Belcourt Theatre | August 14 – 15, 2018

Come join us in Nashville, TN at the newly renovated Belcourt Theatre for a day of panels and a day to explore Music City, USA on your own!

Panels start first thing in the morning on Tuesday, August 14th and will last all day.

On Wednesday, August 15th, we will send you off to explore the wonders of Nashville on your own after a morning gathering!

Program Schedule Overview***

Tuesday, August 14

8:00 AM – Registration opens at the Belcourt Theatre

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Tours of the Belcourt Theatre

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Fundraising Support: Engaging Your Board to Tell Your Story

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Email Marketing: Best Practices

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Filmmaker in Conversation Lunch with Kogonada

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Actionable Equity in the Art House

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Paramount Consent Decrees and the DOJ: An Educational Overview

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Film Criticism and the Legacy of Nashville Journalist Jim Ridley

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception at Cabana

Time TBD – Evening Screening at the Belcourt

Wednesday, August 15

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM – Networking Breakfast and Parting Remarks at the Belcourt

9:45 AM – Group Photo!

***times subject to change

Panel Descriptions

Email Marketing: Best Practices
Emily Yearout is an Email Specialist at Emma, a Campaign Monitor Company, who has helped hundreds of customers analyze and optimize their email strategy to drive growth for their businesses. During her session, Emily will walk you through a high-level overview of email marketing best practices that will help you identify key areas of improvement in your email strategy. You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of how email marketing is best used and effective strategies to grow your list and boost engagement with your subscribers.

Fundraising Support: Engaging Your Board to Tell Your Story
Do you struggle to get your board involved in fundraising? How often do you hear, “I won’t ask for money” or “I’m not a fundraiser” from board members? Learn how two organizations are making efforts to redefine fundraising and engage their board members to raise more money. Panelists include Brooke Bernard, Belcourt Theatre & Beth Gilligan, Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Filmmaker in Conversation” with Special Guest Kogonada
Kogonada is the writer and director of the film COLUMBUS (2017) and video essayist exploring the works for filmmakers including Yasujirō Ozu, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert Bresson among others. Belcourt programming director Toby Leonard and Kogonada will have a conversation about his work and more.

Actionable Equity in the Art House
It’s past time to examine inequitable power structures in film production and art house exhibition. As exhibitors, distributors and festivals work toward on the imperatives of racial and cultural equity, we recognize the priority of action over talk. How can we ensure that diversity, inclusion and equity are prioritized in every part of our operation? In this panel, we look at models of initiatives that address equity in current daily operations and shake up old models of strategic planning — to represent the diverse perspectives of our communities and world; to create authentic, mutually beneficial partnerships for a stronger community; and to ensure that equity is built in to everything we do. We’ll discuss the work and invite participants to be part of Alliance for Action, a diverse working group of exhibitors, distributors and festivals formed at the Art House Convergence to address equity issues in the art house/independent film exhibition and distribution. Panelists: Renata Soto, co-founder and executive director of Conexion Americas, a nonprofit that serves Nashville’s Latino communities; and Cecilia Olusola Tribble, community and organizational development coordinator for Metro Arts Nashville Office of Arts + Culture; moderated by Allison Inman, education and engagement director at the Belcourt Theatre.

Paramount Consent Decrees and the DOJ: An Educational Overview

In August of 2018 the US Department of Justice announced that they will soon review the Paramount Consent Decrees, which for almost 70 years have regulated how major movie studios distribute films to exhibitors. Esther Baruh, the Director of Government Relations for NATO, will give an expert educational presentation on what the consent decrees prohibit and what the DOJ is looking to explore, in addition to the comment submission process. A conversation will then be moderated by new AHC Managing Director Alison Kozberg and Founding Director Russ Collins.

Film Criticism and the Legacy of Nashville Journalist Jim Ridley

A discussion on the impact that local film criticism can have on film culture and the vibrancy of a community—as seen through the lens of the life and work of late, great Nashvillian Jim Ridley. Panelists include Steve Haruch, editor of People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley, and Allison Inman, Education and Engagement Director at the Belcourt Theatre.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Accommodations
Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
2613 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Book online or call 1-615-327-4707 and please reference block code AHC when speaking with reservations.
Room rate is $159/night.

Travel recommendation – Programs start first thing in the morning on Tuesday, August 14th so we recommend arriving on Monday, August 13th.