Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's That Time Again: 2011 Jax Film Festival!

    The festivities begin October 13th and go through the 16th. The events scheduled are as followed:

  Thursday kicks off the Opening Night Reception Film with award-winning “Wild Horse,Wild Ride,” Q&A with Alexandra Dawson to follow, in San Marco. 

  Friday’s Special Screening of “Bettie Page Reveals All,” & Dr. Sketchy After Party, Q&A with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Mark Mori, in Riverside.

  The Red Carpet and Gala Special Event takes place Saturday with Tribute and Q&A with celebrity guest (TBD).

  Sunday's WIF brunch at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens with honoree Christy Cashman, Executive Producer of “The Kids Are Alright.

  Sunday night wraps up the festival with the Closing Night Awards & Film. “Rising Star” award recipient Cassandra Freeman, a Douglas Anderson Alumni, delivers a powerful performance in “Kinyarwanda.” She will be on hand afterward for a Q&A.

  Tickets and Schedule will be posted at as soon as they become available. If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s festival please visit the web site and fill out the volunteer form.

  The mission of the Jacksonville Film Festival is to provide entertainment, educational opportunities, programs  and events that enrich the arts and culture of Northeast Florida, while inspiring a new generation of filmmakers through the diversity and power of film.

 For more information, please call 904.858.9889 

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sneak Peak of Ryan Goslings new movie, DRIVE

- Ryan Gosling stars as an L.A wheel man for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway cars for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver cant help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene, A vulnerable mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex.convict husband Standard.
   After a heist intended to pay off Standards protection money spins out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves,tailgated by a clan of serious criminals.But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than just the bag of cash in his trunk, Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.

The preview will be September 12th @ 7:30 p.m

All you have to do to get in on the action is Email and make sure to include DRIVE FILM JAX  in the subject line, with your name and daytime number! You will receive a ticket on a first come first serve basis.

This film is rated R and not intended for younger audiences. 
To watch the trailer visit:
  Or " Like" Drive @

MTV looking for " Bad Boys" in Jacksonville

- Do your friends constantly tell you how much they hate your boyfriend? Do your parents cringe at the thought of you bringing him around them? Are you,that girl, the one that is known for dating the typical " Bad Boy?" Then MTV's upcoming show Very Bad Boys, wants to hear from you!
 -MTV is looking for people in relationships with those "bad boys", who just cannot get enough of them. If you often find yourself defending your boyfriend to your friends, family, and even strangers, then share your story! You have to be between the ages of 16-25 and need to have been "dating" for at least 3 months.

What you need to do:
    Send an email to with a picture of you with your "boyfriend",your location, phone number,and a brief paragraph of your relationship, why your guy is a "Bad Boy" and why you're soooo attracted to him!!  

" Like Dandelion Dust" to Premiere on LifeTime Movie Network

- Like Dandelion Dust, a movie filmed here in Jacksonville is to premiere on the LMN Saturday September 3 at 8 p.m. 

- Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper star the heart-wrenching tale of a recently released ex-con who uses a legal loophole to locate his son, who was adopted by an upper-crust family shortly after his father was incarcerated. When Rip Porter (Pepper) went to prison, his wife, Wendy (Sorvino), couldn't handle the responsibilities of being a single parent. Wanting the best for her newborn son, Joey, she put the boy up for adoption. Adopted by Jack (Cole Hauser) and Molly Campbell (Kate Levering), Joey now enjoys an idyllic life with his new parents in a small town just outside of West Palm Beach, FL. Then, one day, Jack and Molly receive a troubling phone call from the social worker who assisted with the adoption: Rip has just been released from prison, and he's eager to start a new life with his wife Wendy and son Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton). A judge has just issued a ruling stating that the Campbells have no choice but to return Joey to his biological parents .

The movie is based of the Best seller novel written by Karen Kingsbury.

Executive Producer, Christopher Morrow, tells about his experience filming in Jacksonville: " it was a real pleasure.... from day 1 on the set till every last office was cleaned out, our team was treated like family by everyone involved and we can't wait to find another project that brings the Jacksonville, FL movie making experience alive again."  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Business of Acting Seminar

Do you have a passion for acting? Do you want to make your passion more profitable? This seminar is geared toward beginning actors and seasoned actors alike. There are many mistakes even professional actors make that can ruin their reputations. Knowing the right and wrong ways to market your skills can help the actor be more profitable and more respected.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10am – 4pm

(FREE PREVIEW NIGHT – September 9, 2011 6-7pm (same location as below)

Where: The Acting Coach @ Applebox Studios
1063 Haines St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206

How to sign up: Send an email to with your name and contact information. Put SEMINAR in the subject line. You will receive a PayPal invoice to pay your tuition or you may send your tuition to the address provided.
How much: $75 for adults (18 years of age and older)
$75 for students and one parent.

Space is limited so sign up today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

“Thespians” Screening at 5 Points Theatre

“Thespians” opens Friday August 26, 2011 at 5:15 p.m. for the first of ten limited showings at the 5 Points Theatre, in Riverside.

It was during the 2010 Jacksonville Film Festival that “Thespians” had its World Premiere at the Florida Theatre. Matt Soergel—The Florida Times Union, called the film “A Flat Out Triumph”.

Every performer starts somewhere and many of them started in their high school thespian troupe. “Thespians” is the story of 4 of those troupes as they embark on the incredible journey of preparing for the largest high school theatre festival in the world.

Meet the Production Team of Thespians

Monday, August 29th 5:15pm Screening followed by Q&A with
Warren Skeels (Director) Brenda Kolb (Producer) William Gaggins (Editor)

Tuesday, August 30th 5:15pm Screening followed Q&A with
Scott Borland (Composer) and Kyle Weeks (Music Producer)

For more information, please call 904.858.9889 or visit

Monday, August 22, 2011

Star of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Still a Bit Afraid!

The leading lady of the Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, admits she still likes to leave a light on when she goes to bed. Baliee Madison (Sally in the movie) admitted that although she does not like it to be too bright she definitely likes to be able to see her surroundings if she does wake up in the night!
Baliee Madison

   Who blames her! The 11-year old actress, 9 years old when they were filming, is surrounded by creepy, crawling blood-thirsty creatures named homunculi in the film. The creatures were actually edited into the movie using CGI but still scary none the less. The up and coming star has already been in one big name movie, Bridge to Tarabithia and has an upcoming role in the movie Cowgirls and Angels.

   Although the creatures are CGI, she thinks the average movie-goer is still going to be freaked out! If you want to see if YOU'RE still afraid of the dark go see the movie which premiers Friday, August 26th! 

Watch the Trailer at :

Source : Miami Herald, Entertainment

"Thespians" to open at 5- Point Theatre

-  Warren Skeels of Tigerlilymedia, makes his directorial debut with his first film, Thespians. The film follows over 7,000 Florida high school students in pursuit of achieving their dreams of being on Broadway. The film will be opening at the 5-points Theatre this Friday , August 26th through August 30th.

   Follow talented high school theatre troupes as they audition, rehearse, and compete in the the largest high school theatre festival in the world. Get inside the inspiring world of high school theatre and witness the impact that this art form and the Thespians organization has had on the students’ lives. Matt Soergel of the Florida Times Union deems it, " A Flat Out Triumph!". Watch as the students put everything they have on the line for their once in a life time chance to make it to the top.

Admission Price: $8.50, $7.50 with senior, high school or military ID.

For more information on movie times visit:
  or visit the official Thespians website at:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Getting A Job! A Two Hour Crash Course

-Want the keys to success? Are you about to graduate college with a TV, Film or Digital Media degree? Then you want to sign up for a two hour crash course with film legend Jerry Smith.
The two hour course will open the door for a job in any mass media degree.

Who: Jerry Smith, Film director for Travel Channel and Six time Emmy-winning producer.

What: Learn the "Six R's" of getting a job, which job is best for you and other important tips and tricks!

Where: UNF University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville Fl.

When: One Day Only! Tuesday, August 16th. from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

and Why should you attend? So you can have hands on experience and be prepared to dive head first into a Digital Media career.

Space is limited so Register today. It's only $19.99!

Visit  for more information and to register, Or call (904) 620-4808.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Joey Travolta Gives Autistic Children A Voice Through Film

   - At the HEAL Film Camp held at the University of North Florida, 50 children ages 10 to 17 worked closely with Joey Travolta, John Travolta's brother,and his team to create a 30-minute short film. HEAL (Healing Every Autistic Life), is a local organization for children and families with autistic children. Through an application process, HEAL selects the 50 children, 30 whom have autism, to attend the camp each year. The other 20 campers are siblings of the autistic children.
     "Children with autism think  pictures and film making are moving pictures," said Travolta. "So it's natural that they take to this, it gives them a voice." Not only does it give them a voice, the film camp gives them something to do for two weeks straight as opposed to possibly not having the same opportunities their siblings might have. The HEAL Film Camp was started four years ago, when Karen Sadler of FilmLab Productions approached Travolta about starting a film camp in Jacksonville for autistic children. Not only does the camp give the campers a creative outlet, it also provides them a chance to see their siblings in a new light and bring them together to work towards a bigger goal. Every step of the production process provides the campers with building blocks to a better life, from the actual filming right down to the catering.The campers, their siblings and everyone else who participated in the 30-minute short film will be able to see the finished product in the fall, in a film screening being held at the university.

 To learn more about the HEAL program visit:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Win Passes to the Advance Screening of "Don't be Afraid of the Dark"

- Want to go see a SCARY movie for free? All you have to do is email by August 19th at Noon! Make sure you type "FILM JAX" in the subject line and you will have a chance to go see the next up and coming horror film by Guillermo del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro presents DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, a horror film starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison, directed by Troy Nixey. Based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro believes is the scariest TV production ever made, the story follows Sally (Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the house, Sally starts to hear voices coming from creatures in the basement whose hidden agenda is to claim her as one of their own. Akin to del Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK focuses on a young girl’s struggle against menacing and terrifying forces.

The pass is good for two complimentary admissions to the August 23rd Jacksonville advance screening. Passes are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis.

TO WIN A PASS, EMAIL: by August 19 at Noon. Be sure to include: FILM JAX in the subject line and your first & last name, daytime phone and email in the body of the email.

IN THEATERS AUGUST 26. Rated R. View the trailer at

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Author Brenda Jackson is "Truly" Making History

    Five Alive Films is proud to announce its first feature film premiere, Truly Everlasting, based on a short story written by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Brenda Jackson. The movie premiere will be held at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Doors will open at 5pm. The event will include red carpet entry, an opening reception, premiere of the movie and an after-party and catering by Chef Andre. Tickets for the event went on sale June 15, 2011 and are available at the Florida Theatre and Ticketmaster. A portion of proceeds to benefit the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University.
   In 2002, one of Jackson's books was selected for a made-for-television movie by a major television network. However, the project left her readers disheartened, because it strayed away from the original storyline. She then decided the next time a book about her beloved Madaris Family was made into a movie she would do it herself. "I wanted the movie adaptation to be as close to the actual book as possible. My loyal Madaris readers deserved that," said Jackson. In order to accomplish her goal, she became the sole investor and used her and her husband's retirement funds to produce her first feature film, Truly Everlasting, directed by her son, Gerald Jackson, Jr. Jackson is the first African American romance author to fully finance and produce a feature-film based on one of her novels; and use a close family member "her son" - to not only write the script, but to also bring her story, Truly Everlasting, to light as the director. 
    Director, Gerald Jackson, Jr., owner of Five Alive Films, has produced several successful book trailers for Brenda Jackson in the past. The first trailer for her book, Solid Soul, was so successful resulted in the title's second printing. Afterward, Mrs. Jackson returned to Five Alive Films to promote her fiftieth romance novel - Slow Burn and has since worked with the company for the trailers for Tall, Dark Westmoreland and Intimate Seduction. When she commissioned Five Alive Films to direct Truly Everlasting, she knew that the company would be a great fit for both her readers vision and her's.
    But fulfilling her readers vision of the novel is not the only feat that she has accomplished.Jackson's movie project has also created many job opportunities in the local market for some of the most talented professionals in the Jacksonville area. As well as creating internships for students from several colleges in North Carolina,New York, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida, Jacksonville Art Institute and FullSail in Orlando. 

   To read more about Brenda Jackson and her accomplishments, visit