Monday, October 31, 2011

Jax Film Fest Winners '11!

And The Best Narrative feature award goes to...... "Kinyarwanda."

The 2011 Film Festival was held October 13-16th.
Moviegoers gave the Audience Award to Christy Cashman's New Age comedy, "Sunny Side Up," starring Cashman and Parker Posey. Cashman, who helped produce "The Kids Are All Right," was in town for the festival, and spoke at the Women in Filmmaking event Sunday.

Five Alive Films Premiers Truly Everlasting!

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. On Saturday, November 5th, Truly Everlasting will make its movie premiere at The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville.Doors will open at 5pm. The event will include red carpet entry, an opening reception, premiere of the movie, and an after-party with a DJ. The event will also be catered by Chef Andre.A portion of proceeds will benefit the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University.

As the holidays settle in around Houston, Texas, young Austin has but one wish- A father for Christmas. When his mother, Felicia Madaris, learns of his wish, she turns to childhood rival turned family friend, Trask Maxwell, to help fulfill her young son’s wish. But soon, Felicia realizes that its not just Austin’s Christmas wish that's coming true…

Tickets are available at The Florida Theatre or through Ticketmaster.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FIVE ALIVE FILMS at:

Also, you can follow Five Alive Films on  Facebook!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

5 Points Theatre Short Film Fest Today!

    - Some of tonight's featured shorts are: The Williams Chronicles by Team Grab Bag; Botched by Team Best Friends (Winner of 2011 Savannah 48 Hour Film Project); Kar Karma, a new short comedy directed by Marc Boese; Nott, short documentary directed by Carolyn Lopez; Kid, short musical starring Rick Colado; Floored by Team Be Squared; The Punishables by Billy Ward and Team Yeeaarrhh; and Ich Liebe Mein Bruder, a new short horror/sci-fi/comedy directed by Billy Ward.

    Sharon Y. Cobb will be selling and signing her new book False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter, ($12.99 + tax) from 6:00-6:30 and 8:00-8:30 p.m. The Jacksonville Rugby League Axemen's Axe Maidens will be there with raffle tickets ($1) for special prizes. The 5 Points Theatre will sell beer, wine, sodas, popcorn, pizza and other concessions throughout the evening.

Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Admission : $5
Five Points Theatre, 1022 Park Street, Jacksonville.

Visit the 5 points Theatre Web site for more information on the event : 5 Points Theatre.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pre-Broadway Showcase of: Surviving Mommie Dearest

Surviving Mommie DearestSURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST, is a new one woman multi-media show written by and starring Christina Crawford, based on two of her best-selling books, Mommie Dearest and Survivor.
The two-act play will feature long-forgotten home movies, historical archival photos, pictures from private collections, film clips and video interviews of both Joan and Christina Crawford. The play covers almost 100 years of entertainment and show biz history. Ms. Crawford appears both on film and on stage.

The play is produced by Jacksonville businessman Jerry Rosenberg, owner of the Metro Night Club, and directed by award winning New York filmmaker Eric Marciano, of American Montage Films. The musical supervisor is singer-composer and American Songbook oficionado, George Bugatti. This is a pre-broadway showcase.

Mon. 10/24/11 at 7:30pm
Tues. 10/25/11 at 7:30pm

Price: $35 plus tax. You can purchase tickets at the 5 Points Theatre site below:

The 11th Annual Film and Television Industry Reception Video

Thank you to Eric Torres of CollabCreation Films Films for  producing this video for the reception.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Easy Edit Video Job Opening

Easy Edit Video currently has an opening for a fulltime DUPLICATION TEC.
A copy of the job description is listed below. If you are interested in this position, or know of someone who may be qualified, please forward your resume to my attention. Also briefly tell me what you are currently doing and your salary  requirements.

Easy Edit Video is a full service video and digital production, post production and all-formats duplication company
serving both business/corporate and consumer clients. Easy Edit Video is northeast Florida‘s largest DVD and
videotape duplication center. Serving Jacksonville for more than 18 years, we are locally owned and operated.
JOB DESCRIPTION:1. Operate DVD & videotape duplication system. This includes:
 loading DVDs and tapes
cuing tapes to their appropriate starting point
selecting proper player and source machines for each job
programming router
monitoring every order to insure it is running properly
evaluate media content for continual quality control and improvement
2. Design, create and print DVD & videotape labels.
3. Assemble final job to include DVD/tape, case, and label.
4. Compete all invoices and production orders with details and information regarding services requested and performed.
 Also note changes.5. Establish priorities and proactively communicate all errors and discrepancies to supervisor;
6. Proactively communicate and coordinate with other departments and facilities to manage workflow, organize customer
 priorities or resolve problems as they arise.
7. Assist the Production Administrator at the front counter. This includes answering phones, providing information,
quoting rates, taking in customers’ orders, responding to client inquiries, returning orders to customers, collecting
on invoices.
8. Assist the +Production Administrator with projects including, but not limited to, tape inventory and ordering, facility
 maintenance, and tape library.
9. Trains employees on equipment or procedures when necessary
10. Other assigned tasks.
SPECIFIC SKILLS AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE:Strong TV production and technical skills.

Successful candidate will be highly motivated and extremely detail oriented, with superior organizational and
communication skills.
Great customer service attitude a must.

Position requires the ability to shift priorities quickly to changing circumstances, remaining flexible, calm and focused
 while multi-tasking at a very fast pace.

Hours are Monday-Friday 9-6pm. Full time

If interested please send an e-mail to: (, or 
fax or deliver your resume along with a brief cover letter.

Five Alive Films Presents: Brends Jackson's Truly Everlasting

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 Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, November 5th. Doors will open at 5pm. The event will include red carpet entry, an opening reception, premiere of the movie and an after-party with a DJ and catered by Chef Andre.

Tickets for the event went on sale June 15th and are available at: The Florida Theatre or through Ticketmaster. A portion of proceeds to benefit the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University.

Date: November 5, 2011
Where: Florida Theatre
Time: 5:00PM

For further information of Truly Everlasting please visit :

Also you can follow Five Alive Films of Facebook! Join the group at :!/group.php?gid=155265854497793

The Return of ZAAT!

Don Barton, Producer of the 1971 cult creature feature ZAAT, is finally ready to make the sequel fans have been asking him about for years. He will make the formal announcement and unveil preliminary plans at the ZAAT 40th Anniversary celebration at the Five Points Theatre this Sunday, October 23, at 7:30PM. It will follow the showing of the original ZAAT movie which was filmed entirely in and around Jacksonville.

 The Jacksonville based film producer, is not divulging any details except for the title, DARN MONSTER. According to Barton, a “ short video will show where we’re headed with the fun story”. Tickets are available online all this week on the Five Points Theatre website at

For up to the minute information on all things ZAAT, visit and follow us on Facebook at ZAAT movie. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

As in all areas of invention and innovation, it is important to review the past, understand the theory and practices, and examine the successes and failures before designing the future. The course provides a comprehensive look at the creative and technological history of Visual Effects (VFX) and Computer Graphics Imaging (CGI) utilized by the screen industry.

What You Will Learn

  • Manage, plan and budget VFX/CGI for your project
  • Understand how VFX influences the film making process

Who Should Attend

Independent filmmakers interested in the theory and practical application of VFX and CGI in the film industry

One session only!

Saturday October 22, 2011
9 a.m-1 p.m
UNF Universtiy Center (Building 43)
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville,FL 32224

Registration- $99

Make it or Break it! The Jax Film Festival's Pitch Compettition

The Jax Film Fest’s Pitch Competition, which gave eight screenwriters five minutes to pitch their plots to a panel of seven movie-industry pros.The pros, in return, gave tips to the writers about how they could do better the next time, should they ever find themselves in front of someone who might have the money and interest to turn their pages into a movie. The evenings story lines ranged from cops to zombies and everything in between!

The industry professionals — filmmakers, a film buyer and an entertainment lawyer — voted on the best pitches, as did an attentive audience of about 40. The results were announced late Sunday at the festival’s awards ceremony.

This year's festival began on Thursday, October 13 and ran through the16th. Opening night began with a screening of the rip-roaring Wild Horse, Wild Ride. Saturday Night's Gala included an exclusive look into the life of pin-up girl Betty Page in a documentary entitled Betty Page Reveals All. The screening was followed by a burlesque themed after party where guest danced the night away with music from DJ Sketchy. The festivities were brought to a close with a screening of the film, Kinyarwanda and a Q&A with rising star award recipient, Cassandra Freeman.

Read more about the pitch contest at : 
or view trailers for all the films at :

Friday, October 14, 2011

Closing Night of the Jax Film Festival: Kinyarwanda

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the Imams who opened their doors to give refuge to the Tutsi and to those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

With an amalgamation of characters we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few. We follow the young lovers, the child, the couple, the soldiers, the Imam, and the priest as they are swept up by the chaos of the world around them.

-Directed by Alrick Brown
Date and Time information-

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Screening begins at 6 the AT&T Tower Theatre

Join Cassandra Freeman, the Jax Film Fest 2011 Rising Star Award Recipient for a Q&A afterward.

Purchase your tickets here: Kinyarwanda

West Side Story Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Saturday, October 15th | 8 P.M. | The Florida Theatre
7:30 P.M. -Red Carpet
8:00 P.M. -Screening of West Side Story
Tickets: $10 (film only) $30 (film and Broadway Gala)

This year is the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical “West Side Story”, and the festival will pay tribute to this classic film and many other favorites. This special evening will include live performances numbers by young and up coming triple threat talent and also current Broadway stars like Billy Porter and Jacksonville’s own James Kenny. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Jax Film Fest will host a Saturday night Gala complete with a costume contest (with great prizes!) celebrating your favorite musical character, music, food and an all star performance from members of Broadway Dreams.

To get the latest  information on the festivals events visit Jax Film Festival.

Bettie Page Reveals All!

With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past. In this inside story of the world’s greatest pinup model, Page herself recounts how her unabashed sexual expression and sexually provocative fetish poses set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution and ushered in a new era in fashion.

Unlike any other person, Bettie Page’s life embodies the American conflict between sexual freedom and sexual repression, between censorship and freedom of expression, between the unacceptable and the celebrated.

Date: Friday, October 14, 2011

Where: 5 Points Theatre

When: Red Carpet begins at 6:30 P.M followed by the 7:00 P.M Screening followed by a Q&A session with director Mark Mori.

Tickets only cost $10!! Purchase them here: Bettie Page Reveals All

Burlesque After Party with Dr. Sketchy!
Following the eye-opening documentary ‘Bettie Page Reveals All!’ pop on over to The Cummer Museum to continue the subversion! Featuring the musical stylings of Mamablue with her inimitable speakeasy style, ‘Sketchy Night at the Cummer’ will be a throwback to a more bohemian time, a time of speakeasies and art salons, of absinthe and opium!

Dr. Sketchy has selected six pieces from the Cummer’s ‘50 Favorites for the Fiftieth’ – works that caused scandal and infamy in their own time – to reproduce, as living, stripping portraits. Our models will organically move through poses, losing costume pieces until they are posing in pasties and panties for the crowd! Your hosts for the night, Anita Nightcap, Belladonna Knightshade, and Edward Mourningwood will offer facts about the pieces, joke with the crowd, and encourage you, our guests to sketch (art supplies provided!) to win fabulous prizes.

Tickets for the after party are only $20, or $25 to view the film and attend the after party. They can be purchased at : Bettie Page Reveals All and Berlesque After Party

Don't Forget to follow up with the Film Fest's most current events here : REEL LIFE

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Opening Night for the Jax Film Fest is Tomorrow!

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and come on down to San Marco to enjoy a rip-roaring, heel–kicking, bang-up good time! The 2011 Jax Film Fest is opening with Wild Horses, Wild Ride on Thursday, October 13th at 7:30. Fetch your family and bring ‘em all out for this rousing shindig. Come early, so you don’t miss the hoedown from 5:30PM to 7:15PM where DJ, James Bell, will be playing Country tunes and we’ll be givin’ away door prizes and raffle prizes donated by Horse and Kennel Warehouse.

Tickets start at only $15, that includes the reception, screening and a follow-up Q&A with Alexandra Dawson and special guest, Yeeehaw!

For more information on the opening night's events, skedaddle right on over to :

Official Website for Wild Horses,Wild Ride: /pages/Wild-Horse-Wild-Ride/162584703787314

Or for dates,times and locations of all the festivals events visit :

The 2nd Annual Kids Red Carpet This Saturday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The 2011 Jax Film Fest Presents :

Thursday October 13, 2011

San Marco
Opening Night – Wild Horse Wild Ride 7:30-10 p.m.

Friday October 14, 2011
At 5 points Theater
Bettie page Reveals All and Burlesque After Party at Cummer 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday October 15, 2011
West Side Story (50th anniversary) & Broadway Gala @ Deep Blue at Landing 8-10:00 p.m.

Florida Theater
Kids Red Carpet (free at Florida Theater - age appropriate for 6-12)  2-4:30 p.m.

Sunny Side Up World Premiere (starring Parker Posey & Christy cashman) 

Sunday October 16, 2011 

AT&T Auditorium
Closing Night – Kinyarwanda at AT&T Tower Theater 6-8:00 p.m.


There are many more events to look forward to! And with all access passes start at only $99 it's easy to attend them all!

For more information or to donate to the Jax Film Fest please visit:
Event are subject to change and you should visit the website for the latest news.

Big Changes for the Jacksonville Film Festival

The Jax Film Fest has made some changes! Executive director, Warren Skeels promises that this name change among other changes will bring a fresh, fun  vibe to the festival.

The new, catchier name, a little fresher and hipper perhaps, suits the festival's - that is, the fest's - downtown and close-in venues .And it emphasizes the feel organizers are going for this year.

"Honestly, as far as the film festivals go, this one is going to be the most fun in a while," he said.

For evidence of that, he pointed to Friday's documentary on Bettie Page, pinup queen of the '50s, from Jacksonville native Mark Mori, and the burlesque party at the Cummer Gallery of Art & Gardens following that.Then, there's a free kids movie Saturday at the Florida Theatre and a showing of "West Side Story" there later that night, with a Broadway-themed party at the Landing going until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Mori is not the only local connection: Cassandra Freeman, a one-time Douglas Anderson School of the Arts student, will be at the fest with her new film, "Kinyarwanda," set in Rwanda.

But it's not all about movies! Here's a run down of some other workshops that you can be apart of!

The Art of the Pitch:  4 p.m. Friday, Theatre Jacksonville.

Screenwriting workshop: 10 a.m. Friday, The Cummer
Independent Film and the Law:  12:30 p.m. Friday, The Cummer.

Burlesque Party with Dr. Sketchy:  8 p.m. Friday, The Cummer.

Coffee and Filmmaking : (meet the film professionals), 10 a.m. Saturday, MOCA.

Pitch Competition noon Saturday, MOCA.

Microbudget Filmmaking:  3 p.m. Saturday, MOCA.

Women in Filmmaking: with Christy Scott Cashman, an executive producer of "The Kids Are All Right" and star of "Sunny Side Up," 11 a.m. Sunday, The Cummer.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011 Jax Film Fest is NEXT WEEK! (Oct. 13 - 16)

Jax Film Fest: Films Parties Events & Schedule
October 13 - 16, 2011 |

A complete list of all the feature and short films of the festival as well as our conference events and schedule are available now. SHOW ME THE FILMS!

All Access Passes only $99 this year!
The Jacksonville Film Festival has exciting volunteer opportunities for the upcoming 9th annual festival taking place on Oct 13-16 2011. We will be filling staffing needs for production team, screenings, parties, workshops and events. Positions range in time commitment and intensity from intern level administrative and coordinating duties to film screening staff shifts.

We are seeking reliable, enthusiastic, friendly folks who love film, though previous experience in film or production is not necessary. We will work together to find a good fit for your experience, skills and interests and provide and opportunity that can fit the time you have to offer.
All positions are unpaid, however the festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can complete any service learning or hours tracking documentation necessary. Volunteers will receive screening passes commensurate with service time and commitment.
All volunteers are welcome to apply- the positions are not limited to students. Previous volunteers – we welcome you back!!!!

Please feel free to disseminate widely as positions are being filled immediately. Contact or call 904-858-9889 for more information.

“Banked Blood” The Charles Drew Story

“Banked Blood” The Charles Drew Story
From Award winning Director Kathleen "Bo" Bobak

This film is dedicated to all whose reach knows no bounds. And to all who have ever donated blood, the Gift of Life. An inspirational story of scientific discovery, great accomplishments, and finding your true calling. Set under the shadow of racial inequality in the late 1930's, Banked Blood is the true story of an African American Surgeon who lived by the mantra, “Be so excellent you can’t be ignored."

Toolbox Film, will be filming “Banked Blood” in Jacksonville.


Check out the the Times Union article here:
Jacksonville film highlights African-American doctor's blood transfusions breakthrough

Charles Drew was an African-American doctor who unlocked the secrets of collecting and preserving blood just in time to save thousands in World War II. Now his discovery, how it saved lives on Europe's battlefields and the segregation he faced will be made into an independent film in Jacksonville.

Check out the Action News Articles here:
Filmmaker plans to make movie in Jacksonville

You can listen to Mondays interview at the 44.25 mark During "First Coast Connect"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Return of ZAAT!

You can’t keep a bad monster down and Jacksonville’s favorite walking catfish creature is returning to a theater near you!  2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the cult classic horror movie, ZAAT which was filmed entirely in and around Jacksonville, Florida.  In a tale that could only be told in the Sunshine State, a mad scientist turns himself into a human/catfish hybrid monster and threatens to destroy the entire tourism industry by polluting the waters with his radioactive formula. 

To celebrate this milestone event in true cult movie style, there will be a screening of the film at the historic Five Points Theater on Sunday, October 23.  The doors open at 7PM and the movie will start at 7:30PM.  This is a single showing limited to 200 seats and all tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Admission is only $10, $8 for seniors.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.  Please arrive early for the best seating selection.

On hand for the blood red carpet treatment will be ZAAT’s Producer/Director Don Barton, actors Paul Galloway (Sheriff Lou Krantz) and Rich Valliere (Deputy Dale), Jamie DeFrates (original score), and Ron Kivett (writer and creator of the ZAAT monster).  Other cast, crew members, and special guests will be added as they become available.  A collection of ZAAT memorabilia including the creature costume will be on display in the theater lobby and merchandise will be available for purchase.  There will be a meet and greet with the cast and crew following the film.

ZAAT enjoyed a successful theatrical run in the 1970’s thanks to the help of Clark Distributors of Jacksonville and the film developed a dedicated fan base.  In recent years it was featured as an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and was shown on Turner Classic Movies to hundreds of thousands of horror film buffs the night before Halloween.

Come with the whole family to the Five Points Theater on Sunday, October 23 for an evening of fun and surprises for and help celebrate the anniversary of a local cult classic. 
                                    ZAAT looks forward to seeing you there!

For up to the minute information and any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at (904) 880-4281 or visit and follow us on Facebook at ZAAT  Movie.

For theater information or to purchase tickets online, please visit the Five Points Theater website at

Watch the trailer for ZAAT Here.