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Press Release: First Lehigh Valley Independent Filmmakers Town Meeting, Tues., March 14, at DeSales University
Date: 3/3/2006


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First Lehigh Valley Independent Filmmakers Town Meeting, Tues., March 14, at DeSales University

The first Lehigh Valley Independent Filmmakers Town Meeting will be held at DeSales University from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center auditorium. The focus of the event is to provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and to create an information hub for the Lehigh Valley film making community. A social hour will be held following the program, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The town meeting, co-hosted by the SouthSide Film Institute (SSFI), was organized to help create a stronger filmmaking community. It is designed for aspiring and established filmmakers, audio / visual specialists, actors, screenwriters, musicians, members of production companies, media educators and fans of film. SSFI will assist in the organization of a database that will contain information about human and material resources related to filmmaking in the Lehigh Valley area.

The program includes:

At 6:30 p.m., a brief introduction and presentation by the SouthSide Film Institute and discussion with guest panelists and media professionals who represent the growing interest in filmmaking locally.

At 7:00 p.m., open floor introductions for all those in attendance. Everyone will be given the opportunity to make a brief announcement to promote an upcoming event, project, Web site and anything of interest related to film making.

An open social hour will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

"The evening is designed as a forum for film artists and other media

professionals from the Lehigh Valley to contribute to the formation of a new

community," said Dr. Scott Paul, director of the TV / Film program at DeSales. "Attendees will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, share ideas and also register for the SSFI database."

The panel of media professionals includes Neil Hever, program director, WDIY Radio; Kathy McAuley, Lehigh Valley Film Services; Graham Stanford, president, SouthSide Film Institute; Michael Stershic, president, Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Zeke Zelker, president, Independent Dream Machine, Allentown.

"The purpose of this event is to unite everyone. We want to build a community for all the filmmakers in the local area," said Graham Stanford, president of the SouthSide Film Institute. "We want to pick people's brains, find out what their needs are, and what kind of benefits they want."

The Visiting Artists Film Series, funded by a grant from the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, is designed for students and members of the Lehigh Valley performing arts community. The series of master classes and public presentations are a celebration of creative, intellectual and cultural diversity. The program on March 14 is the last in a series of three during the spring 2006 semester.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Paul, director of the TV/Film program at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1438.


Press Release: First Lehigh Valley Independent Filmmakers Town Meeting, Tues., March 14, at DeSales University | Posted on: 3/3/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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