2015OscarPartyPoster

Mark your calendars! Upstate Independents will be hosting:

“A Night at the Oscars”
Sunday, February 22, 2015
6:45 – 11:30 pm
at
Wolf’s 111 Restaurant
111 Wolf Road
Colonie, NY 12205

Advance ticket purchase
Member: $13.00
Non-member: $18.00

Door ticket purchase
Member: $18.00
Non-member: $20.00

Admission includes:

All non alcoholic drinks
Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres

Activities:

Contest to predict the winners in the top six Oscar categories.

Members
(a paid up membership is required and membership will be verified prior to entry)




Non-Members




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Meeting date: February 3rd 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: John Holser

    John will introduce part of his online training course “Direct With Us” (working title), a time-lapse build, share behind the scenes photos/videos, the projects shot planning/finished shots, and discuss a step by step on how he lit key scenes.

    Working closely with David Bunce on this project, John’s presentation will lead us to the final piece during our Video Submission portion of the Agenda.

    John Holser is an award winning director who has trained and worked all over the world. As a producer/director, John has completed hundreds of corporate videos and regional television commercials. Throughout his career he’s worked as crew on numerous big budget, feature length, short film and broadcast TV projects. John is trained in the Meisner method of acting and has coached hundreds of actors while operating “Upstate Casting” John has worked with John Mellencamp, Jimmy Fallon, Stacey Keach and Sean Astin to name a few.

    During his career as a television producer/director John shot for the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa while shooting for a PBS documentary. John has won numerous ITVA, Addy and Telly Awards. He’s also a past recipient of the prestigious New York State Broadcasters “Best in the State Award”.

    John is presently working on numerous video projects and blogging about filmmaking at www.digitalfilmfarm.com

  3. Network Break – Bring your business cards and enjoy networking and catching up.
  4. Screenings:
    • David Bunce will share his short “Breakfast of Champions” (approx 8.30 mins).
    • Roman Jaquez will share a trailer to his film “The Way Forward”.

The Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Debbie McCann: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: 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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Meeting date: January 6th 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Happy New Year!


  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.

  2. Guest Speakers: Zeke Kubisch and Brandon Bethmann of WMHT.

    Zeke Kubisch is the new producer of TvFILM. Zeke started out as an intern for TvFILM in 2010 and last year was the editor and graphic designer for the show. Zeke studied media production at Endicott College and is currently an associate producer for WMHT.

    Brandon Bethmann is the host of TvFILM, the original brain behind the TvFILM machine. Brandon previously worked at WMHT where he hosted and produced the show, but is now at WTEN where he is a Creative Services Producer. Brandon is also a producer and director, known for Raising Hell (2003), The Risen (2004) and The Brave and the Kind (2010).

  3. Network Break – Bring your business cards and enjoy networking and catching up.

  4. Film screening: Nicole Signore will share “2014, 24 hr film race” short: (approx 10 mins).

The Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network Board:



  • Ron Pucherelli: President
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Debbie McCann: Secretary
  • Megan Miller: Membership Chair
  • Susie Griswold: Programming Chair
  • Barbara Whitchurch: Media Chair
  • Charles Galuski: Internet Services Chair

Patrick Stephenson took the extra time to create a trailer for the 2014 December Showcase!! Check it out at:

https://vimeo.com/112730867

Please be sure to thank Patrick for volunteering his time to accept members submissions and piece them together for this year’s showcase! Thank you Patrick! :)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!





Where we are 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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Meeting date: December 2nd



  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.

  2. UIFN Members Showcase – Several UIFN members share their work from 2014, There will be 2 sessions approximately 35 minutes each with a network break in between. Please join us to see the following works:

    • I’m Different and It’s OK – Jessica Vecchione
    • XXXO / Straight Into Your Soul – Patrick Stephenson
    • Frontier Town – Ross Mealey
    • Coffee Dance – Susan Lutz
    • Digik – Zach Appio
    • Olga Dance / Time Lapse – Jim Desira
    • JP News 2014 – Jess Petrequin
    • Various Student Film Projects – Mike Feurstein
    • H Body Lab – Juan Luis Lopez Fons
    • Mix and Master – Steven O’Connor
    • Recent Work – Marty Hardin

  3. The Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network 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

    Patrick Stephenson took the extra time to create a trailer for the 2014 December Showcase!! Check it out at:

    https://vimeo.com/112730867

    Please be sure to thank Patrick for volunteering his time to accept members submissions and piece them together for this year’s showcase! Thank you Patrick! :)

  4. Network Break – Networking with Non-fancy Nibbles – Bring your business cards and enjoy the evening networking, catching up and nibbling in between each showcase session.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS!





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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Meeting date: November 4th



  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: Dan Dinsmore

    Dan is the CEO and Founder of Overit Media. For more on Overit visit www.overit.com.

  3. Network Break/Elections – Members vote for the following Board Positions: President, Program Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. (Voting Members must be paid in full.)
  4. Film Screenings:

    • Paulina Shur will share her short, Farewell, My Short, But Brilliant Life (approx. 3 mins).
    • Patrick Stephenson will share his short, Groundswell (approx. 4 mins).

  5. Election results announced.




The Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network 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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Meeting date: October, 7rd

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc.
  2. Guest Speaker: Mark Grimm
  3. Elevator Pitch for Filmmakers: Boost Clarity, Settle Nerves
  4. Award-winning speaking coach and author Mark Grimm will provide a practical and easy-to-follow path to relieve nerves and enable you to deliver a clear and compelling presentation. Learn to avoid auto pilot and bureaucratic speech and be passionate and relevant to audiences. Dynamic speaking is open to everyone. Why can’t it be you?

    For more on Mark Grimm’s background visit: http://www.markgrimm.com

  5. Film Screenings:
    • John Yost will share his dark comedy short Go F@$! Yourself Oliver (approx. 10 mons). WARNING: Adult Content – not for children.
    • Jon Russell Cring will share a short: Spooner (approx. 15 min)
    • Kevin Craig West will share a short: TBA (approx. 11:05 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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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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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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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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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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