Check The Gate

We know just how important community is to artists.  In order to better serve independent filmmakers during this challenging time, we created CHECK THE GATE:  One On One with the Northeast Filmmakers Lab We connect you directly with leading industry experts from fundraising, resources to top film festivals.  There’s no cost, so grab your favorite beverage, and join us on Zoom.  Register directly below in advance for each episode.

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Upcoming Programs and speakers subject to change.

E11:  3pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 Dan Mirvish, Filmmaker / Founder Slam Dance Film Festival  


Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer and author.  Dan was filming  “18 1/2” a Watergate conspiracy thriller/dark comedy, before being forced to take a “pandemic pause.”  His award-winning, critically-acclaimed feature BERNARD AND HUEY, scripted by Oscar/Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer, and starring Oscar-winner Jim Rash and David Koechner screened in over 30 film festivals on 5 continents and held a 20-city theatrical release by Freestyle Releasing/Entertainment Studios in the US.  Bernard and Huey sold to over 49 countries (before the foreign sales company went bankrupt). The film won several festival and end-of-year awards and nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.  Dan is the author of the bestselling non-fiction book “The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking” from Focal Press/Routledge.  His film BETWEEN US, an award-winning feature starring Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, played in 23 festivals in 7 countries, and got a 50+ city theatrical release in the US, and sold to 144 countries, plus screening on Netflix, Showtime, Starz and all digital outlets.  Dan was mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, OMAHA (the movie), which led him to co-found the upstart Slamdance Film Festival. His film OPEN HOUSE prompted the Academy Awards to controversially rewrite their rules on the Best Original Musical category.  Mirvish also co-wrote his bestselling, critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt based on the fake McCain advisor who took credit for Sarah Palin not knowing Africa was a continent.  A former speechwriter for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, Dan has a master’s degree from USC film school, is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has guest lectured at more than 40 film schools and universities.

E12:  3pm Thursday, June 4, 2020 – CR CAPERS, Harlem Film House              

CR Capers is the Founder and CEO of Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, that creates and produces film & music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. In her role as Executive Director, CR creates a economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theatre and related entrepreneurial pursuits. The programs she produces provide an ecosystem with marketing and strategic partnerships between filmmakers, activists, businesses, entrepreneurs and the community at large. She is the founder and CEO of the award winning Hip Hop Film Festival, named “BEST NEW FILM FESTIVAL THE UNITED STATES”. Her popular radio show and podcast “Why You Mad Son?” (which deals with the social ills plaguing the human community) generated over 3 million listeners worldwide and still boasts a legion of loyal fans raised in the global Hip Hop culture. She has directed and produced 3 films and 2 shorts through her film company MBS Films.

E13:  3pm Thursday, June 11, 2020 EMILY BEST – CEO and Founder of Seed and Spark, Crowd Funding

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a platform built to make entertainment more diverse, inclusive, connected and essential. She has raised millions in investment and crowdfunding, secured large brand partnerships, and built a world-class team for Seed&Spark. In addition to her work at Seed&Spark, she has produced films, series and VR projects that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and more. Her most recent series, “Fck Yes” Refinery 29 called, “The sex education you wish you had in high school.” Emily has taught crowdfunding, pitching and creative sustainability in more than 50 cities around the world – and is now turning her in-person community-building efforts towards virtual efforts to help secure the sustainable future of creators everywhere.

E14:  3pm Thursday, June 18th – JOE CARR, Founder Josh Cellar Wines








E15:  3pm Thursday, June 25, 2020 – DIAN KILLIAN, Founding Director, WORK COLLABORATIVELY, LLC

Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Nations Development Program, New York University, Merck Inc., HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among many others, including IATSE.

Note: guests and dates subject to change, please check back regularly.    Past CTG Episodes please visit Check The Gate on Youtube.

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