- Reception & Networking
7.00pm - Presentation & Discussion
8.00pm - Q&A with Audience
8.30pm - 9.00pm - Post-Event Drinks and Networking
432 West 45th St.
Btwn 9th & 10th Ave.
PGA Members and Qualified Potential Members Only
-Are you thinking about filming in Africa? South America? Asia?
-Do you need some expert help and advice for your documentary, feature film or
new media project?
-Are you searching for a particular piece of historical footage?
-Do you want to know what practical help the United Nations can offer you in
the making of your film?
If the answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then you don't
want to miss this.
The seminar will expand upon the practical help that the United Nations can
offer. We will engage in a lively discussion with our three panelists,
screening clips from each to illustrate their work.
This event is planned as an introduction for members of the PGA East to the
Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), and a discussion about the ways
the CCOI can assist both film and documentary producers in the field as well as
with access to research, experts and archives.
JUAN CARLOS BRANDT, Chief Advocacy and Special Events, United Nations,
Department of Public Information.
Mr. Brandt joined the United Nations in 1984 in the United Nations Information
Centre in Washington, DC and for the next 10 years he served as a spokesman for
3 Secretaries-General of the United Nations: Javier Perez de Cuellar, Boutros
Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan. A national of Venezuela, he is now Chief of
Advocacy and Special Events for the Creative Community Outreach Initiative and
the Messengers of Peace and Good Will Ambassadors Programme. Before his current
responsibilities, Mr. Brandt managed the relationship between 1600
representatives of Civil Society and the Organizations information department
as Chief of the Non-Governmental Organizations Section (NGOs).
SUSAN FARKAS, Chief Radio and Television Services, United Nations
Ms. Farkas joined the United Nations in 2003 after a long and distinguished
career in both radio and television, beginning in her native Canada. Ms. Farkas
was a Senior Producer at Dateline NBC and an Executive Producer at NBC News
supervising production of TV news documentaries. During her 17 years at NBC,
Ms. Farkas won numerous awards including six Emmys and a Robert F. Kennedy
award for Human Rights Journalism. At the United Nations, Ms. Farkas launched a
new, award-winning magazine program, 21 Century
, a daily video news
, and a documentary on the design of United Nations
Headquarters, Workshop for Peace
. She was one of the founders of the
CCOI and she oversees the photo, audio and video libraries of the United
ALEX MEILLIER, Producer/Director of Ager Meiller Films Inc.
Mr. Meillier is the director of a documentary feature film, "Alias Ruby
Blade," which documents the struggle for independence in Timor-Leste (East
Timor) through the lens of the experiences of Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the former
first lady of Timor-Leste. Alex began his career with his wife Tanya Ager
Meillier in 2005 in East Timor when they were contracted by the United Nations
mission to East Timor to produce a documentary which chronicles the evolution
of the successful partnership between the people of East Timor and the United
Nations to build the world's first new democracy of the millennium.
SHIRLEY ESCOTT, Co-Chair, PGA East Documentary Committee, and Co-Executive
Producer at BBC World Wide in New York.
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE (CCOI)
…"I have decided to launch the Creative Community Outreach Initiative at
the UN, specifically designed to forge meaningful and productive relationships
with the entertainment industry."
"I'm asking the many gifted storytellers in our community to help us tell
our stories. Together I think we can help the world see and believe in a better
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), managed by the Advocacy and
Special Events team within the Outreach Division of the United Nations
Department of Public Information, is the first point of entry in the United
Nations for the international creative community. It acts as a liaison between
the United Nations and producers, directors, writers, and new media
professionals seeking a working relationship with the United Nations and will
provide film, new media, television, and documentary producers around the world
with access to information about the work of the United Nations and its
priority issues, as well as offer logistical advice and assistance.
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