Thursday, September 15, 2016

Special Feature! Screening of "The Flying Ace"

October 13th, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Beaches Museum Chapel
Come see the groundbreaking classic silent film that is said to have helped inspire the Tuskegee Airmen when the Beaches Museum Chapel presents a showing of "The Flying Ace" on Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m. Made in the early 20th century when Jacksonville was promoted as "The Winter Film Capital of the World," this movie is a must see for fans of the movie industry or Jacksonville history.
"The Flying Ace" is inspired by the story of the first licensed black female pilot, Bessie Coleman, who was tragically killed in 1926 while practicing for an air show at Jacksonville's Paxon Field. The movie began filming that same year here in Jacksonville at the Norman Studios property in Arlington and Mayport. Before African-Americans were even allowed to serve as pilots in the Armed Forces, Lawrence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, and an all-black cast told the story of Captain Billy Stokes, a World War I hero who returns to his job as a railroad detective after his time in the U.S. Air Force.
The screening will begin in the Beaches Museum Chapel at 5:30 p.m. on October 13. Admission is free for Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members. The Beaches Chapel Museum is located at 505 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Local Industry Professionals Recognized with Awards

Three awards were given out to celebrate highlights in local film and digital media production at the 16th Annual Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Reception. Mayor Lenny Curry joined members of the Jacksonville City Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Motion Picture, Television and Commercial Production, the Jacksonville Film & Television Office and other industry leaders to present these awards.

During the event, Jerry Smith, president and CEO of PineRidge Film & Television, was presented the 2016 Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Award. His expansive accomplishments as a leader in the film and television industry and  his success in being an innovative business executive has helped  him flourish in this industry. He and his company have won 6 national Daytime EMMYS and have had 11 EMMY nominations. Smith utilizes his expansive experience in guiding both established and new professionals in the film and television community, as well as mentoring young men and women in the production community.

Mayor Curry presents award to Jerry Smith, Photo by Ken McCray

Journalist Carla Jones and Director of Photography and Cinematography, Joe Karably, were both honored with a 2016 Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is given to remarkable individuals under 35 in the local film and television industry. Honorees excel in their specific craft, show progressive advancement in their careers, serve as role models and stand out as potential stars of the future.
Mayor Curry presents award to Carla Jones, Photo by Ken McCray

Mayor Curry presents award to Joe Karably, Photo by Ken McCray

“Jacksonville has a long history with film and television,” said Mayor Curry. “In addition to supporting local businesses and good-paying jobs, this industry helps showcase Jacksonville to the world.  I congratulate our rising stars, Carla Jones and Joe Karably, for their success, and I thank industry visionary Jerry Smith for his many contributions to our community.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Casting Call : DIY's America's Most Desperate Landscape

Now Casting for America's Most Desperate Landscape - Backyard Edition!

For the first time ever, DIY Network's Jason Cameron is looking looking for dreadful, chaotic, overgrown, absolutely hopeless and desperate backyards for America's Most Desperate Landscape.

Jason and his team will bring a massive two-day transformation to your backyard. Think building decks and pergolas, fences and walkways, and much more. Got a pathetic pool? Jason would love to tackle that, too!

Is your backyard desperate enough for a total transformation?  We want to hear from you.

To apply, follow the guidelines below and send info to:

Entry Guidelines:

1.    In your email, include your name, contact info and short explanation about yourself, your yard and why we should select you for AMDL.

2.     Three pictures of your back yard - make sure they are wide shots (25MB email limit on the pictures.)

3.    Brief video* showcasing your yard and your personality. Post it on YouTube and send us a link. 

*You need to show us your desperation... your desperate yard and show us your personality and why we should bring the AMDL team to your home for the biggest backyard landscape invasion of the year. *

Entries accepted until October 14, 2016.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Some of the amazing classes and sessions at Story Expo this year include...

 Learn How To Tell Your Story, and Sell Your Story 

 September 9-11, 2016

Westin LAX Hotel
5400 W. Century Blvd., LA, CA 90045

Story Expo is the only conference in the world where you'll learn 
how to tell your story through intense classes on the craft, what
medium your story is best told in for both financial and critical
success, how to sell your story, and even life hacks for being a
working, successful writer.
 Classes added so far for 2016 Include:
* Writing The 1-Hour TV Drama
* 6-Part Genre Series: Action, Love, Thriller, Comedy, Horror & SciFi
* The Secret to Pixar's Storytelling
* Master Techniques for Dialogue
* How To Outline A Novel 
* A Blueprint For Riveting Stories
* Being A Script Supervisor (1/2-Day Intensive)
* Writing The Graphic Novel
* Rewriting: The Script Revision Process
* Law School Crash Course for Writers
* Virtual Reality Storytelling & Technology
* Creating & Producing an Internet Show
* The Science of Story
* Agents & Managers 101
* Storytelling in Poetry
* Making Your Projects Happen (1/2-Day Intensive)
* Turning Your Novel Into A Screenplay
* The Writer's Diet (Writers' Lifestyle Class!)
* Film School Crash Course Pts. 1 & 2
* Creating Powerful Characters
* Writing For Animation
* Movie Screenings with Q&As
And more added every week!

This year's Story Expo will have some 100 sessions to choose from,
and we are adding new classes and sessions weekly.

Only $249
Includes all regular sessions, classes, tracks, keynotes and screenings.
Does not include pitches in the Pitching Room.

Need A Hotel? We've made special arrangements with the Westin LAX to offer
our participants a special price of $123/night (normally $169-$229). Book Hotel

Previous Year's Programs and Schedules: 2013, 2014, 2015

Thank you! We'll see you at Story Expo 2016!