Latenights @ Lightbulb: Ready to Roll!



Your film is hot off the press, the posters and swag are all ready to go- so how the heck do you figure out which festival(s) to submit it to? Which ones are the best to showcase your story? Once you get in, how do you make the most of your time during the festival? How do you find investors and film buyers?
Our guest panelists are happy to tell you!
About our Speakers:
IAN THAKE is the Director of Programming at the New York Television Festival. A pioneer of the independent television movement, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. Joining the NYTVF in 2010, Mr. Thake oversees all Festival initiatives and works with artists and creators whose projects are selected for the Festival. Mr. Thake is also a consultant on numerous television projects and is a Supervising Producer on The Jamz, the first season of which premiered on Netflix in 2016.
KAYLA WONG is the Co-Director for Asian American International Film Festval. Seattle-born, Kayla Wong is now a New York-based Producer. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and TV Production, she started 8-Player Pictures, a short-form production company for underrepresented stories. She has been involved with the Asian American International Film Festival since 2012, and is excited to be this year’s Festival Co-Director.
PATRICE FRANCOIS launched Imagine This Productions and Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival (ITWIFF) with the aim to celebrate and empower independent and aspiring women filmmakers from around the world. Imagine This goal is to support women by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, and serving as a resource informative network.
DON CATO is the Queens World Film Festival’s Artistic Director and an experimental/ feature filmmaker with a strong academic background.. His films have screened at an eclectic variety of venues and festivals: Anthology Film Archives, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lincoln Center, the Dylan Thomas Center in Wales, RealHeART Toronto Film Festival, and Everglades Film Festival, South Africa. He was the Director of the Eugene Filmmakers Cinematique for 4 years while he distributed films from China and in 1978 he was one of the first western filmmakers allowed into China to create an immersion documentary: China: Behind Silk Curtains. In 1989 Dixie Lanes, a feature film he directed starring Karen Black, Hoyt Axton & Moses Gunn released in over 40 countries. More recently, in 2013 the short My Kansas which he co-directed and co-produced had a respectable festival run with wins for directing. My Day on which he was the Director of Cinematography, Editor, Sound Designer & Co-Producer brought home several Best Actress awards for Judith Roberts & several Best Short awards in both 2013 and 2014. Currently Don teaches at the New York Digital Film Academy and the Buckley School for Boys.
Feel free to ask our guests any questions you may have about the various challenges of the film world!
– Learn tips and tricks to get the most productive experience out of the festival event
– How to pitch for Best Acceptance
– Have an opportunity to network with a group of working filmmakers in NYC!

Lightbulb Feature Night: E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

Howdies, fellow film lovers! To change up the pace and shake off the late of these late winter blues, we’re going to be screening the iconic sci-fi film, E.T, The Extra Terrestrial at our warehouse space with our host, Dillon Birdsall!


Dillon Birdsall is a film-maker, producer, director, and avid comic book lover. His recent feature film “V-Card: The Film” just premiered at Cinekink NYC. This will be the first in our ongoing series of film screenings with Dillon!.

Meetup: Old Friends & New Faces

A fun night to see some old friends and make some new friends. Everyone at the event is related to film in some way or another!

This is our TWELFTH event of this type, and we’ve had great turnout in the past! At the last event on Oct 4th, we had over 50 filmmakers swing by and say “hi!”

You’re welcome to bring film friends along. It’s a great way to ease-in if you’re shy or don’t know anyone… bring a friend!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Note: 21+ at the bar, which is cash only. ATM next door!

Beer, seasonal wines, and soda available. 

Directions: L Train to Grand St, walk three blocks east. Door is at the top of a flight of brick & stone stairs under the trees. If you found our Lightbulb loading dock door, look for the first flight of stairs to your left! Handicapped entrance available, contact Lightbulb ( for info.


Think you have the worst film set story? Oh you don’t even know the half of it.

LIGHTBULB GRIP & ELECTRIC Presents: TRAINWRECKS! Come join us for a night of uproarious hilarity as we invite the audience up on stage to tell their worst onset stories, each one a bigger nightmare than the last! We never know where the stories are headed, because we’re hearing them for the first time with you.

And yes, alcohol makes story time even better. Inexpensive beer, wine, and soda will be served, cash bar. Maybe some snacks. We’ll see. (ATM next door).


1. Open-Mic Style. Think of “The Moth” if you’ve heard the podcast. Everyone who gets up gets 5 minutes to tell their story.
2. You can only get up to tell a story if you can beat the one that came before you.
3. No naming names- We’ll use generic names to keep from embarrassing anyone. (Every producer is “Tony”, every Key Grip is “Carl”, etc) We still all have to go back to work tomorrow and see some of these people again, so lets not start real-world fights, eh?
4. No heckling. Except for us. We’ll heckle you if you run overtime. On the microphone.
5. Great crowd response earns a free beer/wine for the storyteller! It takes guts to get up there, so lets reward them!
6. Keep an eye out for hate speech. You can express frustration with Katie the Makeup Artist because she did [x], but we dont like slanders against whole genders/races/etc. That’s a paddlin’.

We run from 8-11pm, please show up early to start drinking as early as possible.


Directions: L Train to Grand St, walk three blocks east. Door is at the top of a flight of brick & stone stairs under the trees. If you found our Lightbulb loading dock door, look for the first flight of stairs to your left! Handicapped entrance available, contact Lightbulb ( for info.

Workshop: Light The Night

LIGHTBULB GRIP & ELECTRIC is hosting an evening about Lighting for Night shoots for cinematographers and gaffers. One of the more challenging aspects of film, this is a must-have for your toolbox!

We’ll be led by Ari Rothschild, a DP with recent feature credits including Lust Life, Landing Up and Prom King, 2010 (Cinequest New Vision award 2017). His approach puts story first for rich and engaging visuals that feel alive and communicative. Ari has also color timed over thirty features including Bone Tomahawk, Always Shine, and Fort Tilden.

Drawing on experience from lighting on set and correction in post, Ari will demo a meter-based approach for lighting night scenes that feel right and still have healthy exposure. We will look at stills from No Country For Old Men and get into the specifics of ratio vs levels and just how dark to light for night.

Optional note: Please bring a LIGHT METER if you have one! (No worries if not). We’re happy to help you get your specific meter working and useable during the workshop part of the session. [No tools required though]

– Understand the basics of night lighting.
– Learn what setups work best for various lighting scenarios
– Get to try the skills out on real hardware with a teacher present.
– Have an opportunity to network with a group of working filmmakers in NYC!
LATENIGHTS @ LIGHTBULB is a weekly fillm seminar, lecture, and workshop series for filmmakers, by filmmakers. We teach because we believe that smarter filmmakers explore larger artistic horizons, become more engaged in the community, and become better customers!

DIRECTIONS: L train to Grand St, walk three blocks west. Or Q54/Q59 bus to Morgan Ave/Grand St stop. If you hit the smokestack or BP Station, you went too far. Look for our loading dock logo, and then head for the stairs under the trees!