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Al Klingenstein

Al Klingenstein

ALAN KLINGENSTEIN has been a Trustee at The Lark since 2003, providing strategic advice and helping to raise the organization’s profile in the entertainment field. Currently he is the Chairman of FilmRise (www.filmrise.com), an entertainment distributor specializing in the online marketing of commercial film and TV content via the major streaming platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, iTunes and Hulu. He has enjoyed an eclectic career, first as a business attorney, then an investment banker, and finally as a film producer and distributor. After leaving college for two years—one to race and sell skis in Colorado and another to serve as a researcher and speech writer for U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy in Washington—he graduated with a B.A. in History from Princeton in 1978 and then earned his law and MBA degrees simultaneously from Cornell in 1982. He worked in San Francisco as a corporate and securities lawyer before returning to New York where he worked for five years as an investment banker in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank). There, he originated and helped execute the largest structured real estate financing ever completed in Europe at the time ($1.8 billion). He began to produce films in 1994, winning a collection of awards including the Audience Award at the 2000 Sundance Film festival for Two Family House, Best Dramatic Feature at the 2005 Austin Film Festival for Runaway, and a special 100th anniversary National Board of Review award in 2009 for the documentary Trumbo, plus selections to lots of top tier international festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Deauville, London, San Sebastian, and Rio de Janeiro. He recently developed FilmCatcher, a YouTube channel that posts hundreds of on-camera interviews shot with cutting edge filmmakers and actors, including Dennis Hopper, Charlie Kaufman, Paul Giamatti, Anthony Hopkins, Edie Falco, Colin Furth, Elliott Gould, Danny Glover, Marissa Tomei, Zooey Deschanel, Darren Aronofsky, Bruce Dern, John Sayles, Ben Kingsley, Paul Schrader, Jeff Goldblum, and Mike Leigh.

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