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Master Sessions:
The Producer-Director Relationship
with Neal Edelstein

Join filmmaker Neal Edelstein for an in-depth conversation on navigating the producer-director relationship, the key relationship in any filmmaking enterprise.

Drawing on a storied career in creative partnership with iconic directors such as David Lynch, as well as his own work as a genre-expanding director, Edelstein will share his strategies for balancing art, ideas, people, time, money, power and technology in the service of making great cinema.

Moderated by Jonah Zeiger, filmmaker and Programming Chair, IFP Chicago.

This intimate affair is limited to 50 attendees.

Saturday, September 16; 11am-12:30pm at Framestore
820 W Jackson Blvd Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60607

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Neal Edelstein is an award-winning independent film producer, writer and director. He is also known as an early technology adopter who holds multiple patents on digital distribution.

A native of Chicago, he began his film career in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. In 1997, Edelstein produced David Lynch’s segment in the French film Lumiere and Company, shot with the original Lumiere brothers’ camera. After completion of the film, Edelstein and Lynch became partners in The Picture Factory, where Edelstein produced The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive, as well as worked with Lynch to conceive and launch DavidLynch.com.

Following Mulholland Drive, Edelstein formed Macari/Edelstein Filmed Entertainment with New Line Cinema executive Mike Macari. Their first project was the successful American remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring, followed by The Ring Two. Edelstein was instrumental in creating the viral marketing campaign for The Ring with director Gore Verbinski and Macari.

Neal recently returned to the Chicago area and is prepping to shoot Bleed Into One in 2018, a feature he will produce and direct from his original screenplay through his production company, Crow Island Films. Join us as we welcome Neal back to the Chicago filmmaking community. We are thrilled to share his world class-expertise with you.