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ART WORK: Best Practices in Creating Your Business

Soozie Eastman
Filmmaker, President, 502 Film Collective

Soozie is a documentary filmmaker and short film producer. During her studies at UofL (BA, Communication) and Chapman University (MFA, Producing for TV and Film), she developed a profound love for educating and inspiring people through motion pictures. Soozie has taught university-level courses in pre-production and was Director of Programs for the HUMANITAS Prize where she ran their annual judging season and award show honoring writers in television and film as well as created the multi-studio television pilot program for emerging and underrepresented writers, New Voices of Humanitas. 

After working in Los Angeles for a decade+, she "temporarily" returned to her hometown of Louisville to shoot her first feature film and take advantage of Kentucky's film tax incentives. Through her locally-crewed production and extended tenure as Executive Director of the Louisville Film Society which included producing the Flyover Film Festival, Soozie has created deep relationships within the creative community and has no plans to leave. She serves on the Louisville Film Commission and recently released her feature documentary, Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story. She is founder and president of the newly-formed 502 Film Collective which focuses on supporting and building Kentucky's film industry and infrastructure.


Bill Wingate
Wingate CPA LLC, Film Tax Incentive, Business Valuation & Litigation Services

Bill has over 25 years of accounting and consulting experience. As the Partner-in-Charge of the Strothman & Company Special Services Group and as Director of Business Valuations and Litigation Services at DMLO, he performed business valuations for mergers and acquisitions and for deposition purposes in connection with litigation. His business valuation services were also valuable in the formation and continuation of ESOPs, and in issues associated with gifting. He provided analysis and advice on damages and financial issues for attorneys and their clients in complex commercial litigation. Bill assisted clients on projects requiring financial expertise, cost accounting, and the evaluation of strategic opportunities. He also provided services related to intellectual property, specifically patents, for calculations of lost profits, loss or diminution of asset value, determination of reasonable royalties, and financial analyses related to liability and damages. In 2014, Bill added production accounting to his list of services and has more than 25 films to his credit.

Erin Roark
180 Degrees Productions, In-house Counsel/Producer

Erin is a producer/co-owner and in-house counsel for the Louisville-based production company 180 Degrees, and the producer of the feature films, “Under the Eiffel Tower” and “Pleased to Meet Me.“ She is a practicing attorney with over 20 years of experience including business structure, equity structure, development and production financial offerings, production legal services, artist development, and distribution delivery compliance. Erin serves on the board of the 502 Film Collective.

Excelling in your area of artistic expertise (filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer, painter etc) is one thing, but building yourself and your art as a business is another. Join us to learn the basic legal and financial steps you should take to protect yourself, your work, and your income.

Presented by 502 Film Collective