October Luncheon: The business of filmmaking
Venture Connectors is pleased to host film producer Milan Kumar Chakraborty, CPA, at its Oct. 1 luncheon meeting. Chakraborty’s newest film, “Produce” was filmed in and around Louisville, and will be screened at the IdeaFestival film event on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. He will discuss why film is a viable investment and business opportunity on par with any other type of investment, as well as the positive economic impact independent films have on the communities where they are produced. Chakraborty will also share tips on leveraging investments for film and how, as a CPA turned film producer, he is able to maximize revenue, economic incentives and shareholder value on his own movies. Chakraborty will be answering audience questions during his talk. Members and guests are invited to submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @vclou using the hashtag #MilanVC.
Chakraborty graduated with a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After working for two years at Arthur Andersen LLP, Milan joined the internal audit department of Time Warner Inc. He then transferred to the Filmed Entertainment group that consists of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, together the largest producer of film and television in the world. Chakraborty has worked for multiple groups within the companies, including distribution, production and post-production. He has performed detailed reviews of 10 feature film productions and four television productions in six countries with budgets ranging from $5 million to $200 million.
Chakraborty’s productions audits include: “Batman Begins,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” “V for Vendetta,” “Superman Returns,” “Zodiac,” “Entourage,” “10,000 B.C.,” “One Tree Hill” and “History of Violence.” As part of these audits, Chakraborty developed and maintained positive relationships with all levels of production while gaining a thorough understanding of the film industry and enforcing studio policies.
Chakraborty has also produced five feature films, including: “Rock Slyde,” starring Patrick Warburton and Andy Dick; “Alter Egos,” a superhero mystery with Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin, Joey Kern Danny Masterson and Johnny Ventimiglia, and score by Sean Lennon; and “The Lifeguard,” starring Kristen Bell and Mamie Gummer, written and directed by Liz W. Garcia. “The Lifeguard” was selected in competition in the 2013 Sundance film festival.
His newest film, “Produce,” is set in Louisville’s St. Matthews, and is about the personal journey of an alcoholic father who befriends a young man with a mental disability. Louisville native David DeSanctis plays the gregarious supermarket employee with Down Syndrome opposite Kristoffer Polaha. View the trailer for the film here.
Venture Connectors’ luncheon meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Registration is required.
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