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Welcome, Monisha!

February 25, 2015 Orchard News No Comments

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.

We Go Up & Away With “Above and Beyond”

1779882_226268220904570_1655526331_nIsrael’s 1948 War of Independence has been well-documented in textbooks and feature films over the years, but one aspect of that war had yet to be uncovered. Until now. Director Roberta Grossman and Producer Nancy Spielberg (yep, that Spielberg) teamed up to create Above and Beyond, the story of a group of Jewish-Americans who risked their lives to support Israel’s fight for freedom.

The documentary sits down with the core group of men who comprised 90% of the Israeli air service, though none of them was actually from the country. Rather, they were the Machal, or “volunteers from abroad” who left their established lives in America to support their Jewish brothers in Israel the best way they thought possible. One such member of this band of brothers, Al Schwimmer, used his flight engineer expertise and WWII air transport experience to smuggle aircrafts and pilots into Israel. Upon reading about his death in the New York Times, Spielberg felt the need to tell his (and so many others’) story.

The documentary gives an account of a rarely-mentioned part of Israeli Air Force history — the foreign men who assisted in its creation — and the airmen give detailed accounts of how, through perseverance, they helped secure Israel’s independence.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be releasing the film to all North American audiences beginning this Friday, January 30th! Check out more press coverage from Variety, and watch the trailer below:

Welcome, Natalie!

January 14, 2015 Orchard News 1 Comment

natalie_mooallemIntroducing Natalie Mooallem, Director, Client Management, Film & TV

Hi, my name is Natalie and I’m thrilled to be joining the Film & Television team. I have a background in multimedia arts and film programming, development and production, and I’ve worked for a number of NYC institutions including Miramax, Vice and most recently, Tribeca Film Institute, where I managed feature programming. My favorite sports teams are predominantly Canadian, I enjoy reading about robots, fashion and disgruntled TV writers, and I saw Machete Kills! during its theatrical run.

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