Motion Picture Production Workshop
Film for Social Change with Michael Goi, ASC
Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking Seminar with Michael Goi, ASC

Join us for the special pre-release screening of "Megan Is Missing" to benefit the KlaasKids Foundation (
Guests: Marc Klaas, Mark Gragnani and lead actress Amber Perkins

In this three hour event, Michael will talk about how to accomplish a feature film within limited budget, how to shoot from the POV of the various mobile, computer and web-based cameras and how he wrote the script entirely based on read occurrences, and what aesthetic choices to be made for a film that raises awareness.

"The shoot was accomplished in eight and half days, largely thanks to a dedicated young cast who threw themselves completely into their work."
- Michael Goi, ASC

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 6:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: French Institute Alliance Française
Florence Gould Hall Theater

55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
Between Park and Madison Avenues (View Map)

Online Registration is Now Open until June 18th :

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.)

Due to the sensitive nature of this film, which involves internet predators, child abduction and scenes of disturbing violence, the screening is not recommended for very young viewers.

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

6:00 - 6:30pm Reception
- Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation
6:30 - 7:30pm Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking Seminar
- Writer/Director Michael Goi with guest speakers producer Mark Gragnani, lead actress Amber Perkins and Marc Klaas

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pre-Release Benefit Screening of "Megan Is Missing"

9:00 - 9:30pm

Q and A



Students with ID $15

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

“Every day we hear about another missing child, but Michael Goi’s film drives home the true horror we never see. It doesn’t get more disturbing than this.”
Stuart Gordon - director

"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

“(Megan Is Missing) sends a very powerful message.”
Kristanna Loken – actress and producer

Megan Is Missing Movie

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American Cinematographer


Michael Goi, ASCMichael Goi, ASC

Michael Goi, ASC is well-known as a top cinematographer with over 50 credits to his name, including the television series "My Name Is Earl", "The Wedding Bells", and the pilot for "Life On Mars". In feature films, Michael has filmed "Witless Protection", "The Dukes", "Fingerprints and Funky Monkey". He has twice been nominated for the American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award for the telefilms "The Fixer" and "Judas", and was nominated for an Emmy Award for "My Name Is Earl".

Michael Goi, ASC 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.

While students at Columbia College in Chicago, Michael Goi and producer Mark Gragnani met and forged a friendship which has lead to several professional endeavors, the latest of which is "Megan Is Missing".

Special Guest: Mark Gragnani,Producer

Mark Gragnani, a former student at Columbia College in Chicago, began his career as a producer with his first feature film in 1989. Since then, his credits include a television series, several t.v. pilots, a full-length documentary and various film shorts. Most recently, Mark and his wife, Melanie Harrison, joined forces with Mark’s long-time friend and colleague, Michael Goi. Together they established a production entity called Trio Pictures, and are proud to present "Megan Is Missing" as their company’s inaugural film.

Lead Actress Amber Perkins
Amber Perkins, Lead Actress

Marc Klaas
Special Guest: Marc Klaas

Mr. Klaas has appeared on most network television newsmagazines, syndicated talk shows and is a regular resource for CNN, FOX and MSNBC, offering commentary on missing children and victim's rights. The KlaasKids Foundation ( was established in 1994 to give meaning to the death of Marc's twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The Foundation's mission is to stop crimes against children and takes responsibility to become part of the solution to fight crime and take pride in pro-active accomplishments.

On June 8, 2001 Mr. Klaas co-founded BeyondMissing, Inc., a federally funded California public benefit non-profit corporation. BeyondMissing provides America's law enforcement community with a free and secure Website to easily and swiftly create and distribute missing child flyers via broadcast fax, email, and SMS technology.