The Making of a Movie

Ever wonder what it’s like to produce a major motion picture? Now is your chance to find out! Please join us on Friday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. as we welcome Hollywood producer, Susan Cartsonis to the Hoyt Library! 

Ms. Cartsonis will provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the major motion picture, Aquamarine, transformed from set to the silver screen. A Q&A period will follow the program.

Ms. Cartsonis is the Producer and President of Storefront Pictures. She has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount) — the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release, which is still in the number two slot to this day, and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox). Recently, she produced the teen hit, Beastly and executive-produced No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta Jones.

Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many films she supervised included Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cartsonis often makes films from the female perspective that men like too.

Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Independent Producers Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America and has recently joined Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program founded by Norman Mailer, and Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television. Cartsonis teaches Advanced Producing at USCʼs Graduate Producing Program in the School of Cinematic Arts and is an annual guest speaker at NYU’s TischAsia Singapore campus.

Most recently, Cartonsis has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to produce an adaptation of the young-adult novel CARRIE PILBY. For more information on the independent film and campaign please visit

The Making of a Movie event at the Hoyt is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. 

The Hoyt Library is located at 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston: telephone number is (570) 287-2013. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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