Posted: November 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on THE KING’S SPEECH

The PGA East Screening Committee Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of…

The Weinstein Company Presents


Sunday, November 7 at 7:00pm

Followed by a conversation with Producers IAN CANNING, EMILE SHERMAN and GARETH UNWIN, Director TOM HOOPER, and Actors COLIN FIRTH and HELENA BONHAM CARTER

School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
Btwn. 8th and 9th Ave.

DON’T FORGET: Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings time, so make sure to set your clocks back by one hour earlier that day.

Producers: Ian Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Director: Tom Hooper
Screenplay by: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom, Eve Best, and Michael Gambon

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

Running Time: 118 minutes
Release Date: November 26, 2010
Rated R for some language

As a courtesy to Mr. Canning, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Unwin, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Firth and Ms. Bonham Carter, please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.



Posted: November 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on 127 HOURS

The PGA East Screening Committee Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of…

Fox Searchlight Presents


Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Followed by a conversation with Producer, Screenwriter & Director DANNY BOYLE, Producer CHRISTIAN COLSON, Screenwriter SIMON BEAUFOY, Actor JAMES FRANCO, and ARON RALSTON

Regal Union Square Stadium 14
850 Broadway at 13th St.

Producers: Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John Smithson
Director: Danny Boyle
Screenplay by: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Clémence Poésy, Kate Burton, Lizzy Caplan

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award® winning director of 2008’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated slot canyon in Utah. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Over the next five days Ralston battles the elements and his own demons to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, descend a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Told with a dynamic narrative structure, 127 HOURS is a visceral, thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2010
Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images

As a courtesy to Mr. Boyle, Mr. Colson, Mr. Beaufoy, Mr. Franco, and Mr. Ralston, please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.



Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING: THE NEW ENTERTAINMENT PARADIGM

The PGA New Media Council East



Tuesday, October 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Theresa Lang Center
The New School
55 West 13th St. at 6th Ave.

Transmedia development, production and implementation is now fully in practice at the highest levels of companies such as Disney, Saban, Microsoft and Mattel. Around the world, visionaries are generating stunning multi-platform endeavors based on the principles of transmedia.

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world’s foremost expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. He has worked on such properties as Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Coca-Cola’s Happiness Factory, Halo, Transformers and the upcoming Tron Legacy. In this, his first Master Class after this September’s revelatory TED talk in Geneva, Switzerland, Jeff will candidly share his latest experiences in the field, expanding upon the vanguard technique of funding, planning, creating and producing highly engaging story worlds that maximize both the creative potential of your work, equity participation and subsequent revenues. Case studies will include analysis of some of the biggest entertainment franchises of today, and the discussion will include advice on how to apply these concepts to your own projects, large or small, fact or fiction.

Refreshments will be served. Members are strongly encouraged to bring qualified prospective members as their guests.

Jeff Gomez
CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world’s foremost expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. As a creative consultant to Fortune 500 companies, he contributes strategic planning and production for the cross-platform implementation of content.

Jeff conceived, co-wrote and produced one of the most successful transmedia storylines of the decade with Mattel’s Hot Wheels comic books, videogames, web content and animated series. He has gone on to work with such franchises as Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron Legacy for The Walt Disney Company, James Cameron’s Avatar for 20th Century Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, Transformers for Hasbro, and most recently Men in Black 3 for Sony Pictures.

Jeff is a member of the PGA East Executive Committee and serves on the national board of the PGA New Media Council.

Brent Weinstein
Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency
Brent is one of the leading figures in the digital media industry, helping develop content deals for broadband, videogame, and mobile platforms. He formed the digital media practice at United Talent Agency in 2003, where he leads a team of dedicated digital media agents to identify and evaluate opportunities for UTA clients: actors, writers, directors, producers, and recording artists, in addition to many business-to-business and consumer-oriented technology and corporate clients. Brent, with UTA co-founder and partner Jeremy Zimmer, also formed UTA Online, a dedicated broadband division that finds and represents the next generation of web-based content artists. In 2007, Brent served as the CEO of 60Frames, a privately-held, venture backed company dedicated to financing, ad sales and syndication of original professionally produced entertainment content for the internet. The company was incubated by United Talent Agency and Spot Runner, an innovative internet-based advertising agency.

During his tenure at UTA, Weinstein made digital media deals for many of the best known artists in entertainment, including Johnny Depp, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as well as top digital media artists such as Big Fantastic (“Prom Queen”), AskANinja (, and others.

Special thanks to Terra Fossil for providing premium wines for New Media Council events.
Event hosted by Producers Guild of America New Media Council East.

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IN MY LIFETIME “The Trinity Blast” July 16, 1945

Posted: October 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on IN MY LIFETIME “The Trinity Blast” July 16, 1945

The PGA East Documentary Committee continues its ROUGH-CUTS SCREENING SERIES with

IN MY LIFETIME “The Trinity Blast” July 16, 1945


Thursday, October 21 at 7:00pm

PostWorks Conference Room
100 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor
Btwn Grand and Watts St.

PGA Members only
Light snacks/ beverages will be available

Producer & Director: Robert E. Frye*
Co-Producer & Editor: Andrew Ford
Executive Producer: Diane Love
*PGA Member

“In My Lifetime,” a feature length documentary is a presentation of The Nuclear World Project based on a two year sojourn. The story is told through the eyes and voices of a photographer, a nuclear physicist, a woman who was a physicist and became a political activist, a diplomat from Sri Lanka who has dedicated his life to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the daughter of a Naval nuclear scientist who was involved in the development of the atomic bomb. Presented as an impressionistic film, weaving together the voices and images to present this morality play seeking answers to this continuing struggle, waged over the past six and a half decades to rid the world of nuclear weapons with the last act to be determined.

Film Type: Feature Length Documentary
Running time: 120 minutes


Posted: October 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on SECRETARIAT

The PGA East Screening Committee Screening of…

Walt Disney Pictures


Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm

Florence Gould Hall
55 E 59th St. between Park and Madison Ave.

Producers: Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray
Director: Randall Wallace
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn, Kevin Connolly, AJ Michalka

Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing experience. Against all odds, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), she manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Running Time: 116 minutes
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Rated PG for brief mild language.



Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

The PGA East Seminars Committee invites you and a Qualified Potential Member to…


Thursday, October 14

452 5th Ave. at 40th St.
HSBC Tower, 11th Floor

6:00pm – Doors Open for Networking Reception
7:00pm – Panel Begins Promptly

Guest Must be a Qualified Potential Member

Many independent producers with pet projects they’ve been shepherding for months or years wonder how many of the variables they need to have lined up before they can “green-light” their own projects. Virtually every film ever made, regardless of budget, entered pre-production with at least a few missing pieces to the puzzle. Come hear four indie filmmakers with low-budget features under their belt share specific examples of crucial elements that were NOT in place when the decision to go ahead was made. Panelists will examine the pros and cons of jumping off without a parachute in the land of the low budget feature.

Confirmed Panelists:

Dolly Hall, producer, dollface, inc. – Named a “Producer to Watch” by Variety, Dolly Hall began her producing career in 1990. Dolly’s producing credits include such award-winning films as Maria Maggenti’s The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Scott Silver’s johns, Alex Sichel’s All Over Me, Tim Blake Nelson’s Eye of God, Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art, Mark Christopher’s 54, and Gary Winick’s Tadpole, Lisa Picard is Famous, was directed by Griffin Dunne and produced by Mira Sorvino and Dolly Hall.
In July 2009, Lion’s Gate released Five Fingers and Dolly is currently in post production on Tom Vaughn’s directorial debut Playing House and in pre-production on Michael Walker’s Price Check.

Peter Saraf co-founded Big Beach with Marc Turtletaub in 2004. Saraf’s credits with Big Beach include Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Christine Jeff’s Sunshine Cleaning, John Crowley’s Is Anybody There, Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop, Liev Schrieber’s Everything is Illuminated and Lucky, a documentary by Jeffrey Blitz, and most recently Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating. Prior to Big Beach, Saraf was an independent producer and partner of director Jonathan Demme and producer Edward Saxon at Clinica Estetico. His credits with Clinica Estetico include Victor Nunez’s Ulee’s Gold, Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie and Spike Jonze’s Adaptation.

Eric Steel has straddled many of the fences of the film business – as an executive at Disney and Cinecom and a senior production executive for Scott Rudin. In 2003 he started his own company – Easy There Tiger – and subsequently produced and directed The Bridge – a very indie, very controversial documentary – and produced Julie & Julia – a very successful studio feature film. He is in production now on another documentary.


Roland Tec is a director, writer and producer of feature films and theatre. In the 1990s he served as artistic director of Boston’s innovative New Opera Theatre Ensemble. His film, All the Rage is widely considered a hallmark of the queer indie film movement of the ’90s. Since his move to New York City in the Spring of 2000, several of Tec’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway. He has taught or lectured at numerous institutions including: the 92nd Street Y, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Brandeis University and Harvard. Additional film credits include: Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, We Pedal Uphill and Defiance, which he co-produced for director Edward Zwick. Tec’s current project, Thunder Every Day, is a documentary about the friendship between artists David Hockney and Larry Stanton. The story is told through the lens of Super 8 footage shot of the two men on Fire Island by Mr. Stanton a decade prior to his death from AIDS in 1986.


Posted: October 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on CONVICTION

The PGA East Screening Committee Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of…

Fox Searchlight Presents


WEDNESDAY, October 13 at 7:30pm

Followed by a conversation with Producer & Director Tony Goldwyn and Actors Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Betty Anne Waters, moderated by Lydia Dean Pilcher

AMC Loews Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway
Btwn 67th & 68th St.

Producers: Andrew Sugerman*, Andrew S. Karsch, Tony Goldwyn
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher
Screenplay by: Pamela Gray
*PGA Member

CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny’s arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.

Running Time: 106 minutes
Release Date: October 15, 2010
Rated R for language and some violent images

As a courtesy to Mr. Goldwyn, Ms. Swank, Mr. Rockwell, Ms. Waters and Ms. Pilcher, please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.



Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on TOY STORY 3 Q&A

The PGA East Screening Committee Screening + Q&A of…

Disney – Pixar



Monday, October 11 at 6:30pm

Followed by a conversation with Producer DARLA K. ANDERSON, Director LEE UNKRICH, and Moderated by JACK LECHNER

AMC Loews Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway
Btwn W 67th and W 68th St.

Producer: Darla K. Anderson*
Director: Lee Unkrich
Voice Talent: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Ned Beatty, Joan Cusack, Don RIckles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Whoopi Goldberg.
*PGA Member

In “Toy Story 3,” the time has come for Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of Andy’s devoted toys to face the monumental fact that their beloved owner has outgrown them. Andy, just days from leaving for college, is forced to choose which of his childhood toys to store in the attic, and which, if any, to take with him. But as Woody and Buzz prepare the toys for retirement, a misunderstanding lands them curbside in a garbage bag. Taking matters into their own hands, the toys climb into a donation box bound for the local daycare. Their vision of Sunnyside as a utopia for toys is shattered when the tyrannical teddy bear Lotso takes them prisoner. Woody’s daring escape to free his best friends leads them on a perilous adventure that challenges their loyalties, to each other and to Andy, as well as their very lives. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (“Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Running Time: 98 minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Rated G for general audiences

As a courtesy to Ms. Anderson, Mr. Unkrich and Mr. Lechner please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.