Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Hello People,On February 25th, the International Institute for Film Finance will be holding its meeting in Albuquerque. As founding members, CMI will be showing the proceedings in the Theatre FREE to CMI students. The fee is $35 for NON CMI students.If you are serious about making films, then the information presented in this forum will be essential to your future. Money, finding money and spending money carefully are major parts of making a film and this information will help. The panel of experts will take your questions via chat and give you real answers.The conference is held in the THX Theatre, Milton Hall from 7pm to 10pm on February 25th.Please join us in what should be a dynamic, interactive conversation.CheersDr. LewisCMI Director
Hal "Corky" Kessler (program segment Turbulence Within the Entertainment Space: 10+ Hot Legal Issues to Watch) has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience. Corky has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, in addition to authoring a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives. Corky has assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and other business ventures. He has developed, packaged and executive produced feature films, theatre projects and television projects, including "The Sum of Us," starring Russell Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film and most currently "Certifiably Jonathan" starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman, and others. Corky has been the attorney on over 15 feature films and is actively working on over 12 more film projects. He has also developed, produced and been the attorney for many theatrical plays.
Joseph Chianese (program segment Identifying Incentives: How to Take Advantage of Available Benefits) is the Senior Vice President at Entertainment Partners, a leading provider of production management services in the entertainment industry. Joseph was the Senior Director of tax at Sony Pictures Entertainment for 6 years, where he was responsible for all tax matters related to domestic and international film & television production, financing, licensing and distribution. He initiated all domestic and international strategic tax planning, and managed 18 Tax Professionals in Los Angeles, New York, London, Germany, Singapore and Japan. Joseph has a long career providing domestic and international strategic tax planning and production structuring services for numerous companies. He has been a Senior Manger at The Walt Disney Company, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Paramount Pictures, and Ernst & Young LLP. He is considered to be the top industry expert on state and worldwide film incentives.
Peter Touche (program segment Raising Equity: How to Get Your Project Off the Ground) started his career in production finance working for the BBC and the Walt Disney Company. He was later appointed Finance Director of Grosvenor Park in the UK where he closed over $1bn of film and TV deals through various tax-driven financing structures. He went on to become Operations Director at Ingenious Media for 7 years, closing a further $2bn of film financing transactions including Kingdom of Heaven, The Golden Compass, Cold Mountain and Scoop. In 2008 he moved with his family from London to New Mexico where he set up Sandia Media LLC to facilitate financing for films shooting in the state, including advancing the NM tax rebate. He is currently executive producing Goats starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga. Sandia Media works closely with Sandia Productions to develop and finance commercial feature films. He holds a BA from Oxford University and qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant. Peter is also currently on the board of NMedia, a trade organization representing local businesses lobbying to retain the film incentives in the state of New Mexico.
Sam Levy (program segment Internet Marketing: Utilizing Current Technology) heads the Film and Internet division at Rio Grande Insurance, handling major motion picture, multimedia production / office insurance, as well as commercial, packages, workers compensation, auto, home, life and health insurance. Sam is President of NET MAN, Inc. a full service website development and internet integration company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors and current vice-chair of the New Mexico Internet Professionals Association (NMIPA). Sam has been a community college teacher and workshop presenter for a series of "Doing Business On The Internet" workshops. He regularly publishes Internet Business advice column in the NMIPA Internet Informer, distributed to over 10,000 New Mexico business owners and Chamber of Commerce members. He is an inaugural participant in the Santa Fe Future leadership, community investigation and annual white paper development program sponsored by SFEDI, SFCOC and SFCC. He also is Chairman of New Media Industries, Inc., a collaborative industry and community marketing, awareness, training and economic development group.
Todd Hein (program segment Entertainment Tax: Getting the Best Returns on Your Projects) is a senior manager in the federal tax unit in the Los Angeles office of Crowe Horwath, LLP, a national public accounting firm based in South Bend, Indiana, with offices located throughout the United States. He has practiced in public accounting for over 20 years, specializing in income tax compliance and planning for entertainment industry clients and related service businesses. Todd received his undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA. and earned a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
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office: (505) 903-6884
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The NM Filmmakers Program at the New Mexico Office is pleased to announce a commemoration of
Black History Month 2011
Saturday, February 26th
12:00 noon – 3:30pm
Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe
Open and free to the public | No RSVP required
Please join us for an afternoon of great film, discussion and beautiful art
12:00pm Welcome Reception & Refreshments
12:15pm Introduction & Screening of AFRO 40th
1:30pm Introduction & Screening of BASQUIAT
About the Films
Afro 40th (60 min.)
A locally-produced documentary in progress that reflects upon a more turbulent time for African Americans in New Mexico. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the African-American Studies program at UNM, the NM Office of African American Affairs has conducted a series of interviews with members of the Black student movement and the faculty that supported them in the late 1960s. While the nation was incensed with the burning desire for civil rights and anti-war and peace movements, a spark ignited on the campus of UNM as black students united around the plight of Black athletes, leading to protests and boycotts. Students like Barbara Brown and Sam Johnson formed the first Black Student Union and fought for the formation of a Black Studies program that included African-American faculty and administrators. In these interviews, the students, along with Dr. Harold Bailey (current Executive Director of the NM Office of African American Affairs), Rev. Charles Becknell and others talk about the obstacles that were overcome to become a visible part of the university – and what that struggle has provided for the students of today.
Basquiat (108 min.)
A 1996 biopic-drama directed by Julian Schnabel, which is based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. This film follows the life of Basquiat as he catapulted from being an unknown nineteen-year-old graffiti writer to one of the most successful, controversial and glamorous artists in the world. Described by The New York Times as the art world's closest equivalent to James Dean, this film also portrays a turbulent and talented young painter who was plagued by loneliness, self-destruction and the belief that others did not truly accept him for who he was. Actor Jeffrey Wright portrays Basquiat and David Bowie serves a supporting role as Basquiat's friend and mentor, Andy Warhol.
About the Gallery Exhibition
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce new paintings by artist, Deborah Barlow. The exhibition opens on February 25th and continues through March 18th. In the words of one critic, her works are "ambient and subtle...a refreshing naturalistic, pre- and non-verbal experience...a mind-cleansing relief in today's media- and message-overloaded society." Other reviewers have described her use of visual language as possessing a "transformative, primitive, and elemental power," an artist capable of "converting her powers of observation to the experience of vision as a whole body sensation." Raised in the western United States where she studied studio art at the University of Utah and University of California at Santa Cruz, the artist has since spent most of her life in New York City and Boston. She had her first solo show in Manhattan at the age of 25 and since then, has exhibited in commercial galleries in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island as well as in Canada, Belgium, Italy, the U.K. and Ireland. She has also been featured in solo shows at several universities including Portland State University, University of Rochester and University of Portland. Her most recent show, in the summer of 2010, was at the Brooklyn Workshop Gallery. Deborah lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and works out of her studio in South Boston.
The Zane Bennett Gallery is located at 435 South Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe. Visit their website at www.zanebennettgallery.com or call (505) 982.8111. For more information from the New Mexico Film Office, visit us at www.nmfilm.com or call (505) 476-5600.