about the tale writers
The Tale Writers Screenwriting Conference is the brainchild of Dirk Norris and Bradd Hopkins.
Dirk is the founder and Executive Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation (NMFF) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to help grow the New Mexico independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunites to New Mexico indepedent filmmakers.
Since its formation in 2014, NMFF has awarded filmmaker and screenwriting grants through corporations and individuals such as George R.R. Martin and Lockheed Martin and has conducted many programs, workshops and networking opportunities. Tale Writers Screenwriting Conference is one such program.
Dirk’s experience and passion lies in being the catalyst for making good things happen for individuals, organizations, and communities. He served as President of the Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce, Founder and Executive Director of Film Lincoln County, New Mexico, board member of Leadership Lincoln and Outreach Coordinator for the New Mexico State Film Office.
Bradd Hopkins is an award winning screenwriter and novelist who is passionate about education, mentoring screenwriters, developing the talents of others and paying it forward.
As an indie producer/director and co-founder of Laughing Crow Productions, he has earned the reputation of running collaborative film sets and has taught classes in independent film production. His experience in film, media and print began in the book publishing industry where he acquired, edited and published twelve book titles for Russel Dean and Company. His commitment to excellence won numerous awards for the publisher. He is currently in development on several projects.
From the earliest planning stages, Dirk and Bradd agreed that the mission of the Tale Writers Screenwriting Conference would be to elevate the quality of the writing and the marketability of the writer while introducing writers and filmmakers to the business of the TV and film industry.
Tale Writers is delighted to offer a world class panel of presenters. We hope you will join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a unique educational opportunity, because, as you know, everything hangs on a good script.