Filmstock Film Festival logoMaybe it’s the artist in all of us, or perhaps many attorneys hear from artist friends with legal questions—whatever the case, I’ve heard positive murmurs when I report out about attorney Stephen Nebgen’s workshops, aimed to assist on artist-related topics.

More on his next workshop in a moment. But first, let me mention that he will be a panelist on a symposium focused on “Breaking in and Staying in The Business” at the Filmstock Film Festival:

“Filmstock is a short-film festival that stretches over four cities: Albuquerque, New Mexico in September; Denver, Colorado in October; Salt Lake City, Utah in November; and Tempe, Arizona in December. Each festival event has its own unique official selections, programming and venues, but films that win awards at any one of these events are eligible to be screened at the other three, garnering more regional exposure to short films than any other festival.”

This is a festival that includes more than 40 short films, a live actor’s showcase, plus other opportunities to meet the filmmakers and industry pros.

More Festival info is here.

Curious about the Festival? (You know you are.) Here’s a trailer:

As Stephen says of his panel, “It’s free and the various panelists will be discussing many important aspects of getting a toehold in the industry—and then staying there!”

Stephen Wade Nebgen

Stephen Wade Nebgen

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Harkins Valley Art, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe 85281

Parking: 117 E. 5th St., Tempe (validated at Filmstock Arizona)

So that’s Saturday. And then the second in his series of Entertainment Law Workshops will be held next Wednesday, December 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Collins College – 14th Street Studios, 1425 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Stephen’s first workshop was on copyright (I mentioned it here); this next workshop focuses on trademark law.

(Subsequent workshops will be held on the second Wednesday of every month.)

The workshop cost is $50, but it’s $35 if you are a member of any arts organization, or $25 if you are a student. RSVP: (480) 463-3055

See you at the movies.

Stephen Wade Nebgen

Stephen Wade Nebgen

Stephen Nebgen is at it again—offering information that may be helpful to artists and writers—and the lawyers who serve them.

I wrote about Stephen and his entertainment law mixers before. And next Wednesday, November 12, he holds another in his series of entertainment law workshops. This one will be in downtown Phoenix at MonOrchid Gallery and Studio (214 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix 85004).

Here is how Stephen describes the November 12 event:

“These events will be a little different than the seminars that you may have attended in the past. The biggest difference is that there will be a hands-on application of the information presented. For example, the first workshop will address issues of Copyright Law. After discussing the important nuances of Copyright, we will then go through the process of filling out a Copyright Application online.”

The event opens with a 7:00 pm reception, followed by the 7:30 program. The cost is $50 (or less if you’re a student or a member of IFP/Phx).

monOrchid phoenix-arts-collab-logo 6Stephen tells me that the event is aimed more for artists, but he believes attorneys would get a benefit also. And monOrchid shares a building with Songbird Coffee and Tea, so you can’t go wrong.

Follow-up workshops will be held on the second Wednesday of every month.

To RSVP, call (602) 253-0339.

The workshop is presented in collaboration with monOrchid’s own Shade Projects (which is worth its own story entirely!).

Considering a creative project? Time to greenlight it. (Photo by KUHT via Wikimedia Commons)

Considering a creative project? Time to greenlight it. (Photo by KUHT via Wikimedia Commons)

Next Monday, August 25, an “industry mixer” with an entertainment attorney and a film industry pro may offer some unique conversations—and opportunities.

Stephen Wade Nebgen

Stephen Wade Nebgen

Entertainment attorney Stephen Wade Nebgen will be available that evening. Perhaps you or a client have a project that would benefit from some thoughtful discussion. I met Stephen years ago (at an arts event, o‘ course), and I would agree with the event notice when it says, “This will be a great opportunity to have a valley-based contact to draw upon with any legal issue related to the film industry.” He will be there and answering questions about entertainment law.

The no-host happy hour is offered by Stephen and by Heather Holmberg, of The Film Capital. They each will be able to talk about the industry—and your project.

Here’s the skinny:

DATE: Monday, August 25, 2014

TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Christopher’s and Crush Lounge

ADDRESS: 2502 E Camelback Road, Ste. 102, Phoenix

Decades ago, when I toiled on a law review focused on entertainment law, I thought I spied a future in the practice area. Alas, the Directors Guild (and other potential employers) passed on my resume treatment. But there’s always chapter 2!