For anyone in the NY area, don’t forget to join us for our screening at the Angelika Theatre, Tuesday, May 5, 8 PM. 18 West Houston (at Mercer Street), New York, followed by a reception at Puck Fair. We’ll be staying at the Marriott, 212 753 8841, if you want to get in touch with any of us (Frank, Fred, Sabrina and me).
Film School Cinematographer Rex Metz is producing a project with KT Comkowycz (BFA 04) which KT will be directing an shooting. The project is a multi-media PSA for the Children’s Academy of Florida in Winter Haven. Several of the 2nd year MFA students will be helping with production. The Academy is a charter school for disabled children, very state of the art providing incredible facilities for severely disabled kids. The Academy's Foundation will use this PSA to increase support to provide additional schools in Florida.
From Wilson Tang (BFA 05) “the brand I produce for CNET TV/CBS Interactive has been nominated for a Webby as well. My daily show The 404 is part of that. We had 61 percent growth last month. Also, I'm looking for some names of freelancers in the NY area with experience editing and shooting. "Wilson G. Tang" email@example.com ”
And another Webby nomination from Adam Elend (BFA 98) “Jeff (Marks BFA 98) and I have a show nominated for two as well MobLogic in best news&politics series and Lindsay Campbell as best reality/variety host for MobLogic in the online video category. Pv.webbyawards.com
Its too late to vote for either of the above, but hopefully we’ll be congratulating them soon!
From April Lamb (BFA 06) “I told you I would let you know when LETTERS TO JULIET was official. It looks like I'm leaving sometime the week of May 4th for Verona for about 10 weeks of prep and shooting, then we migrate down to Florence, the Tuscany region and finish in Siena the final 4 weeks or so. We shoot our last week in NY around Aug 15/16th and then go into post for 5 months. It's all really happening! And very exciting... I think it will only become real once I get over there and start working. I can't wait to meet new people, especially since 95% of the crew will be Italian.”
Amanda Seyfriend is onboard as the lead, and we're in the process of signing on the British romantic male lead to play opposite her. It's about an American girl in Italy who discovers the legend of the “Letters to Juliet” – love letters which visitors leave in the wall of Juliet’s courtyard in Verona which are individually answered by a group of women called the secretaries of Juliet. While at the wall, the girl discovers a letter written in 1958 which has never been picked up and she decides to go on a quest to find the lovers in question.”
From Natalie Senger (MFA 02) “We are hiring in our Digital Media department at Technicolor in Glendale. Attached are the job postings, can you please pass these along? We are a 24/7 facility, so we are looking for people who are available to work any shift, including evenings, nights, and weekends, and willing to do OT as needed. Anyone interested can email their resumes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .” NOTE: Positions open are Metadata & Delivery Specialist, Data Management Specialist and a Digital Media Technician. Let me know if you would like to see the complete job descriptions for any of these. email@example.com
Josh Tickell’s (MFA 02) feature documentary “Fuel” will be opening in Long Beach this week, among other cities. For dates, tickets, the Fuel newsletter, to to http://thefuelfilm.com/
“The Department of Communication at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) seeks a Visiting Instructor of Media Production to teach a range of courses in, and related to, video production and mass communication beginning August, 2009. The successful candidate should have interest and experience in a variety of media production genres, including documentary, experimental, traditional broadcast journalism, and/or narrative. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to and expertise in teaching and hold an M.F.A., PhD in Communication, or an interdisciplinary Ph.D. with a concentration in Communication (ABDs considered). The Department affirms diversity. Additional information about the Department and University is available athttp://www.ipfw.edu/comm. Applicants should submit a letter of application, vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names and contact information for four current references to: Marcia D. Dixson, Search and Screen Committee, Department of Communication, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499. For more information or questions, call (260) 481-6825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening will begin June 1st and continue until the position is filled. IPFW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and equal
“I am currently in a Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Leadership Class. One of the group assignments of the class is to create a project to help enhance the child welfare system. Our group has chosen to produce a video about Independent Living. The Independent Living Program assists youth who would eventually be emancipated from the foster care system. The program provides Life skills services including independent living skills training, educational support, employment training and counseling for children 15 to 18 years of age. We are looking at the history of the program and how we can improve the program in the future. We are interviewing children in the program and need assistance in video taping 2 children that reside in the Tallahassee area. We need someone to video interviews with the children so that we can forward them to a graduate of the program who will them produce the final project. Any assistance you could provide for us would be greatly appreciated. We would like to complete this portion of our project by May 30, 2009”. If you are interested in doing the videotaping, contact Melissa Sidoti
“We would greatly appreciate if you can help us spread the word for our call for entries our Independent Film Week’s Project Forum. We are now accepting applications for the ‘Spotlight on Documentaries’ section. The deadlines and fees are as follows.
Early Deadline May 1st Submission Fee $50
Final Deadline May 21st Submission Fee $60
Here is a link to our 1 sheet with all the details that you can send. http://www.ifp.org/content/noncms/ny/newsletters/09dedicated/IFW_03_2009/
This week with the Tallahassee Film Society: “This Weekend - May 1-3 - "Of Time and The City" Coming May 8-10 - "Gomorrah" to All Saints!” For complete information go to tallahasseefilms.com
FROM THE FSU MAILING LIST
From Eric Naughton “I want to announce the L.A. Premiere for my short comedy, "Cross-Eyed
Dinner Theater Presents!" (the exclamation point is part of the title) as part of the Mockumentary Film Festival (www.mockfilmfest.com ). The screening is on May 10th at 3:00pm at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theater. We will be part of a group of films and then they will be holding the awards ceremony. I want to give a shout out to FSU alums Ben Hershleder (MFA 95) and Lisa (MFA 94) and Jason Sotolongo. I wouldn't have been able to make this film without their help!!! Thanks!!!”
FSU FILM SCREENINGS AND AWARDS UPDATE – April 30, 2009
After the Storm (MFA Thesis 2008 Michael Lloyd Green) won the Region Two competition of the Student Academy Awards and is now a finalist. The Student Academy Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, June 13th at 6:00 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For more information about the event, go to http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2009/saa.html.
My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim) was awarded First Place, Precious Cargo (MFA Thesis 2008 Max Adams) was awarded Second Place, and First Kill (MFA Thesis 2008 Micah Ranum) was awarded Third Place in the Palm Beach International Film Festival Student Showcase of Films, April 27-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.pbifilmfest.org/conference_seminar/student_production.html.
What Lies Ahead (MFA D-2 2008 Nicholas Economides) was selected for screening at the Gone with the Film Festival in Hollywood, May 16-17. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.irisfilmintl.com/index0907gwtf.htm.
A Floridian’s Guide to Climate Change (BFA Documentary 2008 Ben Verhulst) was selected for screening at the Central Florida Film Festival in Ocoee, Florida, September 4-6. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.centralfloridafilmfestival.com/.
My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim), After the Storm (MFA Thesis 2008 Michael Lloyd Green), Paul and His Wall (BFA Thesis 2008 Steven Anderson), Carry On (MFA D-2 2008 Derek Meyer) and Tough Crowd (MFA D-3 2007 Iman Zawahry) were selected for screening at the Jacksonville Film Festival, May 15-21. For more information about this festival, go to http://filmfestival.jacksonville.com.
First Kill (MFA Thesis 2008 Micah Ranum) was selected for screening at Screamfest in Hollywood, October 16-25. For more information about this festival, go to www.screamfestla.com.
Upcoming Screenings And Awards (in chronological order):
After the Storm (MFA Thesis 2008 Michael Lloyd Green), The Wall (MFA D-3 2007 Michael Lloyd Green), and My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim) were selected for screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival, April 23-30. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/home.php.
The Wall (MFA D-3 2007 Michael Lloyd Green) was selected for screening at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, April 23 – May 3. For more information about this festival, go to seattlejewishfilmfestival.org.
A Floridian’s Guide to Climate Change (BFA Documentary 2008 Ben Verhulst) was selected for screening at the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL, April 25 – May 3. For more information about this festival, go to www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com .
My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim) was selected for screening at the Rincon International Film Festival, April 28 – May 5, in Rincon, Puerto Rico. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.rinconfilm.com/.
Kirksdale (MFA Thesis 2007 Ryan Spindell) was selected for screening at the Dead by Dawn Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 30 – May 3. For more information about this festival, go to www.deadbydawn.co.uk.
Precious Cargo (MFA Thesis 2008 Max Adams) and The Great Sink (MFA D-3 2007 Ian Weir) were selected for screening at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Hollywood, California, May 1-3. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.firstglancefilms.com/home.php.
Hope (MFA D-3 2007 Atiyah Wheelings) was selected for screening the Women of African Descent Film Festival, April 28 – May 10, presented by the Brooklyn chapter of The Links and the Brooklyn Arts Council. It will screen May 2nd in the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
Carry On (MFA D-2 2008 Derek Meyer) and A Rebel’s Cry (MFA D-3 2007 Ben Bumgarner) were selected for screening at the GI Film Festival in Washington, DC, during Armed Forces Weekend, May 13 – 17. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.gifilmfestival.com/.
First Kill (MFA Thesis 2008 Micah Ranum), After the Storm (MFA Thesis 2008 Michael Lloyd Green) and My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim) were selected for screening at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market, June 23-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.psfilmfest.org .
My Four Inch Precious (MFA Thesis 2008 Sou Yun Sim) was selected for screening at the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in New York City, July 23-26. For more information about this festival, go to http://aaiff.org/2008/.
Meryl Warren, Director of Alumni
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A3100 University Center, Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2350
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