found on Amazon, Channel K, the Son of Channel K, and Bachelor Pad.

Mamie Jean has been in many movies, including “Thelma and Louise,” “Point Blank,” “Barton Fink,” and “Dead Again,” and the 1991 television version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” Most recently she appeared in “In the Eyes of a Killer,” “Bad Faith” (she was one of the executive producers), and “A Magical Christmas.”

Mamie Jean is in production of documentaries “Snow Line Hospice,” “Grandma’s Hugs,” and “Traveling and Fishing the High Sierras.” Scripts in preproduction include working titles “Christmas Time in Pixley,” “Midnight,” and “The Magic of Love.” In addition, Mamie Jean is writing a screenplay based on local writer Nan Mahon’s book, “Blind Buddy and Mojo’s Blues Band.”

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News from Jim Tierney; Digital Anarchy.  When Jim spoke to the VIP’s in May, he mentioned additional FREE training and now, here it is! Time Lapse Tutorials As mentioned, there's some great new tutorials on creating time lapse videos. There's five in total and take about 45 minutes to go through completely. It takes you through my entire process of shooting time lapse from setting up the camera to stabilizing the images.

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