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Sunday Panels at Vampire Fest followed by the Film/Lit Mixer in the Absinthe Den presented by Le Tourment Vert

French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, enjoyed sipping it in the dark confines of French cafes. Oscar Wilde declared, “Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?” Join us for two panels discussions and a party to connect new and established writers with filmmakers in the Absinthe Den.  May new stories be born and new voices cultivated at Vampire Fest!

The start of a new tradition at Vampire Fest and LeTourment Vert

A Panel of Vampire Novelists - Moderated by Sue Dent

We've assembled a panel of established and debut novelists to explain what it's like to be a part of the astoundingly popular world of vampire and shapeshifter fiction.  Representing horror, romance, humorous fiction, and graphic novels, our authors will discuss their experiences as writers in our current vampire-obsessed culture.

Sunday October 25 @ 2pm Zeitgeist

Erin McCarthy

USA Today Bestselling author of the VEGAS VAMPIRE SERIES, the DEADLY SINS SERIES, and paranormal young adult fiction.

Sue Dent

Author of NEVER CEESE and FOREVER RICHARD, a werewolf/vampire saga with both a horror and Christian market fan base.

Van Jensen

Graphic novelist who penned PINOCCHIO: VAMPIRE SLAYER...and an upcoming book about a disembodied leg.

Nicole Peeler

Louisiana author making her debut with TEMPEST RISING, a novel combining vampires with supernatural sea creatures.

Film Louisiana - Moderated by of Gary Michael Smith Louisiana Film & Video Magazine

In conjunction with the New Orleans Film Commission learn the advantages and opportunities to shoot your next film in Louisiana.

Sunday October 25 @ 3:30pm Zeitgeist

Oak Porcelli (Producer, Lightwave Entertainment)

Former VP of Louisiana Media Productions, Oak assisted many filmmakers and producers with budgeting and scheduling.  Supervising production gigs on 20th Century Fox’s “Jumper” and Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna”  Oak’s latest film “The Somnambulist” is in post-production.

Gary Michael Smith (Special Assignment Editor Louisiana Film & Video Magazine)

Writer,editor, publisher, photographer and educator in New Orleans. Author of a dozen technical/trade books and hundreds of articles for trade, technical, and consumer publications.  Smith also studied film production through UNO’s MFA program.

Charlie “Brown” Dowdell

Writer, filmmaker, and journalist born and raised in New Orleans. He has directed two features: “Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band” and the forthcoming “Angels Die Slowly.” He created and directs the Internet sitcom “Dice Jockies” and has published a short story collection “The French Quarter Hustle.” You can find his works at CrescentCityHeat.com.

Shaun Carpenter, MD

An award winning writer/producer who is originally from Los Angeles, but has been based in the New Orleans area for the last 15 years.   Dr. Carpenter has written, produced, and directed several award winning short films which have screened at the Beverly Hills Short Film Festival, the Big Easy International Film Festival, as well as the New Orleans Film Festival. His film, The Heart of New Orleans, was a finalist in the 2008 Doorpost Film Competition. His directorial debut, Halfway, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Action/Cut International Film Competition.

Jason Buch

Buch is a writer/producer/director based out of New Orleans, LA.  Mr. Buch has worked in various positions on films ranging in size from independent short films and documentaries to $80-million action movies. From 2006–2008, Mr. Buch worked for Côte Blanch Productions, learning from two legendary Louisiana Filmmakers, Glen Pitre (“Belizaire the Cajun,” “Hurricane on the Bayou”) and Michelle Benoit (“The Scoundrel’s Wife”). During that time, he served as an Associate Producer on the 2007 Telly award-winning PBS documentary “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion,” as a Producer on “Air Racers”—a multi-screen, multimedia experience for the Louisiana State Museum, and as an Associate Producer on the recent Louisiana Public Broadcasting co-production “Harvest To Restore.” Since then, he has written and directed the horror/comedy short film “A Man Called Trouble,” an official selection of the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival.


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