As part of Sustainability 2012, innovative producer Antonio Saillant presented on greening the entertainment industry. He discussed sustainable initiatives in film, television and on Broadway, covering practices from energy to waste and beyond. His lecture at “Syracuse University which is known to train a lot of students for careers in entertainment—be it film, music, drama, sports or TV and radio—and Saillant provided them with this glimpse into the green future of entertainment."
Rachel May, coordinator of sustainability education at Syracuse University says, “With his successful film career and his deep familiarity with the energy field, Mr. Saillant was an extraordinary resource for students from a wide variety of disciplines.”
Saillant is proactive in conserving energy in the television and movie industries, pushing ideas forward and producing environmentally sound results. According to Saillant, “The green initiative allows us to set a precedent to continue to produce high-quality productions with exacting standards, while minimizing our impact on the environment.”
In furthering his passion for greening the entertainment industry, Saillant formed Angel Light Pictures Entertainment Group, a production company that gives inspired filmmakers the chance to make their dreams into realities. Green Angel Productions, a subsidiary of Angel Light Pictures, is committed to demonstrating that the movie and television industries can be environmentally responsible, providing filmmakers with the tactics and strategies for greener productions. “As a filmmaker, I feel it is my responsibility to continue the commitment to reduce the impact on climate change and the environment, and be on the forefront of sustainable business practices,” says Saillant.
Currently, Saillant is working with Ted Kotcheff, executive producer of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” producing his documentary “The Apprenticeship of Ted Kotceff,” a film exploring Kotcheff’s life and times as a Canadian and Hollywood director. Kotcheff,was the helmer of the first Rambo movie First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone and Weekend at Bernie's starring Andrew McCarthy. Kotcheff has several films under his belt but he is best known for his longevity and success with NBC's Law & Order:SVU, where Saillant has been privileged in shadowing Kotcheff for several seasons.
Prior to Angel Light, Saillant was an energy consultant for ConEdison, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, and various pharmacological companies for many years. Saillant has combined his knowledge of the energy business with the entertainment industry in hopes of contributing to a more sustainable future. “My particular experience in engineering and business has helped me to develop a green transition easily,” says Saillant.
Saillant is best known for being a leading voice for energy policy to protect the quality of life. He is truly dedicated to tackle our region’s energy challenges and harness the economic opportunities presented by clean renewable energy. Saillant is set to direct one of next year's most important films, a documentary entitled CLOSING THE GAP, that will be produced by Green Angel Productions[GAP], a subsidiary of Angel Light Pictures Entertainment Group. This documentary will uncover the truth about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica which is considered the biggest environmental threat to our planet.
Saillant's future works include a football drama entitled, THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS, two comedies entitled, IF and PUMPING UP, as well as a thriller GRIPPED.