Monday, July 11, 2011

Tucson: July 2011 IFASA Meeting, Midtown Ward Six City Office

July 2011 IFASA Meeting Continues to Impress With Prestigious Speakers, Giveaways and Fun Open to the General Public

Where: Midtown Ward Six City Office Main Meeting Room, 3202 East 1st Street, Tucson, AZ 85716

When: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 · 6:30pm – 9:00pm Please arrive early so the meeting can start earlier.

As usual there will be an open announcements period, an update from the board with more exciting news on current member benefits, and don’t forget our networking period directly after the meeting. Bring your business cards and headshots, etc. There will also be a raffle for a Clinique cosmetics package valued at over $150.00. 

Guest speakers include:

Sarah Sher is an editor, producer, director and writer and has worked on TV series such as ABC's “Full House”, wide release feature films such as “The Buffalo Soldiers” starring Joaquin Phoenix and independent productions such as “The Good Boy” and “Stardust and The Bandit”, with previous speakers: Dick Fisher, Rosie Zwaduk and Margarita Potts. Sarah is also a primary member of the Tucson Final Cut Pro User's Group and will tell us more about this valuable resource for southern Arizona editors. More info on Sarah can be found here:

Brian McLaughlin

Our keynote speaker will be Producer/Actor and former IFASA president Brian McLaughlin:

Brian McLaughlin is a film producer and president of Emerald Elephant Entertainment LLC. He has had over ten years of film experience and over 20 years of international business experience across various disciplines. He will be a visiting assistant professor in the film department of the University of Notre Dame starting in August 2011; has been an adjunct faculty member of The Art Institute of Tucson, teaching courses in film, business, and math; and has been a recurring guest speaker to film students at the University of Notre Dame and The University of Arizona.




In 2010 and 2011, Brian worked for several months in Afghanistan as the media production advisor on General Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, producing videos to support the counterinsurgency mission and communicate messages which foster stability and peace in the country, which will be the topic of Brian's presentation.




He has been a producer on four feature films and was sponsored for membership in the Producers Guild of America by legendary Academy Award winner Roger Corman. The neo noir feature Red 71, with Angus Scrimm, had a limited theatrical run, including the premiere in New York City, and has distribution through Synkronized. The thriller Good Boy, with horror star Tiffany Shepis, won an Accolade Award of Excellence and two Accolade Awards of Merit and is distributed by Celebrity Video Distribution. The comedy Trade Instars Corey Haim, Ron Jeremy, and Shepis and is distributed by Synkronized. The coming of age story D*I*Ywas an official selection of the Arizona International Film Festival and Flagstaff Film Festival and was among the official merchandise sold at the Soundwave festival in Australia and the Vans Warped Tour 2011. Brian co-produced the horror 13th Hour, which was adapted for Image Entertainment into Necromentia. He is executive producer of a documentary in production, Following Raul. The short film Alma won three awards – Best Narrative Film at the University Film and Video Association Conference, Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigrant Story at the Humboldt Film Festival, and an Accolade Award of Excellence. The educational short film for the Pima County Attorney’s Office’s 88-CRIME Program, Trouble At Hand, won an Award of Merit at Indie Fest and was a semi-finalist at the Cave Creek Film Festival.




Brian is a Screen Actors Guild actor in film, television, and stage, under the stage name Brian Mulligan. He has been in over 50 films, including The Decoy and Universal Pictures’ The Kingdom. Additionally, he was inBig River, which was released in Japan, and several films which have national DVD distribution, won awards, or achieved film festival success, such as Take Me Somewhere Nice, which won the Audience Choice award at the Sedona Film Festival. Also, he has performed stand-up comedy in venues including The Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Ice House in Pasadena, the University of Notre Dame, and Laffs Comedy Caffe in Tucson.




He was Treasurer of a Raytheon subsidiary, director and officer of a US-Canadian environmental company, business manager of a US-German joint venture, and project manager on a feasibility study for an air cargo facility in Ukraine. He also worked at the headquarters of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill response.




Brian was recognized by Notre Dame as an Exemplary Asian Pacific Alumnus and is on the board of the Asian Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame, as well as the Notre Dame Club of Tucson. He was awarded a Tucson Pima Arts Council Professional Development Artists of Color Grant. He has been a board member and three-time president of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona and is on the Advisory Board of Arizona Film & Television Workshops. Formerly, he was on the Southern Arizona Committee of the Arizona Production Association, the Access Tucson Strategic Planning Committee, and board of the Loft Cinema. He was on the Mentoring Program Council at Raytheon and in the MBA mentorship program of Notre Dame. He was also president and twice member of the year of the Raytheon Tucson Management Club and was also on the board of the Raytheon Asian Pacific Association. He has moderated several film panels at festivals and conventions and been a speaker to various groups around Tucson on film and other topics.




He has a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Boston University. He spent 20 years in the Army and Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Major, with call-ups for Bosnia and Afghanistan and assignments as a general’s aide, Airborne Pathfinder commander, and in Special Operations. His decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, German and Dutch Commando Parachutist badges. He has a son, Collin.


We look forward to seeing you there. Please spread the word and try to bring at least two people to this meeting.

“As usual we have a list of fascinating speakers. Don t miss out on an opportunity to meet some of the best filmmakers in southern Arizona every month. ” Board President Eric Schumacher.


Media Contact:

Eric Schumacher

2011 IFASA Board President

and Co-Managing Member of RobEric MEDIA, LLC

Ph: (520) 850-5285


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