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Benefir Screening and Low-Budget Filmmaking Seminar Pre-release Screening  Megan Is Missing

Pre-release Screening of MEGAN IS MISSING to benefit the KlaasKids Foundation

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 6:00 to 9:30 pm
French Institute Alliance Française / Florence Gould Hall Theater
55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

"Megan is Missing" is a fictional drama based on actual events, about two teenage girls who encounter an internet predator. In this three-hour event, Michael Goi, ASC, who wrote and directed the feature film, “Megan is Missing,” will talk about how to accomplish a feature film using limited resources and a small crew, how to shoot from the POV of the various mobile, computer and web-based cameras, and how he wrote the script entirely based on real occurrences, as well as aesthetic choices to be made for a film that raises awareness.

6:00 - 6:30pm Reception
- Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation
6:30 - 7:30pm

Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking Seminar with Writer/Director Michael Goi
Guest Speakers: Marc Klaas, producer Mark Gragnani and lead actress Amber Perkins

7:30 - 9:00pm Benefit Screening of "Megan Is Missing"
9:00 - 9:30pm Q and A
Cost: $25.00 (Students with ID $15)register

The movie MEGAN IS MISSING is suitable for viewers ages 18 and older.

Michael Goi, ASC, an accomplished cinematographer with 50+ credits on top television shows such as "The Mentalist," and "My Name Is Earl", is President of the ASC and a member of the Board Of Governors. He is also a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences, and serves on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild.

The KlaasKids Foundation’s mission is to stop sexual predators and stop crimes against children. Make a donation now at www.klaaskids.org.

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"Megan Is Missing is a powerful, important film that deserves both attention and discussion. It should serve as a wake-up call for parents everywhere."
Marc Klaas, KlaasKids Foundation

"Extremely well directed and acted. So frighteningly realistic it made me want to go home and hug my children. Some images and scenes were so intense they will stay with you and haunt your dreams."
Harry Basil – director

"Achieves a degree of intimacy and verisimilitude that even documentary filmmakers might envy. The unblinking eye the film turns toward terrible deeds feels especially pitiless."
American Cinematographer Magazine

"Megan is Missing is perhaps the most powerful, thought-provoking film ever to address this disturbing issue. Approach it with an open mind, but do so cautiously. You're certain to be changed by it well before the lights come up."
Richard P. Crudo, ASC

What You Will Learn:


  • Using the power of film to create a vehicle for social change.
  • Background on the process of researching the 7 real cases that the film was based on.
  • Writing realistic dialogue - the research that went into the way young girls talk today.


  • Creating a feature film using limited resources and small crew:
    The techniques employed to make the film.
  • The invisible aesthetic of the movie: Making it feel real.
  • Making a dramatically complex film using minors.
  • Shooting sensitive scenes: How to build the trust between director and cast.
  • Where do you draw the line? What should be depicted in a film like this and what should not?
  • Making connections in the industry that will help get your project done.
  • Producing and marketing independent projects.

Beyond The Cinema

  • What can be done on an individual basis to prevent the things that happened in the movie from happening again?

"I was unswerving in my resolve that incidences of violence in the movie would be depicted as realistically as possible, that nothing would be given the 'Hollywood treatment' by being artistically glossed over."
- Michael Goi, ASC

Online Registration is Now Open:
To reserve a seat online, go to: https://www.studentfilmmakers.com/store/product.php?productid=17802.
Early online registration is recommended to avoid onsite registration fees; however, ticket sales are available at the Florence Gould Hall Theater Box Office from June 10 to the day of screening. (The tickets are subject to a $1 Facility Fee paid by the Ticket Buyer to FIAF.)

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