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2006 DIY Convention Sets Panel Lineup

The sixth annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself In Film, Music and Books has set the first keynotes and major events of its 2006 gathering, to be held February 5-12, 2006 at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.

Chris Vrenna, theme song composer for “Doom 3’ and ‘Quake 4” and a former member of Nine Inch Nails, will keynote a special section of the DIY Convention devoted to independent video games.

Derek Sivers, the founder of CDBaby, the leading seller of independent music CDs on the web, will discuss the delicate balance between the digital future of music and retail realities of the present as the convention's opening speaker.

A truly multi-faceted musician, Peter Himmelman is an Emmy-nominated TV composer, an acclaimed creator of children's music and a critically lauded rock troubadour. His new solo album, "Imperfect World," (Majestic Recordings), is his eleventh solo recording. He will keynote the Sunday portion of the DIY Convention.

The fourth annual Golden Llamas awards will be held on Friday night, Feb. 10th at the Egyptian Theatre as part of the convention’s final weekend kickoff party. The world famous machinima/frag film awards are making their first live appearance as part of the DIY Film Festival;

The DIY Convention’s first annual “DIY Demo Derby” will be headlined by Mitchell Frank of Spaceland Productions, the leading independent concert producer in Los Angeles. Entrants to the DIY Music Festival will have their demos listened to and critiqued by a panel culled from leading independent talent agents, bookers and evaluators.

The 2006 DIY Convention features live music performances from national and regional independent acts at various venus across Los Angeles, presented by Spaceland Productions; cutting-edge film screenings, an extensive lineup of panels, workshops and keynote speakers focusing on creating, promoting, protecting and distributing independent film, music and books – and parties, parties, parties!

Early-bird tickets to the event are now available online at Entrants to the 2006 DIY Film Festival and 2006 DIY Music Festival receive free admission to the 2006 DIY Convention.