MFA Filmmaking & The Law 101 Workshop: Protecting Yourself & Your Work

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Workshop: 2:30–4:30 pm at Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
Happy Hour: 4:30–6:30 pm Happy Hour at Binga's Stadium, 77 Free Street, Portland

Have you awoken in the middle of the night to wonder, “Did that photo/video release language provide me with the rights to use the footage I took in any way I choose?” or maybe, "Wait, who actually owns my film?!" Are you plagued with doubt that the contract you have with your client won’t protect your intellectual property? Do you know when you are able to tackle a basic legal issue vs. when you should contact a lawyer to ensure your rights are safeguarded? Then you should join us at the MFA Filmmaking & the Law 101 Workshop!

As a filmmaker, it is important to protect your work, time, resources, and intellectual property when working for a variety of clients. This workshop will be an introduction to: understanding some basic legal terms; examining a variety of contracts and the language that best protects you, your gear, your crew, and your work; and the fundamentals of legally securing funding for your projects, and how to be compliant.

If you have ever felt anxious that your contracts, releases, or rental/loan forms won’t hold water if contested, you should join us to learn how to protect yourself, and when to “lawyer up” to get the expertise and guidance you need.

Instructors: Zeke Callanan & Lynne Williams

Zeke Callanan the a founding partner at Opticliff Law, based in Portland and focusing on business, trademark, startups, and contract law.

Lynne Williams is an experienced business attorney, based in Bar Harbor, who has a significant body of skills in entertainment law, particularly intellectual property and contract law and negotiations. She is also a writer and producer, and her short script, “The Mushroom Hunter,” will be filmed in Downeast Maine in September. Lynne is a member of the Maine Film Association and the Maine Writers and Publishers Association.

Following the workshop, we’ll head over to Binga’s Stadium to enjoy happy hour, and continue conversations about filmmaking in Maine!

Cost: $5 MFA Members; $15 non-members
Register today through Eventbrite or onsite beginning at 2:00 pm on June 27.

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