PGA – A Night With Ellen Kuras: The Betrayal – Naakhoon

Posted: July 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – A Night With Ellen Kuras: The Betrayal – Naakhoon

The PGA East Seminars Committee invites you and a guest to…

A Night With Ellen Kuras: The Betrayal – Naakhoon

23 Years in the Making, an Evolution of Process, Equipment & Stock

Following this screening, join legendary Cinematographer


in a wide-ranging conversation with:

JANE EVANS, EVP of Physical Production, Focus Features

ANNE HUBBELL, Account Manager, Independent & Studio Features, Kodak

Tuesday July 7, 7:00pm

Doors open at 6:30pm with light refreshments

Directed by Ellen KurasCo-Directed by Thavisouk PhrasavathWritten by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk PhrasavathProduced by Ellen Kuras and Flora Fernandez-Marengo
Filmed over the course of 23 years, THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) is an astonishing tale of perseverance – one family’s struggle to survive their journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York. Eloquent yet devastating, renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras’ directorial debut is a remarkable collaboration with co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath – a documentary that reveals the hidden, human face of war’s “collateral damage”.
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Producers Guild of America New Media Council East

Presents the 2008-2009 Panel and Salon Series

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – 7:00-9:00 pm


A Conversation With Laura Michalchysyn, President and General Manager, Discovery Communication’s Planet Green

The urgencies represented by rapid climate change have created a veritable flood of media addressing solutions to the problems wrought by greenhouse-gas emissions. However, to date, only one major cable television network represents the growing eco-lifestyle community. Launched in June, 2008, Discovery Communication’s Planet Green delivers multi-platform content – ranging from expert tips on how to go green and online forums – from a 24-hour cable channel with more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming and the web sites and

Laura Michalchyshyn, who formerly led the growth of the Sundance Channel into an online powerhouse and a producer of original content, recently assumed the helm of Planet Green, the first and only channel dedicated to helping make our lives a little (or a lot) greener.

Laura Michalchyshyn, President and General Manager, Discovery Communications’ Planet Green

Laura Michalchyshyn is responsible for all aspects of the creative and business strategy for Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ multi-platform businesses including the 24-hour television network. As chief editorial executive, she manages the overall direction of the network, including programming, operations and content development, as well as interfacing with ad sales and affiliate sales to further develop the brand and its appeal to advertisers, operators and viewers.

Prior to Discovery, Michalchyshyn served as executive vice president and general manager of Sundance Channel where she was responsible for day-to-day operations, including program development, creative strategy scheduling and marketing both on- and off-channel.

Moderator: Kendall Allen, PGA NMC East Executive Committee Member; Founder, Influence Collective, LLC

A leading digital media and marketing executive, and a member of the PGA NMC East’s executive committee, Kendall has led online content development and campaigns since the web’s inception. She helped found Thrive, an AOL/Time Inc. joint online venture in the mid-‘90s, and held top positions at USWeb/CKS and EuroRSCG Circle, while based in San Francisco. Kendall was a founder of Fathom Online and a director at iCrossing. She recently built out the agency and creative studio at Incognito Digital and has gone on to establish her own business advising publishers and agencies in digital channel development – Influence Collective, LLC. Her career roster of clients includes Ask Jeeves, Chandon, Intel, Intuit, VOOM, American Express, Fairmont, Colgate-Palmolive, Bloomberg, Haier America, OKI, Fox, FX, Carolyn & Co. Media and ‘mktg.’

Wine and light refreshments will be served during a networking mixer prior to the programming.

The Core Club

66 E. 55th Street

Between Madison and Park Aves.

New York City

Space is limited so a confirmed RSVP for this event is required.   Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.orgto RSVP. PGA members are encouraged to bring a qualified potential member as their guest.

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Monsters vs Aliens

Posted: March 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Monsters vs Aliens

We screened Monsters vs Aliens last night at the DGA theater as part of our Friends and Family screenings. The animated film from Dreamworks is in Dolby Real 3D (Digital) and is also being distributed in IMAX.

The film itself was fun and entertaining, the kids enjoyed it. Its not a sequel to the original Monsters, Inc. movie, which I think some people thought it was. The characters are well done with several rather funny parodies of other “monsters”, including the “50 foot Woman”, “The Fly”, “Creature from Black Lagoon”, the “Blob” and “Mothra” (of Godzilla/Toho films). There is also a bit of “Independence day”…

Reese Witherspoon, as Susan, does a great job voicing her character and Stephen Colbert, as President, lends some funny humor as well.


Many thanks to Dreamworks for providing the screening, to the DGA Theater staff and the PGA / DGA volunteers who helped.


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PGA NMC East Presents the 2009 Panel & Salon Series


A Conversation with Ira Deutchman, CEO, Emerging Pictures

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm

The independent filmmaker today has more options for distribution than ever before. Some things, including film financing, have not changed. How does the independent film producer adapt to a universe that includes mobile and Internet-distributed films, digital cinema, and videogame tie-ins? And, what are the opportunities for independent cinema in the age of Hulu and YouTube? These questions, and more, will be addressed during a conversation with one of New York’s leading independent film producers.

IRA DEUTCHMAN, CEO, Emerging Pictures

Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films for thirty-one years, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.

Currently Deutchman is President and CEO of Emerging Pictures, a New York-based film distribution and digital exhibition company.

Among the over 60 films he acquired and released at Fine Line were Jane Campion’s “An Angel at My Table,” Gus van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” and “Death and the Maiden,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, ” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” and the award-winning “Hoop Dreams,” which until recently was the highest grossing non-music documentary in history.

Other films Deutchman has worked on were “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” ”To Sleep with Anger,” “Metropolitan,” “A Room with a View,” “Stop Making Sense,” “El Norte,” and “The Brother from Another Planet.”

Deutchman is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Film Division at Columbia University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America East.

Moderator: CHRIS PFAFF, President, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

A board delegate of the PGA New Media Council since 2006, and a PGA NMC member since 2004, Chris Pfaff leads a consultancy – Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC – that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world, from PRIMEDIA and Eastman Kodak to Cantor Telecom. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&T’s Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronics’ Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronics’ LCD product division.

7pm Networking mixer with wine and light refreshments

7:45 (Starts promptly) Conversation with Ira Deutchman

The Core Club

66 East 55th Street

Between Madison and Park Aves.

Space is limited; RSVP required. Please RSVP to

NOTE: PGA members are encouraged to bring a qualified prospective member as a guest. Guests will be asked to reconfirm their RSVP 24 hours prior to event.

PGA and the NAB Show

The PGA and the NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for filmmakers passionate about what’s next in content creation, production and distribution, have entered into a sponsorship relationship. Together, the two organizations are providing PGA members with innovation-themed screenings and seminars, culminating in a soon-to-be revealed event on location at the 2009 NAB Show. Stay tuned for more announcements. Discover the latest tools and techniques at the 2009 NAB Show, April 18 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

PGA – Monsters vs Aliens Screening

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PGA Screening Committee & DreamWorks Animation presents
Monsters vs. Aliens
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm
Produced by Lisa Stewart
Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Story by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Screenplay by Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky and Rob Letterman and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd and Stephen Colbert
When California girl Susan Murphy (REESE WITHERSPOON) is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall.  The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and put into a secret government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and held along with a ragtag group of Monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (HUGH LAURIE); the macho half-ape, half-fish, The Missing Link (WILL ARNETT); the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B. (SETH ROGEN); and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, The President (STEPHEN COLBERT) is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the alien robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

Running time: 94 minutes, Release date: March 27, 2009
Rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language.

WHAT’S UP, DOCUMENTARY? Animation and Non-Fiction Filmmaking

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The Producers Guild of America – New Media Council

presents the 2008-2009 Panel and Salon Series


Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

WHAT’S UP, DOCUMENTARY? Animation and Non-Fiction Filmmaking

The increasingly popular use of animation in documentary and non-fiction filmmaking will be examined in this panel discussion sponsored by the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America East and the New York Film/Video Arts Council. Producers, directors and animators will show clips and discuss a range of projects, explaining how and why they chose to use animation, the positives and negatives in terms of time, budget and skill sets, and the artistic or interpretive contributions animation can bring to a project.

Speakers (alphabetically):

JOAO AMORIM is a Brazilian director focusing on animation and documentary filmmaking. He is currently represented by Curious Pictures, New York. Joao has worked worldwide as an industrial designer, animator, and Animation Supervisor for many years prior to directing. He was the Animation Director for “Chicago 10”, Brett Morgen’s feature doc. that opened Sundance 2007. He has also directed commercials for BMW, Panasonic, Oceana, among others. He is currently working on ≥2012, Time for change≤, his first feature documentary, highlighting ideas on sustainability and consciousness.

BARBARA ATTIE and JANET GOLDWATER have worked collaboratively since 1990 making widely acclaimed documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and internationally. In 2005 they were awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Their newest documentary, currently in post-production, is Mrs. Goundoπs Daughter, about a Malian motherπs fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting/mutilation.

LISA CRAFTS is an animator whose work is characterized by richly rendered imagery and a quietly quirky sensibility. Her independent animated films have ranged from a meditation on the role creativity plays in the survival of the human spirit, to a funky romp through the land of human sexuality. These works have been shown in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. In addition to animated films, Crafts also paints quietly disturbing psychological landscapes which capture the dreamlike dissonance of the American roadside.

LUCIEN HARRIOT Is founder, director and visual effects supervisor of Mechanism Digital, a full-service production resource in NYC specializing in digital production. 2D/3D animation, visual effects, broadcast design, and green screen shoots. Mechanism’s work ranges from commercial to entertainment; their award-winning team of artists, directors, and producers write, design, storyboard, shoot, animate, edit, and integrate visual effects for film, television and new media.

CINDY KLEINE is a film and video artist whose prolific career began when she was an undergraduate at The Museum School and at the legendary (and long-gone) MIT Film/Video Section, studying with Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus, and among a legion of future filmmakers in the program, including Ross McElwee, Robb Moss and John Gianvito. In line with Boston peers, Kleine has developed a central body of documentary work which are family dramas: camera visits with her grandmother and her sister, and intense probes of her parentsπ fifty-nine years of a dubious, fractured marriage. Additionally, Kleine has gone outside of family for films about odd artists and off-the-wall musicians; and sheπs gone inside herself for some deeply personal, poetically framed psychodramas about love lost, the spirit gained.

MARK MARABELLA is an EmmyÆ nominated executive producer and founder of Marabella Productions. His award-winning, independent production company specializes primarily in current affairs, history, and science programming for Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel and PBS. Mark has more than 15 years experience developing, writing, producing, and directing over 90 hours of factual series and specials that have aired in nearly 100 countries. Prior to founding Marabella Productions, Mark was the series producer and writer of 60 hours of The Discovery Channel’s top-rated prime-time series THE FBI FILES for three and half seasons.

The event will be introduced by documentary filmmaker Howard Weinberg of the Film/Video Council and moderated by digital media producer Trilby Schreiber of the PGA New Media Council East.

7-8:45 PM panel, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Theresa Lang Auditorium at The New School
55 W. 13th Street, Second Floor
Between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York City


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Posted: March 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Duplicity

Tonight was the New York premiere of Duplicity, the new film by Tony Gilroy and staring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. It was an entertaining film, with enough twists to provide surprises and avoid predictability. The premiere was at the veritable Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street.

Tony, a PGA member, gave a few quick words, thanked the stars and people who worked on the film, we all cheered and applauded and then he showed off his latest film. The post premiere party was held in the Ziegfelds party room downstairs.