Film Festival Today

Founded by Jeremy Taylor

Advisory Board

Andrew Tenenbaum is a partner with MBST Entertainment and brings two decades of transactional experience to the firm in film, television, music, radio, live entertainment and new media, and has worked with celebrity clients including Billy Crystal, The Beatles, the Estate of Frank Zappa, the Estate of Marvin Gaye, the Estate of Elvis Presley, filmmaker/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Chonda Pierce, Fox News Correspondent Steven Crowder, reality TV star Joe Maddalena, producer David Saltz and playwright Alain Boublil. He has structured and negotiated talent and production deals in all of these areas as well as advising Estates and rights holders on strategies for deploying their assets in a rapidly changing entertainment landscape.

Jennie Lew Tugend is a film veteran with over three decades in the Hollywood motion picture business. Her expertise bridges film development, production, financing, marketing and distribution. Her movies have grossed cumulatively over $1 billion –and she has produced and co-produced some of the industry’s most memorable franchises: Free Willy, Lethal Weapon, and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt.

Projects currently, in development at various American studios include the internationally celebrated Japanese manga Tomie and MPD Psycho, Japanese best-selling novels Crimson Maze, Adrift and Sadako Returns from author Koji Suzuki (The Ring and Dark Water) and Pacific Rose from author Ryohei Sasamoto, live-action remakes of the award-winning anime film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time at Disney Studios and the blockbuster manga and anime series Full Metal Panic, and the serialized film classic franchise Zatoichi.

Meira Blaustein is the Co-founder / Executive Director / Programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF). Conceived in 1999, WFF was launched in 2000, and has quickly become one of the most respected and influential regional film festivals in the USA. Blaustein has been running the organization ever since its inception along with Co-Founder Laurent Rejto.

Blaustein has nearly thirty years of experience in filmmaking, writing, producing and directing numerous shorts and documentaries. Prior to WFF she served as Program Director and Special Events Producer for film festivals and other film – related programs throughout New York State and New York City. She has programmed and coordinated screenings, seminars, concerts and events and has produced and directed dozens of screenplay readings.

Steven Gorelick is Executive Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, the state agency responsible for promoting film and television production in New Jersey. During his tenure with the Commission, filmmaking in New Jersey has increased from 112 projects a year in 1980 to 915 projects in 2009, and annual revenue has jumped from $6 million to $132 million.

Mr. Gorelick is also a freelance writer and screenwriter who serves on the selection committee of the Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, and the advisory board of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is an advisor to the Rutgers Film Coop; a member of the advisory board of the Fairleigh Dickinson undergraduate film program; a member of the Newark Public Schools Audio, Video and Broadcasting Advisory Committee; and a judge for the New Jersey Comedy Festival. He has been a trustee of the Cape May New Jersey Film Festival; an officer and trustee of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival and the New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival; an advisor to the Entertainment Technology Conference at Mercer County College; and a pre-screening juror for the American Film Festival.