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PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Sept. 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Dada Filmmaking
Join the Gay Filmmakers on Tuesday, September 18th
from 6 to 7:30 pm for Dada Filmmaking.

Dada--the principal of art based on deliberate irratioinality, anarchy,
cynicism and negation of laws of beauty and social organization.

We'll shoot an improv based on your suggestions to improv actors.
Then we'll edit the footage using FinalCut Express.
No experience required but experienced teachers welcome.

Contact George Bistransin at
or 718-381-1487 if you can help with equipment
(we need a shotgun mic and lights,) acting or refreshments.

The meeting will be at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC. Check at the front desk for the room number.

The Village Playwrights is a great opportunity for all screenwriters to have their scripts read to a small audience who can offer feedback in the development of your script. Emanuel Gavales, a member of the GFC (gay filmmaker’s club), who also co-runs the Village Playwrights, has offered the opportunity of a time slot for a reading on March 14th, and Dominic Ambrose has expressed an interest in the spot. Screenwriters can take advantage of this as Emanuel has so graciously offered the members future time slots that may be open. Plus this helps members hear the script prior to deciding to work on it. Contact Emanuel from the Village Playwrights.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. August 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Come to the last meeting of the summer
We'll talk about projects you want to do for the coming fall.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. July 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Are you interesting in being a Producer?

Then come to the LGBT Filmmakers Club
and learn about projects you can produce!

Our first film this year

We will also have a viewing of our first
short film this year called “Pizza Boy.”
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm
The future of the group
Dear friends and members of Gay Filmmakers Club NYC
a/k/a LGBT Filmmakers Club NYC:

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, from 6pm to 7:30 pm the Gay Filmmakers Club NYC, a/k/a the LGBT Filmmakers Club NYC would like to invite you to participate in a meeting discussing the future of the group. Come and let your voice be heard and help the LGBT Filmmakers Club develop and grow into a prominent organization at the Center.

LGBT Filmmakers Club would like to address issues that concern the group including film projects – both short professional films and creative 2-minute monthly film projects; educational meetings including lectures and demonstrations; and any other topics or ideas that might answer the needs of its members. LGBT Filmmakers Club remains open to anyone in entertainment and film as well as those wanting to be and those who have a love for film and wish to participate or know more about the process of filmmaking.

If you’ve ever attended a meeting in the past, worked on a film project through the Club or would like to be involved with the LGBT Filmmakers Club in the future please attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend please RSVP so we know of your interest and support for the future of the Club but that you won’t be present. The LGBT Filmmakers Club meets at The Center at 208 W. 13th Street with the usual $5 to cover the cost of the room. However for June 19, 2012 there is no charge. LGBT Filmmakers Club looks forward to your participation in this important opportunity to move the Club forward. Thank you.

LGBT Filmmakers Club

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. May 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Discussion on current productions
At this meeting we will discuss the progress of the current projects.

We also need crew and equipment for the current club projects
(escpecially a DP, Boom operator, editors)
Come be a part of the process!
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Discussion on current productions
the club will show some shorts
At this meeting we will discuss the progress of the current projects,
and club members will bring short films for us to enjoy and learn from.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. March 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Development stages of three scripts will begin
At this meeting we will select the producers, directors
and crew for the scripts, and review the stages of development for:
  • Multitasking, by Frank J. Avella
  • Railroad Roomies, by George Bistransin; and
  • Manette’s Little Trick, by Dominic Ambrose
At our meeting in February, we narrowed down from 15 scripts to 3 scripts, screenplays for development at this time.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. February 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Presentation and Selection of Scripts;
First project starting
At this meeting we will:
  • Present to the club available scripts to consider for club production
  • Decide which we want to work on
  • Find out who wants to be on the project and in what role
    (Directing, Producing, DP, etc). You CAN be a beginner,
    we're all here to learn.
Send us your scripts now:
  • LGBT themed
  • Short (no more than 15 minutes)
  • Include a short synopsis along with the screenplay
  • Be in proper screen script format if possible
  • Click on Screenplays tab above for further suggestions
  • Please email now, prior to the February meeting. Send to:
    GayFilmmakersNYC at gmail
The previous meeting held Jan. 17 was a complete success, and we are looking forward to a great club year.  Join us!
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. January 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Kickoff/Introductory meeting
At this introductory meeting for the new year we will:
  • Introduce ourselves to one another
  • Discuss what roles we're interested in
  • Talk about projects we will potentially work on throughout the year
  • All are welcome, join us!
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. June 8, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Presentation on Producing followed by Q&A  
Roger Alan Gindi (Producer/General Manager) won the 2007 Tony Award
for producing the Best Special Theatrical Event, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!

He recently produced Billy Goda’s play, DUST, off-Broadway. He was general manager of three plays by August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II and Jitney. He produced the Off- Broadway hit Shakespeare's R&J. He managed the original smash-hit productions of Nunsense and its many tours and sequels. He produced Crazy He Calls Me and was the general manager of A Small Family Business, Our Country's Good and Mixed Emotions on Broadway as well as David Mamet's Oleanna and Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me, among many others.

Mr. Gindi has also served as the theatrical manager for the past seven "Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows" on CBS.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. May 11, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Film sound expert and Academy Award winner
Tomlinson Holman

We are honored to have Academy Award winner Tom Holman talk about one of the most important production topics. He will be flying in from California just for our next meeting.

Holman currently teaches film sound at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and his book Sound for Film and Television, now in its third edition, is required reading in many college film courses. In his talk he'll be giving an overview of his book Sound for Digital Video, which is aimed at amateur and independent filmmakers.

His talk will be a short course on the whole book, at speed-reading rates but with time for questions. As he puts it, "An audience can forgive imperfect video, but bad audio is simply unacceptable. Audio quality is one of the main differences between a clearly amateur and a professional-level product.". He will show us how to bring high-end production tactics to bear on lower budget productions.

While working for Lucasfilm, Holman developed THX, a set of technological innovations assuring top quality sound in commercial cinemas and home theaters. THX was created to reproduce sound as the film director intended it to be heard.

Tom celebrates his 30th anniversary with his spouse Fritz Koenig this summer.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Apr. 13, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Members show their shorts

Members (and guests) will be showing DVDs of their shorts. If you want your short to be considered, or if you have any questions, please email us (see Contact Us tab above). Include Title, length in minutes, and a sentence or two description.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. March 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Emmy Winning Editor and Producer
Rob Tate to Present

Rob Tate is an award-winning producer and editor with a great track record
in tv and film.

This past year he won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Camera Editing for a PBS doc series called, GOURMET'S DIARY OF A FOODIE, and he has twice been nominated as a producer for that program.

He also won an International Documentary Association (IDA) award for his work on The Sundance Channel documentary series, ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL, on which he was senior producer / camera / editor. The program won Best Limited Series, 2009.

He's edited a slew of reality programs from QUEER EYE, to ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS, LET'S TALK ABOUT PEP, PROJECT JAY, BOILING POINTS and a new Bravo TV program not yet aired called NINE BY DESIGN.

His feature documentary film, ELEVEN MINUTES -- about the first winner of Project Runway, Jay McCarroll, creating his first line of clothing post-win -- was released in theaters by Regent last year, played on the STYLE Network, and will be out on DVD in February 2010. Variety called the film, 'skillfully crafted... a beautifully paced and edited pic.'    Read Rob's IMDB page.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Feb. 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Second project gets funding
  • "Fermented" gets a grant
  • Guest Speaker Jonathan Lane on Film Composition, makeup, more...
Jonathan Lane will give a presentation on Film Composition, makeup, lighting, and model releases. Jonathan is a freelance photographer and makeup artist.

Second half of the meeting: Come be part of the club's second project!
"Fermented" by Paul M. Kelly and Paul Brenner (Read Script Here) has secured the required locations for filming.

During the second half we will:
– Have a live reading of "Fermented" with actors.
– Club discussion: who is interested in working on it, and in what capacity.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Jan. 12, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Special Presentation
  • Guest Speaker John Dowdell (works with Ken Burns on all his films):
    Consider your Post workflow before shooting your first frame.
  • Reading and discusion on "Last Call" by George Bistransin 
John Dowdell will present an overview of the Digital Intermediate Workflow that he applies every day as a Colorist for Goldcrest Post.

John has worked as Colorist for decades on hundreds of Features and Docs with such filmmakers as Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch, Robert Altman, Ed Burns, the Coen Brothers, Takeshi Kitano, John Cameron Mitchell, Mira Nair, Todd Solondz, Julian Schnabel, John Sayles, James Ivory, Woody Allen, and Ken Burns.
After John's presentation, we will have a reading and discuss "Last Call" by George Bistransin (Read Script Here) is potentially our first film, being the only one to have an advocate and meet our other requirements (see Screenplays tab above).
We will find out who is interested in working on this film.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Dec. 8, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Guest Speaker Nick Sidorovich on Screenwriting
How does one convert a stage play or story into a screenplay? What makes a good screenplay? This is an important step in the process of making a film.

Nick Sidorovich will discuss the fundamentals of screenwriting focusing on adapting a stage play into a script for a short film. Nick will also discuss numerous resources available to filmmakers. Following this will be a Q&A period.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Tues. Nov. 10, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Six scripts were presented.
We heard from three writers who gave us summaries
of their scripts and answered questions.
In the future, anyone is also welcome to bring their script to any meeting for consideration (see Screenplays tab above).

About the Club

Gathering of those interested in creating LGBTQ themed or character driven films; learn more about filmmaking and make connections. Join our team in the areas of cinematography, lighting, audio, editing, producing, directing, acting, writing/screenplay, storyboard, script person/continuity, set design, music, makeup, costumes, location scout, special effects/motion graphics.


The Club meets at the LGBT Center
208 West 13th St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.)

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