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Independent spirit

Buffalo, to be sure, is swimming with independent filmmakers. The increasing availability of cheap cameras and editing equipment is responsible for a proliferation of low-budget cinematic production here and around the country. But the problem, as anyone with a mini-DV camera and a dream will tell you, is getting your film produced and distributed.

And that's where Lisa Thrasher, the president of Los Angeles-based film producer and distributor Power Up, comes in. She visits the University at Buffalo's North Campus at 11 a.m. today to deliver a lecture on getting independent films produced in the current rocky and competitive environment. The talk is sponsored by UB's Gender Institute.

"So many people of course know directors, but they don't really understand what the role of a producer is and how it all fits together in the real world," Thrasher said. "I know how hard it is to break in, and it seems like a real mystery to navigate your way through, so my class is a cut-to-the-chase: This is really what needs to be done."

Thrasher's presentation takes place in 120 Clemens Hall on the UB North Campus and is open to the public. For more information, call 645-5200 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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