Greening the Screen Panel October 28, 2010

Best Practices To Be Taught By Producers From Across The Country
Tue, 10/26/2010

Free reception and event open to public - October 28th, 2010

RECEPTION AND PANEL DISCUSSION - Will provide an opportunity for the members of the local industry to hear from leading professionals, both at the studio and production levels, about what it means to “Green the Screen’, why it’s important, what it entails, and what New Orleans/Louisiana crew, vendors and service providers should be thinking about. The panel will be held at Second Line Stages, 800 Richard St. in New Orleans, This Event is Free and Open To The Public, October 28th 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the seminar; call 504-224-2245 or e-mail to RSVP.


Jane Evans, EVP, Physical Production, Focus Features (The American, Milk, Brokeback Mountain);

Producers and PGA Green Board members Mary Jo Winkler (Catch Me If You Can, Away We Go, Fair Game) and Kathleen Courtney (Law Abiding Citizen, Because of Winn Dixie, Bowfinger)

UPM Joshua Throne (The Expendables, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt)

And Meredith Bergmann and PGA Green Co-Chair Katie Carpenter of Green Media Solutions - recent credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, It’s Complicated and Saturday Night Live among others.

Reception from 6:00PM - 6:30PM - light refreshements will be available for purchase

Second Line Stages and NOVAC will present “Greening the Screen” - an environmentally focused 2 day training program and  evening Panel Discusssion, and for it some big names in the entertainment industry will roll into town to talk to the local film community about producing creative work in a more environmentally sustainable way. Instructors and speakers will include producers from major film studios and experts in eco-friendly production techniques.

TRAINING PROGRAM - A “Greening the Screen” training program for Department Heads, Key Crew and Coordinators will be held October 27th and 28th. The program curriculum is based in part on the GreenScreen Training of the Producers Guild of America and will provide an in-depth look, department by department, at what “green” looks like for the film production industry at this time and going forward. Curriculum for the Greening the Screen training is geared toward the coordinator and above positions. This program is currently full. To find out about future programs email:

BACKGROUND - Since 2008 there has been a comprehensive move toward environmentally responsible production practices in the entertainment industry on a national level. Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Sony, and Disney have set new environmental 'best practices' guide-lines and greener practices are becoming a broad trend within the industry. More and more productions at studios in New York and Los Angeles are being run with an eye toward these new benchmarks. Independent productions, when run by committed producers, are requiring greener modalities from their crew as well as from their goods and service providers. Studio projects on location are attempting to achieve benchmarks as well.

Liz Dunnebacke, NOVAC’s Executive Director, explains that “as one of the leading production locales in the country, New Orleans and Louisiana should be well informed and proactive about this issue, both to keep step with the environmental benefits as well as to continue our leadership position within the industry.”

“More than ever producers, actors, directors, and crew of all kinds are getting behind the concept of making our industry a cleaner, more environmentally friendly, one”, said Diane Wheeler-Nicholson, Director of Sustainability and Outreach of Second Line Stages. Hers is the only LEED film production facility in the United States and is run with ecologically sound practices. Second Line’s clients are also provided with local resources for ‘green’ goods and services, as well as facility services such as comprehensive recycling and composting.

Producers for the HBO television series Treme will also partner in the effort as a way to train new hires. The classes will help these students take their first step to “getting their feet in the door” of the expanding film industry in Louisiana. For more information about the PA training, call NOVAC at 504-940-5780.

The workforce training component of the series is being sponsored by The New Orleans Film Office, Community Production Capital, L.L.C. and the Louisiana Workforce Training Program.

Second Line Stages is the nation’s first green, independent film studio whose operations are designed to enable cleaner, smarter, more responsible physical production practices.

NOVAC is a 501 c3 nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sustainable film community by providing access to resources, education and locally generated content. Our programs are made possible through a Recovery Workforce Training Program Grant, provided by the Louisiana Recovery Authority in collaboration with the State Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit and the Louisiana Workforce Commission as well as generous funding . Our programs are also supported by a grant from the Arts Council of New Orleans, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and by a Decentralized Arts grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Both the Community Arts Grant and the Decentralized Arts grant are administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans. Further support for our programs is generously provided by the RosaMary Foundation, the Keller Family Foundation, the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Louisiana Department of Economic Development’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development and the City of New Orleans Office of Film and Video.

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