#WSIFF: Workshops for White Sands


The White Sands International Film Festival Is Here! (Sept. 4-8)


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TheFocusedFilmographer: the “official blog of the 2013 White Sands International Film Festival.”wsiffblogger

Beginning on September 4th until September 8th, numerous film makers and lovers plan to join together in support of independent film and the “Love of the Lens” as I like to call it. My site, thefocusedfilmographer.com, is the one place (as “the official blog of WSIFF”) where you are able to follow plenty of the coverage.

From September 1 through September 8, exclusive posts all about the White Sands International Film Festival will appear here including many more reviews, several interviews and photos, allowing you to essentially, “attend” the festival to a degree.


In case you are not aware of the WSIFF, or if you’d like to learn more about what is going on (and read all of my reviews), be sure to visit/bookmark/share my WSIFF main coverage page HERE (or click the 2013 WSIFF coverage link at the top of the page) for direct links to all of the posts, reviews and interviews as this week will be tons of fun at the White Sands International Film Festival.

Part of the White Sands International Film Festival includes not only great films shown, but also informative and instructional workshops and a fun new competition with the 1st Annual 48-Hour Film Frenzy!



2012's workshop
2012’s workshop

1. Writing for Film Panel Discussion: Saturday, September 7, 2013. (8:30am – 10:00am)

  • Hosted at the Black Box Theater at 430 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
  • Presented by C.M. Bratton, Amy Lanasa, Mark Medoff, David Spence and Kerry Valderrama
  • Moderated by Rob Sharp

This all-star panel of writers presents a casual and open discussion of the process of writing for film. Panelists include:

  • C.M. Bratton and Kerry Valderrama who co-wrote WSIFF film submission Sanitarium, starring Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • David Spence wrote the Opening Night Film, Roswell FM. (Don’t miss my spotlight/review of Roswell FM scheduled to post on Tuesday!)
  • Mark Medoff has a long writing history including Children of a Lesser Gods.
  • Amy Lanasa has written numerous plays and currently teaches at NMSU.

Having such a varied and broad panel of accomplished writers is a rare opportunity for a budding writer to learn about the art and business of writing for stage or screen.

2. Acting Workshop: Saturday, September 7, 2013. (10:30am – 12:00pm)

  • Hosted at the Rio Grande Theater at 2111 N. Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
  • Presented by:
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    • Christopher McDonald, has acted in 85 films and numerous television and theater productions. He was born in New York City, one of seven children. He actually grew up in Romulus, a small town in upstate New York, where his father was the high school principal and musical director. He first attended undergraduate school at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York. Chris has appeared in such films as Grease 2 (1982), Dutch(1991), Thelma & Louise (1991) and Quiz Show (1994). He is often recognized as golf pro Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore(1996). “Harry’s Law“(2011) Chris resides in Southern California with his wife and four children.

For tickets to attend these workshops, visit HERE and purchase.


Open Range 48-Hour Film FrenzyWSIFF_FILM_FRENZY_FLYER

Are you and your crew the baddest bunch of filmmaking cowboys this side of the Pecos? Can you write, shoot and edit a short film in just 48 hours? Enter White Sands International Film Festival’s first-ever “Open Range 48-Hour Film Frenzy” competition! Along with all the fame and glory, and official recognition at this year’s WSIFF Awards Ceremony, your team can win $500 in cash and bragging rights! Want to learn more? Print out the official rules for more information, and we hope to see you there!

The competition, in its breakout year, offers a chance for filmmakers to showcase their talents by preparing a film from start to finish in 48 hours.

On Saturday, August 31, interested film crews registered to compete in this fun activity full of stressed out directors and sleep-deprived editors!

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(Photos courtesy Rob Sharp)

From 9am Saturday until 9am THIS morning, film teams had 48 hours to complete a film and deliver their finished creative assignment (Hence the title 48-hr film FRENZY!!!).awards

With a $500 grand prize for the winning team and, even more so, for bragging rights and a chance for teams, that may not have an official submission entered into the film festival, to show off their work and impressive skills.

If you would like to read all of the official rules that the film crews had to follow, click HERE. (sponsored by Movie Magic)MovieMagic

The submissions are in and the judging is about to begin. I cannot wait to see the results. Good luck and congratulations to all the teams. Thanks to all for participating.


Well, these two opportunities are merely a fraction of the fun that is still yet to come as the festival will begin its festivities in their full glory on Wednesday. Come and join us!

***For tickets, information, schedule of events and more, be sure to visit the main site for WSIFF at www.wsiff.com.***

Thanks for reading! Happy watching.

Terrence Faulkner, a.k.a. “TheFocusedFilmographer”

up next: My review and spotlight of the Opening Night film Roswell FM, including an interview with producer David Spence.roswellfm-promo

For ALL of my coverage and more on the White Sands International Film Festival, be sure to bookmark and visit my page dedicated to the activities complete with links to all of the articles HERE.


  1. Great stuff T! Oh wow, Christopher McDonald has done sooo many movies. I recognize him in a few movies. Are you gonna do an interview w/ him, T? I’m psyched for TCFF in about a month, lots of great stuff in the lineup there. Glad you’re supporting the local arts & films in your city, well done!


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