Maximizing Your Film Festival

Denis Ciere, Director, NYC Indie Film Festival, Eric Granger, Chair, Adirondack Film Commission, CEO Aracari Films, LLC, Eric Vollweiler, Owner, The Vollweiler Agency, Gary D. Smith, Chair, Adirondack Film Society, Lake Placid Film Festival

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Doug LeClaire

Doug LeClaire worked as a Line Producer and Production Supervisor of national television commercials, independently produced feature films and major cable network promos in the New York metro area for 35 years.  He produced television advertising & web content campaigns for Lifetime TV; WE-TV; Comedy Central; MTV; Spike, Oxygen as well as the CBS, NBC, PBS and ABC networks.  He won a “Clio” for an MTV promotional campaign directed by Barbara Kanowitz.

He served as Unit Production Supervisor on national commercia projects directed by Michel Bay, Martin Scorsese, Herb Ritts, Laura Murphy and Robert Altman among other noted directors. 

Doug was the Unit Production Supervisor on a series of national public service announcements created by the City of New York soon after September 11, 2001. Mayor Giuliani recruited legendary TV commercial director Joe Pytka to shoot multi metro area location spots emphasizing how New York City was “back in business” post 9/11.  The PSA’s featured Kevin Bacon, Ben Stiller, Derek Jeter, Susan Sarandon, Henry Kissinger, Al Roker, Harrison Ford, Vanessa Williams and Woody Allen.  

Doug LeClaire has line produced two independent feature films: “Greetings from the Shore,” directed by Greg Chwerchak, starring Kim Shaw, David Fumero, Paul Sorvino and Jay O. Sanders. Also: “Broadway’s Finest,” winner of over 10 national film festival awards, directed by Stephen Marro. Doug was the Line Producer on a series of concert background videos for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame through Breathe Productions in New York and the “Te A Me Tea” global promo sensation: “Drink the Tea Donald Trump” for the FishEye Creative ad agency from India. He was Joe Pyka’s NY Production Supervisor for 19 years working on national TV commercials for Nike, Pepsi, IBM, Budweiser to name just a few.

In 1981 Doug & partners founded Asbury Shorts USA, now New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and touring show.  Asbury Short’s mission is to keep award-winning short films in theaters as opposed to You Tube, computers or smart phones. Asbury Shorts has presented their short film “concerts” in historic venues from Los Angeles to Berlin. Guest Hosts of Asbury Shorts shows have included: Edie Falco, Adrian Grenier, Bob Giraldi, Melvin Van Peebles, Richard Belzer, Harvey Keitel, Olympia Dukakis, Dylan McDermott and Jason Reitman. Doug directed two award-winning shorts in the 1980’s: “The Problem,” and “Surprise.” Both played on HBO.

Doug was the Director of the Shorts Program at The Lake Placid Film Forum from 2000-2004 and he’s served as an Operations Manager at The Garden State Film Festival from 2007-2021. 

He has been an instructor & guest lecturer at The School of Visual Arts; The New York Institute of Technology; The State University of New York; New York University, Monmouth University, Upstate Independents; Film/Video Arts and One Day University.

Eric Vollweiler

Eric is based in Long Island NY and has been producing and marketing film festivals and entertainment events for over 18 years all over the US, in Canada and starting to work in Europe. Eric main focus is to celebrate diversity through the different genres of festivals he works on. Also his main focus is to honor the filmmaker and actor for all their hard work and expression through the films.

His favorite festivals and events include the Independent Filmmaker Day, The Saratoga Springs International Film Festival, the Hip Hop Film Festival, The Artemis woman in Action Film Festival, the Silver Lake Film Festival The I See You Awards and the Garden State Film Festival and Boston International Film Festival and Kansas City FilmFest International.

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