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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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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