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DIY filmmaker & self-distributor (& sound designer on 6 Gus Van Sant films) to teach class in DC area on April 19

Sound Design For Indies Class By Kelley Baker, Sound Designer on 6 Gus Van Sant movies

What: Sound Design For Indie Films Class
Who: By Kelley Baker, Sound Designer on 6 Gus Van Sant movies (“My Own Private Idaho” to “Finding Forrester“, and also on Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven”)
When: Wednesday April 19, 2006, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
venue phone (for directions only, see Contact for other needs): 301-949-9416
How Much: $30
Contact (local/DC event producer): Sujewa Ekanayake,, 240-354-3394
Contact (instructor): Kelley Baker,, 503-329-6112

Additional Info:

Sound Design for Independent Filmmakers

"We'll fix it in the mix..." is an often heard expression, but what does it mean? As a sound designer it means you're in trouble. As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant's films, as well as animated features, network television specials and his own features, Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design. Whether you're working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets neglected, until the end. There's never enough money or time. So what do you do? Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems. He'll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

Kelley Baker is best known for working with other people. He was the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant's features including MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and Todd Haynes’ feature film FAR FROM HEAVEN.

Kelley Baker has also written and directed three full-length features, 8 short films, and a few documentaries. His newest feature, KICKING BIRD (2005) is the story of Martin "Bird" Johnson, a poor, white 17 year old high school kid who runs. Runner's Gazette says: "KICKING BIRD KICKS BUTT".

Kelley's films have been shown at Film Festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy, Edinburgh, Sundance, & Sao Paulo. His short films have aired on PBS, The Learning Channel, and Canadian and Australian television. Kelley is currently touring the US on his 4th US Tour. His films are being screened at Art House Theaters, Colleges, Universities, Media Arts Organizations, and yes, even bars.


Anonymous said…
Is there any chance that this event was videotaped for those who found out about it late or could not attend?

The Sujewa said…

The class was not taped. You can contact Kelley through his website (see link in post above) & figure out how you may be able to get some of his sound design wisdom.
He may do more classes in this area in the future.

- Sujewa

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