Monday, February 29, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Screening and Conversation: Cronies
333 W. 23rd Street
(between 8th and 9th Avenue)
Executive produced by Spike Lee, Cronies is a dynamic coming-of-age comedy shot in St. Louis that follows a day in the life of childhood friends Louis and Jack. Their present-day relationship is challenged when Louis’ new friendships and family priorities collide with Jack’s loud and aggressive behavior.
Cronies premiered to raves at the Sundance Film Festival and has also screened at festivals both domestically and internationally, including Tribeca Film Fest, Next Fest, and BFI London. Hear from filmmaker Michael Larnell, and learn how to produce and distribute an independent film on a student-friendly budget.
michael larnell, writer, director, producer, editor, cronies
Michael Larnell is a New York based writer, director and producer. He is currently an MFA candidate at New York University’s prestigious graduate film program on a Dean’s Fellow and Kanbar Television scholarship. Michael is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood. The hardworking values he grew up with continue to resonate inside of him. He has directed over 20 documentary and short films since he started his filmmaking journey six years ago.
ro reddick, marketing & Distribution strategist, cronies
Ro Reddick is a second year MBA candidate at NYU Stern with a specialization in Entertainment, Media & Technology. She is currently serving as one of the student Marketing & Distribution Strategists for CRONIES. She spent her summer at Women Make Movies as the Distribution Strategy Intern researching new markets, developing an outreach strategy and negotiating sales of the award winning documentaries Dreamcatcher, Private Violence and Regarding Susan Sontag.
moderator: caitlin robinson, producer
Born in South Africa, Caitlin Robinson is a storyteller with experience in the technical and creative side of creating content. She has produced award-winning documentaries and live TV shows; scripted, shot and edited current affairs inserts for broadcast news networks; developed content for a BBC reality TV show; and most recently has pioneered a series of virtual reality documentary portraits. Caitlin is currently pursuing a dual MBA and MFA at NYU’s Leonard Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts and intends to use her freshly-minted business acumen to match emerging and diverse filmmakers to commercial platforms.