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2015 Georgia Big Picture Con
October 18-19th, 2015
Clayton State University Campus

Don Levy, Former Senior VP of SONY Entertainment Joins BigPictureCon as Opening Keynote Speaker 2015

Don Levy

Our opening keynote speaker will be DON LEVY , former Senior VP of SONY Entertainment, who will be discussing latest trends in digital entertainment, and opportunities for educators to expose students to the growth sector in digital entertainment that is of particular interest to artists with multi interest. He will also be participating on our Media & Communications Training and Marketing & Distribution sessions.

Michael C. Donaldson, Esq. Announced as Closing Keynote Speaker 2014

Michael Donaldson

The closing keynote presentation taking place the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 6 will feature Michael C. Donaldson, Esq. An independent film and entertainment attorney, Donaldson has been fighting for independent film makers for over 30 years. He has worked on films by icons like Oliver Stone and serves as general counsel to Film Independent and the Writers Guild Foundation. His books are used as texts in film courses around the country, and he is the go-to attorney for fair use and other rights-related issues.
"Our speaker list has typically been one of the most anticipated aspects of our conference," said BigPictureCon Founder and Executive Producer Nancy Howard. "Access to these generous industry professionals has been a highlight that most attendees find of great value."

Cory Edwards Keynote Speaker at 2013 Georgia BigPictureCon

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ATLANTA, Ga.--Director of the animated film Hoodwinked  Cory Edwards was the keynote speaker for the 2013 Georgia BigPictureCon

Though Hoodwinked was his feature film debut, Edwards had a long career as a filmmaker touching on almost every creative area of the business. As a child using a "Super 8" camera, Edwards shot everything from superhero comedies to adventure serials, complete with storyboards, miniatures, animation, and pyrotechnics. Every class project from grade school to college, Edwards would make a film or video project, sometimes winning national contests. He interned at an animation studio in Ohio while in college and after graduation, directed music videos and commercials for a Tulsa production company. 

After founding Blue Yonder Films in 1995 and acting in his brother's feature debut Chillicothe, Cory and his brother Todd pitched a Red Riding Hood crime story to a private investor. And so Hoodwinked, made totally outside of the studio system for a tenth the cost, was born. To make the film, Edwards worked with Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Chazz Palminteri, and Jim Belushi. He voiced the coffee-addicted squirrel "Twitchy" himself and wrote two songs for the soundtrack. Produced by moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the film has since grossed over $150 million worldwide.

Since then Edwards, a resident of Los Angeles, has written for  Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil as well as created  Roger Cosmonkey, the world's first Twitter series.

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