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.


Posted: October 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on YOU AGAIN

The PGA East Screening Committee Exclusive Screening of…

Touchstone Pictures


Thursday, October 7 at 7:00pm

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
Btwn W. 3rd St. & W. 4th St.

Producers: Andy Fickman, John J. Strauss and Eric Tannenbaum*
Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Victor Garber, James Wolk, Kristin Chenoweth and Betty White
Screenplay by Moe Jelline
*PGA Member

Just as she is about to return home to Northern California for her brother’s wedding, Marni (Kristen Bell) learns from her mother, Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), that Will (James Wolk) is marrying Joanna (Odette Yustman), her high school arch nemesis. Marni is horrified! Why would her brother marry the one girl from high school she never wants to see again? Then the untenable situation takes another twist when Joanna’s aunt, Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), a highly successful, career-driven woman, flies in from Europe for the wedding festivities. Evidently, Ramona and Gail also attended the same high school some 30 years ago, and though they claim camaraderie, they, too, have some rivalry that stems from their teenage years. “You Again” reminds everyone that high school might be a thing of the past, but sometimes if just the right person crosses your path it can undermine your present.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Rated PG for brief mild language and rude behavior



Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on STONE

The PGA East Screening Committee Exclusive, Pre-Release Screening of…

Overture Films Presents


Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30pm

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
Btwn W. 3rd & W. 4th St.

Producers: Holly Wiersma, Jordan Schur, David J. Mimran
Director: John Curran
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton*, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy
Screenplay by Angus MacLachlan
*PGA Member

As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected consequences for them both. Stone skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy completes the superb ensemble as Madylyn, Jack’s devout, long-suffering spouse.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Rated R for strong sexuality and violence



Posted: October 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on INSIDE JOB

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

Sony Pictures Classics Presents


Monday, October 4 at 6:00pm

Followed by a conversation with Director Charles Ferguson

Sony Screening Room
550 Madison Ave.
Btwn 55th St. & 56th St.

Producer: Audrey Marrs
Director: Charles Ferguson
Narrated by: Matt Damon
Writers: Chad Beck and Adam Bolt

From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (“No End In Sight”), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Running Time: 108 minutes
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material

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



Posted: October 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on CATFISH

The PGA East Screening Committee Exclusive Screening of…

Rogue Pictures Presents


Friday, October 1 at 7:00pm

Universal Screening Room
666 Fifth Ave.
Enter on 53rd St. btwn 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.

Producers: Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Directors: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Starring: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labrynth of online intrigue.

Running Time: 86 minutes
Release Date: September 17, 2010
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references



Posted: September 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

The PGA East Screening Committee Exclusive Screening of…

Twentieth Century Fox Presents


Thursday, September 30 at 7:30pm

IFC Center
323 Ave. of the Americas
Btwn W. 3rd St. & W. 4th St.

Executive Producers: Celia D. Costas*, Alex Young, Alessandro Camon
Producers: Edward Pressman*, Eric Kopeloff
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella
Screenplay by Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff
*PGA Member

Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®-winning role as one of the screen’s most notorious villains, Gordon Gekko. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter Winnie, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancé Jacob (Shia LaBeouf). But can Jacob and Winnie really trust the ex-financial titan, whose relentless efforts to redefine himself in a different era have unexpected consequences.

Running Time: 133 minutes
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements