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.

 

 

Don Stamegna, Systems Integration Manager ::

Don joined BL&S with a 20+ year history of managing an audiovisual systems integration team for a large AV provider in the Boston area. Don’s strategic thinking and leadership skills are a perfect fit to assist the BL&S team in successfully executing the unique and complex projects it’s well-known for.

 

He holds AVIXA CTS-D and Crestron DMCD certifications, among others, and has vast experience with AV integrations for corporate clients, museums, universities, and production facilities.

 

In his free time, Don restored a ‘65 Mustang and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

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

 

 

Don Stamegna, Systems Integration Manager

Don Stamegna, Systems Integration Manager