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THE EMERGING PRODUCER

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Meet three emerging feature film, television and documentary producers from regional and metropolitan Queensland. Learn their individual journeys and what it takes to become a filmmaker in the ever changing global media industry.

Philip Tarl Denson is a screenwriter and producer living in Darwin, Northern Territory, Philip has had several original screenplays optioned in the US and has a number of feature film and television projects in active development.

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Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe a Bidjara and Dhunghutti woman who creates synergistic projects of Indigenous stories and Kym Melzer PhD, the creator of Ptsd Love Stories which broadcast on ABC Compass in May.

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PHILIP TARL DENSON

Philip Tarl Denson is a screenwriter and producer living in Darwin, Northern Territory. Philip has had several original screenplays optioned in the US and has a number of feature film and television projects in active development.

 

In 2019, Philip was selected to take part in IMAGINE IMPACT, a professional development initiative founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer under the auspices of Imagine Entertainment, developing an original science fiction television series titled ANOMALY which has since attached producer Michael London at GROUNDSWELL ENTERTAINMENT, showrunner JOHN McNAMARA and sold to LEGENDARY STUDIOS.

 

In 2018, Philip produced the animated online series MINING BOOM with support from Screen Australia and Screen Territory garnering over 6 million views online and winning Best Animation at the LA Film Awards.

 

Since then Philip has produced other web-series (FRACKETTY FRACK: IT’S THE FRACLPOCALYPSE), short films (2019 SPARK film initiative winner DARK UTOPIA), stage productions (SINGULARITY performed 2018) and a documentary (2020 SPARK film initiative winner DAY OF A DARWIN DANCER).

 

Philip was the winner of the 2020 Monte Miller award, NT Literary Award for Screenwriting, shortlisted for the 2016 JOHN HINDE award for Science Fiction, Finalist in the 2016 INSITE Award, finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting contest and finalist in the 2017 GATEWAY LA ‘Aussie List’ of the best-unproduced scripts by Australian writers. Philip is represented by Management 360 and Verve in the US.

LJUDAN MICHAELIS THORPE

I identify as a Bidjara and Dhunghutti woman. My passion as a filmmaker is to collaborate and create synergistic projects of Indigenous stories that fill our hearts with joy, our minds with truth and our spirits with compassion and make my elders proud of what we have achieved.

 

My background in performing arts and Aboriginal health and community development inspired me to expand into the film industry and create platforms for our voice as Indigenous peoples both creatively and historically.

 

I have a cultural obligation for my elder’s stories to be authentically captured and shared through a black lens. Similarly, I want to see more of what I know in my black world to be portrayed across the screen industry – through a more positive and uplifting lens.

 

I run my own production company Zerodivide Productions and after receiving funding in the Screen Australia Enterprise Stage 1 round I opened a social enterprise production company Women in Screen Enterprise (WISE) Pty Ltd that seeks to engage and contribute to the empowerment of First Nations women in the Creative Screen Industry.

 

My skills range from writing, directing and producing to Indigenous governance, entrepreneurial business development, project management, leadership, funding and cultural competency training and facilitation. I am an active board member of WIFT Australia as the Indigenous Lead and the producer of WIFT VFEST.

KYM MELZER

I identify as a Bidjara and Dhunghutti woman. My passion as a filmmaker is to collaborate and create synergistic projects of Indigenous stories that fill our hearts with joy, our minds with truth and our spirits with compassion and make my elders proud of what we have achieved.

 

My background in performing arts and Aboriginal health and community development inspired me to expand into the film industry and create platforms for our voice as Indigenous peoples both creatively and historically.

 

I have a cultural obligation for my elder’s stories to be authentically captured and shared through a black lens. Similarly, I want to see more of what I know in my black world to be portrayed across the screen industry – through a more positive and uplifting lens.

 

I run my own production company Zerodivide Productions and after receiving funding in the Screen Australia Enterprise Stage 1 round I opened a social enterprise production company Women in Screen Enterprise (WISE) Pty Ltd that seeks to engage and contribute to the empowerment of First Nations women in the Creative Screen Industry.

 

My skills range from writing, directing and producing to Indigenous governance, entrepreneurial business development, project management, leadership, funding and cultural competency training and facilitation. I am an active board member of WIFT Australia as the Indigenous Lead and the producer of WIFT VFEST.

the emerging film professional of tomorrow

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