Gabriel Robertson ( Writer/Director) and Ken Petrie (Producer) of the film “The Gift,” filmed in Tupelo last year, are returning to premier their film at the Tupelo Film Festival.  The film is a cast of three: Tupelo actress Amye Gousset; Los Angeles-based actor Xander Berkeley, who has starred on shows like “The Mentalist” and “Being Human,” as well as films like “Transcendence” and “Taken”; and a boy from Madison, Brady Permenter, who starred in James Franco’s film adaptations of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” and “The Sound and the Fury.”

In addition to premiering their film, Ken and Gabriel will be returning to Tupelo to present a “Master Class” which only after a short time on the website has completely filled.  The Master Class will focus on the “creative side” and “practical side” of getting your film made.

Ken and Gabriel will work with up to 16 students split into 2 groups and do a morning & and afternoon session lasting 2 or 3 hours, Gabriel taking one group and discussing the ‘creative’ side and helping participants  refine their ideas and stories while Ken taking the second group will teach on the more “practical” side of how to get their film made – included will be feedback on pitches and discussing financing and audience appeal.  Groups will swap out to get the experience from both the creative and practical sides of making a film during the day.

“Over the course of two half-day sessions, students will learn about the full process of developing film ideas ready for market. In one session students will look at developing and refining creative ideas in order to tell engaging and interesting stories. In the other session, students will explore the business of the film industry ensuring their pitches can find an audience and are relevant in today’s film marketplace.”

Though the classes are filled, Ken and Gabriel will be around during the festival and are available to visit regarding some tips on filmmaking.  Also be sure and catch the premier of their film “The Gift” on Saturday night that was filmed in Tupelo last year.

Gabriel Roberston (Director)

Gabriel_RobertsonBAFTA New Talent nominated writer/director Gabriel Robertson has written extensively for British TV. Having been named one of the most exciting new voices in Scottish Film, Gabriel recently sold his feature script THE RUBAIYAT, and wrote & directed his final short film, THE GIFT.

KEN PETRIE (Producer)

07291425 Short film announcementHaving cut his teeth as an SFX Technician & Pyrotechnician, Ken now produces for 27 Ten Productions. A BAFTA member, Ken has produced a number of award winning short films. Through 27 Ten he continues to develop features and TV projects, while also promoting his final short, THE GIFT, on the global festival circuit.

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