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Gary Meyer

EatDrinkFilms
Publisher/Director
Gary Meyer stared his first theater in the family barn when he was twelve-years-old. He directed a monster movie there and wanted to show it on the set. It became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 films were screened along with live productions, workshops and the publication of a literary/arts/satire zine, “Nort!” and a film newsletter, “Ciné.” After film school at SFSU he calls his first job as a booker for United Artists Theatres “grad school” that was prep to co-found Landmark Theatres in 1975. It became a national art house chain focused on creative marketing strategies to build loyal audiences for non-Hollywood fare. He led his team to create a variety of film festivals and special events to counter-program the increasing competition from home video and cable. After the partners sold Landmark, Gary consulted on many projects including Sundance Cinemas and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, created the Dockers Classically Independent Film Festival, 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, http://eatdrinkfilms.com in April 2014, and is preparing the EatDrinkFilms Feastival for Summer, 2016 with a national tour to follow. A day of food films was presented as part of Food Day on October 24 in San Francisco.