Magazine article American Cinematographer

Points East

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Points East

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Congratulations to New York's Crystal Apple Award Winners! Manhattan's own Bob Greenberg, of R/Greenberg Associates, took the stage to receive his Apple from Mayor Dinkins after winning the Mayor's Television Commercial Award. Bob was in good company; other winners included Dustin Hoffman (the Mayor's Film Award); Kenny Utt (the Mayor's Producer's Award); the series Law and Order (the Mayor's Television Award) and the East Coast Council of the I.A.T.S.E (the Mayor's Labor Award). At a recent press briefing, the last group proudly listed the feature films they've brought to fruition in the past two years or that are currently in development or production. They include Bad lieutenant Veronica and Me, Ethan Frome (filmed in Boston, from American Playhouse/Miramax), Fathers and Sons (RCA/Columbia), FlodderDoes Manhattan (a foreign project), Fly By Night, I'm Your Man (Controlled Entropy: an interactive film), In the Soup(Triton), JerseyGirls(Bectric Pictures/lnterscope), Juice(lsland/Paramount), Light Sleeper (Fme Line), Mac (Samuel Goldwyn) MyNewGun(IRS) Night on Earth(NY Segment-Locus Solus Productions) Romeo is Bleeding (Polygram), The Saint of Fort Washington (Warners), Strictly Business (Island/Warners), Naked in New VM(NeW Line), Who's The Man? (New Line), The Night We Never Met (Miramax), New York Cop (Sunstripe Pictures), and TV projects including Daybreak (HBO), Ghostwriter (Children's Television Workshop), Strapped (HBO), Tribeca (Tribeca), Urban Anxiety (foxTV) ana Men and Women (HBO). How's that for East Coast production? The East Coast Council is made up of leaders of eight different craft unions and represent various below-the-line technicians. They are prepared and eager to negotiate with production companies contemplating a New York project with a budget of $1 to $7 million. The Council exists to accomplish two goals: (1) to provide a forum for the East Coast Production Locals to discuss items of mutual interest and concern on a regular basis, and (2) to make it possible for producers of low-budget feature film and television productions to speak with representatives of all the involved Local Unions at the same time, and to negotiate contracts for productions that are acceptable to producers and to all the Local Unions. Council members include Local 52 (Studio Mechanics), Local 161 (Script Supervisors and Production Office Coordinators); Local 644 (International Photographers); Local 764 (Theatrical Wardrobe); Local 771 (Film and Videotape Editors); and Local 798 (Makeup and Hair Stylists). IBPAT Local 829 (United Scenic Artists) is an affiliate member. Anyone seeking information on the East Coast Council/LA.T.S.E. may call G. Bryan Unger at (212) 730-1770. * Established in 1966, the New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting was the first municipality to set up an office to attract television and film producers. The office provides expert location advice, facilitates labor negotiations, acts as liaisons between production companies and dozens of city, state and federal agencies, provides New York police officers (free !) whenever there are safety or traffic concerns, and distributes permits that allow producers to shoot anywhere in the 300-square-mile radius of New York City-all at no cost to the producers. It's an offer you can't refuse - just ask Martin Scorsese. …

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