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So you want a career in film?: A four decade retrospective with Glen Trotiner

Let's kick off a new month with a look back at one of the featured events from our Albany Film Festival:

UAlbany alumnus Glen Trotiner discusses his career in the film industry in a conversation with Shira Segal, Director of the Film Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany.

This talk originally aired during an Albany Film Festival registration-only workshop one month ago. We're happy to share it with everyone today.

Glen Trotiner, film producer and director, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from UAlbany. He spent two years as Directors Guild of America Trainee and then went on to work as an assistant director on a long string of highly successful feature films, beginning with Brian De Palma’s classic film, "The Untouchables."

Projects then took him all over the country, and all over the world, including "Biloxi Blues," "Jungle2Jungle," "Phone Booth," "Last Holiday," and "What Happens in Vegas." More recently, he has helped produce dozens of films, including "Bella," which won the Audience Award at TIFF, "Bernard and Doris," for which he was nominated for the DGA Award, "Fam-I-Ly" and "The Trust," which both premiered at South by Southwest, and "Big Time Adolescence," which played in dramatic competition at The Sundance Film Festival.

Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Directors Guild of America Training Program, the very program which launched his career in the motion picture industry. His term of service is the longest in the history of the program.

If you are interested in viewing the DGA Training Video discussed in the workshop, visit:

The NYS Writers Institute would like to thank our sponsors who made the Albany Film Festival possible: Premier sponsors: Chet & Karen Opalka, The Towne Law Firm, P.C., UAlbany Speaker Series. Presenting sponsors: June M. DeSorbo, Film Albany, a division of Discover Albany, Times Union, The Touhey Family Foundation.

Supporting sponsors: Ellen Jabbur, New World Bistro Bar, O’Connell & Aronowitz /, The Swyer Family Foundation, University Auxiliary Services. And Friends: Add a Zero Productions, CDTA, Skip Casano & Bella Pipas, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC, Pernille Ægidius Dake, Foy Fund, Paul & Mary Grondahl, David & Lauren Hayes, Honest Weight Food Co-op, William & Mary Jean Krackeler, Cecilia Lauenstein & Ronald Nadeau, Betsy Lopez, H. Carl McCall and Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP, Servico Inc./ Scott Schuster, Herb and Cynthia Shultz, UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center, and Hon. Leonard A. Weiss.


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