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PANEL: ENTERTAINMENT LAW - What Entertainment Lawyers Do For You
Utopia Studios
10/12/2007, 2:00PM
$ 15



Contracts, copyrights and clearances. Navigating the complex waters of distribution. All these issues and more are handled every day by experienced entertainment lawyers, who also often act as producers and producers' representatives. Meet some of today's top entertainment attorneys and find out what they can do for you.

Jackie Borock is an entertainment attorney who recently relocated to the Hudson Valley from Philadelphia, 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.

Ira Schreck has been practicing entertainment law for over 20 years. A member of both the California and New York bars, Schreck and several colleagues started their own law firm eight years ago, specializing in the representation of the creative community including actors, writers, 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.

Entertainment attorney Robert Seigel 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.

A practicing attorney since 1990, Jonathan Gray is a dedicated advocate for emerging and established directors, producers, production entities, screenwriters, investors and distributors in film, television and other media. He is the senior partner at Gray Krauss, a full-service entertainment law firm. Originally founded as Spinak & Gray in 1998, Gray Krauss concentrates its work in independent film and television financing, production and distribution, as well as music and intellectual property matters. The firm's clients include motion picture and television producers, directors, writers, distributors and financiers. Jonathan is the former chairperson of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Motion Pictures.

Woodstock Elementary School
10/12/2007, 5:00PM
$ 0



Open to STUDENTS ONLY and free of charge

The "Career Roundtable" offers students a unique opportunity to meet with A-list film industry professionals in small groups, ask questions, and learn about careers in film and new media.

Confirmed participants this year include Academy Award¨ nominated Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil, A Soldier's Girl), actor/filmmaker Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo, Habit), producer Jason Kliot (Chuck & Buck, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bubble, Redacted), Gill Holland (producer, Sweetland, Greg the Bunny, Spring Forward), Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), Head of Programming for Docurama Liz Ogilvie, actor Melissa Leo (21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiade Estrada, American Gun), actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints), actor/director Giancarlo Esposito (The Cotton Club, Desperately Seeking Susan, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Law & Order, Racing Daylight) and others.

Utopia Studios
10/13/2007, 10:00AM
$ 15



Women in the film industry continue to carve a strong and meaningful path in a world that used to be traditionally dominated by men. With more women sitting in the Director's Chair and holding top positions as executives, producers, and administrators, has the balance finally shifted to a point of equality? Join us as a diverse group of powerful women discuss their work and the state of the film industry, from the woman's perspective.

Thelma Adams currently writes film reviews for US Weekly and contributes regularly to a plethora of publications, including The Independent, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and Indie Magazine.


Donna Dickmanis the senior veep of publicity at Focus Features, running the East Coast PR department for the Universal specialty arm.

Karen Durbin is the film critic for Elle magazine, where she writes a monthly two-page column. She also writes features for Elle and articles on film for the Sunday Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times. Previously, she was the film critic for Mirabella magazine and its arts and entertainment editor. From April 1994 to September 1996, she was the editor in chief of The Village Voice. Durbin wrote and edited at the Voice in the 70s and 80s, where she helped unionize the paper and oversaw its extensive film coverage for seven years.

Mary Stuart Masterson made her film debut at the age of seven in The Stepford Wives. She has starred in over 25 films (including At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful, Immediate Family, Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon), and numerous plays and musicals (including the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical Nine). Along with her brother Peter, she is in the process of launching a film production company. The Cake Eaters is her narrative feature directorial debut.

Katie Roumel began producing films in 1995. Her credits include Kiss Me Guido, Series 7, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Camp, and A Home at the End of the World. Last year, Roumel produced An American Crime, and Savage Grace with Julianne Moore (to be released by IFC in April 2008) and Then She Found Me with Helen Hunt (2008). Roumel's latest project is with writer/director Shawn Lawrence Otto (House Of Sand And Fog) and will go into production in 2008. Before producing independently, Roumel was a partner at the NYC Independent Film Production Company Killer Films with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.
PANEL: Where Journalism Ends and Filmmaking Begins
Utopia Studios
10/13/2007, 12:00PM
$ 15



The relationship between journalism and the documentary film. Where does the media drop a story and the documentarian pick it up? Is a documentary inspired by real events considered journalism? Does personal perspective take away from the stories or add depth to them?

David D'Arcy is a critic for Screen International. He also writes regularly for a wide range of publications and is a frequent commentator for the BBC. His dream is to write about war movies for Guns 'n' Ammo.

Godfrey Cheshire is an Award-winning film critic who served for a decade as chief film critic for New York Press and was a frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, Film Comment, the Village Voice, Variety, Interview, Cineaste and others. A former Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and a member of the National Society of Film Critics and FIPRESCI, Cheshire gained an international reputation for his distinctive writing. He made his directorial debut with the documentary "Moving Midway" premiering at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Michele Ohayon is an award winning director, writer and producer. Credits include "It Was a Wonderful Life" and "Cowboy del Amor," and "Colors Straight Up," which received nominations for the Academy Award¨ for Best Documentary Feature. Ohayon has also produced and directed commercials, episodic television and music videos in addition to being a founding board member of Cinewomen.

Bill Siegel is the executive producer of "The Road to 9/11." As a director/producer, he received an Academy Award¨ nomination for the film, "The Weather Underground."

Robert Stone is the Oscar¨-nominated director of the film "Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Heast," "Radio Bikini" and "Oswald's Ghost."

Molly Thompson launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network's feature documentary division. She executive produced "Jesus Camp," a film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, which was nominated for an Academy Award¨. Thompson is also Executive Producer of a film by Nanette Burstein called "American Teen," currently in post-production, and a film on Anna Wintour, directed by RJ Cutler. Other A&E IndieFilms include the Oscar-nominated, Sundance Award-winner Murderball and "My Kid Could Paint That."

Utopia Studios
10/13/2007, 2:00PM
$ 15



Technology is ever changing, and, with it, the world of film distribution. Should a film today open in theaters and on DVD simultaneously or should a word-of-mouth campaign be created using the Internet and the film festival circuit? Join a diverse panel of distributors to explore these and other choices to try to make sense of the ever-widening field of film exhibition and distribution.

Dade Hayes is assistant managing editor of Variety, based in New York. Since 1999, he has covered a range of film stories as a reporter and editor in Los Angeles and New York. A book he co-wrote in 2004 with Jonathan Bing, OPEN WIDE: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession, was featured in The New Yorker and on NPR's Fresh Air. The Atlantic Monthly called it "a classic é the best of a genre." Hayes's writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. In April 2008, Free Press/Simon & Schuster will publish his next book, Anytime Playdate: Inside the Preschool Entertainment Boom, or How Television Became My Baby's Best Friend.

Wendy Lidell is Founder and President of International Film Circuit. More current releases include Don't Move, Darwin's Nightmare (which earned her a second Academy Award¬ nomination) and most recently, The Devil Came on Horseback, Flanders by Bruno Dumont and Randy and the Mob. She is the former Vice President of Theatrical Releasing for Wellspring Media where her releases included "Russian Ark," "U"nder the Sand," "Notorious CHO," "Yi Yi" and "On the Ropes."

Tom Quinn began his film career in L.A. doing domestic publicity at Dennis Davidson Associates. At Samuel Goldwyn, he rose to VP of Acquisitions, where he was responsible for acquiring Raising Victor Vargas and Supersize Me. Quinn joined the Todd Wagner/Mark Cuban - owned indie distributor Magnolia Pictures in 2004, overseeing theatrical and home video acquisitions, reporting to President Eamonn Bowles. His notable buys as Head of Acquisitions at Magnolia have included Ong Bak, The Host, Jesus Camp and Terror's Advocate. He has recently moved up to Senior VP along with Jeff Reichert. The two now jointly share all major responsibilities surrounding the release of the company's expanding slate.

Bingham Ray is a distributor and producer for Kimmel Entertainment. He is the former president of United Artists ("Bowling for Columbine," "Assassination Tango," "Nicholas Nickleby," "City of Ghosts"). As co-founder of October Films, he distributed independent films such as "Secrets & Lies," "Breaking The Waves" and "The Apostle."

Ted Sarandos has worked in film management, distribution, and marketing since 1983. Since 2000, he has been Chief Content Officer to Netflix, an instrumental tool in allowing the public to view films that didn't get a chance the first time around in theaters. He has been a leading force in Netflix's ascension to the top of the distribution industry with his unwavering commitment to content. Through his work at Netflix, Mr. Sarandos has shown intent dedication to independent films. In creating Netflix's original content initiative, Red Envelope Entertainment, he opened a window of opportunity for filmmakers and niche production companies, enabling smaller and more alternative projects to be widely distributed. Recently he produced the holocaust love story "Steal A Pencil For Me." Mr. Sarandos is the recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival's 2007 Trailblazer award.

Ben Stambler is the Director of Acquisitions at THINKFilm. The company's recent acquisitions include "Taxi to the Dark Side," "In the Shadow of the Moon," "The Ten" and "The Walker." Outside of his duties at Think, Ben produced Aaron Katz's second feature, Quiet City, which had its world premiere at SXSW and opened theatrically at the IFC Center in the summer of 2007 and will be released on DVD by Benten Films in 2008. Stambler assisted in Acquisitions and Development at Samuel Goldwyn Films in L.A., worked in documentary production at Two Tone Productions in New York and served as Manager of Acquisitions at Magnolia Pictures for three years, where he was instrumental in acquiring "The Signal," "Exiled," "Severance," "Jesus Camp," "The Host" and "Crazy Love."

Utopia Studios
10/13/2007, 4:00PM
$ 15



(Sponsored and curated by BMI since 2000)
Join us for BMI's annual frank and lively discussion about the role of music in film, the director/composer relationship, music supervision and licensing songs.

Moderator: Doreen Ringer-Ross is Vice President of Film/TV Relations at BMI. Ringer -Ross has worked in the music industry for over two decades and currently specializes in outreach to the film and music communities.


Bill Plympton is recognized as one of America's foremost illustrators, cartoonists and animators. His highly successful films (Guard Dog, Hair High, The Tune, Mutant Aliens, The Fan and the Flower) have appeared with frenzied frequency at film festivals, on television and online. His work has received coutless awards including several Academy Award¨ nominations.

Brett Morgen is an Academy Award¨ nominated producer and director. His credits include Chicago 10 (2007), which he wrote, produced and directed. Chicago 10 premiered on opening night of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Morgen's credits also include the award-winning Robert Evans biopic The Kid Stays In The Picture (2002), and the critically-acclaimed boxing documentary On The Ropes (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award¨ for Best Feature Documentary. The film won the DGA Award and the IDA Award, making Morgen one of the youngest recipients ever to win both these awards.

William Rossis a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He has composed music for such films as Tuck Everlasting, My Dog Skip, Tin Cup, My Fellow Americans and the IMAX film Young Black Stallion. He has orchestrated over 100 films including Matrix Reloaded, Forrest Gump, The Mummy Returns, Stuart Little and Father of the Bride. For Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets he adapted John Williams' music from the original Harry Potter score as well as conducted the recording session with the London Symphony Orchestra.

John Sebastian, John Sebastian has had a varied career as a singer, songwriter, and musician. As the leader of the folk-rock band the Lovin' Spoonful, he was responsible for a string of Top Ten hits in 1965-1967 that included the chart-toppers "Daydream" and "Summer in the City," and he returned to number one in 1976 as a solo artist with "Welcome Back." He wrote or co-wrote those hits as well as many others, along with songs used on Broadway and in the movies. And as an instrumentalist, primarily playing harmonica, he has accompanied a wide range of artists including Judy Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Doors, Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, Art Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, Laura Nyro, Graham Parker, Dolly Parton, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, and Bonnie Raitt. fo He was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is featured in the new music documentary Chasin' Gus' Ghost.

David Torn
Film Composer: Lars and the Real Girl, Friday Night Lights, The Order, Anvil (in progress), Believe in Me, Theme: Murder, Love Monkey, HBO Portal, etc.

Guitars & Textures for Film: No Country for Old Men, Fur, The Hoax, Traffic, Three Kings, Reversal of Fortune (music producer), The Departed, Velvet Goldmine, Adaptation, The Big Lebowski, Kalifornia, A Dangerous Woman, The Hi-Lo Country, The Rookie, The General's Daughter, Conspiracy Theory, A Knight's Tale, The Deep End, Snake Eyes, etc

Recording Artist: prezens (current), splattercell OAH, cloud about mercury, best laid plans, what means solid traveller?, tripping over god, polytown, door X, Jan Garbarek group, everyman band. tonal textures, pandora's toolbox, textural elements for film

Music Recordings: David Bowie, kd lang, Tori Amos, Tim Berne (producer), splattercell, David Sylvian, Chocolate Genius, John Legend, Jeff Beck (composer, prodcuer), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jarboe, Don Cherry, JBK, Meshell Ndegeocello (co-composer), B.L.U.E., Drew Gress (producer), Douglas September, Manu KatchŸ, Madonna (co-composer), Mark Isham (co-composer), Kaki King (producer), Gtr Obliq, Dave Douglas (producer), etc

Utopia Studios
10/14/2007, 10:00AM
$ 15



Join some of today's most prolific actors as they chat about their lives and work.

Moderator: Martha Frankel has been writing about film for over two decades. She has contributed to DETAILS, The New Yorker, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times. She is the author of Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling, published by Penguin/Tarcher.

Panelists: Patricia Clarkson studied drama at Yale. She stayed on the East Coast working in theater production before her feature film debut in The Untouchables (1987) as the wife of Elliot Ness. Continuing to work in film, she gained attention for her role as the drug-addicted Greta in the independent film High Art. Her career in film continued to shine, giving memorable performances in Todd Hayne's Far From Heaven, Larry Fessenden's locally-shot Wendigo, Lars von Trier's Dogville, All the Real Girls, The Station Agent, Pieces of April, The Dying Gaul, Good Night and Good Luck, Married Life and Lars and the Real Girl, to name a few.
Utopia Studios
10/14/2007, 12:00PM
$ 15



Come listen to a provocative and engaging talk with these diverse independent filmmakers.

Peter Bowen is now senior editor of Filmmaker magazine, was previously the editorial director for Original Programming and New Media for the Sundance Channel. He has written for other periodicals including Screen International, Art Forum and The Advocate.

Larry Fessenden is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror movies "The Last Winter," "Habit," "No Telling," and "Wendigo."
As an actor, he has appeared in Neil Jordan's "The Brave One," Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead," Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory," Brad Anderson's "Session 9," Jeff Winner's "You Are Here,"and stars in "Habit," the Sundance pictures "Margarita Happy House" and "River of Grass."

Fessenden has created numerous video works since 1979, including the decade-long collaboration with David Leslie, and has played and recorded with the band Just Desserts since 1987.

Since 2003, Fessenden has been involved as producer on numerous projects including "Liberty Kid," Ti West's "Trigger Man" and "The Roost," "The Off Season," "Zombie Honeymoon," "Satellite" and "The Escape Artist."

Ron Mann's exuberant films are anthologies which give voice and vision to an array of articulate artists under represented by mainstream pop media. Mann established his international reputation while in his 20s with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries. His 1999 documentary, Grass, presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th century. Go Further, which follows actor and activist Woody Harrelson as he takes to the open road on his Simple Organic Living Tour followed. In addition to making films, Mann and veteran Toronto film and music promoter Gary Topp distribute films in Canada under the banner Films We Like.

Joana Vicente is a New York City-based film producer who has produced over 30 feature films by acclaimed directors such as Brian De Palma, Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. With her partner Jason Kliot, she has produced eclectic and socially relevant films such as Coffee and Cigarettes, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Lovely and Amazing, Chuck & Buck and the latest film by Brian De Palma, Redacted.



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