John D. Nilles

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

John D. Nilles discovered his passion for filmmaking at an early age and has never wavered in the pursuit of realizing his vision. His great-great-great grandfather homesteaded in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana. The same ambitious and adventurous spirit possessed by his forefathers, compels John today. Over the past 19 years, he has directed short films, commercials, documentaries, animations, and music videos, but his primary focus is on feature films. He is particularly fond of Westerns and Science Fiction.

John currently splits time between Los Angeles and Montana. His latest feature film, Saving For The Day, is slated to be completed later this year.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 11:00 - 1:50 PM, American Zombie Idol: Search for a Zombiestar, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Christian Ackerman, John D. Nilles

    Put on your best make-up and sprint, limp, or crawl down to the American Idol-style zombie contest. The panel of judges will choose the best zombie based on performance, theme, & overall effect. Judges include Christian Ackerman (Montana's preeminent zombie) and John D. Nilles (writer/director of "Saving For The Day.)" Grand prize wins a hero zombie role in Saving For The Day, a multi-genre epic feature film. Runner up wins a featured zombie role. Second runner up wins a background zombie rol

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Crowdfunding and Kickstarting, Gallatin
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John D. Nilles, Brian Rathbone

    Indiegogo? Kickstarter? GoFundMe? Learn how to create a solid crowdfunding plan that could work.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, We Make Movies and So Can You, Montana Boardroom
    Panelists: Christian Ackerman, John D. Nilles

    INDEPENDENT FILM PANEL - Writer/Director & cast of Saving For The Day offer insights to independent filmmaking. Saving For The Day is a multi-genre micro-budget epic including Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, and much more. We'll give tips, show clips, and have a Q&A after.

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