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Film Lab Chosen Beneficiary of Wine & Dine 2019

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab / Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc was chosen among other leading arts organizations in the Capital Region as a Spotlight Beneficiary to Albany’s Wine & Dine Festival 2019.

Premier Beneficiaries this year include the Albany Barn, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Palace Theatre and Park Playhouse.  Other Spotlight Beneficiaries include the Albany Center Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Albany Symphony, Black Dimension in Art, Capitaland Chorus, eba and Steamer No. 10.

Total distribution and allocation of awards will be based on the final net proceeds at the conclusion of the 2019 Festival which spans Thursday, January 17 – Saturday, January 19th.

Should you attend, tell them “Capital Cinema” sent you.  Be sure to participate in the 2019 Auction.   Check out all the auction items.

For more information about Albany Wine & Dine 2019 Beneficiaries



Industry Mixer


Friday, October 26th  5:30PM – 7PM 

Attention lab participants and Film Columbia filmmakers!  Grab your first beer on us, network with filmmakers and key industry speakers.  Limited to guests of Film Columbia.   Sponsored by the Northeast Filmmakers Lab & Chatham Brewery.

Electric City Script Contest Awards Party – 5pm Feb 24th

CCCE is a proud sponsor of the FIRST Electric City Script Contest Awards Party, Saturday, February 24th, 5p-8p, 820 Eastern Avenue, Schenectady NY.  Click on the link to reserve your tickets.  Only $12.00 (includes Champagne Reception, Food Stations, Awards Presentation, After Party, Entertainment)

Northeast Filmmaker Panelists Reach Sundance

Congratulations to producers Christina King, Jeremy Yaches and director, Jeremiah Zagar for WE THE ANIMALS, a feature film making its world premiere at Sundance 2018 in the NEXT category.   All served as advisors in the Northeast Film Lab (2016) 3rd edition, founded by Michael Camoin, who served as the film’s location manager.  Each appeared on Film Talks ranging from such topics as producing, financing to location management.  Principal photography for We The Animals took place in upstate New York.

We The Animals / U.S.A. (Director: Jeremiah Zagar, Screenwriters: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar, Producers: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey) — Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own. Cast: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Santiago. World Premiere.

More about Sundance 2018       #WeTheAnimals

Northeast Film Lab Announces Slate of Screenings and Lab Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 20, 2017

Contact:  Michael J. Camion, 518.441.5300 (c);


The Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc. (CCCE) hosts its annual Northeast Filmmakers Lab Nov- ember 9-12th in the Capital Region and is pleased to announce it’s official line-up of screenings and lab participants. The opening night screening of AS YOU ARE features producer, Joseph Mastantuono along with other members of the 2016 Sundance Special Jury award winning cast and crew.  The screening takes place 7pm Thursday, November 9th at The Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206.  A 5:30pm industry mixer benefit precedes the screening with industry mentors and filmmakers.  Tickets available on-line  Doors open 30 minutes prior to screening.  Reservations are recommended. 

A sneak preview of ICE EAGLES, the documentary about the first US Navy pilot expeditions to Antartica by Tom Henderson takes place Friday, Nov. 10th, 8:30pm at Overit Media,  435 New Scotland Ave,  Albany, NY 12208.   Limited seating is available.  A curated screening of international and local short films takes place 7:30pm Sat, Nov 11th at Proctors GE Theatre, 432 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305. This year’s shorts include GHOSTS OF NEW YORK by Brad Robinson who works repeatedly with directors Dereck Cianfrance and Woody Allen.  IN THROUGH THE NIGHT and REMEMBERING THE FUTURE by Josiah Cuneo (Brooklyn);  JUST WORDS by Ilia Antonenko (Russian);  PSYCHOSIS by Dan Vantresca (Schenectady);  SCALLYWAG is an animated cartoon;  STOP THE STIGMA, the documentary of Summer Smith and her battle with drug addiction; THE STAIN, is the story of the lengthy efforts an OCD will go through to remove a blemish.

4th edition Lab Filmmakers Participants include feature film projects:  CAMPFIRE by Syracuse based filmmaker Stephen Long; THE HAWK, the untold story of Ben Hogan, produced by John Bradley. HELL’s ACRES, the original boxing epic tale by Rich Rosenzweig;  LAS MINAS DE ALTAR (The Mines of Altar) by Mexican filmmaker, Jon Ayon; and TERMINUS ALARM, the apocalyptic story by husband and wife filmmaking duo Tracy and Jon Cring.

One new documentary, ON TO THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY, by Western Mass filmmaker Howard Garbarsky and short films; THE COMMON REACTOR by Steve Cifarelli and READY OR NOT by John Romeo round out the new additions.                                                      

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Northeast Filmmaker ALUMNI seeking to advance and distribute their film projects include:

BENEDICT ARNOLD: HERO BETRAYED by Tom Mercer; THE GOOD MIND by Gwendolyn Cates; VOO DOO MaCBETH by Susan Robbins and SCARED TO DEBT: America’s Student Loan Scam by Mike Camoin; LOOSE WIRE:  The Man Who Connected A Community by Carol Swyer; WE ARE UNARMED by Gwendolen Cates.  All will each be presenting their latest works at various stages of development at this year’s lab.

Established in 2014, the Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that empowers emerging filmmakers to complete and present their projects in a rapidly changing media landscape by leveraging world-class industry expertise through a lab process. Through interaction with audiences, industry experts and peers, filmmakers can acquire a greater understanding of the language and best practices needed to navigate the creative and business paths from development to marketing, from

financing to completion.

Official Schedule: 


Additional information including PRESS PASSES available upon request.