Noted Filmmakers and Casting Directors Discuss the Independent Filmmaking Process at "Made in NY" Talks: Excellence
in Indie Filmmaking

The talk is free and open to the public.

July 22, 2013 - As a part of “Made in NY” Talks, a free series of conversations focused on jobs in the local entertainment industry, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with Screen Actors Guild Foundation will present “Made in NY Talks: Excellence in Indie Filmmaking” on Tuesday, August 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will bring industry professionals from the world of independent film to share their experiences of bringing their unique voices to the screen. The conversation will gather together a talented group of filmmakers and casting directors who have used New York City as the inspiration and setting for countless indie films as they discuss their careers and why New York City remains a favorite place to bring their artistic vision to life.

Moderated by First Deputy Commissioner Todd Asher; the panelists include director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Married Life), casting director Paul Schnee (New York, I Love You; The Help), and director Rashaad Ernesto Green (Gun Hill Road) with more panelists to be confirmed. This “Made in NY” Talk is co-presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

The event is open to SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity members as well as New York City residents interested in learning more about opportunities in the entertainment industry. This event will be filmed for the SAG Foundation’s online educational archives. It will also be broadcast on NYC life (Channel 25), part of the official network of the City of New York, and be available to watch on the NYC Media Video on Demand Player at Panelists are subject to change.

“Made in NY” Talks: Excellence in Indie Filmmaking
Tuesday, August 13
7:00pm; doors open at 6:15pm
Free: Space is limited. RSVP to by Friday August 9th
Baruch Performing Arts Center - Engelman Recital Hall Theater
55 Lexington Avenue
The entrance is on 25th between Lexington and 3rd Avenue.
By subway: Take the 6 or N/R to 23rd street. Venue is a short walk east.

About The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, facilitating and supporting film and TV production throughout the five boroughs; NYC Digital, which works to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City. Visit to learn more.

About Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, that relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individuals to maintain its free programs and create new ones. Visit
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