Ben Arredondo, Executive Director
Producer, director and writer Ben Arredondo has been promoting the careers of emerging filmmakers since 2009 with the NYC PictureStart Film Festival. Under Arredondo’s leadership, this annual festival, started in 2002, has grown from a local one-night only event to an internationally recognized festival. In 2012, NYC PictureStart was named by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2012.” In 2013, NYCPSFF launched it’s visiting series, starting with screening events in South Africa.
In addition to his work with PictureStart, Arredondo wrote, filmed, directed and produced the short films Last Day and Betting Blind, in addition to several web video series. He also produced and directed over 40 nationally broadcast commercials with the media company Cellfish, and he independently directed five downtown theatre productions in New York City. Arredondo has a keen eye for talent and a strong commitment to bring that talent to new audiences, whether it’s through films, commercials, or theatre.
Prior to his career in the entertainment industry, Arredondo worked in publishing where he held production positions for magazines such as Teen People, Biography, and Sports Illustrated. He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Houston.
Currently, Ben is starting the Tulsa American Film Festival, launching on October 2015. He is also working with the University of Houston, to start film initiatives on campus, including a film festival. He is producing a documentary feature film to be shot in the late summer of 2015. And, he is also writing a travel/film history book.
Greg Segal, Founder
Greg Segal is a producer, sales agent, and entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles and New York City.
Greg is the founder and producer of the Slamdance Horror Script Competition Film Slate, which proposes to produce feature films from the winning horror scripts from Slamdance's wildly popular script, to premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. The slate will enlist Slamdance's enormous marketing pull and public awareness (e.g., 32 million page clicks at Slamdance.com during January 2006) to publicize the movies produced prior to their release.
Greg recently co-produced Will Kaufman’s Sinners & Saints, an action-thriller set against the backdrop on Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. Sinners stars Johnny Strong, Kevin Phillips, Costas Mandlyor, Louis Mandlyor, Tom Berenger, Sean Patrick Flanery, Method Man, Jurgen Prochnow, Brooklyn Sudano, Kim Coates and Jolene Blaylock.
Greg is the producer of HBO American Black Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner, Academy Award nominee Anthony Lover's My Brother, starring Vanessa Williams, Nashawn Kearse, Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Scott and Fredro Starr, released March 16th in 19 cities with distributor Codeblack Entertainment in partnership with AMC/Loews Theaters. A winner of 26 awards and honors to date, My Brother is one of the most honored films targeting African American audiences since The Color Purple. It is distributed by Universal on DVD.
Additionally, he served as a production executive on David Wain's The Ten, which stars Jessica Alba, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Famke Jansen, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Ron Silver, Liev Schrieber, Rob Corddry, Justin Theroux and Adam Brody, released theatrically by ThinkFilm in Summer, 2007. He's also working on post-production of writer-director Jeff Roenning's horror-comedy Hot Baby, a co-production with Apple, which stars Adam Scarimbolo (Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), Emily Grace (What Alice Found), and Noah Fleiss (Brick). Greg is also a co-executive producer on Harold, directed by T. Sean Shannon and starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nicki Blonski, Ally Sheedy, Rachel Dratch and Spencer Breslin in the title role.
His fifth feature, Scott Dacko's The Insurgents, stars John Shea, Henry Simmons, Michael Mosley, Juliette Marquis and Mary Stuart Masterson premiered at the Oldenburg Film Festival Germany's answer to Sundance, in September, 2006, and took home the Audience Award for Best Picture in its festival premiere. The Insurgents had its tour through the U.S. festival circuit, beginning with its win for Best Screenplay at the Palm Beach Int't Film Festival. It is available on DVD from Alumination/Peace Arch.
Previously produced films include multiple fest (including Outfest and the Woodstock Film Festival) nominee Harsh Beauty, Alessandra Zeka's documentary about the eunuchs of India, which received funding from the NYFA, Sundance/Soros-Open Society, and the New York State Center for the Arts, available on DVD from Frameline; and Take the Bridge, a dramatic feature directed by Sundance veteran Sergio Castilla, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007.
Greg also produced former biz partner John Gallagher's seventh feature film, New York Independent Film Festival Audience Award Winner Cupidity and a TV pilot, Acting Class.
In addition, Greg founded and has run the New York City shorts festival, the NYC PictureStart Film Festival.
Greg has lectured on the topics of film production and entertainment law at the New York Film Academy, and at New York's School For Visual Arts. Until late 2003, and his entry into the entertainment business, Greg practiced law with firms such as Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche. In addition to entertainment law, Greg is an expert in the law of taxation and holds an MBA and CPA.