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ROXFILM: Producing Indie Films, Convo w/ Darrien Gipson, ED of SAGindie

  • 27 Jun 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

A discussion about producing indie films with

WIFVNE Vice President Nerissa Williams Scott of TCGT Entertainment

and Executive Director of SAGIndie Darrien Gipson


Register here: tickets are pay what you can


Darrien GipsonDarrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie, an educational organization for independent filmmakers. Darrien is a graduate of UCLA, where she received her BA in English Literature; and USC, where she earned an MFA from the Peter Stark Producers Program. She was the Vice President of Development for DEF Pictures before joining SAGindie in 2002 as Festival Coordinator. Through SAGindie, she traveled extensively to film festivals, film schools, and conferences, hosting workshops and teaching filmmakers how to hire professional actors using SAG-AFTRA’s low budget contracts. Since becoming SAGindie’s Executive Director in 2006, Darrien has expanded the organization to reach more festivals and help even more creators on all platforms to bring their projects to fruition. She continues to travel around the world speaking on panels, mentoring writers and filmmakers, and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Darrien’s favorite book about moviemaking is As You Wish: Inconceivable Takes from the Making of THE PRINCESS BRIDE by Cary Elwes. It includes amazing behind-the-scenes information about the best movie ever made (she will fight you on that). Darrien especially loves how Elwes has different cast members write their own memories throughout the book. It might be lighthearted and irreverent, but it is done with sincerity and just made her happy. Just like maewidge, it bwings us togetheh.



Whether you're interested in directing actors, working with composers, learning the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, or getting advice, come to this session with the Executive Director of SAGIndie, Darrien Gipson to learn about what you need to do as an independent producer to understand the proper way to hire actors, using the low budget contracts, and to give production advice in order to avoid any pitfalls.

Sponsored by The Secret Society of Black Creatives in collaboration with Women In Film and Video New England, CineFest Latino Boston and the Boston Asian American Film Festival.



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