Workflow expert Gene Moliterno joins Fletcher Detroit


FLETCHER CAMERA DETROIT hired former Grace & Wild digital production guru and workflow specialist Gene Moliterno as sales/marketing liaison for Fletcher Detroit. 

Moliterno has 14 years of media production experience, including senior engineer and workflow specialist at MacProfessionals, where he provided installation and customization of data management systems training and workflow assessments, “bringing an invaluable combination of technical expertise and training experience to our clients,” says Fletcher general manager Zoe Borys.

He is also an Apple Certified Master Trainer.

Moliterno replaces rental coordinator Eric Arndt who is returning to Chicago where he will pursue a career in cinematography.  Steve Oatley is the Detroit office’s prep technician.

BTW, Borys was named a VP of the Film Hellenes board, which hosts the Greek Film Festival, Chicago.   

MWFF’s BEST OF THE MIDWEST AWARDS celebrating the finest indie films screened throughout the year take place Dec. 7 at Rockit Bar & Grill.  Fifty films in nine categories have been nominated.  The best features in contention are director Jeffrey Fine’s “Cherry;” director Keith Bearden’s “Meet Monica Velour; director Dean Peterson’s “Incredibly Small;” director Mike Toth’s “The Dream Play” and Joe Maggio’s “The Last Rites of Joe May.”

Tickets are $50 and the festivities start at 7 p.m.

At the same time, MWFF needs your help to maintain this vital part of our indie scene.  By voting for  MIDWEST FILM INC at Chase Community Giving, you make the festival one of the top 100 vote getters to receive a critical $25,000 grant. 

The grant would be invaluable to the festival as programming director Mike McNamara says that MWFF’s venue and projection costs are expected to more than triple next year. 

Given MWFF’s contribution to the local visual media industry, it deserves our assistance in assuring its viability.  Voting ends Nov. 22 so take two minutes and vote.

INVITATIONS TO HOLIDAY PARTIES are starting to flow.  The Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group (CHIFCPUG) has planned an event with the expectation of a full house that it turned to EventBrite. ChiFCPUG EventBrite Holiday Party Registration Page for registration.  Goose Island Brewery is the place.

Ki Edit and Design’s Dec. 8 is also the date of LimeGreen’s event.

CHANGING TIMES.  After eight years with ARU, Jesse LaBelle, who joined as an intern out of college, has joined Music Dealers as a rep for a collective of independent artists.

ARU’s Rami Atassi has taken over LaBelle’s position as music supervisor and director of the recording company’s its massive music and effects library.  He recently placed a library track for Element 79’s Children’s Memorial radio spot. 

Atassi is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass and some keyboards in Jess Breakey’s Wuli Conspiracy.  Breakey is an engineer with Hinge.

recording studio.

EQUIPMENT BARGAIN HUNTERS! Check out Roscor’s mammoth everything-must-go liquidation sale of its entire rental inventory, from high-end cameras to filters.

The inventory includes literally thousands of all makes and models of lenses, monitors, tripods, AV mixers, speakers, recorders, cameras, and more. Some of the former rental sales staff are handling the liquidation sales.

The sale is expected to continue through the end of the year. Contact or call 847/299-8080.

ROGER EBERT is being candid about the economic plight of his “Ebert Presents” movie review show Sundays on PBS/Ch. 11.  If he and executive producer, wife Chaz Ebert, can’t obtain funding to continue the very excellent movie review show, it will end in December. 

The Eberts are currently seeking underwriters, offering them “more than a feeling of benevolence” with opening and closing 15 or 30-second spots on a national show, reaching the “right” age group and demographics.

Since the show began last January, with the generosity of the Kanbar Charitable Trust, the Eberts have footed the entire production bill, including the website. But now, Ebert says, “We can’t afford to support the show any longer. That’s what it comes down to.”

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