Longleaf 2017: Workshops and Panels

All workshops are free, but registration is required; space is limited.
Online registration is now closed; check at the workshop registration table in the museum lobby to see if space is available.


AV Geeks: From the Dumpster to Your Film in Three EZ Steps!, with Skip Elsheimer
Friday, May 12, 2–3 p.m.

Skip Elsheimer, founder of AV Geeks, speaks during workshop at Longleaf Film Festival.Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, has been collecting, presenting, and digitizing film and video for nearly 20 years. In fact, the A/V Geeks archive now contains more than 25,000 16-mm films. Besides programming screenings of films, Skip provides stock footage from his archive and consults on how to breathe new life into old and obsolete media. He recently completed a 24-hour digitizing marathon to transfer more than 100 16-mm films and streamed the session live online to an audience of over 3,000 viewers worldwide.

Directing for the Actor/Acting for the Director, with Estes Tarver
Saturday, May 13, 10–11 a.m.

In this interactive workshop, actors and filmmakers will walk a mile in the other’s shoes! Scene work included.

Estes Tarver speaks during workshop at Longleaf Film Festival.Estes Tarver has acted in New York City, Los Angeles, and regionally on stage and in such television programs as Under the Dome (CBS), Finding Carter (MTV), and the mini-series Shots Fired (Fox). Estes also recently filmed Burden (2017), which stars Forest Whitaker and Usher. His Moonlight Stage Company, an acting studio and performance venue, is in Raleigh and released the feature drama Changeover last year.

So You Want to Make a Movie, with Kim Best, Andrew Martin, and Vernon Rudolph
Saturday, May 13, 3–4 p.m.

Kim Best speaks during workshop at Longleaf Film Festival.Kim Best worked 20 years as a science/medical writer and editor for daily newspapers and for an international nonprofit. She earned her certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies in 2010 and is employed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a videographer.

With abundant experience researching story ideas, finding people who say things well, then interviewing them and using their best words to educate or entertain, she shares the work and successes of international nonprofits, highlights worthy causes and individuals, and tells off-beat tales. Kim is a Longleaf alumna.

Andrew Martin speaks during workshop at Longleaf Film Festival.Andrew Martin loves telling all kinds of stories, and crafting the appropriate visual narrative to market products and services for clients and has dedicated the past 18 years to working in almost every production capacity—as a producer, director, writer, editor, gaffer, grip, assistant director, and production assistant—for hundreds of commercials and corporate videos. Andrew is a Longleaf alumnus.

Vernon Rudolph speaks during workshop at Longleaf Film FestivalVernon Rudolph is a filmmaker and cinematographer who knows the filmmaking and distribution process firsthand, with credits that include 30 for 30 (ESPN Films), ToY, and Phin, as well as experience as director of photography at Sky Grass Media LLC. He has a BFA from the Savannah School of Art and Design.


Lunch-n-Learn Panel Discussion for Filmmakers
Getting to Distribution, with featured guests Thomas Varnum and Ted Roach
Saturday, May 13, 1–2 p.m.

Online registration is now closed; check at the workshop registration table in the museum lobby to see if space is available.

Attorney Thomas Varnum speaks in panel at Longleaf Film Festival. Photography by Steve Exum of exumphoto.com
Photography by Steve Exum of exumphoto.com

Thomas Varnum is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney with the firm of Brooks Pierce in Wilmington. An avid proponent of the North Carolina film industry, he helps producers and directors through the entire filmmaking process.

Filmmaker Ted Roach speaks in panel at Longleaf Film Festival. Ted Roach is an editor, director, and producer who has worked in the film and digital media industry for 20 years. His feature documentary 120 Days (about an undocumented Mexican family caught in the throes of US deportation) won 14 awards on the festival circuit and was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures in late 2015. In 2017, 120 Days had its national broadcast premiere on public television’s Reel South series. Over the years, he has worked in such varied roles as assistant director, production coordinator, production assistant, and assistant talent agent. 120 Days was a Longleaf 2015 award winner.