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MPI Filmmaker Premieres New Film


In the spotlight: Rob Smat

Since 2015, filmmaker Rob Smat has participated in MPI programs ranging from an internship to our Mindful Editor seminar to a screenwriting workshop. Today he premieres his first feature film, The Last Whistle. Starring Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights) and Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), the film follows the head coach of a successful Texas high school football team through the chaotic aftermath of his all-star player dying during practice. 

“From my start as a marketing intern at 20th Century Fox, to my participation in workshops and masterclasses, I have been set up to be the best writer, director, editor, and overall filmmaker I can possibly be,” Rob says. “MPI is a talent development machine like no other, and I owe a great part of my first film, The Last Whistle, to what I've learned and gained from the MPI.” 

Coming off a successful festival run, The Last Whistle is now showing in theaters across the US. You can find the full list of theaters and watch the trailer here. The film is also available for download on iTunes

Inspired by Rob’s success? MPI is currently accepting applicants for its 2019 screenwriting workshops. Find more information and apply here

RECAP: MPI’s Mindful Editor Workshop

2019 MPI Mindful Editor

Editing Workshop Featured Hands-On Experience with State-of-the-Art Editing Technology

This year's Mindful Editor workshop was held at the Evergreen Stage in Burbank, CA. In addition to MPI's standing seminar production partnership with Smock Media, Mindful Editor partnered with DaVinci Resolve -- a color correction suite with which most of the editors had no previous experience. Following an introductory lecture on the program, the fellows then learned it "on the job" throughout Mindful Editor. The five collaborative editing bays competed for DaVinci licenses, which were awarded to the winning project. The winning trailer wove together the stories of three courageous women who dissented from communism.

Learn more about Mindful Editor here: https://www.thempi.org/editing-workshop