Academy Award-Winning Producer Hosts Three-Day NYC Filmmakers Boot Camp

NEW YORK, NY – March 2, 2010 — NEHST Studios will bring its Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp again to New York City, March 19-21. Hosted by the New York Film Exposure Network, the workshop will be held in midtown Manhattan.  Designed by award-winning filmmakers, the workshop teaches attendees the business side of successful filmmaking, including how to write, pitch, finance, produce, cast, direct and sell a feature film. The weekend will be led by veteran producer and NEHST Studios Chairman and Founder Larry Meistrich.

Attendees will have a chance to pitch their ideas to Meistrich, who has produced nearly 50 films, including “You Can Count on Me,” “Croupier,” “Belly” and, most notably, the Academy-Award winner “Sling Blade.” NEHST has also discovered new writing talent in pitch sessions at Boot Camps and have made development and production deals. Nehst is actively seeking new scripts and film talent for upcoming projects.  Guest instructors for the NYC film boot camp include:

In a rare appearance for filmmakers, international star Dee Snider will discuss his long journey to get the sequel to his infamous cult classic Strangeland produced. Snider, screenwriter, producer and star of “Strangeland: Disciple,” now in production by NEHST Studios, holds nothing back as he tells the inside story.

Financial consultant Paula Brancato, with the unique combination of blue chip financial expertise and professional acting in her portfolio, will help participants understand the complex and sometimes arcane structure of film finance and funding their projects.

NEHST Studios Development Head and screenwriter Jeff Silverstein will teach and participate in evaluating pitches. He will work with participants on how to select their projects, what producers look for, and tips on their writing careers – from the unique perspective of someone who selects projects, and who also writes them.

NEHST has used Boot Camps to recruit production talent. Kevin Kerwin and Kate O’Neill attended a Boot Camp, and were hired by NEHST Studios to direct and produce the feature length documentary “Running America.” Boot Camp members Michael and Daniel Carberry directed a series of spots for NEHST Studios and Mountain Dew.

“We have seen a lot of talent and we know how hard it is to break into the movie business, especially in this tough economy,” said Meistrich. “Our main goal is to take a no-nonsense approach and teach aspiring and even experienced filmmakers the tools they need for success.”

The Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp will be held at Pearl Studios NYC, 500 8th Avenue (between 35th & 36th Streets), Manhattan, NY 10018. The boot camp will take place in the evening March 19 and all day March 20 and 21. The fee for the 3-day weekend is $395, discounted rates for organizations are $300 (promo code FILM), and $150 for students (promo code STUDENTFILM). Register at or contact NEHST Studios at 877-286-7610. For further questions about NEHST Studios, please contact

Workshop and pitch session with veteran producer Larry Meistrich
(Sling Blade, You Can Count on Me, Croupier, Belly)

Exclusive guest instructor Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) will discuss
the NEHST production of his long-awaited feature – Strangeland: Disciple

Film finance expert and consultant Paula Brancato (McKinsey, Morgan
Stanley, Deloitte & Touche) is guest instructor on business strategies.

About NEHST Studios

NEHST Studios is a diversified film production, financing and distribution company that integrates the most powerful trends in entertainment and technology marketing and is headed by industry veteran Larry Meistrich – producer of “Sling Blade” and “You Can Count on Me” and founder of indie film studio The Shooting Gallery. One of NEHST’s goals is to remove entertainment industry barriers and open up the pitching and development process to anyone with a great idea. Through its inclusive, open pitch sessions and Aspiring Filmmakers Workshop, NEHST Studios is revolutionizing the filmmaking process by giving filmmakers with fresh ideas a chance to pitch directly to producers. The company, which launched at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, is currently developing dozens of film and television projects. For more information on NEHST Studios, visit

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Laurie Pederson
Nehst Studios

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