Thursday, June 23, 2011


The minutes that you spend reading this blog post are minutes you could spend nominating that special individual who you feel most deserves Jacksonville's FILM & TV INDUSTRY AWARD or RISING STAR AWARD. With every minute gone, the deadline for nominations - which is TOMORROW, Friday June 24 - is growing closer. For those of you who are unaware, the Film & Television Industry Award has been presented by the Jacksonville Film & TV Office for the past five years, and honors an individual from Northeast Florida who has made outstanding contributions to the film and television industry over a span of several years. The Rising Star Award is an exciting addition to this September's Jacksonville Film Industry Reception. The recipient of this new award represents that exceptional individual (under age 40) whose contributions to our local production community merit recognition and congratulations. So now is your chance to visit the Jacksonville Film and Television website and place your nominations before it's too late! You will find instructions on how to place a nomination by following these links: Industry Award and Rising Star Award. Let the nominations continue!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Historical Society to show “Hollywood East,” a film about Florida’s early industry

In the early years of the movie industry, Florida's warm weather attracted many filmmakers.

Between 1908, when Kalem established a studio in Jacksonville, and 1917, when John Wellborn Martin was elected mayor after running on an anti-movie platform, more than 30 studios set up shop here.
By 1918, they were almost all gone.

That era is the subject of "Hollywood East: Florida's Silent Film Legacy," which will be shown at 7 p.m. TODAY (Tuesday 6/21/11) at the Jacksonville Historical Society. The film was made by Nadia Ramoutar.

A reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede the screening. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion led by Rita Reagan, who has been a leader in the effort to turn one former studio into the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum.

The screening will be held in Old St. Andrew's, a former church which now houses historical society offices. The address is 317 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public.


Have you submitted your award nomination forms yet?! Better get on it because the deadline is THIS FRIDAY June 24! We want to hear from YOU about who you believe should receive Northeast Florida’s annual Film & TV Industry Award and the very first Rising Star Award! Click here for more information.

Lynn University Hosts 6th Annual FLORIDA FILM LEGENDS AWARD

On June 30th hundreds of people will assemble at Lynn’s Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton to participate in the 6th annual Film Florida Legends Award to celebrate and honor the men and women who played a big part in establishing our state as an entertainment powerhouse. Film and entertainment VIPs, celebrities and industry professionals from major TV shows, films, production companies will honor this year’s Film Florida Legends recipients.
The red-carpet arrival begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased here. Admission includes open bar, passed hors d ‘oeuvres and sweet bites at the end of the show. Comedian Frank Licari of The Jove Improv, will serve as the evening's host, and String Theory will provide live music. This is the second time Lynn University has hosted an event celebrating Florida filmmaking. Earlier this year, on March 25, the school also played host to the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission’s 16th Annual Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) awards ceremony.

Monday, June 20, 2011


First there were ten, then there were five…and now there are three. Within weeks of travelling to Atlanta in order to further her acting career, Jacksonvillian Kimberly Grant [Kimberly Grant (III) on] is selected as a top3 female finalist for a walkon role in the Hollywood movie “Think Like a Man”.

“Think Like a Man” is a feature
film set for theatrical release that is based on the Steve Harvey bestselling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” (the screenplay was written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman). The film, which will be directed by Tim Story and which stars comedian Kevin Hart, is being produced by Rain Forest Films (producer of “Takers”) and Sony Pictures Entertainment subsidiary Screen Gems.

Cast, crew pushed to limit in 48 Hour Film Project in Jacksonville

In tense silence, the cast and crew of Somebody Call an Ambulance Productions gather around a computer monitor to watch the first complete running of the film they had been working on night and day for The 48 Hour Film Project.

They're pleased, but they see their work isn't done. The sound portion of the climactic scene has screams, but the musical score that ran through the rest of the film has gone silent. That needs to be fixed, plus some other editing changes.

It's 6 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fifth year of great film kicks off at the Jacksonville Landing Friday!

On Friday, June 17 the courtyard at the Jacksonville Landing will be filled with eager filmmakers ready to draw their fates from a hat! In all, 42 teams will gather to learn the genre, character, prop and line of dialogue that must be included in their Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project.
This year will feature audience favorites such as Somebody Call an Ambulance Productions led by Paul Melian and the recent Cannes contender team Best Friends led by Marc Boese. It’ll also see the return of Child’s Play led by 10-year-old Hunter Ryan, who tied for best student film when he was only eight years old.

“People are always surprised at what these creative types can do in 48 hours,” says Jacksonville Producer Mac McDonald. “The quality of the films has generated a true showcase for Jacksonville talent, and people come back year after year to see them.”
The audience will vote for its favorite film on each of three screening nights (June 21, 22 and 23). In keeping with today’s economic climate, tickets are still just $15 per screening (which includes 14 films), but this year you can get a 48 Hour Three-screening Pack for just $35.  All screening events are hosted by the Florida Theatre and doors open at 6 p.m. Now showing for its fifth consecutive year, the Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project is presented by PRI Productions; other 2011 sponsors include Digital Video Arts and Butler Law Group.  Keep up with all the happenings at

> SCREENING EVENTS are held at the Florida Theatre

All events are open to the press and public. Jacksonville Landing kickoff (June 17 @ 6:30 p.m.) and dropoff (June 19 @ 6 p.m.) events take place in the courtyard and are free to the public. Cameras welcome!
·         Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project Screening Group A - AUDIENCE VOTES
Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets only $15
·         Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project Screening Group B - AUDIENCE VOTES
Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets only $15
·         Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project Screening Group C - AUDIENCE VOTES
Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets only $15

>>>A Three-night Screening Pass is just $35; students with ID only $25.  It’s like getting one night of amazing films free!
·         Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project Best-of Screening & Awards
Saturday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets only $10
Tickets and bundles are available at the Florida Theatre box office or any TicketMaster.
About the Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project
Presented by PRI Productions and produced for its fifth year by Mac McDonald, the Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend during which teams make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — in just 48 hours. At the Friday night kickoff, teams get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre; 48 hours later the movie must be complete with the required elements. The Jacksonville films show at the Florida Theatre, where the audience and judges will determine the “Best in Jacksonville 2011.”  Now in its tenth year, the worldwide competition has screened 14,500 films in 100 cities. Contact the Jacksonville producers at or 904-993-7897.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Performers Academy Presents: Genesis 2011 Showcase

Check this out! THIS Saturday, June 11, is Jacksonville GENESIS, a collaborative event combining The Performance Academy’s 1 year anniversary PATRON PREVIEW PARTY with the 10th Annual QUANTUM Benefit Concert by The Jacksonville Centre of the Arts (JCArt)The exciting evening begins at 6 PM at Jacksonville University’s Terry Recital Hall with the Patron Preview Party, featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live entertainment!  Your evening will continue with JCArt’s Quantum Benefit Concert from 7:30 PM to 9 PM! Have a great time with family & friends with great food, drinks, and entertainment, and do so for a great cause – the evening’s proceeds fund the travel expenses for dancers invited to intensives around the U.S.! See you there!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Calling for Nominations for the First Ever “Rising Star Award”!

We know you are all excited that the 2011 Jacksonville Film Industry Reception is just around the corner! Generally at this event, the Jacksonville Film & Television Office presents the Film & TV Industry Award to individuals from Northeast Florida who have made outstanding contributions to the film and television industry over a span of several years.
This year, we are adding a new award to the mix … introducing the Rising Star Award!  There are many individuals under the age of 40 who have made a significant contribution to our local production community, and we believe that they should be honored for their great work!  Don’t you? Do you know of someone who could be the First Rising Star? Go ahead and nominate them! It’s quick and easy!  This award, for the “next” generation, honors a role model and someone who stands out as a potential “star of the future.”
To find out more information about either award and for nomination forms, follow the above links or the links posted here: Film & TV Industry Award or Rising Star Award.
Hurry! Don’t delay! Get your nominations in NOW before it’s too late. The deadline to turn in your nomination(s) is Friday, June 24, 2011.  Let the nominating continue!

Get Ready For The 2011 Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project!

Congratulations to the 42 teams that successfully made it into the 2011 Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project! Have FUN and be SAFE! Come to the Kick-Off event at the Jacksonville Landing on Friday, June 17 from 6 to 7:15 p.m.! And importantly, turn in your film even if it is late! Late films are eligible to still win the Audience Choice Award.

 Mark your calendars! Start spreading the news and excitement! We’ll be “Kicking Off” the 2011 Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project at the Jacksonville Landing on Friday, June 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Team check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. (be sure to bring your signed Team Leader Agreement, otherwise NO team check-in). The “Genre Pull” begins about 6:40 p.m., and the “Prop, Character and Line of Dialog” that must be in each film will be announced at 6:55 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the Clock STARTS! Be sure to be at the Landing to cheer the teams off, wish them well, and wish them good luck!
            Come back on Sunday, June 19 to Jacksonville Landing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to see the teams race back with their finished films! Help us count down to Deadline! Help cheer on teams that arrive late. These teams have worked hard, so let’s let them know how proud we are of them.
            Finally, mark your calendars now for June 21, 22 and 23 to see the films from the weekend!  Tickets are on sale now at the Florida Theatre Box Office and online at  You can buy single night tickets or three night discounted packets.  More details about the screenings will be following during the week.  Visit the homepage to see the schedule of viewings. 

Interested in creating a team but missed the deadline? You’re not entirely out of luck! Add your team to the “waiting list”, and should spaces open up, teams may be added to the competition on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visit, click on “Register For Jacksonville Now!”, and fill out the form.  Teams on the wait list will not be billed for registration unless you are invited to compete and you accept the invitation. Also, don’t forget that Orlando and Savannah are within easy driving distance and hold 48 Hour Film Project weekends as well ( or!

Would you like to volunteer be part of a competing team? Add yourself to the database! Team leaders have access to this database and check it on a regular basis for team needs. Fill out the “Join A Team” form from the “Kitchen Sink” dropdown list on the website: Or, post your availability on the 48 Hour Film Jax Facebook page:!/profile.php?id=1727166560

Be sure to attend the Audio Workshop at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, presented by DFS Productions, on Monday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is open to all filmmakers and teams. Please follow the Facebook link to RSVP:!/event.php?eid=105289586227919.