FLIK Forum: Kentucky filmmakers connect, collaborate and create

FLIK Forum, Nov. 9 & 10

(Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 30 with additional information.)

If you’ve ever thought of making a film in the great state of Kentucky, then the FLIK Forum is a networking and educational opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

It’s the first educational event sponsored by the FLIK Network (Film Live in Kentucky).

FLIK Forum begins with a party for the new film, “Split,” about an “over-achieving woman with a thing for bowlers who, as her 30th birthday looms, decides she must meet and marry the man of her dreams in just under a month.”

The film was written and directed by Jamie Buckner, a local writer, director, and producer. Split is another local Kickstarter success story, fully funded (and then some) in February 2011.

The Kick-off event doesn’t actually showcase “Split,” which seems a little odd (is it not done? it’s not on imdb.com), but the $10 cover ($5 if you’re attending FLIK on Saturday) gets you into Vernon Lanes at 1575 Story Ave. to see four seriously good bands.

The schedule: Kyle James Hauser, the Satellite Twins, Justin P. Lewis, and the Instruction. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m.

FLIK Forum continues on Saturday.

According to the website, you will “enjoy breakfast, lunch, refreshments with a great networking group as you take in speakers & panel discussions. This is a great chance to meet future collaborators, and an opportunity to hear and learn from successful filmmakers and their experiences.”

Speakers include: Helena Kriel, Gill Holland, Pat Stipes, Dan Flaherty, Jamie Buckner, Archie Borders, Kiley Lane Parker, James Wise and more.

FLIK co-founder Laura Morton said, “We just launched The Network, which is a database we’re starting as a way for filmmakers to reach each other. As for the day of the forum on November 10, we wanted to put together something that’s available in larger markets and we decided to start with an all-day intensive.

Emmy-winner Michael Fitzer has joined the lineup for the day, Morton said.

“It’s a pretty full day with four speakers and two panels, and the ticket also includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, a networking packet, swag bag, a chance to meet future collaborators, and the opportunity to hear and learn from successful filmmakers. ”

Early bird registration costs $100 and is good until October 31, after which the price goes up $10 a day until the day of the event. FLIK Forum takes place at the Brown Hotel from 8 a.m. until 4.pm.

You can register on the FLIK network website here.

The FLIK Network is the brainchild of Morton and Blair MacKenzie, who met at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA program for screenwriting.

According to the FLIK website: 

With Laura’s background in film and Blair’s background in business, they began discussing what was needed in the film community in Louisville and in Kentucky as a whole. Those long brainstorming sessions led to FLIK (Film Live in Kentucky).

FLIK has three goals:

1. To entice outside film productions to film in Kentucky. 

2. To connect Kentucky filmmakers.

3. To provide educational opportunities.