Schindler Reappointed Treasurer of W. Eugene Smith Fund For Humanistic Photography

January 2015 – I’m proud to announce that the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Fund has reappointed me as Treasurer of the Fund for a  third  consecutive year. I served as Secretary of the Board for the three years prior to becoming Treasurer.

The W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography is a non-profit organization that issues annual grants to photojournalists to pursue photographic projects focusing on the human condition in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith, the famous LIFE magazine photographer. My tasks include fundraising and producing the annual grant ceremony at the School of Visual Arts. (I secured Canon USA’s sponsorship for the past five years.) My fellow board members are affiliated with Christie’s, International Center of Photography, Getty Images,  Harbers Family Foundation, Photo District NewsThe New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other leading photography organizations.

On October 15, 2014, the Board announced that American photographer Joseph Sywenkyj  was the recipient of the $30,000 2014 W.Eugene Smith Grant for  Versus from a Nation in Transition, a sensitive look at families who have been seriously impacted physically, mentally and economically by the civil war in the Ukraine.  A U.S. citizen who divides his time between New Hampshire and the Ukraine, Sywenkyj has spent more than a decade documenting a country his family called home until World War II. The fund presented the grant to Joseph in front of an audience of more than 400 attendees at its annual grant ceremony at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre on West 23rd street in New York City.

In addition, Moises Saman from Spain received the $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Discordia: The Arab Spring. His project takes the viewer on a four-year journey through Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria as these countries drift from revolution to violent fallout.

Smith Grant recipients were selected from entries received from photographers from more than 37 countries.

CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward gave the keynote presentation. Ms. Ward is among the most intrepid and recognized international journalists working on the frontlines of today’s most violent conflicts. She has earned numerous awards for her coverage of war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine.

In an environment where newspapers and weekly news magazines are closing and assignments are few, the grant enables photographers to cover and educate the public about issues that affect our daily lives with a graphic strength that attracts one’s intellectual curiosity and pulls heart strings. I’m proud to help keep the torch of concerned photojournalism burning. The fund is accepting entries for the 2015 grant.

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Legal & Business Seminar for NY Women in Film and Television: Sept 22, 6.30pm

On Wednesday, September 22nd,  entertainment attorney Nicole Page and I co-presented Company Formation,  Partnerships, and Collaborations, a legal and business seminar for New York Women in Film and Television.  We discussed business entities, buy-sell agreements, employee benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans, and how to define and quantify business goals and financial strategies. The seminar was attended by 40 lively and inquisitive NYWIFT members.

Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law.

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Client Connect: NYC Showcase of Nicki Parrott’s Peggy Lee, Big Instruments, & Other Weapons of Mass Distraction on Sept. 23, 2010

As part of Client Connect, I co-produced acclaimed jazz singer and bassist Nicki Parrott in Peggy Lee, Big Instruments and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction. The cabaret theater show had its New York City premiere in front of a packed audience at the Metropolitan Room on September 23, 2010.

Peggy Lee, Big Instruments and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction was developed by Artistic Director Michael Bush at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret Performance Conference in Waterford, Connecticut in August 2010. The O’Neill won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater.

Formerly Les Paul’s bass player, Nicki regularly headlines at jazz festivals and clubs around the world, and tours as a member of Klezmer Madness.

Watching and listening to Nicki Parrott perform is like discovering a pearl.  My goal is to share and promote Nicki’s unique package of talents beyond jazz to the worlds of cabaret and popular music.

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