UIFN May 2015 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: May 5th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc. Please keep all announcements brief to allow enough time for the program.
  2. Guest Speaker: Ingrid Price and Davis Hall of Peak Road Productions

    Ingrid Price wanted to be an anthropologist, but accidentally earned a BFA in theatre instead. She has worked in the entertainment industry since 1980, primarily as a costume designer for film and television. Her work may be seen on the first eight seasons of Law & Order Criminal Intent as well as on many other series, films, and television movies. She is a member of IATSE locals 829 and 764. She is a NYWFT honoree for her work as part of the costume, hair, and makeup team for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. She produced the award-winning short films Mother’s House and In the Blind.

    Davis Hall directed his first film in college. After earning a BA from Northwestern University in 1968, he lived and worked in Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Chicago; finally settling in New York City. His forty-odd-year career as an actor and director has taken him to theatres across America, as well as to Broadway, film and television. He’s a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. As a Union contract negotiation team member, he helped craft four contracts for AEA. Recent acting work includes a role on Madame Secretary and several short films produced through NYU and Columbia University film programs, including the winner of a 2009 Student Academy Award. He directed the award-winning short films Mother’s House and In the Blind.

  3. Network Break – Bring your business cards and enjoy networking and catching up.
  4. Video submissions:
    • Ingrid Price and Davis Hall will share their short film In the Blind (approx 17 mins)
    • Patrick Longo will share his short film A Very Fine Day (approx. 4 mins.)

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Acting Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President and Acting Secretary
  • Debie McCann: 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 April 2015 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: April 7th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Non-member admission: $5.00

  1. Announcements – members and guests share upcoming projects, shows, seminars, etc. Please keep all announcements brief to allow enough time for the program.
  2. Guest Speaker: Dorothy Lyman

    DorothyLymanDorothy is an American television and film actress, director and producer. She is most commonly known for her work as Gwen Frame in Another World and in All My Children as Opal Sue Gardiner for which she received two Emmy Awards as Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series in 1982 and for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1983.

    In prime time, Dorothy appeared on the sitcom Mama’s Family as Naomi Harper for 6 seasons and 130 episodes. After Mama’s Family ended in 1990, Lyman had a recurring role on Bob Newhart’s third series.

    Dorothy is also noted for her work behind the camera, producing and directing a total of 75 episodes of The Nanny (all episodes of the third and fourth seasons, and all but four episodes of the fifth), even making a special guest appearance on the Fran Drescher sitcom.

    On the big screen, Ms. Lyman also appeared in I Love Trouble, starring Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts. She also made a cameo appearance in the 2001 film, Blow, starring Johnny Depp. Dorothy was as seen in the 2006 film The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio , Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson. In 2007, Ms. Lyman guest-starred in the third season of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica as Starbuck’s mother.

    Dorothy has also produced and directed two independent films Janet’s Class (2010) and The Northern Kingdom (2009) for Stuffed Olive, her own production company.

  3. Network Break – Bring your business cards and enjoy networking and catching up.
  4. Video submission: Executive Producers Diane and Steven O’Connor will share Mix and Master.

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Acting Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President and Acting 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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UIFN March 2015 Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Announcements
  2. Guest Speaker: Carolyn Cocca

    Bring your headshots and resumes! Carolyn Cocca of Cocca Casting joins us this Tuesday to share her journey to Casting and what her company accepts and expects of talent for submissions.

    Cocca Casting supports the entertainment community of the New York Upstate Capital Region, New York State, New York City and beyond. We are proud to work with clients throughout the entertainment community.  The professionalism and enthusiasm of our talent is truly admired.  It is extremely rewarding to be a part of many diverse projects.

    Cocca Casting was established to work closely with clients and talent.  We work together with clients to carefully evaluate their project details and talent requirements; to cast and assist with entertainment projects.   We work with our extensive database to closely match the artist’s specific experience and characteristics with the client’s needs.

    Clients – Cocca Casting clients include large and independent filmmakers, directors, stage producers, print and stock images/footage production companies, television production companies, agents and  corporations.

    Talent – Cocca Casting proprietary database includes an array of talented artists from adult and child actors to cameramen, caterers, crew, dancers, hair stylists, make-up artists, musicians, photographers, production assistants, vocalists, voice-over talent, writers, and even animals.

    Locations – For those clients in need of site locations, Cocca Casting’s extensive contacts will provide search solutions.

    Workshops – Cocca Casting organizes workshops for presenter clients with their area of expertise. Cocca Castings also offers their own specific workshops to prepare students for commercial and film auditions.  Students will learn the importance of procedures before, during, and after auditioning as well as how to create a proper resume and improve their auditioning techniques.

    CAROLYN COCCA
    CASTING DIRECTOR
    Contact: c.cocca@coccacasting.com

  3. Network Break – Bring your business cards and enjoy networking and catching up.
  4. Film Screenings: TBA

The Upstate Independents Board:

  • Ron Pucherelli: President and Treasurer
  • Steve O’Connor: Vice President
  • Debie McCann: 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 February 2015 Meeting Agenda

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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2015 UIFN Oscar Party

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Mark your calendars! Upstate Independents Filmmakers Network 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

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

Admission includes:

All non alcoholic drinks
Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres

Activities:

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

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UIFN January 2015 Meeting Agenda

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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UIFN December 2014 Meeting Agenda

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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UIFN November 2014 Meeting Agenda

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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UIFN October 2014 Meeting Agenda

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 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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