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Tom Garrett

Associate Professor

MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Dan Rather Communication Building, Room 115




Tom Garrett is a producer of feature and documentary films and a founding partner of Circa Films, an international sales and distribution company engaged in production and distribution of independent feature films. He has intimate knowledge of international co-production issues involved with production, having produced, directed and delivered films to the global marketplace. Tom in addition has worked as line producer, unit production manager and executive producer for a number of noted directors and producers. He has also served as a consultant on production issues, including: budgets, financing, guilds, unions, legal affairs and DYI distribution ranging from low-budget independents to studio-level pictures.

Tom's films have screened at many prestigious film festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Florence and Toronto and television outlets like A & E, USA Network and TF1 (France). For over two decades he has played an active role with Circa Films at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marche du Film.

In addition to his feature film career, Tom has worked as a producer and director for such prominent advertising agencies and public relations firms as Chiat-Day/Mojo, JWT, BBD&O and with such clients as Chanel, Reebok, Tag Heuer and Calvin Klien. His clients have also included Def Jam and  Island Records, where he produced music videos for the likes of Run-D.M.C. and U2.

Tom Garrett’s research focuses on filmmakers and production in the ever-changing entrepreneurial global marketplace. His recent research includes the publication of  Sometimes You Lose: The Films of John Avildsen-Rocky, The Karate Kid and Other Underdogs.  And a documentary on magic and magicians influence on filmmakers inspired by Francis Ford Coppola: ”I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”

Tom Garrett is a member of the Producers Network at the Cannes Film Festival, Director of Special Initiatives for the Sarasota Film Festival and is a juror for the International Emmy® Awards, annually.

He teaches classes on film production, including history and theory.  And with strong international ties courses related to international media production and distribution, with travel components planned to Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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