Tuesday, June 18, 2013

48 Hour Project Premiere Screenings

Date: June 18 - 20, 2013

Time: 7pm

Place: The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street

Tickets: $15 adults / $10 students or buy all three nights at $35 adult / $20 students

A Tribute to Don Barton 1930-2013

Click the link below, then scroll down to watch a video on the Tribute to Don Barton:

A Tribute to Don Barton

Don Barton 1930-2013: creator of 'Zaat,' a cult classic from Northeast Florida, dies at 83

JON M. FLETCHER / The Times-Union

Don Barton, who made "Zaat" in the early 1970s, kept the original creature costume in his garage.
By Matt Soergel

Don Barton brought “Zaat” to life in the early 1970s, and while the movie about a giant radioactive walking catfish-human monster was quiet for decades, it never really went away.

Decades later it found new life as a cult classic, and even played again Saturday night at the 75th-anniversary celebrations for Marineland, where scenes were filmed.

Mr. Barton was scheduled to speak at that screening: He loved to talk about his monster. However, he died that morning of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his son, John Barton. He was 83.

Mr. Barton, a Jacksonville native, accomplished many things in his life, including raising nine children with his wife, Shirley, to whom he had been married for 57 years. But many knew him best as director of “Zaat,” a modestly budgeted horror movie filmed, mostly in first takes, over one month in Northeast Florida. That’s where a terrible aquatic creature wreaked havoc among good old boys, hippies and bikini-clad young women alike.

In 1970, Mr. Barton owned a company, Barton Films, which was doing well with commercials and training films. But he got an itch to make a full-length feature. After seeing a National Geographic article about walking catfish, “Zaat” was born.

The 1971 creature-feature played for a while at drive-ins and movie houses, mostly in the Southeast. It was bootlegged and retitled several times, and Barton learned hard lessons about the cutthroat movie business. It had a renaissance, though, after being mocked in 1999 on TV’s “Mystery Science Theatre 3000,” which featured science-fiction movies generally thought of as bad. By June 2001, “Zaat” made it to theaters again, playing to two packed auditoriums at the now-gone St. Johns 8 Theater on the Westside.

That came after horror fan Ed Tucker, a “Zaat” lover since he was 6, reached out to Mr. Barton and eventually helped him re-release the film on DVD. “There’s no other movie like it,” Tucker said Monday. “Just the fact that you’ve got so much monster on screen, and the fact that it’s a 1950s movie done, in color, in the 1970s.”

The film went on to numerous other screenings attended by Mr. Barton and fans of his 7-foot tall killer catfish, as well as two appearances nationally on Turner Classic Movies.

Mr. Barton, in a 2009 interview, said that after “Zaat’s” theatrical run he thought it would never be talked about again. He was, happily, wrong. And in recent years he had been trying to put together a sequel to introduce the watery monster to a new generation.

“He enjoyed the limelight — he never turned down a microphone, as far as I remember,” said John Barton, laughing. “He enjoyed the people who enjoyed the movie. It gave him great joy.”

In 2009, artist R. Land, a Jacksonville native and lifelong fan of “Zaat,” invited Barton to a screening of his movie in Atlanta, where a neighboring restaurant served catfish dinners for all.

“It was just a beautiful thing when Don got up and talked.” Land said Monday. “The crowd was really into it, the theater was full, the print looked great, and afterward he was signing autographs and DVDs. Don had fun.”

Mr. Barton was a co-founder of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association and won several awards for documentaries. In 1984, he became vice president of marketing at what’s now St. Vincent’s HealthCare, and later served on the hospital’s executive board.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Barton is survived by sons John, Michael, Mark and Paul, all of Jacksonville; daughters Elizabeth Till, Anne Petty and Catherine Sanneman of Jacksonville, Mary Ellen Sanchez of Savannah, Ga., and Teresa Campbell of Brookings, Ore.; 23 grandchildren; his brothers Quinn and Thomas of Jacksonville, and James of Charlotte, N.C.; and sister Beverly Kolodinski of Jacksonville.

A vigil service will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 1773 Blanding Blvd. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. June 18 at St. Matthew’s.

Read more at Jacksonville.com

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Formerly KEMPS

How to Get Regular Work in TV and Film Production
by Paul Banks

Working in TV or film production as a freelancer isn’t always easy, with the majority of jobs based on short-term contracts. For any role – whether you’re a runner, AD, or producer – it’s crucial you know the best ways to remain in regular employment.

To help you survive in this cut-throat industry and get that all important next job, here are our top 6 tips - so dust off that CV and take action, and if you’d like to share any of your own tips with us, get in touch via our Facebook page.


You need to have a wealth of contacts to survive in this industry. Most jobs come directly from people you know or word of mouth, rather than job sites you’d use in a 'normal' career. The more contacts you have, the more chances you'll get to land your next job. So when you’re working on a production or you’re at a party, make sure you meet as many people as possible.


Although nobody wants a world where working for nothing is the industry standard, don’t be afraid to take the occasional job which may just cover your expenses. If you’re starting out in the TV or film business, there will be plenty of people in the same boat and, if the project is particularly interesting or unusual, or has a director attached you particularly admire, it will be really good experience for you and look great on your CV.


Broaden your skillset as much as you can. The TV and film industry is very competitive, so you need to stand out from the crowd. Being multi-skilled can help you do that. Having an understanding of the latest technologies and learning how to shoot, edit, cast and write scripts are just some of the skills that will help you become more employable.


Enhance your online presence. The best thing about this is that it costs nothing. Get yourself on IMDb - even if you only have a couple of credits. Create a LinkedIn profile. Set up your own website (Wordpress is one of many free sites you can use) and upload your credits with your contact details, always making it clear what it is you do – think of yourself as a brand. The more chance people have to find you, the better chance you have of getting a job.


This is a controversial one, but try to stay with a production company for as long you can. It may sound tempting to leave at the end of your contract to join another production for the variety and the opportunity to meet new people, but remaining loyal to a company can reap rewards. Do be aware though to continue to network, market yourself and develop your skills while you’re employed. You never know when it’s going to end.


It may sound obvious, but if you’re going for a job at a particular production company, research all their output. What kind of productions do they specialise in? Do they sell their catalogue abroad? Do they work with the same directors on different projects? You need to be well-informed, and show that you’re committed to that company and their slate. Similarly, make sure you know as much as you can about the professional background of individuals you’re working with.



Thursday, June 6, 2013



The Jacksonville Film and Television Office is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Achievement Award and Rising Star Award.These awards recognize individuals who have made achievements in production-related careers, resulting in a positive impact on the local film and television industry.

“Jacksonville is fortunate to have numerous talented professionals who work locally in the film and television industry,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “I encourage the public to submit applications and recognize individuals for their achievements in the production sector, which is a valuable economic driver for our city.”

Nominees should excel in their specific area of expertise, serve as a positive and inspiring role model, and enhance our production community with their professionalism and decades of personal knowledge and accomplishments. This prestigious achievement award will be presented at the annual film industry reception on September 5.

Nominations are due Friday, June 21.  To nominate an industry professional, click on the links below:
Industry Achievement Award
Rising Star Award

The Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Jacksonville on the weekend of June 14-16, 2013.  Filmmakers from all over the Jacksonville area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.  The winning film will go up against films from around the world. 

Enter today!  Space is limited.

This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Once the initial registration is complete, teams will be added to a waiting list. 

Regular registration is $160.  If teams register after Tuesday, June 11 they must pay a rate of $175. 

Register for the Jacksonville 48HFP now!

Jacksonville 48HFP Events


Date:  Friday, June 14
Time:  6:00pm - 7:00pm
Place:  The Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Drive

Date:  Sunday, June 16
Time:  6:30pm (by 7:30pm to be on time!)
Place:  The Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Drive

Premiere Screenings
Date:  June 18-20, 2013
Time:  TBD
Place:  The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street
Tickets:  TBD

Best Of Screening
Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time:  TBD
Place:  Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street

Jacksonville 48HFP Links

Email Chris Ackerman, Jacksonville Producer of the 48HFP

Click here for more info: http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/jacksonville/

Monday, June 3, 2013

Great News From Lindsey Films!

Lindsey Films Moves Into One of the “Coolest Office Spaces of 2013!”

Lindsey Films moved into new office space at 643 Edison Avenue, one block off Riverside Ave. in the bustling area of the Brooklyn neighborhood in Jacksonville. You may be familiar with the address as it is home base for Daryl Bunn Photography. The building, circa 1924, was personally restored by Daryl and features a contemporary creative space, photography studio and gallery including work by Bunn and other artists. "Our new space encourages creativity & client input with its comfortable & high style design," said Kent Lindsey. "Just a step beyond the glass door is the studio, available for shooting everything from close up product shots to on camera interviews and standups."

Voted one of the “Coolest Office Spaces of 2013” by the Jacksonville Business Journal, we encourage you to come by for a visit to see our new digs. Call 904-221-1993 or visit www.lindseyfilms.com.

Promotional Video for Regency Centers!

In Denver, Raleigh and LA! Lindsey Films recently traveled across the country to shoot a "Fresh Look" promotional video for Regency Centers, a Jacksonville based publicly owned company that owns and manages 348 centers totaling 46 million square feet nationwide. The 3 day shoot had us hopping planes and working through a late season snow storm! Russell Williams shot the project and directed along with client, Jan Hanak. Our friends at Crop provided the post production. Click on the this link to see the video!

And The Winner Is.....

We are bursting with pride to announce that the Jacksonville Legacy Series has been selected as a 2012 Telly Awards recipient! The Legacy Series was recognized for excellence as an educational series and also for the Dr. Fran Kinne episode.

Lindsey Films produces the series for Leadership Jacksonville. The show is dedicated to telling the stories of Jacksonville's legends and leaders. The 30-minute show can be seen on WJCT as well as on the Leadership Jacksonville website. In addition to the show, in-depth interviews can also be seen on the website by chapter according to subject matter.

"We are so fortunate to be able to tell the story of some of the most amazing people in our city, producer Pepper Lindsey said. In addition, we have the best production team anyone could ever ask for. Our synergistic approach to this project goes a long way to making it the quality program and educational web series that it is. We thank Leadership Jacksonville for championing, promoting and working with us on this project."

We are thrilled to be honored in the first year of this program and are looking forward to sharing more leaders and their stories in the years to come. Click this link to view the award-winning Dr. Fran Kinne episode, along with full versions of the Alton Yates and Fred Schultz episodes and indepth interviews.

Lindsey Films Looking for Interns!

Lindsey Films is looking for qualified interns to work with us this summer. Project duties range from assisting on our shoots, to editing on FCPX, running errands and whatever is needed. Requirements include a good working knowledge of social media, video and music files, the ability to lift shoot gear, have own transportation and a flexible work schedule. Production experience is a plus. Above all must be a team player, on time, trustworthy. This is not a paid position but can be used in exchange for school credit. Please send your resume and cover letter to Pepper@lindseyfilms.com