2021 PANEL DISCUSSION
Who Is This Film For? (Know Your Audience)
Join us for a live panel discussion featuring Alok Mishra, Jeremy Kip Walker & Tom Verdi. Moderated by our very own James Breckenridge.
October, 9th 2021 (Saturday)
Location: Doylestown Commerce Center
2005 S. Easton Road Doylestown, PA 18901
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Alok Mishra worked in film market research for 18 years. He worked in both film and trailer testing, and he worked in recruitment, analysis, focus group moderation, and client services. Alok worked for Nielsen NRG, OTX Research, IPSOS, and The Motion Picture Group. Alok’s clients included 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Dream Works, Sony, and Warner Brothers. While delivering market research to studio executives, Alok also worked closely with filmmakers to help them improve their films from an editorial perspective. Legends including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Milos Forman, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, Robert Zemeckis, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, The Cohen Brothers, and Richard Linklater. He has also worked with many talented, prolific producers, including Brian Grazer, Jason Blum, Scott Rudin, Neil Moritz, and Jerry Bruckheimer.
His first foray into producing is the film 1BR. 1BR is a American horror film written and directed by David Marmor. The film premiered at 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival and was on the Netflix top 10 watched films list in August 2020.
JEREMY KIPP WALKER
An alumni of the Bucks Fever Film Fest, Jeremy Kipp Walker is a Doylestown native who attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel grade school on East Ashland Street and Germantown Academy high school in Fort Washington before studying English and Theatre at Bucknell University. Many say he peaked early when he earned the honor of Newspaper Carrier of the Month from the Doylestown Intelligencer in October 1994. He is a longtime student of the County Theater, the place where he first discovered his love for independent films and has since spent the last 21 years helping make them. His notable credits include “The Big Sick”, starring Kumail Nanjiani, “Half Nelson”, starring Ryan Gosling, “Table 19”, starring Anna Kendrick, “Mississippi Grind”, starring Ryan Reynolds and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, starring Zach Galifianakis, among others. Walker recently served as Head of Production for Netflix’s Independent Film Division where he oversaw the completion of 100+ original films with an overall production spend of $1.2B+, spanning 23 countries and 56 cities. He currently owns and operates Los Angeles based production company Story Ink.
Verdi is an award-winning writer/director/producer from Philadelphia. He founded and runs a film funding company called The Film Fund (thefilmfund.co), which has been featured by Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, and more. He also writes, directs, and produces films of his own or for corporate clients. His Best of Fest-winning film, “Son of Blackbeard”, can be watched at thomasverdi.com, and he is currently in post-production of his latest black comedy short film, “The Toms.”
James has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. In 1995, his years of professional training and experience culminated in the founding of The PlayCrafters Group. As its Director, he specializes in helping writers from all over the country develop producible scripts for motion pictures, television and theatre. His work focuses on helping writers target the essential elements of their stories to achieve results that specifically serve their original vision. He has been rated in the Top Ten of Script Consultants from around the country and recommended as the Best of the Best Buys in Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s review of leading script consultants.
In addition to private classes, coachings and consultations, Mr. Breckenridge has been a featured speaker at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, The Algonquin Film Festival, The Bucks Fever FilmFest and has presented seminars at the SCREENWRITING EXPO in Los Angeles, California where he was named “Star Speaker.” Mr. Breckenridge has served on the Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominating Committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and as a Judge for the Freestyle Repertory Theater in New York City, Juror for The Philadelphia Film Festival’s Feature Film Competition, Juror for the American Independents category for the Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest as well as the Bucks Fever FilmFest.
Trained for the professional theatre, Mr. Breckenridge received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Over the years, he has performed professionally on radio, television, film and on stage. His work has taken him to Europe twice, once touring Germany and Italy, and a second time, appearing at The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and in London. He currently maintains active memberships with both The Actors’ Equity Association and the SAG-AFTRA Union.