St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
Master Class: Developing a Budget
Moderated by Srikant Chellappa, board member of Cinema St. Louis and writer-director of “Bad Grandmas,” and featuring the following panelists:
Michael Beugg: A former St. Louisan, Michael is a producer and line producer of more than 45 film and television projects, including “Up in the Air,” “La La Land,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Wonder,” the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and his current Paramount Pictures project, “Babylon.” His frequent collaborators include directors Jason and Ivan Reitman, Damien Chazelle, and St. Louisans Ken Kwapis and the late George Hickenlooper. Before he started budgeting feature films, he worked in energy and environmental policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where his budgets had considerably more digits. Michael has an M.B.A. in public management from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University. He is a member of the Directors and Producers Guilds of America. A frequent SLIFF panelist, Michael and his family live in Los Angeles.
Efi da Silva: By day, Efi is a multimedia designer who works within sports media. At other times, Efi is a writer and producer who has created award-winning video content for the Condé Nast brands Wired and GQ. Efi is also the writer and director of the film “Four-Way Stop,” which played the festival circuit in 2015-16. “Four-Way Stop” was nominated for Best Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and Efi won the Best New Filmmaker prize. The film premiered at the Kansas City FilmFest International and screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival, where it was part of the New Filmmakers Forum. Efi is a graduate of Webster University.
Catherine Dudley-Rose: Catherine is an award-winning writer, director, actor, and musician. She has taught at the New York Stage & Film Company and the Broadway Theater Institute and served as a guest artist, director, and performer internationally. She is the writer-director of the feature film “Parallel Chords,” which won the Best Feature Writer award (sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West) at the LA Femme International Film Festival. The film won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Narrative Feature awards at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2018 and was selected for the New Filmmakers Forum at the 2018 St. Louis International Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in 2019 and has international distribution. Catherine is a winner of the National Film Challenge and a recipient of a Curators Pick cash prize from Women in Film Seattle. She has received grants from the Regional Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dan Mirvish: Dan is a director, screenwriter, producer, and author. He graduated from Washington University and received a master's degree from USC film school. Dan was mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, “Omaha (the movie),” which led him to co-found the upstart Slamdance Film Festival. His film “Open House” prompted the Academy Awards® to controversially rewrite their rules for the Best Original Music category. His film “Between Us,” an award-winning feature starring Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, played in 23 festivals in seven countries. Dan is the author of the bestselling nonfiction book “The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking” from Focal Press/Routledge, and he co-wrote the bestselling, critically acclaimed novel “I Am Martin Eisenstadt.” Dan is also a former speechwriter for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. His most recent film is “Bernard and Huey,” scripted by Oscar®- and Pulitzer-winning Jules Feiffer and starring Jim Rash and David Koechner.