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Welcome, Kalie!

April 1, 2015 Orchard News No Comments

KalieWatchIntroducing Kalie Watch, Theatrical Marketing Coordinator, Film/TV

Hello everyone! My name is Kalie and I’m very excited to be joining The Orchard as the Coordinator for Theatrical Marketing. I am originally from Duluth, Georgia and attended The University of Georgia where I studied Film and Television Production. I then went on to receive my Masters of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University in New York City. I have produced a number of short films, including Aftermath, which played at over 15 international film festivals and received Best Dramatic Short at the Florida Film Festival. I have also worked on a series for the Travel Channel, in Development at @radical.media, assisted writer/director Naomi Foner and most recently, managed Studio Operations and Communications at Harbor Picture Company — a New York City based post house. In October, I decided to move to Los Angeles and am so thrilled to be a part of The Orchard’s LA team where I’ll be able to work on our amazing new theatrical projects. I look forward to working with you all soon!

4K & Ultra High Definition: Fact of Fad?

FullHD_vs_UltraHD-x600If you’ve walked into an electronic store recently you’ve probably seen displays and TVs promoting this new fancy 4K and/or UHD concept. So, what is that? How does it work and how does it affect The Orchard and our clients? Below, I’ll provide a concise update and aim to provide some perspective on whether this is fact or fad.

What is 4K / UHD?

4K refers to the video frame size 4096 x 2160 which is exactly twice the size of 2K (2048 x 1080) made popular in digital cinema since the turn of the century. UHD on the other hand is the more accessible version of 4K, ideal for Television and 16 x 9 devices. Just as the extra wide frame size of 2K was passed over for Television in favor of the now common HD frame size 1920 x 1080, UHD is the more accessible version of 4K at 3840 x 2160. This frame size works nicely with the HD aspect ratios and TV sizes we’ve come to live with and expect. If history repeats itself, 4K should come to be the new digital cinema standard with UHD becoming the new Television and home entertainment standard.

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Welcome, Monisha!

February 25, 2015 Orchard News 1 Comment

MonishaGandhiIntroducing Monisha Gandhi, Client Manager, Film & TV

Hey there! I’m Monisha and it’s great to greet you! I’m super excited to be joining The Orchard Team and look forward to getting to know everyone. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about me…

I was born and raised in the suburbs just outside NYC, round about a little artsy village north of the Hudson, called Nyack. Post Nyack, I spent many years living in Buffalo, NY assisting in the management of one of the city’s most legendary indie music venues catering to such acts as, Moe, Jeru the Damaja, Every Time I Die, and Fishbone.

Upon my return to the New York Metropolitan Area, or as Buffalonians like to say, “Downstate,” I was offered the opportunity to continue working in support of my passion for Arts and Entertainment becoming a consultant to a number of film festivals in Venue and Programming Operations, starting and ending with the Tribeca Film Festival as Screenings Operations Manager.

But alas, home is where the heart is and after many years of living a nomadic lifestyle, I am ready and eager to settle down and make a home for myself both personally and professionally. Aside from work, you can find me in my kitchen cooking, in my car singing, in the park playing with my pitbull, at the bar shooting pool, on the phone making reservations, on the dance floor… well, you know, or simply on my couch watching Netflix.

Now that you know a little bit about me, please feel free to drop me a line in the comments to say hello!

Welcome, Bryan!

February 4, 2015 Orchard News 1 Comment

BlampeIntroducing Bryan Lampe, Localization Coordinator, Film & TV Operations

My name is Bryan. Born and raised in New Jersey, I went to college in Long Island studying Audio Recording. Before The Orchard, I wired recording studios for clients such as Alicia Keys, Metallica, and Jungle City Studios. I even helped wire the studio here at The Orchard NYC! I am a Recording Engineer in Brooklyn at the Brewery Recording Studio. I have worked with artists such as Skrillex, Mr. MFN Exquire, and Flosstradamus. Outside of The Orchard I am either running up and down the Hoboken waterfront, snowboarding, hiking, or biking. I am very excited to help grow our global reach in Film & TV ops. Thanks!

Sundance Special: We Go Deep with “Digging for Fire”

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 5.07.18 PMWhat would your first reaction be if you found a bone and revolver buried in the backyard of a person’s home you knew? That’s exactly what sparks debate and an entire movie plot in director and co-writer Joe Swanberg‘s (Drinking BuddiesHappy Christmas) latest flick Digging for Fire, which also happens to be our latest film acquisition at Sundance!

Husband and wife duo Tim (co-writer Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) find themselves in the above-mentioned dilemma, but can’t reach an agreement on what to do. Tim wants to play detective and keep digging, but Lee wants to keep everything as-is for the homeowner’s sake. A marriage tiff ensues: Lee heads away for the weekend and Tim stays behind. It’s here that the dynamite cast waltzes in, with appearances from Mike Birbiglia, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Ron Livingston, Jenny Slate and tons of other faces you’ll recognize.

With this brief (and seemingly rare) separation from one another, Tim and Lee have their own bit of fun (think boozy night with the boys and night out on the town by way of motorcycle) without their significant other. Swanberg delights with his signature “hangout” storyline (shot entirely on 35mm film) and “digs” deep into questions about the skeletons that should and should not be left in the closet (or ground, for that matter) in one’s marriage.

What’s next for Swanberg and his cast of characters? We’ll be distributing Digging for Fire in North America, so be on the lookout for that release date. For more info on the deal, read our press release or check out press coverage from The Wrap and Indiewire.

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