ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Dana Kuznetzkoff, producer of the documentary "Thread" that focuses on five female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, will return to her alma mater on Monday, April 11, to screen and discuss the film at 7 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom of SUNY Oneonta. Admission is complimentary to the event and to the reception that follows, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Kuznetzkoff, who is the vice chair of the Producers Guild of America East, will be joined at the event by the film's director, Laurie Chock, as well as by one of the inspiring women in the documentary, Palwasha Siddiqi, who will participate via Skype.
Traveling to Afghanistan in 2005, Kuznetzkoff produced "Thread" to tell the stories of female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan defying and surviving cultural mores and succeeding to build their own businesses. "Thread" was the featured documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam and the Newport Beach Film Festival. The U.S. Department of State screened the film as part their training to acclimate personnel to life in Afghanistan.
A 1983 graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Dana Kuznetzkoff has led and managed diverse projects from HBO's upcoming pilot episode "Boardwalk Empire" to another acclaimed HBO series, "The Wire," to the Children's Television Workshop production of "Cinder Elmo."
Kuznetzkoff co-produced the hit television series "Ed" for three seasons and served as assistant director for "Chicago Hope" and "Law & Order" as well as "H.E.L.P." and "Johnny Bago." She worked as second assistant director on the movie "Forrest Gump" and received a Director's Guild Award for her work. She has also worked on the directorial teams of the movies "Wild Bill," "The Flintstones," "Striking Distance," and "Far and Away."
As vice chair of the Producers Guild of America East, Kuznetzkoff has spearheaded critical industry initiatives, including "Going Green in Film Production," which educates the film community on eco-friendly productions. Kuznetzkoff serves as a guest lecturer at New York University and on the advisory board of Naked Angels Theater Company. She has been a member of New York Women in Film and Television since 1992.
The screening and discussion of "Thread" at SUNY Oneonta is made possible through an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action grant from the college with support from the College Union Activities Council (funded by the Student Association) and the Office of Alumni Affairs. More information about the event is available by calling at (607) 436-2298.