1.12.2008

My First Swag Bag!

I attended a great party this past Tuesday evening--The Imagine News Imaginnaire Awards event. It was quite the shin-dig! Several thriving individuals were the happy award recipients:

  • Roger Lyons, veteran of a 35-year television career and, for the last 12 years, Director of Commercial Production for BZ Productions, the commercial production unit for the CBS Boston television stations. He is best known for his work with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences over the last 20-years.
  • William J. Murphy, Rhode Island Speaker of the House, and champion and sponsor of Film Tax Incentives in Rhode Island, the first New England State to pass such legislation. His leadership and vision spotlighted successfully incentivizing New England while providing thousands of opportunities to the filmmaking industry.
  • Don Packer, award-winning editor, musician, and co-owner of Engine Room, a full service broadcast design and post production facility in Boston. He is also a founding member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) and general all-around cheerleader for the industry and those in it.
  • Carolyn Pickman, very successful casting director who has helped hundreds of New England actors work. Her casting credits include “Brotherhood,” FEVER PITCH, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and THE BOX. In 2004, she was awarded the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Local Casting for Clint Eastwood’s MYSTIC RIVER.
  • Ernest Thompson, Academy Award winning writer of American treasure, ON GOLDEN POND (which also won Golden Globe and Writer’s Guild Awards). He acts, directs and mentors aspiring playwrights at his summer camp in New Hampshire, very near to where ON GOLDEN POND was filmed.
I had the chance to meet them all. But enough about them--let's chat more about the party! Great food, a great location, and fascinating people. Events like these are fun because no one is working and people actually have the opportunity to get to learn about each other's background, training and experiences, as well as play dress-up and catch-up. The best part? I received my very first swag bag! True, no exciting vineyard tours or exotic getaways were included. But, there was a fun makeup sample, this cool cube thing for the movie The Orphanage, and some other items. Here's a photo:

1 comment:

Diana said...

You're a big Hollywood star now!