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.

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