PANEL: The Singularity Is Near
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
09/30/2010, 3:00PM
$ 15



We live in an era of exponentially increasing advances in artificial intelligence, nano technology, robotics, designer drugs, bionics, and techniques to defeat—and perhaps even reverse—cellular aging. Scientific optimists look forward to a transhuman future when our life expectancy will be dramatically, if not infinitely, extended; when people no longer suffer from disability or disease; when super-intelligent machines will "reproduce" by designing and building their own successors; when the line between humans and computers will increasingly blur, as we "download" our memories and minds into machines and become bionic ourselves. What promises and challenges does this vision of the future hold?

Moderated by
Paul Hoffman is the editorial chairman of, a storyteller at The Moth, and an award-winning science writer. His own work explores the relation between genius, madness, and obsession. He has written three books on this subject: “The Man Who Loved Only Numbers,” “Wings of Madness,” and a memoir, “King's Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game.” Formerly the president of Encyclopedia Britannica and the editor in chief of "Discover" magazine, Hoffman is the winner of the first National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His Web site is

Michelle Byrd
Ray Kurzweil
Martine Rothblatt

Michelle Byrd is the Co-President of Games for Change, a non-profit which seeks to harness the extraordinary power of digital games to address the most pressing issues of our day, including poverty, education, human rights, global conflict and climate change. Byrd has previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers in the US and been awarded the “Made in New York” career tribute.

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a 20-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by the "Wall Street Journal," and “the ultimate thinking machine” by "Forbes" magazine, PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.” He established Singularity University in 2009 to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. Ray has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers, among them “The Age of Spiritual Machines” and “The Singularity is Near.”

Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D, MBA, is a lawyer, author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of numerous companies, including Sirius Satellite Radio and United Therapeutics. She has cyber-scripted pioneering websites including Her company “Terasem Motion Infoculture” produces independent narrative and documentary films that raise public awareness and understanding of innovations in human life extension through the geo-ethical application of cyber consciousness and biotechnologies.

Sponsored by Kurzweil Technologies and Terasem Motion Infoculture

PANEL: Career Day
Onteora High School
10/01/2010, 9:00AM
$ 0



The Career Day event is for students only and must be arranged through local schools and Onteora High School.

Since 2002, the WFF Youth Initiative has offered inspired learning opportunities for students, by providing the opportunity for one-on-one exchanges with filmmakers and top film industry members who hold a variety of positions including screenwriter, actor, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, composer, attorney, animator, casting director, makeup artist, documentary filmmaker and film critic. Several Academy Award® winners have been a part of the Youth Initiative over the years including the legendary composer Elmer Bernstein, who was nominated for fifteen Oscars®, filmmakers Barabara Kopple and Leon Gast, screenwriters Zachary Sklar and Ron Nyswaner and cinematographer Haskell Wexler who is the only cinematographer with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Each year over 150 students from schools throughout the region gather at Onteora High School in Boiceville for Career Day, where students meet with A-list film industry professionals in small groups, ask questions and learn about careers in film and new media. In addition to conversations with leading authorities on film making, students are also treated to a film screening, which is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

“I am always amazed at the quality of the program and especially impressed by the depth of understanding these youngsters have of the film making process. It has been a privilege to share my documentary experiences at the WFF Career Day forum.” – Leon Gast, Academy Award® Recipient, “When We Were Kings”

This event is made possible in part by Ulster County Saving Charitable Fund, SAGIndie and a Federal Judiciary Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

PANEL: Film Marketing and Publicity
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/01/2010, 4:00PM
$ 15



For the past couple of years, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have successfully threatened traditional film publicity marketing campaigns. Now with the runaway success of the iPad and newer generation smart phones, has the day finally arrived when the promise of instant access puts the nail in the coffin of traditional pulp media? Our panel of experts are here to talk about the impact of social media and other next generation trends in film marketing and publicity. The informative discussion will touch upon DIY, self-distribution and the changing role of executives like publicists and lawyers in the industry. While many filmmakers decide to hire a publicist, many do not understand the role of publicity in festival strategies, creating buzz, and the role PR plays in self-distribution or the sale of a film to a distributor. Too, with the consolidation of studios and potent delivery systems using VOD, PPV and online delivery, lawyers' roles have changed to help filmmakers navigate the distribution terrain.

Moderator: John Murphy has a diversified background in public relations, having created and implemented both corporate and consumer media campaigns for clients spanning feature film, television, cable, Internet and publishing. As part of this, Murphy has represented a full slate of films at Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca and The Hamptons and handled the press for the Nantucket, Woodstock and Children’s International Film Festivals. Recent theatrical film campaigns include “A Serious Man,” “Burma VJ,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Milk,” “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Chocolate” and many more.

Josh Braun
Donna Dickman
Gary Springer

Josh Braun runs Submarine Entertainment, a hybrid sales and production company, consulting and strategizing on the sale, distribution and development of documentaries and feature films. Some of the films represented by Braun include the award winning “Winter’s Bone,” “Man on Wire,” “Smash His Camera,” “Food Inc,” “The Cove,” “Supersize Me” and “Encounters At The End of the World.” Braun was also an executive producer on David Cronenberg’s Oscar nominated “A History of Violence.”

New York based film publicist Donna Dickman has successfully worked in the film industry, from publicity assistant at United Artists to SVP of publicity at Focus Features. She gained invaluable experience working at USA Films, Gramercy Pictures, Miramax and MGM, overseeing the New York publicity campaigns on such notable and varied films such as "Gosford Park," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Brokeback Mountain," "Traffic," "The Pianist" and "Clerks."

Gary Springer is an entertainment publicist representing film, theater and events. In film, his company, Springer Associates PR, represents independent and foreign films at festivals in the U.S. and abroad. He also represents NY campaigns for film and talent for end of year Awards consideration. Springer’s first career was as an actor and his film appearances include “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Small Circle of Friends” and “Law and Disorder.” He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and was a founding Board member of the Creative Coalition.

PANEL: Amazing Women in Film
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/02/2010, 12:00PM
$ 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
has twice served as the New York Film Critics Circle Chair. She has written for “The New York Times,” “The New York Post,” “O: The Oprah Magazine,” “Marie Claire,” “The Huffington Post,” “Interview,” and “More.” She has appeared on CNN, E!, NBC’s The Today Show, among many others. In 1993 she earned a MFA from Columbia University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1981.

Lemore Syvan
Amy Dotson
Joslyn Barnes

Jeanne R. Berney

Lemore Syvanis a New York based independent producer. She recently completed “Henry’s Crime” starring Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan. Prior to that in 2009, Syvan produced “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” directed by Rebecca Miller. Syvan’s work also includes “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener, “Gracie,” directed by Academy Award® winner Davis Guggenheim, starring Dermot Mulroney, and many others. She also produced Rebecca Miller’s “Personal Velocity,” which won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance, as well as the John Cassavetes Award at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards.

Amy Dotsonis the Deputy Director of IFP, the nation’s oldest not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization of independent filmmakers. She provides ongoing support and mentorship to over 350 independent filmmaker alumni each year and serves the independent film industry and community by connecting them with new, ‘off-the-radar’ creative talent. Before joining IFP, Dotson held the position of Associate Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/ Discovery Channel Documentary Festival and AFI Silver’s The European Union Film Showcase.

Joslyn Barnes co-founder of Louverture Films, is a screenwriter and Emmy-nominated producer. She is the author or co-author of numerous commissioned screenplays for feature fi lms including the upcoming “Toussaint,” “The Cosmic Forest,” and the award-winning “Bàttu.” Since co-founding Louverture Films, Barnes has executive produced or produced the award-winning features “Bamako,” “Africa Unite” and the Oscar and Emmy nominated “Trouble The Water.” She also associate produced the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”

Jeanne R. Berney For the past several years, Jeanne R. Berney has served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A member of the senior management team, her responsibilities were to position the Film Society and its programs across all marketing platforms, including advertising. In addition, Berney revamped NYFF Press and Industry Screenings and worked with sponsors, filmmakers, the film industry and program partners from around the world.

PANEL: New Distribution Paradigms
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/02/2010, 2:00PM
$ 15



The 21st century brought with it extraordinary advances in the way that films are distributed. The advent of the Internet, cable and satellite television and on-demand services now allows a viewer to choose exactly how and when they watch a film. This change in dynamic between the work and the audience has allowed many films a chance to shine that would have otherwise been denied. In turn this has opened up a whole new world of cinema for the public to enjoy, making such changes incredibly valuable and worthwhile. This panel will discuss the remarkable leaps forward that have been made in the world of film distribution and look ahead to what the future may hold.

Bingham Ray
has nearly 30 years of executive experience in all aspects of the film business, having overseen the production of numerous critically acclaimed and successful releases. In September 2001, Ray was named President of United Artists and during his three-year tenure there, he again oversaw multiple successes, releasing Academy Award winning films “No Man’s Land” and “Bowling For Columbine.” Prior to United Artists, Ray co-founded October Films in 1991. One of the foremost independent film companies of the 1990’s, the company won two Oscars, 13 nominations and top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival on three occasions.

Richard Abramowitz
Bob Berney
Edward Burns
Ted Hope
John Sloss

Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, consulting on the production, marketing, and distribution of independent films. His recent distribution projects include “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “ANVIL! The Story of Anvil!,” and “Agora.” A veteran of 30 years in film, he’s worked with filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, John Turturro, Morgan Spurlock, James Ivory and Neil Young. He’s also an Adjunct at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Bob Berney has been a preeminent force in the international film world for more than two decades, founding and operating four of the most successful independent film distribution and marketing companies: Apparition, Picturehouse, Newmarket Films and IFC Films. As an independent distribution and marketing consultant, Berney was responsible for the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” for Newmarket Capital Group and Todd Solondz’s critically acclaimed “Happiness” for Good Machine International (now Focus Features).

Edward Burns: gained international recognition for his first feature “The Brothers McMullen,” which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize and going on to become the year’s most profitable release. Burns’ second film, “She’s The One” reinforced Burns’ versatile talent as a writer, director and actor. His ninth feature as a writer, director and actor, “Nice Guy Johnny” is screening at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival. As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro in “Saving Private Ryan” and “15 Minutes” respectively.

Ted Hope: Co-founder of This is That & Good Machine, Hope has produced over 60 fi lms, including “21 Grams,” “American Splendor,” “Happiness,” “In The Bedroom,” three Sundance Grand Prize winners and the fi rst features of Alan Ball, Michel Gondry and Ang Lee. He blogs at and co-founded the Indie Film review site Hope is currently in post-production on “Super,” written and directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon.

John Sloss is a founding member of Cinetic Media, as well as the Managing Partner of Sloss Law Office, LLP. Sloss has also acted as Executive Producer for over 35 feature fi lms including “The Fog of War “(2004 Academy Award winner, Documentary Feature), “Pieces of April” and “Far From Heaven.” Sloss serves as a partner in InDigEnt, a low budget production company for high-level fi lmmaking talent and recently founded the digital sales initiative Cinetic Rights Management, which launched its branded VOD channel, Cinetic FilmBuff in 2009.

PANEL: Music For Change
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/02/2010, 4:00PM
$ 15



Sponsored by BMI

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

Kenneth Bowser
Miriam Cutler
Sussan Deyhim
Summer Love (Naomi Preney)
Ron Mann
John Sebastian
Justin Sane

Kenneth Bowser is a director of documentaries, feature films and episodic television and specializes in crafting stories about American culture. In addition to “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune,” he is the writer, producer and director of NBC’s Emmy-nominated network special, “Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live,” celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SNL. He also worked on the SNL network specials for the 80s and 90s and is currently creating the 2000s episode. His next project is a narrative feature based on Peter Biskind’s bestseller entitled “Down & Dirty Pictures.”

BMI Composer Miriam Cutler co-produced and scored the documentary "One Lucky Elephant" competing this year at the Woodstock Film Festival. Other scores include "Ghosts of Abu Grhaib", "Family Affair", "Chris and Don", "Lost in La Mancha", "Licensed to Kill". Cutler is a lab advisor at the Sundance Documentary Composers Lab and has served on documentary juries at the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, IDA and AFI Awards.

Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist. Deyhim’s wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists have included Peter Gabriel, Jerry Garcia, The Blue Man Group and prominent female visual artists Shirin Neshat and Sophie Calle. Currently Deyhim is working on “The House is Black,” based on the work and life of the literary icon of Iranian contemporary poetry Forough Farrokhzad.

Summer Love (Naomi Preney) has produced several short documentaries showcasing up-and-coming Canadian fashion designers and musicians. With her company, Deltatime Productions, she heads up a team of creative talent whose passion for music and politics helped create her fi rst feature documentary, “Sounds Like a Revolution.”

Ron Mann makes award winning feature documentaries that focus on alternative and dissent culture. WFF has been showing Mann’s films since “Go Further,” a musical-eco-road movie about activism and sustainable living. This year, WFF is pleased to present “In the Wake of the Flood,” which puts Margaret Atwood’s words to music for change.

As the leader of the folk-rock band the Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian 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.” As an instrumentalist, primarily playing harmonica, he has accompanied a wide range of artists including Judy Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Doors, Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, Graham Parker, Dolly Parton, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, and Bonnie Raitt. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Justin Sane is the founding member of the seminal punk band Anti-Flag. Sane is a founding member of the non-profit Military Free Zone. He has worked with Amnesty International, Green Peace, PETA and numerous other organizations.

PANEL: Legal Issues in Film Workshop
10/02/2010, 4:00PM
$ 15



This class will provide an overview of the legal issues and common business arrangements used in film and television projects. In addition, option agreements for the acquisition of literary properties; distribution agreements and a comprehensive release for reality based television program will be discussed. We will also take a look at legal issues surrounding recent films such as “Borat.” This class will be taught by Elena M. Paul, Esq., VLA's Executive Director.

Taught by:
Elena M. Paul, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), the leading provider of pro bono legal services and advocacy to the arts community. Paul creates many of VLA’s original programs, including the VLA Clinic, the Statewide Service Initiative and Ask the Lawyer. She lectures nationally on a variety of arts and entertainment topics, including, intellectual property, fundraising and forming for-profit arts businesses. In 2000, Paul was elected to serve as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.

PANEL: Actors Dialogue
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/03/2010, 10:00AM
$ 20



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

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” and of “Brazilian Sexy.”

Edie Falco

Edie Falco most recently appeared in the Naked Angels off-Broadway production of “This Wide Night.” She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play “Sideman,” which garnered her a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune” and “Night Mother.” Falco is currently starring as Jackie in the hit Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for which she was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. As “Carmela Soprano” in “The Sopranos” Falco received 3 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards and 2 SAG Awards for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Film credits include “Cost of Living” (AFI’s Best Actress Award), “Sunshine State” (Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress), “Laws of Gravity” (Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Female Lead Actor), “Judy Berlin” and the soon to be released “3 Backyards.”

Additonal panelists TBA.

PANEL: Documentary Workshop - Focusing on the Craft of Filmmaking
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/03/2010, 12:00PM
$ 15



Some of today's most accomplished and promising documentary filmmakers reveal their process through the examination of some of some of their films' most pivotal scenes. The directors will discuss their approach to the material, how they got to these moments and the vision behind filming and editing them in a particular way. This panel will be an eye opener to the audience by providing an insider's glimpse into the collaborative process of documentary filmmaking and the complex thought process that goes along with it.

Conceived and curated by Heidi Ewing. Heidi Ewing

Heidi Ewing is the co-director (with Rachel Grady) of “Jesus Camp,” a provocative documentary on the Evangelical right that was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award. She and Grady recently premiered “12th & Delaware” at the Sundance Film Festival and then on HBO. The film takes a candid look at the war between the pro-life and pro-choice factions. Ewing also recently directed a film for MTV on Saudi Arabian teens and is part of a consortium of filmmakers that adapted the best-selling book “Freakonomics” for the big screen. She is currently directing “Detroit Hustles Harder,” a feature length doc about the survivors and hustlers that have vowed to stick with Motor City.

Doug Block
Barbara Kopple
Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Michael Tucker

Doug Block is a New York-based filmmaker whose work includes much acclaimed feature documentaries. His film "51 Birch Street" was named as one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by "The New York Times," "The Chicago Sun-Times" and the Ebert & Roeper Show, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His first film, "The Heck With Hollywood" was released in the U.S. by Original Cinema as well as being broadcast on PBS. An Emmy nomination followed with his second film "Home Page," which also screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals. As a producer and cameraman, Block has worked on numerous award-winning films, such as "Silverlake Life," "Jupiter's Wife" and "Love & Diane." Block is also the founder and co-host of "The D-Word," a popular international online discussion forum for documentary professionals.

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker for the documentaries “Harlan County, USA” and “American Dream.” Her other films include “Woodstock: Now and Then,” “A Conversation with Gregory Peck,” “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” and many more. Kopple is the recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and she actively participates in organizations that address social issues and support independent film making.

Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are co-founders of Break Thru Films. They co-directed “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” Sundance Award winner ’09, (IFC FILMS). They co-directed the Emmy nominated films “The Devil Came on Horseback,” “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” and “Burma Soldier.” They are recipients of SPIRIT and GOTHAM nominations, Best Female Filmmakers Award — San Diego FF, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Film Making Award.

Michael Tucker is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker. In 2003, Tucker went to Baghdad, where he followed an armored car salesman making sales calls for “Bulletproof Salesman.” While filming “Bulletproof Salesman,” Tucker took interest in the story of US soldiers and began to work on “Gunner Palace.” After the critically acclaimed release of “Gunner Palace” in 2005, Tucker began work on “The Prisoner: Or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair,” nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Tucker’s most recent work “How to Fold a Flag” is the final chapter of a chronicle that spans seven years of war.

PANEL: Environmentally Speaking: Improving Our Planet with the Power of Film
Utopia Studios WOODSTOCK
10/03/2010, 2:00PM
$ 15



Can film make an impact on how we take care of our planet? Do we need to be more environmentally responsible in how we make our films to get our messages across? Where is the intersection of making films about the environment and making films that are environmentally conscious? Join us as filmmakers, industry leaders and environmental experts discuss the impact films have on our planet.

Co-programmed by Brian Geldin. Geldin founded The Film Panel Notetaker in 2005 after wondering what to do with the notes he took at film panel discussions. What began as a simple blog has blossomed into one of the industry’s foremost resources for independent film and documentary discussions. Brian is also an experienced communications professional with demonstrated success in film publicity. He has led media relations and outreach for independent films, film festivals, musicians and other arts, media and entertainment organizations. For more information, visit his website at

Lydia Dean Pilcher is president of Cine Mosaic, has produced over 28 feature films. Pilcher is a Chair of the Producer’s Guild of America Green Committee (, and is a presenter for The Climate Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program.

Joe Berlinger
Jon Bowermaster
Katherine Carpenter
Larry Fessenden
Eva Radke
Mari Jo Winkler

Joe Berlinger is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and photographer. His films include “Brother’s Keeper,” “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills,” and “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.” His most recent film, “Crude,” debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and received numerous accolades including Best International Green Film at Berlin’s prestigious Cinema For Peace.

Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. Bowermaster’s 2007-2008 Antarctic expedition was the finale in his OCEANS 8 project. He is a producer of a dozen documentary films including SOLA, which screens at local colleges and WFF in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Programmers Tour.

Environmental Producer and Green Production Consultant Katherine Carpenter is an award winning documentary producer specializing in environmental subjects. She was trained as a climate presenter by Al Gore and The Climate Project, and now works also as a carbon-reduction consultant for film and TV productions with Green Media Solutions of New York (see

Larry Fessenden is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror trilogy “Habit,” “Wendigo” and “No Telling.” His recent film, “The Last Winter” premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival (IFC). Fessenden has produced a diverse array of independent films including “Wendy and Lucy,” The House of the Dead,” “I Sell the Dead,” “Stake Land,” and “Bitter Feast.” In 1991 Fessenden wrote Low Impact Filmmaking: A Guide to Environmentally Sound Film and Video Production and to this day maintains a website on Global Warming,

Eva Radke has worked in film and commercial production in NYC for 15 years, concentrating on the art department. In 2007 she formed ArtCube, an online group that facilitates collaboration within the industry. In 2008, she founded Film Biz Recycling to help the film industry address the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

Mari Jo Winkler is currently executive producing David Koepp’s "Premium Rush" starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. She also Executive Produced the soon to be released Doug Liman’s Fair Game starring Noami Watts and Sean Penn, as well as “Away We Go,” “Dan in Real Life” and “No Reservations” and has Co-Produced “Lucky You,” “In Her Shoes” and “Shall We Dance.”



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