THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Gary Meyer - Academy Awards Wrap-Up
Gary Meyer, founder of EatDrinkFilms and former co-director of the Telluride Film Festival, started his first theater in the family barn when he was twelve-years-old. It became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 films were screened along with live productions and workshops. He co-founded Landmark Theatres in 1975 with partners Steve Gilula, Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari, and they grew it into a national art house chain After the partners sold Landmark, Gary consulted on many projects including ones for Sundance Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rose Cinemas, the Dockers Classically Independent Film Festival, and the no-budget Solstice Fest and Tube Film Festival for the X Games. He resurrected the 1926 Balboa Theatre in San Francisco and joined the Telluride Film Festival in 1998, becoming a Festival Co-Director in 2007-2014. He founded the online magazine, EatDrinkFilms.com in April 2014, focusing on food and beverage related films paired with tastings.