Carmel Film Forum showcases local filmakers


Aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to learn from local experts during the 2018 Carmel Film Forum: Focus on Filmmaking.

Returning for the second straight year, the event will offer two workshops and interviews with Indiana filmmakers.


“We are collaborating with the Carmel Clay Public Library,” said James Moriarty, producer/director of Moriarity Media and host of the event. “We’re trying to grow that circle of influence so more people hear about it and more people can participate.”

The event kicks off with the first workshop Aug. 4 at CCPL from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We are going to learn about the tried and true three-act formula for storytelling,” Moriarty said. “We’ll develop that screenplay and talk about techniques to have them craft five pages.”

Participants can return Aug. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get feedback on their work.

“We’ll have actors from the community and we’ll choose scripts at random,” Moriarty said. “They’ll do a table read of some of the scripts. The authors will then be taught how to critique that and get feedback from the audience.”

On Aug. 4 at 6 p.m., the music video “ALIVE” and other Indiana- produced short films will be featured at the library.

“We’ll present pieces created by Indiana Independent filmmakers or, as I like to call them, Indy Indie filmmakers,” Moriarty said. “All those filmmakers will be there to chat about their films after we screen each one.”

On Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., Larry Lannan and Adam Aasen from the podcast “Hamilton County Goes to the Movies” will interview John Robert Armstrong of Pigasus Pictures. Following that, attendees can visit Books & Brews in Carmel for filmmaker-inspired drinks and hear live music performed by Renée Michelle Merrifield.

The forum is free. Participants must register in advance by visiting

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