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THE STATE OF SUNSHINE (MFA Thesis 2007 – Z. Eric Yang & Crew) won the Silver Medal Award the 2008 Student Academy Awards Narrative competition. The awards ceremony was held Saturday June 7, at 6 p.m. and honored student filmmakers from across the country with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Z. Eric Yang (writer/director) was present as was Ryan Singh (Cinematographer),
Khen Shalem and David Metzger (Producers), and lead actor Art Hsu. Read more at www.oscars.org/saa/2008/index.html

Juan Sebastián Jácome (BFA 06) is one of the 16 Latin American filmmakers who got the 2008 fellowship for a Screenwriting Lab in Madrid organized by Fundación Carolina and Ibermedia." He will be in the workshop from October to December 2008.

From Tom Kurzanski (BFA 01) “A comic series that I drew a short story for (collected in its second volume) has been picked up as a tv series and will start airing on ABC Family June 16th, Mondays @ 8/7c. The story I did was a Victorian take on the character, which may or may not make it into the series, but the writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has a fantastic imagination and great sense of humor, so it’s bound to be a decent watch. I’ve also started work on building a voice-over portfolio for cartoon voices; I’m currently drawing a graphic novel, writing two graphic novels, and writing and drawing two children’s books, all of which should be printed within the next two years. It’s an exciting (if incredibly busy) time for me.”

From Tom Cappello (BFA 95) “I am enlisting you to promote our film “A Powerful Noise” in any way at your disposal to folks in the Washington, D.C. area. Our screening is next week at the AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD, Friday, June 20 at 5:15 PM, AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road. We are playing their biggest theater and want to once again pack the house full of enthusiasm. Following the film, there will be a panel with “yours truly” and many esteemed players in the film. Please get the word out for anyone you know in the D.C. area.”

Andrew Bartels, 2nd year MFA, has received a Television Academy Internship for Episodic series – he will be interning with NCIS! If anyone else received a TV Academy Internship, please let me know.

Congratulations to two 2nd year MFA writing students! Adam Lucas was a finalist in the one hour drama category of Scriptapalooze TV, and Matthew O’Brien was a simi-finalist.

From Nicole Emanuele (BFA 06) “This is a film that my company Cinetic represented at this past Sundance Film Fest and we sold to Magnolia Pictures. Check out the trailer link below (the last link) Go check it out!! Also it has 100% on rotten tomatoes. the film site... which is nearly impossible... so it must be pretty good. “We had a strong opening week in Los Angeles and New York and BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER* is now opening up wider. Below is the list of theaters BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER* will be playing in tomorrow. We will also be screening in additional theaters around the country next week. We're still 100% Fresh on the review site Rotten Tomatoes - check out our reviews at

From Jodie Myers (BFA 97) “While I was visiting my dad in Israel this past February, I had the pleasure to interview one of Israel's leading male singers of our time - Mosh Ben-Ari. The interview was cut into a 30min promo for his upcoming North America tour (June 15th thru July 1st), both in Hebrew and in English. If you're in any of the cities he'll be visiting - I warmly urge you to go see him. If not, then I'm sure you'll enjoy the promo regardless as it's also filled with his wonderful music and talent. His LA show is on June 26. I'll be back in Los Angeles just in time for his LA show, so I hope to see you LA peeps there. Check out the interview on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/moshbenari9 “
Just scroll down to "Videos" and you'll find both the Hebrew and English versions. They needed to be broken into 3 segments each to fit the YouTube format. For those who don't know, Mosh wrote the worldwide sung peace song/anthem - Salam. “

“Screenwriters, I am a USC Peter Stark Producing Program grad ('04) and am looking for a talented screenwriter hungry for credit! I will be directing my first feature soon and am looking for material in a specific genre. About me: Make a living as a commercial director. Went to Stark. Thesis submitted for nomination for an Academy Award. Like many, eager to make first feature film! Have lots of producer friends from USC---from financiers to line producers--- that are eager to help me get the right project off the ground. To see some of my work, please visit my site: www.bhayward.com . What I'm looking for: Thriller/Heist/Drama...something in that realm, can be made for under 2 million. It should be marketable and very high concept. I am open to all ideas but that is the gist of what I am looking for. I am willing to develop the idea, or treatment, if the project sounds interesting.
How to submit: Email me at "brendan@bhayward.com" and I will get back to you. Please submit your logline and a 5 sentence bio about yourself.

From Justin Barber “Just shooting everyone a brief update. Lots of great things are happening, which we owe to your continuing help and support. First to report: the film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Much thanks to all the attendees who voted for us! Wyatt Cenac (M4M's male lead) has just been hired as the newest writer/correspondent on The Daily Show! Here's his first appearance from last week: http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=171031&title=lost
Lastly, we're screening in the narrative competition of the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival. Below is the info for our first showing and where we'll be celebrating afterwards. So if you're in town, come on out!
Friday, June 20th 9:45pm
Westwood Brewery (immediately following the screening)

“What Would You Do for a Klondike Bar?” video entries will be accepted starting May 13 through July 31 at www.KlondikeContest.com , where fans can vote on and rate their favorite off-the-wall videos throughout the summer. Semi-finalist videos will be selected based on fan ratings, as well as feedback from a panel of judges, so every vote counts. Four finalist videos will be announced in August and America also will help select the grand-prize winning video, which will be announced in September. The grand-prize winning video entrant will receive $100,000 and a trip for a one-on-one digital short consultation with Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of “Saturday Night Live.” The team, collectively known as The Lonely Island is best known for directing, writing and starring in hilarious, off-the-wall digital shorts, including “Lazy Sunday” and the Emmy Award-winning SNL digital short, “D*** in A Box” with Justin Timberlake. The comedy team also will be part of the overall judging panel to help select the grand-prize winner. The full contest rules, video requirements and prize information can be found at www.KlondikeContest.com .”

Frank Tomasulo ("Dr. T") chaired a panel on "Ethnic Identities" at the recent The Sopranos Wake Conference at Fordham University, in NYC. Dr. T also delivered a paper entitled "The Gangster as Guinea Hero: The Complex Representation of Italian Americans in The Sopranos."

Attention anyone in LA using Eleventh Hour (a full time/freelance recruiting company): They have moved to 4120 Del Rey Ave., Building B, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Phone 310 821 6900. www.11thr.com.

“Seeking "experienced" Office Mgr. for hip, high-profile entertainment company in Los Angeles. Excellent opportunity to grow w/company. Microsoft (Excel, Powerpoint, Word) and Quickbooks. Organizational skills/take charge attitude a must. Photoshop a big plus.
Contact: John (323-823-0909)”.

From the FL Governor’s Film Commission: 2008/2009 Florida Film, Television, and Digital Media Incentive, The Don Davis Entertainment Industry Economic Development Act of 2007
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2008/2009 INCENTIVE ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE! APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING JUNE 23RD. Any applications received prior to Monday, June 23rd, 2008 will be returned to the sender!
Visit www.filminflorida.com for more details

From the Tallahassee Film Society: “Coming June 20-21 - "Love Songs"; Theatre A La Carte presents "A Little Night Music" . This Week's Regal Miracle Theater Movies - June 13th - 19th. This Week's Films at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX.” For complete information go to tallahasseefilms.com


From JP Perry (BFA 04) “I am shooting a short film this Sun, Mon, Tues and I could use some
help in the grip and electric depts. The crew is probably 75% FSU alums. Very cool concept and we're shooting Varicam HD. We already shot the first half and now we need to finish what we started.
Dates: 6/15,16,17
Also could use help pre-lighting 6/14 and loading the truck on 6/13.
Pay: Free food, love, pat on back
Location: Downtown
Let me know if you can come out and play, even if for a day or two. JP Perry jpperry@gmail.com”


THE STATE OF SUNSHINE (MFA Thesis 2007 – Z. Eric Yang & Crew) won the Silver Medal Award the 2008 Student Academy Awards Narrative competition. The awards ceremony was held Saturday June 7, at 6 p.m. and honored student filmmakers from across the country with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Z. Eric Yang (writer/director) was present as was Ryan Singh(Cinematographer),
Khen Shalem and David Metzger (Producers), and lead actor Art Hsu. Read more at www.oscars.org/saa/2008/index.html

THE STATE OF SUNSHINE (MFA Thesis 2007 – Z. Eric Yang & Crew) has been accepted for screening at the New York Asian American International filmFestival being held July 10-19, 2008 in New York. For more information on the festival go to www.asiancinevision.org


THE WALL (MFA D-3 Michael Green & Crew) has been accepted to screen at 2008 Stony Brook Film Festival. The film will be screened on Friday, July 18 at 7:00 pm . For more go to stonybrookfilmfestival.com or call (631) 632-7235.

MORNING GLORY (BFA F-3 Nicole Emanuele & Crew) was accepted to The Baltimore
Women's Film Festival for October. Check out the Baltimore Women's Film Festival website for more details at www.bwfilmfestival.com

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Comment by Joey Daoud on June 12, 2008 at 2:36pm
Great post


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