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AN EVENING WITH THE UNITED NATIONS CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE - PGA East
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2/17/2011
When: Thursday, February 17
6:30pm
Where: MPE Penthouse
432 West 45th St.
New York, New York  10036
United States


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The PGA East Documentary Committee invites you and a qualified potential member to...

AN EVENING WITH THE UNITED NATIONS CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE

Thursday, February 17

6.30pm - Reception & Networking
7.00pm - Presentation & Discussion
8.00pm - Q&A with Audience
8.30pm - 9.00pm - Post-Event Drinks and Networking

MPE Penthouse
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.

Panelists:
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 service, UNifeed, 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 Nations.

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.

Moderator:
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 future."
- 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.

-To cancel or change your reservation, please email pga-ny@producersguild.org. Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event.

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