Thursday, October 21, 2010

Barry Morrow Headlines Two Events in Jacksonville

On Wednesday, October 20 Barry Morrow, an Academy Award and Emmy-winning Screenwriter, headlined a film luncheon and a Corporate Disabilities Employment Awards Banquet called Dinner with Bill. The luncheon was held at the Florida Coastal School of Law and Dinner with Bill was held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

At the luncheon Morrow spoke on the importance of story in writing. For screenplays you must have a beginning, middle, and end; these are called the first, second, and third acts. Morrow stated, “Anyone can write the first act, it’s the second act that’s hard.” He was explaining why people shouldn’t call themselves screenwriters after writing one script. To finish one script is a feat in itself, but to finish several is where the title of screenwriter comes.

Morrow talked about how he enjoys watching people and how to get a story by just riding a bus. His inspiration for his Emmy winning screenplay “Bill” came from watching and knowing a person who he holds a special place in his heart, Bill Sackter. Bill was a man with developmental disabilities that Morrow saw while picking up his wife from work and eventually met at a Christmas party. The inspiration for “Rain Man” was Kim Peek, a “mega savant” he met in Texas. Morrow found Kim in a library flipping through a book upside down, it turned out that Kim was actually memorizing the book. This amazed Morrow and he decided to write a story about it.

Morrow is a great writer and spoke inspiring words at these events. Anyone who wants to be a screenwriter can use his method and find a great story. For more information about Barry and to see more of his work go to .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Extreme Makeover is Coming to Jacksonville

Posted: October 19, 2010 - 2:42pm
By Dan Scanlan

ABC-TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is looking for deserving families who need a home, and have asked HandsOn Jacksonville to help.

The network television show that renovates and rebuilds the homes of families with major problems is in search of those who need major alterations or repair to homes that present serious problems, but put their own needs aside to help others.

Eligible families, or those who want to nominate another family should e-mail a short description of the story to The nominations must include the names and ages of each household member, major challenges in the home, why this family is deserving, photos of the family and home, and the address and a contact number for the family.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 8. For more information on how to apply, visit

HandsOn Jacksonville has helped organize volunteer efforts in Northeast Florida since 1973, more information at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Red Dirt Rising" goes to Netflix

Red Dirt Rising, a film by Kathleen "Bo" Bobak and James Suttles, has been released on Netflix.

Red Dirt Rising, a story of love, friendship, and action; is based on a true story about three of stock car racing's heros who use the track to try to escape life's challenges during the "fighting forties."

Women in Filmmaking Brunch

On Sunday, October 17 there will be a brunch at The Garden Club of Jacksonville from 12:30-2:30. There will be a tribute to Joana Vincente with a Q & A session. Tickets are $45.

The committee is excited about this event and this is the brunch's first year at the Jacksonville Film Festival. They want to bring it back every year to tribute to the many talented women in the film industry and for the fun of it as well.

Anyone interested in attending can make a reservation online or call 904-858-9889. For more information go to

Monday, October 4, 2010

And the award goes to... Dan Kossoff!

The Jacksonville Film and Television Office is proud to announce that Dan Kossoff will be the recipient of the 2010 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Award. He will be honored at the 10th Annual Jacksonville Film Industry Reception.

Dan Kossoff has produced, directed, written, and developed literally thousands of television programs, documentaries, commercials, corporate videos and special events. His first job in the business was as a 16-year-old DJ in Superior, Wisconsin. In the early 60’s he helped pay his college tuition with coffeehouse gigs as a folk singer/guitarist.

Kossoff graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and followed with post-graduate studies in film at the University of Kansas. His training as a film editor, cinematographer and TV director took him to the Maine ETV Network where he produced and directed documentaries, sports and specials. While there, he produced "A New England Town Meeting," one of Public Television's first live national broadcasts,

Kossoff moved to Florida in 1968 to direct WJCT’s “Feedback,” the nation’s first interactive nightly public affairs programs. He spent more than 25 years with Channel 7, working in production, special projects and development. He also worked in front of the camera for more than 20 years as a film critic and talk-show host. His folk music program, “String Along,” aired on Stereo 90-FM for six-years. While at WJCT, he developed and produced the nation's most comprehensive state government coverage with "Today in the Legislature," for Florida Public Broadcasting.

Kossoff directed the PBS production of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival from 1981- 83. From 1984-91 he was the Festival’s Executive Director and led its development into a world-class event.

In 1994 Kossoff accepted the position of Vice President/Executive Producer with White Hawk Pictures. He worked with this nationally recognized production company for 10-years, directing and producing commercials and long-form video.

In 2004 he founded Kossoff Productions which focused on assisting non-profit organizations tell their stories through video. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Jacksonville Greyhound Racing and the Poker Rooms at Orange Park Kennel Club and St. Johns Greyhound Park.

Kossoff is a founding member and former chair of the Jacksonville Motion Picture and Television Commission. He also served on the Clay County Tourism and Film Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Jacksonville Film Festival, a former adjunct instructor in broadcast journalism and production at UNF and is active in community affairs.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Volunteers Wanted!

The 8th Annual Jacksonville Film Festival is looking for volunteers. The festival will take place October 14-17.

Volunteering has its perks!

The 8th Annual Jacksonville Film Festival will here before you know it! Volunteers are needed for all shifts and all days. If you would like to exchange your time for some free movie passes, fill out the form or e-mail

Cinemania October Events's Cinemania released the events list for October. 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, St. Augustine 
Admission: $1 - $12
Visit website for prices and show times.

RAM Movies Under the Bridge: UP
Saturday, Oct. 2, Riverside Arts Market 
Admission: FREE
Live music at 7 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m.

Film Society: KING OF PASTRY
Monday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., 5 Points Theatre 
Admission: $8.50 ($6.50 for Cinemaniacs)
The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition - passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy - in the quest to become one of the KINGS OF PASTRY. Check out the trailer at:

Monday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., 5 Points Theatre 
Admission: $8.50 ($6.50 for Cinemaniacs)
Jack Rebney is a former TV newsman who shot an industrial film for Winnebago Industries in 1988. During production, Rebney had a habit of losing his temper: repeatedly, profanely and hilariously. A funny and poignant documentary about the bizarre nature of modern fame.

Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., Beaches Regal 
Admission: FREE for Cinemaniacs
Crime drama about a 19-year-old Franco-Arab and his struggle to survive in a French prison dominated by Corsicans. Belgium film released in 2009.

RAM Movies Under the Bridge: WALL-E
Saturday, Oct. 9, Riverside Arts Market 
Admission: FREE
Live music at 7 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m.

Oct. 14 - 17
Movies, workshops, parties & more!
Visit website for prices and show times.

 Hometown Screening: LOVE TRAP
Monday, Oct. 18, 5 Points Theatre
6 p.m. Wine & Beer Networking (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Film begins
Admission: $8.50 ($6.50 for Cinemaniacs)
LOVE TRAP, a feature by Frank B. Goodin II of Jacksonville, has won Best Feature at four film festivals. Richard, a laid-back, yet forward-thinking law student is hanging out with the guys at a local pool hall when he meets Angel, a seductive vixen. She smothers him with attention, a situation most guys wish for. Faced with temptation, Richard makes a seemingly innocent suggestion that sets in motion a series of events that ultimately unbalances his world.

UNF Film Club:
Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., Beaches Regal 
Admission: FREE for Cinemaniacs
Oskar is 12, the target of bullies and he prays for revenge. When an odd girl moves in next door, Oskar finds the perfect weapon. The girl is a vampire. Set in Stockholm in 1982.

RAM Movies Under the Bridge:
Saturday, Oct. 23, Riverside Arts Market 
Admission: FREE
Live music at 7 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 28, Florida Theatre
6 p.m. Red Carpet Party
8 p.m. Film begins
Admission: $35
GORE-E-OGRAPHY is a mockumentary that follows a motley crew of filmmakers struggling to complete their own local, low-budget, indie masterpiece, "Death Harmony," which itself is a musical about zombies, vampires and ninjas. Tickets include free parking, free drinks, free hors d'eouvres, and live music and are available through the Florida Theatre box office or the website: 

RAM Movies Under the Bridge: GHOSTBUSTERS
Saturday, Oct. 30, Riverside Arts Market 
Admission: FREE
Live music at 7 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m.

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