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White Sands International Film Festival Presents Slate Of Industry Workshops

In addition to a week of films and VIP parties and celebrations, the White Sands International Film Festival presents a slate of industry workshops designed to hone and tune the necessary skills to break into the film industry. The Festival presents the following workshops during the 4 event event: on Friday, August 26, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Black Box Theater, Mark Medoff will present "The Exploding One-Liner" A Screenwriting Workshop with Mark Medoff. Also on Friday, from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Rio Grande Theater, David Derks, Ginger Perkins and Bill Immerman will present a workshop on the production side of a film entitled "How to Make a Movie" from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre.

On Saturday, August 27, from 9 am - 12:30 pm at the Rio Grande Theater, a casting audition workshop with Sam Muir will be presented. A fourth workshop has been added for Saturday. "Filmmaking in Southern New Mexico" with Bill McCamey, Rod McCall and Mark Medoff, will take place at the Black Box Theater from 1 - 4 pm. Mark Medoff, writer/director of the feature film Refuge, the festival's opening night film, will teach a screenwriting workshop. Medoff is a Tony® Award winning playwright, screenwriter, director and actor whose works include Children of a Lesser God, Clara's Heart, City of Joy, Homage and Good Guys Wear Black.

"Having world class talent like Mark teaching one of our workshops will be an experience of a lifetime for WSIFF participants," said WSIFF Event Manager Dawn Starostka of Helping Hands Event Planning. Complete descriptions of the workshops along with bios of the presenters, as well as registration forms can be found on the event's website -

The White Sands International Film Festival, in its 6th year, brings together films from around the world to showcase the skills and talents of amateur and professional filmmakers alike. The festival is a 4-day event running August 25-28, 2011 with film screenings, workshops and VIP parties in the friendly city of Las Cruces, NM.

For more information about the WSIFF, contact Helping Hands Event Planning at (575) 522-1232, or at
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