Productions have ramped back up, festivals are convening in-person once again, vaccines are rolling out, and life is seeming to go back to normal in this close-to-post-coronavirus world. But as an industry in constant evolution, what is the new normal when it comes to getting a film off the ground and in front of audiences? SAGindie’s Michael Sládek brought together an array of film professionals for a discussion about the current state of project development, financing, sales, and distribution in the fourth installment of the “Working Through” series.[Be sure to check out the previous “Working Through” panels – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]
- Producer Milan Chakraborty
- Producer/Executive Pauline Fischer
- Producer/Distributor Matt Grady
- Producer/Entertainment Attorney Jonathan Gray
- Producer/Executive Caddy Vanasirikul
- Moderated by Filmmaker/SAGindie New York Consultant Michael Sládek
About the Panelists:
Milan Chakraborty is currently the Head of Film at cross-platform content studio Marginal MediaWorks. He’s produced numerous feature films including My Friend Dahmer, Assassination Nation, Plus One, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, The Dark & the Wicked, and Rearranged. He began his career in the production finance and accounting departments at Warner Bros. and New Line, where he served on the production teams for Batman Begins, Superman Returns, V for Vendetta, and A History of Violence.
Pauline Fischer has produced, acquired, or greenlit critically acclaimed projects including Okja, Bright, Death Note, A Very Murray Christmas, Beasts of No Nation, First They Killed My Father, The Two Popes, Murder Mystery, Klaus, and Dolemite Is My Name. An architect of Netflix’s Original Film group, she’s also a founding board member of The Blackhouse Foundation. Pauline is a graduate of UCLA, Harvard Law and Business Schools, and is an executive member of AMPAS.
Matt Grady is the founder of the production and distribution company Factory 25. Focusing on making and releasing under-the-radar films via traditional and non-traditional platforms, his recent releases include: Ham on Rye, In the Soup, Tito, All This Panic, MA, Little Sister, Christmas Again, Icaros: A Vision, Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, The Color Wheel, Sun Don’t Shine, and Kid Thing. Matt also produced the features The Great Pretender, Inspector Ike, Applesauce, and Summer of Blood.
Jonathan Gray served as production counsel on a multitude of films including The Mole Agent, American Factory, One Child Nation, Life Animated, The Station Agent, Black Swan, and Precious. His producing credits include Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, El Gran Fellove, Blue Caprice, Nightingale, and Dark Night. An adjunct professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, Jonathan earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Caddy Vanasirikul is the Head of Acquisitions & Productions at the global film sales and finance company The Exchange, where she’s worked on such films as Shimmer Lake, Irreplaceable You, After Everything, Tragedy Girls, Flower, and We The Animals. She’s currently spearheading The Exchange’s expansion into the development and production space, beginning with feature film The Stand In. Born and raised in Bangkok, she studied at UCLA and began her career in unscripted TV.
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