AFCI Locations Trade Show, NAB Show, "Media Intercourse", Tribeca Film Festival, Merge Miami, MUSEXPO 2008

, are Selected Highlights For April's Media and Entertainment Industry Career Networking Events Professional television and stage actor Michael Kostroff (dark and unscrupulous gang lawyer, Maury Levy in HBO's "The Wire," and other appearances to his credit in "Studio 60," "The Closer," "Without a Trace," etc.), and the author of the book, "Letters from Backstage," conducts "Audition Psych 101" ( an audition workshop, one night only on April 3, in Hollywood. Author, screen, television writer, and executive consultant on HBO's "Rome" series, Josh Conviser, will discuss writing for film, television, and literature at the Alameda Writers Group monthly meeting set or April 5 in Glendale. The Film/TV Production and Finance Summit is set to meet April 10-11 in Los Angeles, and its organizers say it is for anyone involved in filmmaking, finance, production, or investing in a motion picture or television production, particularly if you need to understand the complexities of a Film/TV finance transaction, the distribution process, and the important steps to get your production in front of the key players in the industry. The organization sometimes known as the film industry's version of the United Nations, the Association of Film Commissioners International holds its 22nd annual AFCI Locations Trade Show with more than 180 film commissioners from around the world and some 100 production resource companies that will exhibit, in Santa Monica, April 10-12. BEM Film's current film project "True Riches", now in pre-production, is hosting a 70's era Jam Party to support filming. The production, a current day adaptation of the Book of Job, is also considering music submissions for the score and soundtrack of the film in the categories of R&B Neo Soul, Contemporary Gospel, and Smooth Jazz. Contact Talent Connection ( for more information. The Big Break Hollywood Conference and Expo, taking place in Atlanta, from April 11-13, will award its audition finalist with a one year contract for a Hollywood talent agency; one year contract with a Hollywood management agency; and a one year contract with a commercial agency. At the Broadband TV World segment of this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 11-17, learn how web video is dramatically changing the distribution channels for video and creating new challenges for branded media and traditional broadcast content. The annual IFFS Europe gathering of the European film festival community provides a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the advancement of the film festival industry. This year's event is conducted from Central London, April 15-16. The theme for Signal & Noise 2008, happening April 17-19 in Vancouver, is "Media Intercourse." The Festival host VIVO is a not for profit media production, exhibition and distribution centre, operated by and for artists and media/community activists with ongoing public exhibitions of video, new media programs and Video Out's International Distribution network. When the Bare Bones International Film Festival and Movie-Biz Conference gets underway in Muskogee, its purpose is to provide a platform from which to showcase low-budget (less than one million dollars) independent movies whose focus is championing the Bare Bones Auteur. An opening night reception is on April 17, and an Awards Gala after-party closes festivities on April 27. This year's Tribeca Film Festival runs April 23 to May 4 in New York's Tribeca district. The Tribeca Talks session returns with more must-see one-on-one conversations, a concert film from a music legend, a filmmaker master class, and Tribeca Talks Industry, a brand new series that explores the business of entertainment. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has announced the launch of Merge Miami, a two-day conference and networking event opening April 26 on queer film and media that is sponsored and funded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, presenters of the annual Oscar awards. Merge Miami, to be held across the opening weekend of the 10th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival,

will provide a platform where seasoned film industry veterans lend their knowledge and expertise to aide those commencing their transition into motion pictures, while international industry tastemakers have the opportunity to come together and interact with the pioneering filmmakers and industry talent. The MUSEXPO 2008 conference opens April 27 in West Hollywood with a video documentary on "How to Fix The Music Business" and is followed by a wine tasting and cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Hyatt West Hollywood. A Film/TV & Videogames (Art & Commerce through visual media) forum will be conducted April 30, and the MUSEEXPO cocktail reception and awards ceremony featuring live performances at House of Blues, is in the evening. Artist showcases happen throughout at The House of Blues Main Music Hall. The above events are only a sampling of what is listed. Most of the reported events above have a submission process for indie and/or performing artists to take part in. Complete details are on the "Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events" page. Video and podcast versions of this news summary are also available at most popular video sites around the Web like MySpace, YouTube, Bit Torrent, as well as on The Actor's Checklist video blog a great place to get your iPhone, ipod or Apple TV download from. This month on video you will see trailers and video clips of Metal rock band hailing from London, Die So Fluid, with their latest single release from their album 'Not Everybody Gets A Happy Ending,' on Renaissance Records, via Koch Entertainment Distribution USA. The band will be in Phoenix, Arizona shooting a new video during the last week of April 2008. Indie film short "Switch", a story about the romantic entanglements among a group of friends, based on the book of the same name and screenplay by Annette Johnson of AllWrite Publishing in Atlanta. Egami Vivid Production Studios of Los Angeles and Toronto, with short film project "Rice Counter, Ice Sleeper," a stylized story of romance, passion, temptation and self control, and other works of Director J. Wesley Bassard. The Actor's Checklist now lets you check the latest musical artists song releases on Apple's iTunes, updated on an hourly basis, at: