The 2022 BisonBison Film Festival: A Student Competition (BBFF) is proud to announce the two workshop presenters: Nathan Oesterle and Chad Sanborn. BBFF will be held in Arkansas City, KS at the Historic Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit. The dates are Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, 2022. The Festival is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools in the Mid-America Arts Region: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. The mission of the BisonBison Film Festival is to recognize, promote and showcase the work of emerging filmmakers. All the workshops at BBFF are free and open to the public and held will be held on Sat. April 2, time to be announced later.
Nathan Oesterle recently moved to the area from NYC where he worked professionally as a fight director and actor from 2011-2021. Starting with stage combat in 2005, he trained extensively with Art Of Combat with their Michigan and New York Branches until 2016. He then went on to study with Neutral Chaos from The Society of American Fight Directors. In 2016, along with Patrick Harman, he created a combat company called Stone & Steel Combat with the goal to create compelling violence that keeps actors and crew safe at all times. He has designed violence for numerous films, musicals, plays, operas, and live shows. In addition to working on projects, he has taught classes for combatants, assisted film makers in understanding how to shoot fights, and trained individuals for fights in film roles. His workshop is:
FILMING THE VIOLENCE - Create the action you want, while staying safe.
This workshop is designed for filmmakers wanting to learn how to effectively film violence. We will be covering how to cover your angles so that both your crew and actors stay out of the ER. Special attention will be paid to close-up physical combat.
Chad Sanborn is a crime novelist, screenwriter, story consultant and writing coach. He's worked with countless authors to help them pen their memoirs, novels, short stories, leadership guides, self-improvement books, cultural commentaries, and more. He is a graduate of Arkansas City High School (class of '85) and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. His personal projects have won multiple crime fiction, journalism, business writing and interactive storytelling awards. Also a professional cheesemonger, Chad lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Kansas City. His workshop is:
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA - Before writing a single word of your story (And if not, how to fix it)
Using tools and exercises drawn from a range of storytelling and screenwriting books Chad walks through early story creation steps including: How to develop your story concept; Finding your theme/unifying idea; Tools for fleshing out and testing your story idea; Using your theme/unifying idea to fix your story.
In addition to the above, the jurors will also present an Open Panel Discussion at BBFF, on Saturday, April 2. All college level or technical school students with a current valid ID can receive one (1) Free All Access Pass to the Festival by calling the Burford Theatre at (620) 442-5896.
The BisonBison Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to nurturing the film artists of the future and was started in 2013 with the first Festival in 2014. For more information, visit BisonBisonFilmFestival.org or BisonBison Film Festival on Facebook.
The 2022 BisonBison Film Festival: A Student Competition (BBFF) is proud to announce the three jurors: Anna Dewell, Jeffrey Mundinger, and Shane Seley. BBFF will be held in Arkansas City, KS at the Historic Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit. The dates are Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, 2022. The Festival is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools in the Mid-America Arts Region: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. The mission of the BisonBison Film Festival is to recognize, promote and showcase the work of emerging filmmakers. The three jurors will decide which entries receive the three Awards of Excellence of $1,000 each. The Awards will be presented at the end of the film viewings. All three jurors are professionals in the film industry and will bring their expertise and knowledge to the judging process.
Anna Dewell is a Marketing and Communication Specialist with over twenty years of experience in art, graphic design, film, communications, and digital media. Her experience in producing ads for all media comes from her years as a freelance communication consultant, headed the communications for Music City Texas in Linden TX, and her current position as Communications Specialist for Aramark. Anna is an Ark City native with an M.F.A. in Radio, Television, & Film, with a documentary film concentration, from the University of North Texas. Before moving to Texas, Anna obtained her B.A. at Southwestern College and an A.A. at Cowley County Community College.
Jeffrey Mundinger is a filmmaker and media creative based out of Kansas City, Missouri specializing in cinematography and producing. By embracing the medium of film and video Jeff hopes to shed a little light on the uncertainties of what it means to be human, while connecting cultures through imagery. Jeff has been the cinematographer or producer for over eight short films in the past few years, as well as commercial productions for Visit KC and Rondevu Pictures. He currently works as the in house cinematographer for the Strange Music record label and freelance outside of that. Jeff is a 2018 BBFF Award of Excellence winner with his film “Kostym.”
Shane Seley transformed a life-long passion for history and storytelling into a film career that has spanned thirty years and included work for some of the most recognizable companies and institutions in the world. After nearly a decade working as a producer/director, in 1999 he became an entrepreneur when he co-founded Wide Awake Films in Kansas City. Twenty years, and 5 Emmys later, the company he helped create is one of the nation’s leading producers of non-fiction and educational films for streaming, broadcast, museums and non-profits. NatGeo, the History Channel, the BBC George Washington’s Mount Vernon and PBS have all commissioned projects with Wide Awake Films. As a longtime resident and business leader of the Greater Kansas City area, a diehard KU Jayhawk, proud husband and parent, he has remained devoted to his community and region, providing employment to scores of filmmakers, freelancers, historians and actors, and building a production entity that has continued Kansas City’s proud, century-long heritage as a breeding ground for creative and technical innovation.
In addition to the juror duty, Anna, Jeffrey and Shane will present an Open Panel Discussion at BBFF, on Saturday, April 2. All discussions and workshops presented by BBFF are free and open to the public. All college level or technical school students with a current valid ID can receive one (1) Free All Access Pass to the Festival by calling the Burford Theatre at (620) 442-5895.