Norman, Okla. – Imagine you are standing at the front of the room, all eyes on you as the clock hand sweeps around, marking five minutes.  Your time is over.  What did you get out to your audience and what do you wish you’d shared?  This is what will happen to twelve film industry professionals at the Twelve by Five presentation by the Cinematic Artists of Norman beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St., Norman.

“We are so excited to host such accomplished professionals, all at one time in one space,” says Cassandra Ketrick, chair of the organization. “To gain that much insight into the filmmaking industry so quickly is invaluable to those interested in filmmaking.  Oklahoma is getting more and more attention from Hollywood because of the film incentives, so it’s important we have a well-educated labor base here.  This is the perfect chance for anyone to see what area they would be interested in exploring further.”

Confirmed guests include:

·         Adam Davis Beatty, screenwriter and reporter for Discover Oklahoma

·         Kyle Bergersen, OU's Gaylord College film production, writing and post-production

·         Lagueria Davis, filmmaker and unit production manager

·         Sean Patrick Eaton, locations manager

·         Jed Fox, actor

·         Chris Freihofer, CSA, casting director

·         Kim Haywood, director and chief operating officer of deadCENTER Film Festival

·         Beau Leland, local documentarian

·         Victoria Sturtevant, director of Film and Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma

·         Deana Thompson, production coordinator

·         Sunrise Tippeconnie, lighting designer and filmmaker

·         Elizabeth Wheat, producer

The Cinematic Artists of Norman was founded by a group of local filmmakers and strives to strengthen the community of filmmakers in Norman and the surrounding areas by providing valuable resources and outlets for local filmmakers.  No matter the age or experience level, CAN seeks to build a support system for the creativity of film and video, and seeks to grow the film industry’s interest in Norman.

The Twelve By Five event is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Cinematic Artists of Norman, a division of the Norman Arts Council.  For more information, visit, call (405) 355-3226 or email


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