NCFF Media Maker Residency – February 2-5, 2017

Jesse LocksNews

The Nevada City Film Festival is pleased to announce their inaugural Media Maker Residency, February 2-5, 2017 in beautiful, historic Nevada City, CA.

The Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency unites aspiring and established filmmakers, writers and media creators around the power of story. This unique four-day intensive located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, in the historic Gold Rush-era village of Nevada City, provides a nurturing environment to spark the process of self-discovery, create connection through community building, and help bring projects to fruition.

With an emphasis on experiential learning, a group of award-winning filmmakers and industry leaders facilitate workshops, writing sessions, and leadership building exercises during each day. In the evening’s attendees will be treated to special screenings and guest artist presentations, along with group dinners featuring local farm to table cuisine, craft beer and foothill vintners.

“I counted the other day that there are 56 former NCFF filmmakers premiering films at Sundance this year,” explained NCFF Festival Director, Jesse Locks. “That is absolutely extraordinary for a small film festival like ours and speaks volumes of the quality of films we screen. We launched the Media Maker Residency to further support and cultivate new filmmakers.”

The Media Maker Residency is for storytellers, visual and digital artists looking to enhance connections with their own creative process, as well as with others working in diverse, but related fields.

Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent cinema to Nevada County during their four-day international film festival every September. NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. In 2016, the festival was named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth the submission fee for filmmakers.

Highlights of the residency include a unique and inspiring setting, the opportunity to learn from award-winning filmmakers and film industry professionals, meet and connect with like minded media makers, creatives and storytellers. Projects finished by Media Maker Residents will have the opportunity to be submitted for screening at the Nevada City Film Festival.

Leading the Media Maker Residency is professional coach Dewey Schott, filmmakers Jenni Matz and Doug Bertran and a round table of special guests.

For 14 years Schott was the Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture), a national nonprofit arts service organization, where he provided leadership and capacity building services to hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the country.

Matz is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in documentary television production for over 15 years as a Producer, Editor and Researcher. She currently is the Senior Producer/Archivist for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s oral history interview collection where she is responsible for overseeing digitization and creating an online digital access tool for the 800+ interview collection.

Bertran is an award-wining filmmaker who has produced media for National Geographic Television & Film, National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS Nature, PBS Nova, BBC, and more. Mr. Bertran’s work focuses on media production in science, travel, and natural history. He specializes in stories that are character driven with smart content, combined with amazing and beautiful images, for international audiences.

Special guests include producer Anne Moore, who is best known for her work on the Michael Moore documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11(2004), Sicko (2007) and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), Curtis Grout, Editor, has worked on such TV Series as 30 for 30 Shorts and Our America with Lisa Ling, as well as premiered three short films at Sundance, and Louise Lovegrove, an award-winning producer and production manager who has worked on more than two dozen films including I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017), The End of the Tour (2015), and Girl Rising (2013), among others. Hailing from England, Ms. Lovegrove graduated from the University of Manchester, received her Masters in Film Producing from the University of London, and has taught at London’s New York Film Academy.

The cost of the Media Maker Residency is $1595 and includes 3-nights lodging at the Outside Inn, and four days of meals including continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily snacks. It does not include transportation to/from or during the residency. There is a local rate of $1190 that does not include lodging.

For more information contact Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director at or (916) 548-7716.