Wang Theatre, Boch Center :: Boston, MA

Film Reels – Sundance Film Festival :: Park City, UT


“BL&S was an ideal partner in realizing our goal to present the best possible projection. They provided the direction and services that we needed to launch our first-ever film festival.”
– Genevieve McGillicuddy, Managing Director of the TCM Classic Film Festival
Stage Background

Chapin Cutler, Principal and co-founder ::

An avid movie buff, Chapin Cutler dreamed of bringing true craftsmanship to the world of film presentation. He trained as a projectionist while attending college at Worcester Tech. “I was hooked by the SHOW,” he says, “There’s something exhilarating about watching an audience react to a film and know that I made it happen for them.”

 

Chapin earned degrees from Emerson College and Wentworth Institute in film and related engineering fields. After a stint in film production and technical management at Emerson and WGBH-TV’s film department, he and his business partner Larry started Boston Light & Sound (BL&S), which has been a passion ever since.

 

 

Larry Shaw, Principal and co-founder ::

Larry has worked with projection technology since his childhood. His youthful endeavors included repairing 16mm equipment, where he quickly saw the potential to improve upon film presentation technology.

 

Larry’s mechanical inclinations have served him well at BL&S, where he often handcrafts projection equipment for unique film presentations. “It’s not my nature to just watch some machine operate. I want to know what’s inside that makes it tick...It’s great when people come in with bizarre can’t-do ideas. If others have said something can’t be done today, we’ll build what we need and get it done.”

 

Larry apprenticed as a projectionist and stagehand followed by several years of freelance work before the creation of BL&S.

 

 

Christina Gaita, Marketing and Office Manager ::

Christina joined the BL&S team more than two decades ago after working in public relations. As a movie buff, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to work for a company that supports Hollywood movie premieres. Working her way up from administrative positions to management, Christina has worn many hats at BL&S. She counts herself lucky to work at a company that does incredible projects with interesting people.

 

When not watching movies, Christina enjoys traveling, tennis, animals, spending time with friends and family, and listening to her coworkers tell tales about working with movie stars.

 

 

Robert Podolak, Controller ::

Robert has overseen BL&S’s finances for nearly 20 years, providing managerial accounting, financial analysis, multi-state taxation, international business transactions, and cash flow management. In this role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining financial controls and budgets to help ensure the business is well run and efficient.

 

Robert previously worked in quality control and financial roles for a large insurance and investment management firm. He was drawn to BL&S to work for a smaller company that does fascinating and innovative work.

 

During his free time, he enjoys photography, reading, skiing, CrossFit, and road trips with his family. He is currently learning to surf!

 

 

Jon Newlander, Production Manager ::

Jon has been immersed in the audio-visual industry for 26 years. He joined Boston Light & Sound in 2017, running the live events, film festivals, and movie premier teams. During his tenure, he has expanded the breadth of live event capabilities. As a trusted professional who’s keen on pushing the limits of technology, Jon revels in finding inventive solutions to challenging projects.

 

He started his career as a technician and has held numerous roles along the way, including lighting designer and project manager. Jon went on to join an AV specialty firm, where he was nominated for a Gala award. He later launched his own production company, where he specialized in corporate, special events and tradeshows within the entertainment industry. He is pleased to bring his technical expertise in the arts and entertainment industry to BL&S.

 

 

Chapin Cutler, Principal and co-founder

Chapin Cutler, Principal and co-founder

 

 

 

Larry Shaw, Principal and co-founder, accepting award

Larry Shaw, Principal and co-founder, accepting the Scientific and Technical Academy Award

 

 

 

Christina Gaita, Marketing and Office Manager

Christina Gaita, Marketing and Office Manager

 

 

Robert Podolak, Controller

Robert Podolak, Controller

 

 

 

Jon Newlander, Production Manager

Jon Newlander, Production Manager