New film initiative to launch with panel discussion

So I just wrote that headline, and though it is about making movies and money, it sounds like a boring way to begin.

My apologies to the panelists and the moderator, who happens to be my boss, Rex Smith.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at the UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center (on the campus at 1400 Washington Ave.) Craig M. Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, will speak at a Town Hall meeting about expanding film production opportunities in the Capital Region.

The panelist will be
• Deborah Goedeke, Albany County Film Commissioner
• Pat Swinney Kaufman, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
• Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors
• Heidi Philipsen, writer/actor/director

Here’s how the PR for the free event describes what’s happening:

The event will also launch UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS, an initiative joining together humanities, cinema arts, and economic development in the Capital Region. The University at Albany Foundation in partnership with the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Albany Convention and Tourism Bureau are incubating the UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS initiative.

The launch announcement will provide details regarding a regional cinematic exposition offering master classes and workshops, screenings, and a celebration/retrospective of an iconic filmmaker whose work will be the centerpiece and focus of the events.

UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS is currently developing a documentary film, “The Albany Mummies: Unraveling an Ancient Mystery” by UAlbany Associate Professor of English Mary Valentis and retired English professor William Rainbolt. The film is expected to make its debut in late 2012.

To register for the May 3 Town Hall, please RSVP to or call (518) 442-5373.


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