with the Dynamic Duo: Bill and Finny
Friday, December 16th | 5pm
Travel through time with the first public screening of When I Was Your Age, a short film conceived by Bill Persky and Finny Dianora-Brondal, based on a concept from Bill’s career as a five-time Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer. Bill and Finny first met at The Church in 2021 during a Knowledge Friday that featured Persky. Bill, age 90, and Finny, age 14, formed an unlikely friendship with an age difference of 80 years. The two immediately clicked, and their friendship led to this month’s joint Knowledge Friday featuring the two film/tv buffs. The documentary-style film revolves around their friendship, what they’ve learned from each other, and how Bill’s childhood experience differs from Finny’s in today’s world. The film includes interviews and conversations with people of all ages. It leaves us with a positive outlook for the future through learned mistakes, victories, and the undeniable truth that “We are all in this together.” The evening will conclude with a Q&A
About FINNY DIANORA-BRONDAL Finny is a Filmmaker/Videographer in training. He lives with his brother, parents, and dog Benji in Sag Harbor, NY. He is currently interning at LTV studios, where he films, edits, and helps with their various shows and productions. Finny met Bill Persky in November 2021, and they have been good friends ever since! Finny loves to read, study history, travel and make and watch movies.
About BILL PERSKY Bill Persky is a five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer. After receiving two Emmy Awards for The Dick Van Dyke Show, Persky and his partner Sam Denoff followed by creating “That Girl” for Marlo Thomas. Following this successful partnership, Persky went on a new path as a Director specializing in Television pilots. From 1975- 1982, Persky directed 22 pilots, of which 16 were put on the air as a series, the most memorable being “Who’s The Boss?” During that time, there were also five television films and the Paramount feature “Serial” before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series Kate and Allie, for which he won an Emmy for directing.
Persky is also a contributing writer to USA Today and the Huffington Post. He can often be found as a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film School. His memoir, “My Life is a Situational Comedy,” was featured in the Top 25 Comedy books on Amazon. Bill is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer’s Guild of America, A Giant of Television Award from The Radio & Television Executive Society, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Haven.