tale writers
screenwriting conference

pitches

Knowing how to sell your idea to a producer is as important as the concept and craftsmanship of your screenplay. But how do you find the right words and presentation method for a been-there-heard-it-all producer in ten nerve-wracking minutes or less?

Tale Writers Screenwriting Conference has assembled a diverse, world-class, actively working panel of producers to hear attendees’ pitches. But, there’s a catch before you can pitch; there’s a mandatory pre-requisite called The Etiquette of Pitching. It will make those ten minutes perhaps the most valuable you ever spend.

Yes I want to make pitches

Pitches are $30. Each pitch is approximately 10 minutes. You must be registered with the conference in order to purchase pitches. Attending the pitch etiquette class prior to pitching is mandatory

Yes I want to do it!

the producers

mark gordon

MARK GORDON

We are looking for great scripts that can be shot in New Mexico. We are interested in fine art, women’s and Native American issues, and naturalist, dramatic stories with a spiritual message.

We are an arts based Indie company. Please don’t pitch us sci-fi, action, horror or films that require special effects to tell the story. 

We would like shoot and complete films in New Mexico that are about the people who live or lived here. We want to tell stories that can only be shot in New Mexico, are steeped in its history, traditions, art and architecture. We are particularly interested in bringing to life the early art colonies of Santa Fe and Taos circa 1900’s – 1960’s that involve strong, independent women lead characters.

bill kelman

BILL KELMAN

is a producer writer and director who has sold projects to studios and independents. He has worked in production, development and acquisitions. He is exec producing three upcoming Stanley Kubrick projects. These include THE DOWNSLOPE, a Kubrick screenplay with a US Civil War backdrop, GOD FEARING MAN, a tv mini-series with E One Entertainment to star and LUNATIC AT LARGE which was a Kubrick/Jim Thompson collaboration. Upcoming projects include PULSE to be directed by Peter MacDonald (“Rambo 3”, “Legionnaire”, “Neverending Story 3” and also a top 2nd Unit VFX director (Harry Potter, Batman and Robin, etc.). He is also an exec producer on the reboot of the tv series, “The Tribe” which had 300 episodes and played worldwide. Also he is an exec producer on THE COWBOY AND THE DANCER, a NZ/Aus Coproduction with Jason Stutter directing.

In addition he is producing the paranormal thriller UNSTABLE directed by Andrzej Sekula who was the DOP on RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION and AMERICAN PSYCHO and he is a consulting producer on TRANZLOCO, to be directed by Will De Los Santos, the writer of the cult classic SPUN. There is a slate of over forty films and television projects in various states of development.

The commercials he has directed have appeared in Shoot Magazine and the One Show Creative Showcase. He was a production and creative consultant on MANAHI, an Arabic language comedy shot in Egypt and Dubai and has provided consulting services around the world.

Kelman has been a judge of the Nichols Fellowshi

deb voorhees

Deborah Voorhees

is a filmmaker, writer, editor, actor, journalist and teacher, whose short films Hip Hop Hamlet, and Othello:Good Night My Sweet, were recently featured at Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Film Festival, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and the Elsinore Shakespeare Conference in Denmark respectively. Voorhees won a Bardie Award in 2014 from The Shakespeare Standard for her feature film Billy Shakespeare.

Prior to her film-producing years, Deborah worked in Hollywood as an actress in Paramount Pictures’ horror franchise Friday the 13th, Part V, CBS’s nighttime drama Dallas, NBC’s detective drama Riptide and many others.

Deborah has taught Acting for Film at Eastern New Mexico University as well as British Literature and Journalism in Texas and New Mexico. She has written and edited for The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Front Desk magazine, Modern Luxury magazine, and The Shakespeare Standard.

Deborah is currently in postproduction on a dark comedy she directed, Catching Up, written by New York playwright Tom Sime. She shoots music videos as well as live concerts and theatrical and dance stage productions. Voorhees Films has joined forces with Triple M Productions to usher four screenplays from script to screen. Her web site is: VoorheesFilms.com .

irene-webb

IRENE WEBB

brings a wealth of experience to On the Page as a prominent film, television, and publishing agent. She began her career at Alfred A. Knopf and went on to manage departments at ICM, the William Morris Agency, the Buchwald Agency, and GP Putnam’s Publishers.

As a film and publishing agent, she has made over $20 million in deals on behalf of authors including: Tom Clancy, Mario Puzo, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Richard Matheson, Peter Straub, Caleb Carr, the comic book Men in Black, and the record-setting television deal for Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With the Wind.

Irene negotiated the deal for the Lifetime hit series, Army Wives. During her LA-based producer tenure, Webb developed film and TV projects at Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Castle Rock Pictures, Disney, HBO and others with talent such as Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Keanu Reeves, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Billy Crystal. Her web site is www.irenewebb.com.