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Legal Lessons: Filmmaking and the Law - Free Seminar!

Chicago Filmmakers
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Legal Lessons: Filmmaking and the Law
Saturday, April 14 - 10:30am-1:00pm
Presented by Chicago Filmmakers, Voqal Fund, and Lawyers for the Creative Arts

This seminar will focus on a variety of legal topics of concern to independent filmmakers and media makers. Attorney Jed Enlow and Marci Rolnik Walker, Legal Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, will provide a primer on key legal issues that filmmakers need to be aware of, including ones related to forming a production entity, working with fiscal sponsors, insurance, liability, obtaining rights and clearances, and more.

- Should you form a corporation or LLC? What about a nonprofit?
- How do you fund through fiscal sponsorship?
- What is chain of title and how do I acquire rights?
- How do you identify who owns images, music and footage and
obtain licenses?
- How should I budget and prep cue sheets for music?
- What terms should be in release for subjects and actors?
- What are the basics of fair use and what’s in the public domain?
- Do I need to blur footage that shows company logos and ads?
- What types of insurance coverage are important?

The legal seminar will run from 10:30am-Noon and will include time for attendees to ask questions of our guests. Immediately following the seminar there will be an informational session on the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund.

The second hour of the event will feature an informational session on the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, and an opportunity to ask questions about the fund and application process. Applications are now open, and the deadline is April 23.

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of the Voqal Fund and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. Grants totaling $100,000 will be given out this year in amounts up to $20,000.

The Seminar is free, but RSVPs are encouraged.

About our speakers:

Jed Enlow is the owner of Jed Enlow Law Offices. He represents a broad range of clients across the entertainment industry, including those in the television, film, music and multimedia sectors, as well as event companies, spokespersons and photographers. In this capacity, he reviews, drafts and negotiates all agreements and other transactional documents necessary for entertainment content production and clearing or protecting intellectual property rights. Jed specializes in television, film and short form video production law. He is currently the production attorney for the Pickler & Ben daytime television talk show, and was previously the Senior Show Attorney for the Steve Harvey daytime television talk show. Prior to forming Jed Enlow Law Offices, Jed was a partner at Leavens, Strand & Glover, and Senior Attorney at Harpo Productions, Inc., where he handled all aspects of production legal matters for The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie Show and various other television and digital productions. In his television production roles, Jed drafts and negotiates agreements related to talent, licensing, locations, sponsorships, tradeouts and promotions, as well as personnel, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. He also reviews all content for compliance with Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission regulations and guidelines, defamation and other legal risks of broadcast and distribution, as well as for network standards and practices clearance. Jed is a frequent speaker and writer on media and marketing content.

Marci Rolnik Walker <https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcirolnik/> is the Legal Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that provides legal assistance to individuals and organizations in all areas of the literary, visual, and performing arts. Since she joined LCA in 2004, Marci has advised several thousand clients on intellectual property protection and mentored hundreds of volunteers and law students. She is an experienced arts advocate focused on giving artists real bargaining power, including adequate information to turn down commercially exploitative offers. Marci has taught entertainment law courses in the cinema departments at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago and formerly taught an ABA certified course on intellectual property at Harper College and student taught a communications and legal ethics course at her alma mater, the University of Illinois. She has prepared and licensed film law curriculum and produced educational videos for elementary school and professional audiences. She’s served as production counsel and advised on independent projects, including documentary and narrative films. She formerly chaired the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of IPF/Chicago, the American Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Media and
Entertainment Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and the
Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association.