Upstate.NY.Screens: Tribeca FilmFest Article

Craig M. Hatkoff, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, to Speak at UAlbany Town Hall Meeting About Expanding Film Production Opportunities in the Capital Region


Talk and Panel Discussion, Thursday May 3, Launches UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS Initiative

Albany, N.Y. – (April 30, 2012) – The powerful impact of film production as a sustainable economic driver on the Capital Region economy will be the focus of a public town hall panel discussion and TED-like talk featuring Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and Albany native, Craig Hatkoff. The town hall will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. in UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center and is open to area students and the public.
Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, here at UAlbany May 3, 10 a.m.
Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Craig Hatkoff will speak on Thursday, May 3, in the PAC.

Hatkoff, along with his wife Jane Rosenthal and the actor Robert DeNiro, created the Tribeca Film 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 film-making center."

A panel discussion featuring area film, government and business leaders will include:


  • Rex Smith, Editor of the Times Union

  • Deborah Goedeke, Albany County Film Commissioner
  • Pat Swinney Kaufman, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
  • Philip Morris, CEO of Proctor’s
  • Heidi Philipsen, writer/actor/director

    The event will also launch UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS, an initiative joining together humanities, cinema arts, and economic development in the Capital Region. The University at Albany Foundation in partnership with the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Albany Convention and Tourism Bureau are incubating the UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS initiative.

    The launch announcement will provide details regarding a regional cinematic exposition offering master classes and workshops, screenings, and a celebration/retrospective of an iconic filmmaker whose work will be the centerpiece and focus of the events.

    UPSTATE.N.Y.SCREENS is currently developing a documentary film, “The Albany Mummies: Unraveling an Ancient Mystery” by UAlbany Associate Professor of English Mary Valentis and retired English professor William Rainbolt. The film is expected to make its debut in late 2012.

    To register for the May 3 Town Hall, please RSVP to or call (518) 442-5373 by April 30.