UI April 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: April 1st

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: John Holser presents Lighting for Video

    John Holser has worked professionally in the video and film business for over twenty years producing hundreds of corporate videos and television commercials. He has directed and worked on numerous feature length, short film and broadcast projects with stars like John Mellencamp, Jimmy Fallon, Stacey Keach and Sean Astin. He’s shot for the Discovery Channel and Good Morning America and has won numerous ITVA and Telly Awards as well as the prestigious New York State Broadcasters Best in the State ward. John is a student of, and an instructor in, the Sanford Meisner Method of Acting and has worked with hundreds of adult and child actors while operating a 300 member On Camera Talent casting service. John climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa while shooting for a PBS documentary on blind mountain climbers and is presently in production on a documentary called Cameras & Credit Cards.

    Contact: john@digitalfilmfarm.com

  3. Film Screenings:
    • Jess Petrequin will share his short Bad Laundry (approx 4 mins. 33 seconds).
    • Matt Kehoe will share his short The Interview (approx. 5 mins) and a music video Shine on You (approx. 4 mins).
    • Jon Cring will show his music video Winter Sun by Talia Denis (approx 4 mins).

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Matt Kehoe: Fundraising Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI March 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: March 4th

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Jared Balog:

    From the moment Jared laid eyes on a television screen he was influenced by the height of 80’s horror and slasher films. Favorites include “Friday the 13th”, Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm street” as well as a wide variety of Asian horror films, which is easy to spot in his art work and films. The extremely poignant elements of death, blood and gore, which resonated so strongly in these films, are what inspired him to study the craft of special effects make-up, reading books from Tom Savini, studying videos of molds and sculpture design, and taking a brief understudy course with legendary special effects artist Dick Smith. One of the most important factors of his incredible and unique talent is the skill and dedicated effort to make all effects and images “real”. Unlike many, he exhibits the ability to create versatile special effects and makeup artistry for any project given to him and always welcomes a new challenge to test his skills.

    Over ten years later, Jared still draws incessantly, even if it’s just a small five minute sketch of creature designs, practical effects scenes for films or flutters and splatters of horrific blood bath scenes. His art includes character and creature sketches, sculptures and masks, the unmatchable skill of death and carnage which is sought out by many local filmmakers and outside collectors, and in-depth, detailed works of the walking dead (a rare skill to find outside of Hollywood).

  3. Film Screenings:
    • Ron Pucherelli and Susan Robbins will show The Keys of My Life.
    • Juan Lopez will show Nadine Medina Designs and The Way You Are.
    • Patrick Stephenson will show “Ilium, New York”.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Matt Kehoe: Fundraising Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI 2014 Oscar Party

Upstate Independents 2014 Oscar Party

Upstate Independents 2014 Oscar Party

Mark your calendars! Upstate Independents will be hosting:

“A Night at the Oscars”
Sunday, March 2, 2014
6:45 – 11:30 pm
at
Wolf’s 111 Restaurant
111 Wolf Road
Colonie, NY 12205

Tickets: $10 UI Members $15 Non members

Admission includes:

All non alcoholic drinks
Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres

Activities:

Contest to predict the winners in the top six Oscar categories.
Contest for best movie character costume.

Tickets will be on sale at the door.

For more information, email vicepresui@yahoo.com

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UI February 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: February 4th

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Jessica Vecchione will discuss the upcoming Catskill Mountains Film Festival:

    Award-winning videographer, Jessica Vecchione, is the owner of Vecc Videography, a digital video services company, and a co-founder of iCreate.com, a video and design marketing agency in the Catskill Mountains. With 20 years experience in advertising and marketing, Jessica has carved out a niche for herself in the Catskills, helping individuals, businesses, and organizations connect to others and define their brand by telling their stories on film.

    In 2009, she made a film called, Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns, about the growing Hispanic population in a mostly rural mountainous region. The film went on to screen in several film festivals, including the Black Earth Film Festival, where it won first prize in documentary, the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, where it won second prize in documentary, the Boston Latino Film Festival and the Buffalo Niagra Film Festival. In 2011, she made Robert, Portrait of an Art-er, a film about an infamous local hermit and stone artist, which also went on to win awards on the film festival circuit. At the same time, Jessica has devoted herself to helping small businesses and organizations in the Catskills, such as The Arc of Delaware County, Bassett Research Institute, The Delaware County Chamber and Economic Development, Watershed Agricultural Council, The Mark Project and many more. A founder of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival in Delhi, New York, Jessica has a deep love for, and knowledge of the area, and an instinctual gift for helping businesses and individuals brand themselves by sharing their stories on film.

    For more information on the Catskill Mountains Film Festival visit:
    http://catskillmountainfilmfestival.org
    Facebook: Catskill Mountains Film Festival

  3. Film Screenings: Upstate Independents Volunteers show their Documentary Short “All For The Birds” runtime approx. 14 mins.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Matt Kehoe: Fundraising Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI January 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: January 7th

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Heidi Philipsen:

    Writer/producer/director Eli Meissner (Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner) is a dedicated, union-affiliated (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/Actors Equity Association) actor, writer, producer and director whose background in film, theater and broadcast television spans over a decade and across the ocean from the United States to abroad.

    She holds a B.A. in Film, Theatre & German Literature from the University of Michigan’s Residential College, a Certificate in German Fluency from the Goethe Institute, a Masters in International Media & Communications with a Regional Focus on the European Union from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, a Graduate Training Certificate in Directing and Cinematography from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and a certificate of completion from the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.

    Career highlights abroad include apprenticing at the politically provocative and acclaimed Theatre 89, where she apprenticed under the best of the best in Berlin’s professional theater scene, including the Berliner Ensemble, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Maxim Gorki Theater, followed by acting and directing at the Friends of Italian Opera English Theatre – now known as The English Theatre in Berlin.

    On the television side, Heidi Elizabeth worked in both presenting, reporting and associate producing for the internationally broadcast television station, Deutsche Welle-TV: presenting the weather before a world-wide audience of 55 million viewers daily with “The Journal,” reporting from the Red Carpet of the Berlin Film Festival and engaging in voice-over work at the legendary Grundy Ufa Studios in Babelsberg for American films such as Fox Television’s for-tv feature Terror in the Mall.

    Upon returning to the States, Heidi Elizabeth pursued and completed her Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of Public & International Affairs in International Media & Communications with a focus on the European Union. While at Columbia, she interned with ABC’s Good Morning America Consumer News Unit, as well as CBS’s 48 Hours, CARE International and Wim Wender’s Film Development Company, Road Movies, GmbH, in Berlin, Germany.

    In order to hone her craft as an actor (and become an “Actor’s Director”) for both stage and film Heidi has trained extensively at the T. Schreiber Studios and the Stella Adler Studios, while performing Off-Broadway in such shows as Angry Jello Bubbles, and Prelude to a Kiss at the Gloria Maddox Theater and, regionally, at Jeff Daniel’s professional theater, The Purple Rose Theatre, in Chelsea, Michigan.

    In 2005, she started the socially motivated local theater ensemble, The Personae Ensemble, producing and directing William Mastrosimone’s Extremities and Anne Nelson’s The Guys, and enrolled at the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, where she was mentored by industry professionals Doug Schulze, Kurt Mayry and Kathryn McDermott, and wrote and directed her thesis short “A Fork in the Road” for which she received the Best Screenplay award and was nominated for Best Director at the MPI Student Film Festival. “A Fork in the Road” was a part of the official of the Reel Women International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, C.A. on March 8, 2008. Her Telling Heart represents her first period-piece thriller adaptation and fourth short film.

  3. Film Screenings: TBA

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: PresidentRon Pucherelli: President and TreasurerMikolis Sargalis: Vice-President
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Matt Kehoe: Fundraising Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI December 2013 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: December 3rd

  1. Announcements
  2. UI Members Showcase – Several UI members share bits of their work from 2013, approximately 40 minutes. Please join us to see works from:
    • Amy Howansky
    • Jeff Burns
    • Jess Petrequin
    • Jon Cring
    • Juan Luis Lopez Fons
    • Kathleen Carey
    • Manolo Manolo
    • Matt Kehoe
    • Ron Pucherelli
    • Susie Griswold
    • Victor Rodriguez
    • Johanna Tacedena
    • Joy Reed
  3. Networking with Non-fancy Nibbles – Bring your business cards and enjoy the remainder of the evening networking, catching up and nibbling.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President & Treasurer
  • Steve O’Conner: Vice-President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair
  • Matt Kehoe: Fundraising Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI November 2013 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: November 5th

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Johanna Tacedena:Bring your headshot and resume to Upstate Independents November meeting and get a chance to meet Casting Director Johanna Tacedena!Johanna Tacadena had a love for dancing at an early age, strongly influenced by American Bandstand, Fame and Flashdance. She started her formal dance training as a junior in college, earning her BA in dance and booking her first gigs in theme parks and cruise ships. Since then, she’s performed the theater circuit working in stock, regional, national touring, off-Broadway and Broadway shows. After the birth of her daughter, Johanna put theater aside to pursue other facets of the industry that would bring her home in time for dinner with her family. Thus began the next phase of her career as a professional commercial actor.

    In addition to acting, Johanna is also a makeup artist and early this year, she added another hat to her collection as co-owner and casting director of Break-Through Talent. Partnering with her long-time friend Pat Gallio, they’ve expanded their team and have cast many film, music video, commercial, print, voice-over and industrial projects in the Hudson Valley and NYC.

  3. Elections
    1. Runners for this year’s election will have an opportunity to share their experiences/reasons for your vote.
    2. Voting
    3. Results of November Elections
  4. Networking break – 15 minutes
  5. Film Screenings: Chris Williams will show his short The Audition.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President
  • Mikolis Sargalis: Vice-President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Ron Pucherelli: Treasurer and Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI October 2013 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: October 1st

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Chris Schiller – Chris Schiller gets RAW! (…in Workflow for Post Production):

    With the latest advances in cinema production for independent filmmakers, there have been great opportunities for improvement in the quality of capture formats. But with those advances come potential pitfalls which, if left unchecked, could cause havoc in trying to bring your production in on time and budget. RAW footage capture is now accessible to the independent filmmaker: REDs, Alexas, Blackmagic Cinema and Pocket cameras and even Magic Lantern enhanced DSLRs all have the ability to shoot the highest resolution images. The quality of picture you can capture with RAW shooting is at a level most indy filmmakers have never had access to before. However, along with the quality jump there is a considerable change in how you need to approach working with RAW footage, from acquisition, through post production to get the most out of the potentials the format provides. From traditional film production, through standard video production, DLSR shooting setups through RAW capture, each workflow structure can be optimized for the best possible outcome, if you properly prepare. Preparation and ability to adapt to change are necessities in this rapidly evolving field we find ourselves in.

    Chris Schiller is best known as an entertainment attorney serving the area filmmakers and writers and, more recently, as a columnist for Script Magazine with his bi-weekly column titled, Legally Speaking, It Depends as well as other articles and interviews. He is an establshed producer and director, helping to bring Upstate NY film productions to market and a screenwriter, active with his own projects as well as working to help other writers with their works. Chris also carries with him over 30 years of technical production experience including editing, cinematography, audio, extensive computer knowledge spanning programming and graphic design including web development as well as DVD and multimedia creation. He has directed a live TV news broadcast and fought a studio fire during a live telecast. (Luckily, those were on different days.) There is a diversity that Chris Schiller brings to everything he does and his broad experiences serve to aid him as he ventures into each new category of adventure.

    In his spare time, Chris is a poet, artist and a juggler.

  3. Networking break – 15 minutes
  4. Film Screenings: To prepare us for Halloween, Jess Petrequin will show his short Frankenstein GPS.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President
  • Mikolis Sargalis: Vice-President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Ron Pucherelli: Treasurer and Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI September 2013 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: September 3rd

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speakers: Special Guest Speaker Shawn Schaffer:

    Shawn has been working in the Film and Television Industry since 2002. He began as an actor and appeared in approximately two dozen films, but then realized that he had a lot more interest (and talent) to be behind the camera as opposed to in front of it. Having never attended a day of film school, he began his education as a form of lengthy “apprenticeship” by jumping on to as many projects as possible, many times working for free. Starting as a PA, he learned by carefully observing others at work and learning the skills for each position and the relationships between them. Eventually he moved from PA to Grip to Kay Grip to Gaffer and finally Director of Photography and getting paid work along the way.

    In 2005, Shawn began production on a feature film, hiring a talented Director of Photography while taking a seat in the Directors chair, amd continued to learn from that DP. carefully watched and questioned motivation and practicality of his lighting setups while collaborating on them to mold the film’s look. Following the end of principal photography, he sat in with top editor Tony Grocki both on his project and others, totaling over 500 hours in the editing room with him.

    Following that film, Shawn invested in camera gear and began the trial and error basis of both composing and lighting for shots and scenes, first by mimicking shots from his favorite films, then by experimenting with new works and earlier films he worked on. As his experience and understanding of cinematography grew, he marketed himself as a Camera Operator and in certain cases, as a Director of Photography. He began growing his resume and reputation until finally moving cinematography full time in 2007.

    Shawn’s success has since grown and, in late 2011, opened Wheelhouse TV in Providence, Ri. Wheelhouse TV is a full service video production, graphic & web design company, a one stop media shop providing script to screen video production for television commercials and web video, as well as professional graphic design and web development solutions. Shawn and his wife akso welcomed a new daughter into the world in February of the same year.

  3. Networking break – 15 minutes
  4. Film Screenings: TBA

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Kevin Craig West: President
  • Mikolis Sargalis: Vice-President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Ron Pucherelli: Treasurer and Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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UI August 2013 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: August 6th

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speakers: Special Guest Speakers are Nora Armani and Mike Camoin:

    If you were ever curious about the Cannes Film Festival, don’t miss UI’s August meeting where Nora Armani, a seasoned actor and filmmaker will join UI member Mike Camoin, in discussing their recent launch of the Rated SR Film Festival New York in Cannes, France. Armani and Camoin met serendipitously in Rotterdam during the fest’s synergetic industry forum and quickly discovered a mutual interest in non-violent storytelling. It is this synergy they want to carry over to New York with “Rated SR” which stands for Socially Relevant. Both will offer insights into navigating the 66th edition of the prestigious film festival, market, producer’s workshop, international village and hopefully, a few tips on walking the red carpet!

    Nora Armani studied drama and sociology in England and currently divides her time between London, Paris and New York. Her most recent work Moving Stories screened at the Monaco Film Festival in the official selection in May 2013. She’s organized film weeks at London’s ICA, Cine Lumiere, AFI in Los Angeles and Kennedy Centre, collaborated with Paris’s Pompidou Centre, The Edinburgh and Cambridge Film Festivals and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Armani has had her films in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and recently participated in the Producers Network at Cannes.

    Mike Camoin is a founding member and former President of Upstate Independents, Inc. An Albany-based filmmaker, producer and director with a number of completed documentaries and shorts, Camoin is currently in post-production with An American Life: The Journey from Violence to Hope“centered on mental illness and criminal justice featuring David Kaczynski. He is credited serving as a location scout on HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and Derek Cianfrance’s Place Beyond the Pines the motion picture starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendez and Bradley Cooper. An advisory board member to The New School of Radio and Television, he also serves as a consultant to the Albany Film Commission and has appeared on Vox-Pop with WAMC’s public radio Alan Chartock discussing all things independent motion pictures.

    Rated SR New York takes place March 14-20, 2014. The main goal of the fest is to support filmmakers who are producing films that tackle the tough social and environmental issues of the day without relying on gratuitous violence or sensationalism to draw in an audience. The fest aims to satisfy a market need to concentrate more on everyday positive human stories seeking an audience. Joining Armani and Camoin is Carol Ash, President of the Carey Center for Global Good, in Rensselaerville, NY, which will host the Upstate section of the Festival on its 100-acre campus. The Downstate-Upstate event will provide festival attendees and public alike with the best of both worlds: the buzz of Manhattan and the rural setting of Rensselaerville.

    More about Rated SR
    https://www.facebook.com/RatedSRSociallyRelevantFFNY

    More about Nora Armani
    http://www.noraarmani.com/ and www.movingstoriesthemovie.wordpress.com/

    More about Mike Camoin

    http://www.videosforchange.com

  3. Networking break – 15 minutes
  4. Film Screenings:
    • Mark Fallon will show Accents music video Alright.
    • Victor Rodriguez will show What Goes Around and a clip from Far From The Heart
  5. The Upstate Independents Board:
  • Kevin Craig West: President
  • Mikolis Sargalis: Vice-President
  • Jenna Noble: Secretary
  • Ron Pucherelli: Treasurer and Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Web Chair

Where we’re located:

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Click here to view the Google map and get directions. It is a great opportunity to network with others who are interested in all aspects of film and television production.

Check out the best independent film and media resource in Upstate New York. For more information, e-mail us at info@upstateindependents.com.

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