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Page Ostrow and John Landis at Vegas Cine Fest
The two filmmaker panels also turned out to be informative and interesting despite some last minute changes that required merging the two groups into one panel and all of the speakers were gracious and accessible to those in the audience. I was the moderator and only found out about the changes half an hour before we were scheduled to start. I must admit that switching gears at that late date give me pause for a few moments, but we made it work. The Film Finance & Distribution Panel was comprised of Executive Producer Michel Shane (Catch Me If You Can, I, Robot); Adrian Ward, Sr. VP, National Bank of California; Page B. Ostrow, President, Ostrow & Company; Sam Eigen, Shoreline Entertainment and Entertainment Attorney Steve Pacitti, while The Film Producers Directors Panel featured Noah Hutton (Director, More to Live For), James Redford (Producer/Director, Quality Time), Joseph Singer (Producer, Doctor Dolittle, Dante’s Peak, Courage Under Fire) and Executive Producer Marvin Lipschultz. As you can see combining the experiences of such a diverse group did present a few challenges, but also provided the attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about areas of filmmaking from a variety of viewpoints.
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