Pat Swinney Kaufman served nineteen years under four governors as Executive Director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and as Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development. She helped to build the media industries in New York by facilitating film, television and commercial production. Ms. Kaufman ran the New York State Film Production Credit program that attracted over $13 Billion in production to New York in her last 8 years. During Ms. Kaufman’s tenure, film and television production in New York first reached record levels. In 2010, she was at the center of the successful industry wide effort to increase the program’s multi-year funding to $420 million per year plus the creation of the Post Production Incentive. She was also instrumental in establishing the New York Lounge as New York’s presence at Sundance Film Festival. From 2003-2007 she served as President of the Association of Film Commissioners International. For the last two years as a member of the NYPA board, Pat has focused on encouraging the participation and collaboration of the many excellent regional film commissions with NYPA. Pat is also a great fan of the work that NYPA has done on an ongoing basis.
Meeting with Pat Swinney Kaufman and Lloyd Kaufman after the screening of “Toxic Avenger” / 07.12 (Friday) /at 7:40 p.m. / Kinoteka – Sala 1/