2017 Program

Complete 2017 Schedule Further Below 

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab is a non-competitive forum for filmmakers and movie goers seeking to interact with industry guests centered around character driven stories.  Past Film Talks and Screenings include films and filmmakers from the US, Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well, top regional filmmakers from Upstate New York.   Limited seating to the 4th edition is now available.  Reserve individual and All-Access Tickets to participate in Film Talks, Screenings, Industry Mixers, After Hour Parties and more.        



Official 2017 Schedule *


November 9, 2017




CCCE kick-off Industry Mixer  benefit   WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 393 Central Ave, Albany, NY

Reserve individual and All-Access Tickets


Opening Night Screening:  AS YOU ARE (Sundance 2016 Special Jury Prize Winner) Q&A w/ producer Joseph Mastantuono & other cast & crew to follow

Reserve Tickets

The Linda


After Hours:  LOWBEAT … Free to All-Access Ticket Holders

The Low Beat


November 10, 2017 NYS State Museum


Doors Open:  Morning networking Huxley Auditorium


Welcome by Archives Partnership Trust

Open to Public


FILM TALK 1 – STORY and AUDIENCE:  which comes first?  Leading industry experts debate how great stories reach the marketplace and why many fail to engage an audience.  Moderator:  Larry Jackson  with Allen Chou (Passion River Films); Joseph Mastantuono (Goodpost/As You Are); Heidi Philipsen (Darcy).

Open to public

Huxley Auditorium


Discover the world’s largest collection of movie scripts (1921 – 1965), 11th Floor State Archives

Free and Open

to Public

11th Floor

State Museum


Filmmaker Presentations (Part 1):  with an emphasis on audience, new lab participants will present and receive constructive feedback on their works in-progress from leading industry experts.

All Access Pass Required

Huxley Auditorium




Downtown Albany


FILM TALK 2 – BUDGETING:  The financial nuts and bolts with industry presented by industry expert Norman Berns (Founder, Reel Grok)

Open to Public

Huxley Auditorium


Filmmaker Presentations (Part 2):  alumni participants will offer updates on their project(s), receiving constructive feedback on their works in-progress from leading industry experts.

All Access Pass Required

Huxley Auditorium




Industry Mixer — All Access Pass holders included, limited tickets available.

Reserve Tickets

Overit Media


FILM TALK 3 — POST-PRODUCTION:  What to consider BEFORE reaching the editing room.  Hint: Audience.  Moderated by Dan Dinsmore (owner, Overit Media) w/ filmmakers Tracy Cring (Ice Eagles, Lee’s 88 Keys) and Joseph Mastantuono (Good Post, AS YOU ARE).

Reserve Tickets

Overit Media


SNEAK PREVIEW: ICE EAGLES The heroic story of U.S. aviation in Antarctica.   With filmmaker Tom Henderson  

Followed by Q&A

Overit Media


Wrap / Cocktails
SATURDAY  November 11, 2017 PROCTORS
9:00AM Doors Open:  Apostrophe Cafe for Morning Networking 2nd Floor
9:45AM Welcome by Proctors    Fenimore Cooper Room
10:00AM FILM TALK 4 – FILM FINANCING:  From Hollywood veteran to indie filmmakers, hear how the changing media landscape is challenging filmmakers to think outside the box.  Moderator:  Michael J. Camoin with Larry Jackson, Sr. VP Studio Executive; Christopher Schiller, Entertainment Attorney; Timothy Urban, VP Zero Point Zero, and others TBD. Tickets Available 2nd Floor
11:00AM Filmmaker:  Individual Mentoring Sessions

Lab Participants

2nd Floor
12:30PM Break for lunch
2:00PM FILM TALK 5:  MARKETING, SALES & DISTRIBUTION      Made your movie and ready for your big Netflix premiere? Not so fast.  Learn about the modern indie distribution landscape from Allen Chou and Mat Levy of Passion River Films who will discuss critical methods for exposing your film to consumers on the ever-evolving VOD and even DVD platforms. In this session, we’ll also workshop ideas on how to engage audiences and impact communities for your film. Tickets Available 2nd Floor
3:30PM Individual Mentoring Sessions

All Access Passholders

4:30PM Break    PROCTORS
6:30PM Industry Mixer — All Access Pass holders inc. Tickets Available

Outside GE Screening Room

7:30PM Screening 3:  SHORT FILMS followed by Q&A with filmmakers    Tickets Available

GE Screening Room

10:00PM Wrap / Cocktails
SUNDAY November 12th
     9:45AM Northeast Filmmakers Brunch and Wrap Lab and Industry Only
  12:00PM Wrap on NFL4
  • Presenters and schedule subject to change.  Please check weekly.  Thank you.

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Diane & Steve O’Connor