The Glamour of Celebrities,
the Grind of Financing,
and the Craft of Selling
Join top entertainment attorneys for a candid conversation about the ins and outs of entertainment law and how the parameters for today's entertainment attorney continue to expand from representation to financing and sales.
Moderator Jackie Borock
Jackie Borock recently relocated to the Hudson Valley from Philadelphia, PA, where she served as Director of Legal and Business Affairs for TLA Entertainment Group, Inc., a multi-media distribution firm. Ms. Borock has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, representing numerous writers, producers, musicians and artists, and is the producer of an award-winning documentary film entitled "A Joyful Noise: The Lost Jewish Music of Philadelphia."
Panelists: Andrew Hurwitz is a founding partner, of the law firm of Epstein, Levinsoh, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weistein LLP. Clients include first-time and Academy Award-winning filmmakers and independent producers, as well as major motion picture studios and television networks.
Ira Schrek has been practicing entertainment law for over 20 years. A member of both the California and New York bars, Schrek and several colleagues started their own law firm eight years ago, specializing in the representation of the creative community2489writers, directors, performers and producers in the film, television and theater industries. Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams has a client base that includes numerous Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Pulitzer recipients.
Steven Beer has served as counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors and producers, as well as industry leading film production, film finance and film distribution companies. Most recently he was counsel on This Film is Not Yet Rated and producer on Strange Culture.
Robert Seigel an entertainment attorney who is a partner in the law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, which specializes in film and theater as well as television, publishing, art, new media and intellectual property matters on a transactional and litigation basis. Jason Janego head of Business & LegalAffairs for Magnolia Pictures,Magnolia HomeEntertainment and Landmark Theatres,and allsubsidiaries of 2929 Entertainment.Previously,Janago worked at Miramax Films,Cinetic Media,NBC and Artemis Records.
THE ART OF PRODUCING
Utopia Studios 10/13/2006, 3:00PM
A behind-the-scenes discussion of the intricacies of bringing a film to production. Panelists include industry insiders, including some of today's most respected independent film producers.
Moderator: Eugene Hernandez (Editor-in-Chief of indieWIRE, the definitive online film daily.)
Panelists: Jason Kliot (Chuck & Buck, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bubble)
Peter Saraf (Yulee's Gold, Affliction, The Agronomist, Everything is Illuminated, Little Miss Sunshine)
Scott Macaulay (King of the Jungle, Raising Victor Vargas, Saving Face, Off the Black) Anne Walker-McBay (Infamous,Before Sunset,A Scanner Darkly,Before Sunrise)
Woodstock Elementary School 10/13/2006, 5:00PM
Fri. Oct 13th - For students (13-19) only.
The Woodstock Film Festival Career Day offers students a unique opportunity to meet with industry professionals in small groups to ask questions and learn about careers in film production. Participants in this youth event have included the late-great legendary composer of more than 400 film scores, Elmer Bernstein; award-winning cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler; academy award-winning documentary filmmaker Leon Gast, and agents, actors, studio executives, animators, film editors and producers.
Confirmed speakers include Melissa Leo,Jason Kliot,Andrew Hurwitz,Rachel Grady,Hilary Brougher.
If you are a teacher or counselor and would like a block of tickets, feel free to call us at (845) 679-4265 or (845) 679-6997 and we will send them to your attention.
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MUSIC FOR FILM WITH BMI
Utopia Studios 10/14/2006, 10:00AM
Join us for BMI's annual, frank discussion about music in film, the director/composer relationship, music supervision and licensing songs.
Moderator: Doreen Ringer Ross, vice president of film/TV Relations at BMI
David Mansfield, composer
(Stephanie Daley, Transamerica, Heaven's Gate)
Hilary Brougher, director
(Stephanie Daley, The Sticky Fingers of Time) Anton Sanko, composer (The Last Winter, Party Girl, Saving Face)
Larry Fessenden, director
(The Last Winter, Wendigo, Habit)
Tracy McKnight, music supervisor
(The Last Winter, Fierce People, A Dirty Shame)
Sponsored by BMI since 2000
AMAZING WOMEN IN FILM
Utopia Studios 10/14/2006, 12:00PM
In an industry that created the 2006 box office hit The Devil Wears Prada, women find are still trying to assert themselves. To discuss this and other industry-related issues, we have assembled a diverse group of powerful women who carved their path, doing it their way.
Thelma Adams, film critic, US Weekly
Arianna Bocco is the head of independent feature packaging at The Gersh Agency in the New York office. Previously, she worked at Miramax Films as a Senior Vice-President of Acquisitions. She was instrumental in acquiring Trick and Saving Grace for Fine Line. While at Miramax, Bocco was involved in acquiring, among others, Garden State directed by Zach Braff and The Station Agent directed by Tom McCarthy.
Karen Durbin, film critic, Elle Magazine, The New York Times
Nicole Quinn recently made her directorial debut with Racing Daylight, starring David Strathairn, Melissa Leo and Giancarlo Esposito. She has written for John Singleton, HBO, Showtime, the networks and Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures.
Other guest to be announced.
WHOSE FILM IS IT ANYWAY?
Utopia Studios 10/14/2006, 2:00PM
How do personal, artistic, seemingly uncommercial films attain success at the box office? And who gets the credit when they do? At a time when the indie/ foreign/art market seems as unstable as it's ever been, this panel brings together some of the best industry insiders to explore the formulas for success...and failure.
Moderator: John Anderson, film critic, Newsday, Variety, Screen International, The New York Times.
Panelists: Bingham Ray has nearly 25 years of executive experience in all aspects of the film industry. As president of United Artists, his team assembled and released many successful films, including No Man's Land, Bowling for Columbine, Personal Velocity, Nicholas Nickleby, Pieces of April, and Hotel Rwanda. Presently Ray is a consultant at IFC Films.
John Sloss is the principal in Sloss Law Office and a founder of Cinetic Media, a consulting firm specializing in the entertainment and media industries. John has served as executive producer or producer on A Scanner Darkly, Lonesome Jim, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, The Company, Pieces of April, The Fog of War, Far From Heaven, and Waking Life. He has orchestrated some of the most notable distribution deals in the last decade, including Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, Super Size Me, Capturing the Friedmans and The Station Agent.
Lemore Syvan produced Sherrybaby, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Duane Hopwood, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, Casa de los Babys, and Forgiveness.
Allen Coulter is the director of the recent hit film, Hollywoodland. Coulter has also directed for many of HBO's best episodic shows including Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos.
THE ART OF FILM EDITING
Utopia Studios 10/14/2006, 4:00PM
With film schools nation wide churning out thousands of young graduates a year, no Scorsese dolly move has gone unanalyzed or Tarantino quip unquoted. Yet only true film aficionados know where a film is often said to be made or broken: in the editing room. In this fascinating discussion of the oft-invisible tools of the editor's trade, award-winning editors discuss what happens behind the closed doors of the editing suite: how story, energy and flow of the film are often radically reshaped, hidden possibilities of the material are discovered and rhythm and emotion are built. In this conversation you'll learn the fascinating secrets of what many directors call "the last stage of writing".
Moderated by by Academy Award-nominated editor
Craig McKay is an Academy Award-nominated editor whose editing credits include an Emmy for the NBC mini-series Holocaust, as well as two Academy Award nominations for Reds and The Silence of the Lambs. Other editing highlights include The Manchurian Candidate, Maid in Manhattan, K-Pax, A Map of the World, Copland, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Melvin and Howard, and many others.
Susan LittenbergCredits include Charlotte's Web, A Lot Like Love, 13 Going on 30, Tadpole, Jump Tomorrow, and The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack
Brian Kates Credits include John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, Lackawanna Blues, Shadowboxer, The Woodsman, and Tarnation (co-editor). He is currently editing The Savages, directed by Tamara Jenkins and starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman
James Lyons Credits include four films by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, and Poison), and Erik Skjoldjaerg's Prozac Nation, Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, Tom Gilroy's Spring Forward, and Jesse Peretz's The Chateau. His documentary credits Include Silverlake, Life, and the upcoming Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, directed by Mary Jordan, and The Danny Williams Story, directed by Esther Robinson.
Suzy Elmiger Credits include three films by Alan Rudolph (Breakfast of Champions, Afterglow, and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), three films by Stanley Tucci (The Imposters, Big Night, and Joe Gould's Secret), two films by Robert Altman (Short Cuts and Ready to Wear), two films by James Toback (Harvard Man and When Will I be Loved), and People I Know. Most recently, she worked on Spinning Into Butter, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Richardson.
Sabine Hoffman: Credits include Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Saving Face, Brother to Brother, Hurricane Streets,The Day the Ponies Come Back, Last Party 2000, Ferry Tales. She recently completed Off the Black, starring Nick Nolte, and is currently editing Hound Dog, starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright Penn. See Advisory Board for additional bio info.Programmed by Sabine Hoffman
Utopia Studios 10/15/2006, 10:00AM
Join esteemed entertainment journalist Martha Frankel for an intimate conversation with some of today's greatest actors.
Moderator: Martha Frankel is a celebrity interviewer and the author of the soon-to-be-released I See Your Point...And Raise You One.
Timothy Hutton won an Academy Award for his role in "Ordinary People" and was featured in "The Falcon and the Snowman," "Sunshine State," "Stephanie Daley," "Off the Black," "Heavens Fall," and many other films.
David Strathairn was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Edward R. Murrow in "Good Night, and Good Luck." He has also been featured in "Sneakers," "Lost in Yonkers," "Eight Men Out," "Passion Fish," "Limbo," "A Map of the World," "Losing Isaiah," "Blue Car," "Heavens Fall," "Steel Toes," the upcoming "Racing Daylight" and many other films.
Mary Stuart Masterson. Acting credits include "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Benny & Joon,"The Insurgents."
Griffin Dunne. Acting credits include "Marie and Bruce," "American Werewolf in London," "After Hours," "Game 6."
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
Utopia Studios 10/15/2006, 12:00PM
From World Trade Center to An Inconvenient Truth, from Day Night Day Night to A Crude Awakening, an increasing number of features and documentaries are drawing their inspiration from world events and the news. Is art imitating life, or is it trying to change it? Can movies truly influence the views and actions of people and nations, or do films ultimately remain in the realm of creative entertainment? Join us for a lively discussion as filmmakers and industry members who are actively involved in "movies that matter" debate these questions.
Moderator: Peter Bowen, now senior editor of Filmmaker Magazine, Bowen was previously the editorial director for Original Programming and New Media for Sundance Channel. He has written for other periodicals, including Screen International, ArtForum and The Advocate.
Udy Aloni is the director of "Forgiveness," "Innocent Criminals" and "Local Angel."
Danielle DiGiacomo works as the Documentary Films Coordinator for www.Indiepix.net, an online distribution company. A documentary filmmaker herself, she is completing her first feature, "Island to Island: Returning Home from Rikers."
Julia Loktev is the director of "Day Night Day Night" and "Moment of Impact."
Joana Vicente is the producer of numerous films, including "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "The War Within" and "The Assassination of Richard Nixon."
Pamela Yates filmmaker, State of Fear, Presumed Guilty; Tales of the Public Defenders, Poverty Outlaw, Takeover, Teatro!, When the Mountains Tremble
FILMS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY
Utopia Studios 10/15/2006, 2:00PM
Join Mary Stuart Masterson, Jesse Scolaro, Nicole Quinn and other directors, producers,and actors as they discuss the burgeoning 'Indiewood on the Hudson' with moderator Jerome Stoeffhaas from the NYS Office for Motion Picture and TV Development. The panel will discuss the areas wealth of available locations, talent and the economic impact production has on the region. Recent local projects have featured George Clooney, Russel Crowe, Tom Cruise and many other A-listers. Productions include Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," "The Night Listener" with Robin Williams, Nicole Quinn's "Racing Daylight," with David Strathairn and Melissa Leo, Mary Stuart Masterson's "The Cake Eaters," and more.
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