SUNY Center for Humanities, Arts and TechnoScience 

Upstate New York Film Initiative


University at Albany President, George Philip will honor Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and Albany native Craig Hatkoff May 3, 2012. The event will launch UPSTATE NY SCREENS, a CHATS’ humanities, arts, and economic development initiative.  

Mr. Hatkoff, along with his wife Jane Rosenthal and the actor Robert DiNiro, created the festival in 2002 in order to "to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center." 

The day will begin with a breakfast in University Hall where Mr. Hatkoff will discuss film production and its impact as a powerful, sustainable economic driver for a region. A town hall panel discussion and talk” by Mr. Hatkoff, open to area students and the public, and featuring prominent members of the state and regional film communities, will follow.

The May 3 occasion will kick off a series of events produced by CHATS’UPSTATE.NY.SCREENS including a documentary film on the Albany mummies and the debut of a planned regional cinematic exposition offering industry buyers, sellers, producers, creative talent, students and community participants from all over the state a platform to exchange ideas, business opportunities, and a showcase for their products. The UPSTATE NY SCREENS expo will include master classes and workshops, screenings, and a celebration/retrospective of an iconic filmmaker whose work will be the centerpiece and focus of the events.

The University at Albany Foundation in partnership with the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS), College of Arts and Sciences, Albany Academies, and the Albany Convention and Tourism Bureau are incubating the SCREENS NY UPSTATE initiative.