The Producer/Director Relationship

Feb 15 & 16, 2017, 6-9 PM

Austin Public
(1143 Northwestern Ave)

AFS Make and Above - $75
Austin Public Producers - $75
General Admission - $85


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This workshop will cover the process of creating shorts, features and television productions from conception through delivery. Focus on this workshop will center around the production of a recent show created for Adult Swim by filmmakers Kelly Williams and Todd Rohal, who will walk the class through the entirety of that production. The workshop will consist of two three hour sessions on consecutive days.

Austin Public Producers can purchase tickets at a reduced price by contacting Yolanda Gamble at

Bio - Todd Rohal
Todd Rohal wrote and directed the short film RAT PACK RAT, which won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance 2014. His latest feature, UNCLE KENT 2, won the Audience Award for Visions at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Todd previously wrote and directed THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE (2006), which he theatrically self-distributed around the world with a single 35mm print, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM (2011), which premiered at Sundance and was distributed by IFC Films, and NATURE CALLS (2013), which starred Patton Oswalt, Rob Riggle and Johnny Knoxville and was distributed by Magnolia Films. Todd participated in the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab in 2009 and most recently directed the sped-up feature film M.O.P.Z. for Adult Swim and episodes of the Miranda Sings series HATERS BACK OFF for Netflix.

Bio - Kelly Williams
Kelly Williams is a 2012 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and a 2015 Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum Fellow.  Along with his producing partner, Jonathan Duffy, they formed Ten Acre Films.  Their first project together was Yen Tan’s feature Pit Stop which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award.  They then produced Kat Candler’s 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection Hellion starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis distributed by IFC Films.  Additionally, they produced Brad Besser’s Sundance 2015 documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV narrated by Bill Hader, as well as the Netflix acquired, 2015 SXSW competition feature 6 Years directed by Hannah Fidell and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass.  The documentary short they co-produced, “The Send-Off,” premiered at Sundance 2016 and went on to win a jury award at SXSW and the San Francisco International Film Festival.  He also produced the indie features Cinema Six and Pictures of Superheroes as well as Kat Candler’s previous short films “Hellion” (Sundance 2012) and “Black Metal” (Sundance 2013).  They are currently in post-production on Todd Rohal’s Suplex Duplex Complex for Adult Swim as well as post on Jason Headley’s A Bad Idea Gone Wrong.  Prior to a producing, Williams worked as a film programmer for various film festivals for over a decade.  While at the Austin Film Festival, he was awarded the 2007 International Film Festival Summit Excellence Award.