The BFMC gang recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival to watch the premiere screening of THE RIVER - a short film made right here in the Berkshires by Berkshire Filmmakers!
THE RIVER was directed by Sam Handel and starred Lauren Ambrose, Adam Driver, Jay O. Sanders and Michael C. Hall.
BFMC 2nd Western MA Film and Media Networking Event
…Well that was fun! Last Thursday, March 28, we held our 2nd networking event for the western Massachusetts film and media community. It took place in the beautiful lobby at One Financial Plaza right in downtown Springfield.
The evening began with guests ushering in and mingling with others. This time we amped up our name tags by providing people with industry-related stickers so as to better identify who worked where in film and media. It helped to spark up some conversation!
A few drinks, delicious bites and some connections later, BFMC’s Executive Director, Diane Pearlman, gathered everyone together to speak to them. She discussed BFMC - who we are, what we do - and why these networking events are so important to bring together our western MA film and media community.
Afterwards, everyone broke out into 2 break-out groups to get to know one another better. Animators met Producers, Editors met Videographers… it was so exciting to have so much talent and energy in one room!
The rest of the evening continued with more mingling and delicious food and drinks. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Stay tuned for our next networking event happening late May/early June 2013!
BFMC’s Diane Pearlman and Lauren Zink flank AJA sponsor Jay Ignaszewski and his wife Anita
BFMC Travels East to the MA Media Expo, Features DOUG TRUMBULL
On Saturday, March 23 the three of us who form the Berkshire Film and Media Commission [BFMC], packed up our car and traveled to Boston to attend the MA Media Expo, put on by the Massachusetts Production Coalition [MPC].
Along the way we made important stops — for gas, for coffee and of course, for candy. Our greatest challenge before getting to the Expo was to decide between passing out Twix or Milk Ways. In the end, we chose both.
Our table also had our latest newsletter and brochure, a Berkshires Goodies bag that people could win if their business card was chosen, magazines with articles about the western MA film and media industry, and a monitor looping two videos - one we recently made for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the other was a Berkshire locations reel that can be seen on our website’s homepage.
Soon people began to pile in, and over the course of the day close to 400 attendees had visited our table. We were happy to make so many connections and to meet others who work in our industry.
Throughout the day different events took place including a keynote panel, where BFMC Advisory Board Member DOUG TRUMBULL spoke. He was a positive representation of the Berkshires, frequently commenting how it has been his home for over the last 20 years, and a place where he has been able to do his high-end, innovative film work and still maintain a quality of life. Doug was joined by MPC President, Don Packer who served as moderator, and other keynote panelists including Producer Dorothy Aufiero, and Unit Production Managers Todd Arnow and Mark Kamine.
Other events included seminars on casting and directing, and a screening of the film, WHITEY BULGER: THE MAKING OF A MONSTER, followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers.
The day ended with a cocktail reception where guests continued to network.
We were so happy to be a part of the MA Media Expo, and are already looking forward to the next time we visit Boston and represent the other side of our state.
BFMC’s Executive Director Diane Pearlman, Engine Room Edit & MPC President Don Packer and VFX Pioneer Doug Trumbull
BFMC Staff: Executive Director Diane Pearlman, Communications Manager Lauren Zink and Editor Alexa Green