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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Genie Joseph


Genie Joseph was the CEO of Hawaii Movie Studios, which produced several low-budget feature films. An award-winning film and television producer, she was co-producer of Nickelodeon’s Beyond the Break for three seasons. Her feature films have been on Variety’s Top 50 list and have won international awards. As a staff producer/director at KITV-4, (the ABC Affiliate in Honolulu), she directed hundreds of TV commercials. Genie is the author of twenty screenplays – ten of which have been sold and produced by independent companies.

As a film editor, beginning in the days of 35 mmm, she apprenticed to Woody Allen’s editors and went on to edit several low-budget features, documentaries, and short films.

"Spookies," a feature film distributed by Sony, is a gothic-horror spoof which she co-wrote, directed and edited. "Spookies" won three awards in the International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films in Paris. "Invasion of the Mindbenders" (which she co-wrote, directed and edited – the first film edited on video in Montreal) was shown on USA Cable.

She was host of a radio and cable TV show in Honolulu. While in New York, Genie had her own production company producing and directing corporate communication and training films. Working with such clients as The New York City Office of Business Development, Chase Manhattan Bank, Jaguar Cars, Mobil Oil, Time, Inc and many other companies. She specializes in blending information and entertainment, allowing the maximum impact for all audiences.

She is a published author, and her novel "Love Hawaii Time" is available on Amazon. Her new book, "The Act Resilient Method – from Trauma to Transformation," will be available February 2017. Someone reads one of her online articles every four minutes. She created a program for soldiers using laughter, improv comedy and emotional flexibility skills. Act Resilient has been presented to over 4,000 Service Members. She was awarded President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for this work.

With an MFA, she teaches Television Production and Screenwriting at Chaminade University and also taught at Olelo, Hawaii’s community television station with five channels and 24/7 original programming. She taught a cross-section of Oahu’s community, helping them focus their message and use the media to further their personal or organizational mission. She has been an invited judge in several student film festivals.

She recently moved to Tucson, where she is founder of The Animal Consciousness Institute and is the vice president of Independent Film Arizona.

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From Script to Screen
Your screenplay is done! Now, a new challenge awaits you: getting your masterpiece from paper onto the silver screen. What's the most efficient way to make that happen in a crazy, competitive industry? Come ask the experts and find out!

Student Union Ventana (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ginia Desmond, Desmond Devenish, Genie Joseph
Moderator: Victoria Lucas

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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