Monday, January 19, 2009

Our Breakfast

My thanks go out to the wonderful folks at the NY State Film Commission, including Jerome Stoeffhaas and Pat Kaufman, for hosting our Breakfast today, and to our co-sponsor, 120db Films for helping make it all happen. Every time you host a reception at Sundance or at any other event this size, there is a lot of work that goes into its planning and production. Thankfully we had a few WFF's staff here, Ilene Marder, Jordan Matthews and Daniel Blaustein Rejto who were here to help with the pre production and on site, and that certainly made it all much easier.  Add to that my former assistant and Sundance current Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Katz who was on hand, helping when needed, and the event went off without a hitch.

It was great to see so many WFF's alumni at the reception, as well as industry folks whom I've never met before.  Some of the guests included David  Dinerstein from Lakeshore Entertainment in LA; actress Melissa Leo; director Tze Chun and director Larry Fessenden; documentary filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Hart and Dana Perry,  Sarah and Emily Kuntsler;   Participants Media's Bryan Stamp; SXSW's Janet Pierson; Cinetic's Matt Dentler; entertainment attorney / producer Jonathan Gray and his partners, and entertainment attorney / producer Steven Beer; producers Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell, and many more. It was quite wonderful and my feeling is that we'll do it again next year.

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