PGA – New York State Film & TV Tax Incentives

Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – New York State Film & TV Tax Incentives

HSBC Bank, the NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and the PGA invite you to:

Kick off the fall season by celebrating production in New York State & the NYS Tax Incentives!

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on: Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30-8:30pm

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
HSBA Tower, 11th Floor
452 Fifth Avenue @ 40th Street

Reservations Required. Members are encouraged to bring a qualified prospective member to this event.


PGA – Coco Before Chanel Screening

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – Coco Before Chanel Screening

The PGA East Screening Committee invites you to an Exclusive, Pre-Release Screening of

Sony Pictures Classics presents

COCO BEFORE CHANEL

Produced by Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Simon Arnal.

Written and Directed by Anne Fontaine.

Starring Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Benoit Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain.

A little girl who is sent with her sister to an orphanage in the heart of France, who waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come for her…

A cabaret performer with a weak voice who sings to an audience of drunken soldiers…

A humble seamstress, who stitches hems at the back of a provincial tailor’s shop…

A young, skinny courtesan, to whom protector Etienne Balsan offers a safe haven, amongst the idle and decadent…

A woman in love who knows she will never be anyone’s wife, refusing marriage to even Boy Capel, the man who returned her love…

A rebel who finds the conventions of her time oppressive, and instead dresses in her lovers’ clothes…

This is the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

Running time: 105 minutes

Release Date: September 25, 2009

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking

Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00pm, Sony Screening Room, 550 Madison Avenue, at 55th St.


PGA – BRIGHT STAR Screening

Posted: September 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – BRIGHT STAR Screening

The PGA East Screening Committee invites you to a Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of

Apparition presents

BRIGHT STAR

Followed by a Conversation with Producer Jan Chapman, moderated by PGA East Chair John Hadity

Produced by Jan Chapman & Caroline Hewitt

Written and Directed by Jane Campion

Starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion.

This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general.

It was the illness of Keats’s younger brother that drew them together. Keats was touched by Fanny’s efforts to help and agreed to teach her poetry.

By the time Fanny’s alarmed mother and Keats’s best friend Brown realised their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum.

Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations, “I have the feeling as if I were dissolving”, Keats wrote to her.

Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats’s illness proved insurmountable.

Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street


PGA – THE BOYS ARE BACK Screening

Posted: September 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – THE BOYS ARE BACK Screening

The PGA East Screening Committee invites you to a Pre-Release, ALL-GUILD Screening + Q&A of

Miramax Films presents

THE BOYS ARE BACK

Followed by a Conversation with Director Scott Hicks and Actor Clive Owen

Produced by Greg Brenman & Tim White

Directed by Scott Hicks

Written by Allan Cubitt

Starring Clive Owen

Inspired by a true story, THE BOYS ARE BACK is a deeply moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood, that intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life.

It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter (Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner CLIVE OWEN) who, in the wake of his wife’s tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood.

With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: “just say yes.”

Raising two boys – a curious six year-old (NICHOLAS MCANULTY) and a rebel teen (GEORGE MACKAY) from a previous marriage — in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with an unabashed lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless . . . and on the constant verge of disaster.

Running Time: 100 minutes

Release Date: September 25, 2009

Rated PG-13 for some sexual language and thematic elements

As a courtesy to Mr. Hicks and Mr. Owen, please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.

Monday, September 21 at 7:30pm, Lincoln Square 13, 1998 Broadway at 68th Street


PGA – The Informant! Screening

Posted: September 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – The Informant! Screening

The PGA East Screening Committee invites you to a Pre-Release, ALL-MEDIA Screening of

Warner Brothers Pictures presents

THE INFORMANT!

Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox*, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein & Kurt Eichenwald

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale & Melanie Lynskey

*PGA member

What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland aka ADM, Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower.

Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.

But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.

Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers.

Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s active imagination.

Running time: 105 minutes

Release Date: September 18, 2009

Rated R for language

Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00pm & 8:30pm, AMC Lincoln Square, 1998 Broadway at 68th St.


PGA – THE BURNING PLAIN Screening

Posted: September 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – THE BURNING PLAIN Screening

The PGA East Screening Committee invites you to an Exclusive, Pre-Release Screening of

Magnolia Pictures presents

THE BURNING PLAIN

Produced by Walter Parkes* & Laurie Macdonald*

Written and Directed by Guillermo Arriaga

*PGA member

THE BURNING PLAIN is a romantic mystery about a woman who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life.

Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within.

When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia journeys through space and time that connects her to various disparate characters, all of whom grapple with their own romantic destinies.

In Mexico, a young motherless girl lives happily with her father and his best friend until a tragic accident changes it all.

In the New Mexico border town of Las Cruces, two teenagers find love in the aftermath of their parents’ sudden deaths.

In an abandoned trailer, a housewife, played by Kim Basinger, embarks on a passionate affair that will put Sylvia and the others on a collision course with the explosive power of forbidden love.

Running time: 111 minutes

Release Date: September 18, 2009

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language

Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00pm, The Broadway Screening Room, 1619 Broadway


PGA – WALT & EL GRUPO Screening

Posted: August 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – WALT & EL GRUPO Screening

The PGA East Diversity, Documentary, and Screening Committees invite you to a Screening of

Walt Disney Pictures presents

WALT & EL GRUPO

Produced by Kuniko Okubo

Written and Directed by Theodore Thomas

In 1941, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his administration had growing concerns about the rise of Nazi and Fascist influence within the nations of Latin America.

The White House called on Hollywood to help shore up relations between the Americas and, in August of that year, Walt Disney and a handpicked mini-studio embarked on a Latin America goodwill tour.

This watershed moment in the life of one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th Century is examined through the lens of consummate documentarians – Theodore Thomas and Kuniko Okubobringing – to life the colors, sights, and sounds of a pre-War South America, while relating the never-before-told story of the artistic regeneration of Walt Disney, his closest colleagues, and the studio that continues Disney’s legacy to this day.

The film time travels in Disney’s footsteps, through the use of personal letters and stunning artwork from the trip, remembrances by descendants and survivors, and extraordinary newly discovered footage.

Running time: 106 minutes, Release Date: September 11, 2009

Rated PG for historical smoking. .

Friday, September 11 at 7:00pm, Dolby 88 Screening Room, 1350 Avenue of Americas


PGA – Docu-Soaps: The Making of a Hit

Posted: July 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on PGA – Docu-Soaps: The Making of a Hit

Docu-Soaps: The Making of a Hit

This panel of network and production company executives will share their insights, visions and experience in guiding producers to craft the most effective docu-soap pitches to match each network’s programming needs. We’ll cover what makes: compelling talent, a highly appealing format and strong pitchtape. The panel will screen successful pitch tapes/pilots and the network executives will share their specific programming agendas.

Panelists include:

NICOLE DEFUSCO, Sundance Channel

AMY INTRACASO-DAVIS, Oxygen

GEORGE MCTEAGUE, MTV

CHRIS PERERA, freelance Producer

JESSICA SHREEVE, truTV

Moderated by JIM ARNOFF and MAT TOMBERS

Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00pm sharp

Doors open at 6:30pm with reception

PGA members only