Indie Film Specialist: Consulting; Financing; Tax Credits; Taxation; Accounting
Fred Siegel is an indie film, tax, and business consultant and the founder of Fred Siegel, Cpa, specializing in key tax and business issues for producers and dealing with the business of film. Fred has worked for over twenty years with independent filmmakers and their development and production companies, film financing companies, film funds, other film industry companies, and creative professionals. His experience includes working on numerous independent films, such as the award-winning “Winters Bone” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” and with acclaimed filmmakers such as Christine Vachon (“Boys Don’t Cry;” “Far From Heaven;” "Still Alice"); Debra Granik (Winters Bone); Paul Mezey (Beasts of the Southern Wild; Maria Full of Grace); Chris Smith (“American Movie”; “The Yes Men”); Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), and others, as well as with filmmakers in the earlier stages of their careers.
Earlier in his professional life, Fred was a jazz musician and an entrepreneur – those experiences infuse Fred’s professional work today with an independent spirit and artistic bent and an appreciation and understanding of the life of an artist/producer, the world of business, and the interplay between the two. Fred is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and attended the NYU Graduate School of Business (taxation; accounting). Prior to founding Fred Siegel, Cpa (1997), Fred worked at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and a smaller NYC firm focused on the entertainment industry.