UIFN Halloween Party!!!

UIFN’s Halloween Celebration and Spooky Film Festival

Date:  Friday, October 24th

Time: 8:00pm until 11:00pm (doors open at 7:30)

Place: The Linda; 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Ticket Price: Members $10 / Non Members $15

Food & Beverage:  Hors d’oeuvre / Snacks (Included in ticket price) and for those wishing to imbibe there will be a Cash Bar

Activities:

Dance Music by the Lucky Jukebox Brigade – Check out their FaceBook Page!

Totally Awesome Costume Contest with Celebrity Judges

Short Horror Film Contest (Attendees will vote for the winner)

To submit your film to the festival:

Theme:  Horror / Spooky / Scary / Halloween / Vamps, Werewolves, & Zombies!  Oh My!!!!!

Film length:  15 minutes or less

For information on submitting a film on DVD, send an e-mail to:

info@upstateindependents.com
with the subject line:  Halloween Party Film Submission

Or contact one of the UIFN Board Members to make other arrangements

Submit by:  Friday, October 3, 2014

Please Note:  Only current members can submit films.  If your dues are not up to date on your membership, or if you want to become a member, and want to submit a film, contact us at the e-mail above

OR

goto :  http://www.upstateindependents.com/join/

and renew your membership and join up!

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15 Minute Max Film Fest

Attention UI Members and Fans: The 15 Minute Max Film Fest

The College of St. Rose is presenting its third annual student Film festival called the “15 Minute Max Film Festival” to be held on Friday, October 3rd from 5-7pm at the Madison Theater in Albany.

Students from colleges/universities within a radius of 50 miles of St. Rose have submitted their films covering various genres and documentaries. Admission is free. You can visit the website at: http://15minmax.wordpress.com or check out their Facebook page. Let’s get out and support these young filmmakers!

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UIFN September 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: September 2nd

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: Doug LeClaire – Producer of the Asbury Shorts Film Fest scheduled to come back to The Linda on September 13th.
  3. Film Screenings:
    1. Gary Azberger will share a short No Donuts. (approx. 1 min)
    2. Mike Camoin will share his shorts:
      • Waiting For My Uncle Maestro(approx. 2.5 min)
      • Survival in the Sport of Kings (approx. 8 mins)
    3. Jessica Vecchione will share Catskill Kettlebells ALS/Silver Strand Foundation Ice Bucket Challenge and 10,000 Kettlebells Swings (approx. 5 mins)
    4. Steve O’Connor will share a Project Greenlight short he produced React, directed by Gary Flugge and Justin Stewart. (approx. 2.5 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 August 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: August 5th

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: Patrick Longo
  3. Patrick Longo is an author, keynote speaker, composer, musician, screenwriter, husband and father to two young boys. He also is the founder of Upaya Productions (ooh-pie-yuh),Upaya Publishing, and Team Earth, an environmental awareness apparel company. Patrick is a former full-time Creative Writing instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and currently is a literature adjunct instructor at Schenectady County Community College and Director of Talent Acquisition at Transfinder, a global transportation logistics and location intelligence software company.

    A graduate of the prestigious Graduate Creative Writing Program at Brockport College, Patrick majored in Creative Writing, with a concentration in poetry. He moved from NY to San Francisco where he wrote, directed, produced, and composed music for his second play, The Curse of Funston Munley and played drums, sang, and composed music and lyrics for the band Moe Road. In addition, Patrick was involved in the writing, production, music composition, and promotion for several short films.

    After Funston, Patrick was inspired to write a sung-through musical based on Cassandra, the cursed prophetess of ancient Troy and after raising $23,000 on Kickstarter, is set to debut a concert version of Cassandra, The Musical at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY on September 12th and 13th, 2014.

    He is the co-author and editor of Great Salespeople Aren’t Born, They’re Hired, as well as Hire, Fire and The Walking Dead, Find Your Spinach, The Just Disease, an illustrated children’s fantasy novel named The Aces, Jeb’s Wish, a traditional novel, and the play Toast and Coffee with Frank.

    Patrick is currently writing and publishing pop music, working on a traditional musical, Oops! I Married a Nazi, continuing to pitch his steam punk screenplay, Chasing the Pigeon, finishing his next business books, Service is a Table Stake and I’m a Sales Doctor, Be Patient!, developing curricula for business culture, and making occasional appearances as a personal and business self-development speaker.

  4. Film Screenings:
    • Jon Cring will share a trailer for his film Hobo Heyseus (approx. 3 min)
    • Patrick Stephenson will share scenes from a Science Fiction Opera (approx. 2 min)
    • Paulina Shur will share her video Farewell My Short, But Brilliant Life (approx. 3 min)

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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July 2014 Meeting

Due to the proximity of the next meeting to the July 4th holiday, the UI Board has decided to cancel the July meeting.

Meanwhile, if you are going to be in the Capital District area over the holiday and still wish to network with your fellow filmmakers, we suggest an informal get together at either The Washington Tavern or The Ginger Man restaurants at a time that is convenient for you.

We’ll be back in full force in August.

Have a great 4thn of July!!!

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UI June 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: July 3rd

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: Mike Feuerstein – Mr. Mike Feurstein presents Naked in School: A Dream of Successful Filmmaking
  3. Mr. Feuerstein’s discussion will include live-action guests Greg Aidala and student Jacob McAuliffe.

    Mike Feurstein directs, shoots and edits television and film productions, rents lighting gear to worldwide filmmakers who visit upstate NY, and brings media into classrooms for project-based enrichment and character education.

    Currently he is the founder of How to UnMake A Bully, which partnered with The DON’T WAIT® Project—and both recently with Matthew McConaughey’s j.k. livin’ foundation in L.A. His program instructs on the making of videos and commercials, and the unmaking of bullying, in classrooms worldwide. Three times a week, he runs daylong projects with brand-new crews of children from 4th grade up to high school. Each production has only a 12-hour turnaround from script to screen. Students learn about themselves and apply the character education to leadership and skills in a professional environment. 2011 Reel: <http://bit.ly/1iC1Blw

    The students’ work has screened in global festivals, theaters, national television, and recently on FOX affiliates. This work earned him the honor of June 14th being proclaimed as “Mr. Mike Day” throughout the upstate NY town of Scotia-Glenville. Michael’s educational series How to UnMake A Bully has since earned a Telly Award, a Sage Colleges Champion of Character Award, and endorsements from the Kids’ First Coalition for Quality Children’s Media and dozens of the nation’s teachers and organizations. It also won “Best Foreign Screenplay” at Sydney KidzFlicks 2013. Mike will commence a 2nd biannual residency in Melbourne in 2015. The UnMake movies are used in classrooms around the world, and are distributed by international organizations, often regarded as the “best tools available” for antibullying instruction and awareness. Promo: http://bit.ly/1fKsPVI

    He has also won Telly Awards for his work on regional campaigns for Ellis Hospital in the Capital Region, and for work done with Activision for President Obama and the Change the Equation campaign for STEM fields. He directed cinematics for the blockbuster video game series Guitar Hero. With host Greg Aidala he was the Times Union newspaper’s “Saratoga Seen” videographer. He has pitched several TV concepts to agencies like the WB, Lawrence Bender and Abrams. He is also writer, director and creator of the acclaimed kids’ web series eScape whose full run can be seen online at eScapetheseries.com or on web television channel batteryPOP, and previously on Roku, Vizio and TiVo. It will be joined by the UnMake movies.

    His current crew consists largely of apprentices from local high schools and colleges. He and his students together have won gold medals from state competitions, Best Video awards in regional and national contests, and Best Film in Berlin for a short which has toured globe in more than 16 festivals, with 6 awards, 2 honors and a feature on TV. Michael owns a local movie lighting rental business and a production company. His work earned him Best Local Filmmaker six years running in reader’s polls ranging from Albany’s Times Union to the regional Metroland magazine.

    He is committed to helping youth realize their talent as actors, storytellers and crew, ensuring that all he works with are able to encounter the same wonderful opportunities he was afforded throughout his own life.

  4. Film Screenings:
    • Juan Luis Lopez Fons will share 2 short films from his series Albany My Albany:
    • Greg Aidala Life Comedy (approx. 4 min)
    • Danny Killin “Soul of Wood” (approx. 4 min)

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 May 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: May 5th

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: A Panel of UI Members whose works were selected in the Catskill Mountains Film Festival discuss the submission and selection process and their experiences with the film festival (running May 2-4).
  3. Film Screenings:
    • Juan Luis Lopez Fons will share 2 short films from his series Albany My Albany: Nadine Medina Designs (approx. 2min 40secs)
    • Greg Aidala Life Comedy (approx. 4 min)
    • Stephen Long will share his short film Crucible (approx. 4 min)
    • Ron Pucherelli will share a trailer to his documentary Lee Shaw Documentary (approx. 30 seconds)

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 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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