Thursday, October 5, 2017

Northeast Florida Screenwriters

 
 

Attention Northeast Florida Screenwriters:

 
A one-day crash course in screenwriting will be held at the University of North Florida
on Oct. 7th (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
 
 
Learn how the studios write a logline, how beatsheets can save you time in rewriting a first draft of your script and much more!
 
 
Click link for details and registration:
  
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kumar Pictures

 

 
With 75 years of combined experience in the film industry, Kumar Pictures’ team has an excellent reputation and is a very creative and forward-thinking Northeast Florida production company.”

Kumar’s specialty is aligning creative film strategies with the newest proven approaches to connect with audiences—Kumar creates bold, new ideas to promote its clients’ services and products.
               
Kumar’s Founder James Siler received a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Writing and Directing from the City College of New York (CCNY). CCNY in Manhattan is legendary for its alumni’s contributions to the arts and sciences; CCNY attendees include director Woody Allen, author Henry Miller, and General Colin Powell. James and Kumar Pictures have several movies listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)—the world’s most authoritative source of recognized film and television industry professionals (http://imdb.to/2vmjZ3I).

Jacksonville clients include Downtown Vision, Downtown Investment Authority, and the Child Cancer Fund at Nemours, Teach for America, and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. 

Locally-owned, independent, and community-oriented, Kumar Pictures is committed to showcasing the very best that Northeast Florida businesses have to offer and their leaderships’ inner passion and stories. Kumar goes the extra mile to translate what makes your business special into video media, making your brand pop for clients.

Kumar is a full-service media production company specializing in: Concept Design, Copywriting, High Definition Video Production and Post Production, Animation and Motion Graphics, and Post Project Celebrations.

Kumar assists businesses and non-profit’s with brand-building through storytelling and high-end production quality. For more information email James at Kumar Pictures james@kumarpictures.com or call or text him at 904-502-0265. To learn more about Kumar Pictures visit http://kumarpictures.com.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Siesta Key & Ortega River Rats


CONGRATULATIONS to Jacksonville's Warren Skeels, Co-Creator and Executive Producer and Lawrence Najem of Law Firm Ossi & Najem, Legal Counsel and Executive Producer of the new MTV series 'SIESTA KEY'. The series was filmed in and around Siesta Key.  Series airs Monday's on MTV @ 10pm, EST.

Duane A. Sikes Productions wrapped principal photography for its short film Ortega River Rats on June 26, 2017. The 20-minute film was written by Jacksonville resident and Writers Guild of America member Sharon Y. Cobb who will take the short to the 2017 American Film Market in Los Angeles to make a deal for a feature. The film’s story is based on Executive Producer Sikes’ idea of Ortega neighborhood kids searching for treasure of the 1930s gangster Machine Gun Kelly who reportedly hid out in Jacksonville.

The film was directed by Robert Henderson (Kruel) and produced by Grace Bryan and Cobb. The film was shot over five days in five locations: a historic Spanish-American War fort on Ft. Caroline Road; a private Black Creek property; the historic Ortega home rumored to be Machine Gun Kelly’s hideout; a former Edison Avenue veterinary office; and a former 1910 general store in Riverside now serving as an Airbnb.

The production employed over 35 local crew and 15 cast for five days. Starring were: Cooper Chapman, Auggie Pulliam, Evan Gray, Hailey Todd, Samuel Portugal, Daniel Forte, Dawn Crawford, Kenny Logsdon, Courtney Gardner, Chad Light, Grace Bryan, Mike Heath, Jr., Dean Phillippi, Sr., Victor Jones, and Gylphie, a Golden Doodle owned and trained by Lisa Fine.

 Ortega River Rats is a family adventure about four kids who must find the lost treasure of Machine Gun Kelly to save the life of their beloved dog. But when they break into the house where the gangster hid out in the 1930s, they unwittingly stumble into a time warp. They find the treasure just as Machine Gun Kelly finds them. Can their 21st Century smarts and technology help them find their way home in time to save themselves and their dog?
 


 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PRC Digital Media Honored


Three videos produced by PRC Digital Media have been honored by the Academy of
Interactive and Visual Arts at their 23rd Annual Communicator Awards.

Dream Home is the story of The Arc Jacksonville’s innovative program for the
independent living for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. The
Academy chose the video for an Award of Excellence, the top prize in the category of
Social Issues.

PRC also received an Award of Distinction (Silver) for their documentary, Troubled
Waters: Connections and Consequences which chronicles the damage being done to
the St. Johns River and the aquifer which supplies our drinking water. The program
aired on WJXT in November.

In the training category, a Silver for CSX Environmental Certification Training. This
marked the 22nd year PRC has produced this training which is used for all 17,000
operational employees and more than 300 of the railroad’s contracting companies.
Ray Hays, Producer and Writer for all three programs said, “The Arc story is one we told
with our heart, and the environment has always been a priority for us, so it is really
exciting that these three titles were recognized.”

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) is an assembly of leading professionals dedicated to recognizing the rapidly evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. A diverse group of 600+ members from all 50 states and 15 countries worldwide, the AIVA’s mission is to honor, promote and encourage creativity by providing a benchmark standard of excellence for evaluating media design, production and distribution. For more information, visit https://www.aiva.org/.

PRC Digital Media is a Jacksonville company producing video, training, commercials
and documentaries. Located in studios on Park Street, PRC has served clients since
1988.

Contact: Info@PRCdigital.com 904-354-1500

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Silent Sundays

The following was submitted by Rita Reagan with the Norman Studios Silent Sundays  

2017 Silent Sunday ~ A Méliès Medley July 16, 4pm, Hotel Indigo $5 donation includes complimentary popcorn Enjoy music by JU music professor Tony Steve A mesmerizing assortment of short silent films by French filmmaker and illusionist Georges Méliès, hailed as a pioneer in cinematic special effects and in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Check out Mitch Hemann’s fascinating blog.

October D r. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ~ Date TBA Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. John Barrymore stars in this 1920 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror story. November 12 Wings ~ A special Veteran’s Day screening of the iconic film starring Clara Bow. Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. It’s the first film to feature and accurately portray the work of wartime fighter pilots. Venue to be announced. 

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Heat and rain notwithstanding, Norman Studios is a happening place this summer. Tours, workdays, archiving, grant writing, planning… look for information about volunteering and coming attractions: 8/8 Event at Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Ball Park We are investigating alternative venues for new projects -- a silent film about baseball and the Race Film Series. Visit www.normanstudios.org or contact ritareagan@comcast.net for updates.

Norman Studios

Siesta Key

CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES to Jacksonville's Warren Skeels, Co-Creator and Executive Producer and Lawrence Najem of Law Firm Ossi & Najem, Legal Counsel and Executive Producer of the new MTV series 'SIESTA KEY'.
MTV's Summer Slate Includes 'Siesta Key'

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Ortega River Rats" Completes Principal Photography

Cast and crew of Duane A. Sikes Productions short film Ortega River Rats

Jacksonville, FL (July 5, 2017) — Duane A. Sikes Productions wrapped principal photography for its short film Ortega River Rats on June 26, 2017. The 20-minute film was written by Jacksonville resident and Writers Guild of America member Sharon Y. Cobb who will take the short to the 2017 American Film Market in Los Angeles to make a deal for a feature. The film’s story is based on Executive Producer Sikes’ idea of Ortega neighborhood kids searching for treasure of the 1930s gangster Machine Gun Kelly who reportedly hid out in Jacksonville.

The film was directed by Robert Henderson (Kruel) and produced by Grace Bryan and Cobb. The film was shot over five days in five locations: a historic Spanish-American War fort on Ft. Caroline Road; a private Black Creek property; the historic Ortega home rumored to be Machine Gun Kelly’s hideout; a former Edison Avenue veterinary office; and a former 1910 general store in Riverside now serving as an Airbnb.

The production employed over 35 crew members and required five days of local catering on location for the crew and a cast of 15. Starring were: Cooper Chapman, Auggie Pulliam, Evan Gray, Hailey Todd, Samuel Portugal, Daniel Forte, Dawn Crawford, Kenny Logsdon, Courtney Gardner, Chad Light, Grace Bryan, Mike Heath, Jr., Dean Phillippi, Sr., Victor Jones, and Gylphie, a Golden Doodle owned and trained by Lisa Fine.

Ortega River Rats is a family adventure about four kids who must find the lost treasure of Machine Gun Kelly to save the life of their beloved dog. But when they break into the house where the gangster hid out in the 1930s, they unwittingly stumble into a time warp. They find the treasure just as Machine Gun Kelly finds them. Can their 21st Century smarts and technology help them find their way home in time to save themselves and their dog? 

Evan Gray, Cooper Chapman and Auggie Pulliam in Ortega River Rats

Chad Light as Machine Gun Kelly and Grace Bryan as Mrs. Kelly in Ortega River Rats

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Replica TV Pilot

The cast and crew of the Jacksonville-based TV pilot Replica are excited to share the Replica teaser with you https://youtu.be/75orZVxeKVE


To learn  more about Replica, visit replica-pilot.com. To learn more about the Making of Replica TV pilot, please visit their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/replicatvshow/! @replicatvpilot

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LOL Jax Film Festival, 4pm Aug. 6, 2017

LOL Jax Film Festival, 4pm Aug. 6, 2017 at Sun-Ray Cinema
LOL Film Festival Submission Info:
- Local filmmakers only....
- Completed films made on or after August 1st, 2016
- Accepted films into festival will be determined by committee
- They have to be Funny!
- Submission deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.
Submit films, skits or film links to: LOLJAXFestival@gmail.com  
Tickets are now on sale!! You can buy tickets at the Sun-Ray Cinema ticket box office or online at:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nominations for Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Awards!!

Nominations are open for the Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Awards. Click this link  to nominate. Deadline for submissions is June 9, 2017. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

4th Annual WORLD ARTS FILM FESTIVAL , May 3 – 5, 2017 at WJCT Studios

The 4th Annual WORLD ARTS FILM FESTIVAL , will take place May 3 – 5, 2017 at WJCT Studios, The festival will span 3 Days, show over 100 Short Films, Panels, Workshops, Industry Guests, Art Exhibits, Reception & Awards.

For more information visit  www.artsfilmfestival.org

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Collective Con

CollectiveCon March 24 – 26, 2017 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium
For tickets and information, visit http://collectivecon.com/index.html 

HOLlywoodLAND CASTING
in Association with Three Amigos Casting
Show 1:

Food Network is conducting a nationwide search.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Home Cooks, Food Bloggers, Professional Chefs, Restaurant Owners, Food Network Fanatics, people who love food and eating.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
We are looking to make someone’s dream show into a reality. If you are an energetic personality with a passion for exploring and are ready to travel while sharing the whole world of food with an audience, APPLY!
MUST be 18 and over to apply.
Application submission DEADLINE: Friday April 14th 12:00 PM (PST).
Show 2: 
HGTV is looking for outgoing families who are passionate about their search for a new home and want to share their experience on Television.

This series takes viewers behind the scenes as the whole family decides which home is best.

We're looking for fun personalities and interesting stories. Ideal candidates should have children between the ages of 7 and 16.  If your kids are excited and opinionated about your move, we want to meet you!

We are currently casting in the DENVER, SO CAL, ATLANTA and NASHVILLE areas!

If you're interested in appearing on the show or know someone who fits the above description, APPLY!




Monday, February 27, 2017

CASTING CALL: FOX's New Gordon Ramsay Show Seeking Families of 4 HOME COOKS Ages 10+!

Now Casting Gordon Ramsay's New Show "The F Word" on FOX looking for TEAMS of FOUR who LOVE TO COOK and want to compete for CASH!

FAMILY: (siblings, parents, in-laws, cousins, spouses, grandparents, children 10+, etc.) 


FRIENDS: (Shared Hobby, Childhood Friends, Frat/Sorority, etc.)

CO-WORKERS: (Teachers, Fire Dept., Police, Military, Sports, Medical Field, etc.)

This list is NOT extensive, we’re looking for all different families and teams!

Why do you four deserve a chance to be on the hottest new show on FOX this Summer competing for CASH?!

If you'd like to see what you're getting into, watch clips of the UK F word here: www.youtube.com/user/theFword

Feel free to share this with anyone you might think would be interested in this opportunity!

Apply Today at www.TheFWordCasting.com and please add “Kristen” in field 43, “How did you hear.."



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Norman Studios Presents "Race Film: A Voice of Hope Against Discrimination"

Norman Studios screens The Flying Ace at MOSH, hosts 2 day anti-discrimination event
In cooperation with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, and as a follow up to the recent MOSH exhibit, Anne Frank: Voices of Hope, the Norman Studios hosts a two-day event, Race Film: A Voice of Hope Against Discrimination. Via graphic design displays, films and two keynote speakers, we’ll illustrate how casual discrimination and stereotyping can lead to racial and religious persecution, if not opposed vigorously.
Held at the Norman Studios property in historic Old Arlington, where late silent filmmaker helped to break racial barriers in the film industry a century ago, Race Film: A Voice of Hope Against Discrimination runs Feb. 25-26, noon-4pm. The property is located at 6337 Arlington Road, with entry at the gate on Westdale Drive.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mitch Hemann
Norman Studios Archivist and Board of Directors Member, Musician
Einstein and Dubois: Crossing the Color Line
Mr. Hemann will use visual images to demonstrate the inspirational connections between Albert Einstein and W.E.B. Dubois, two giants of history who fought tirelessly against racism.
Frank Goodin
UNF Professor and Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker 
The Deafening Silence of
Century-Old Race Film
Mr. Goodin’s interactive program will examine the power and impact of America’s Race Film era, and how Jacksonville can use the lessons of that era to lead a modern cultural renaissance. He encourages audience interaction.
Admission for adults is a $5 donation to benefit the Norman Studios’s Reunification Fund. Tickets can be purchased at the door, cash or credit. Children are admitted free of charge.
Refreshments are available via The Blu Claw Food Truck and Not Your
Daddy’s Ribs.
Restrooms onsite. Please note that the four city-owned buildings that make up the Norman Studios complex lack climate control, so please dress accordingly.
Contact Rita Reagan at 904-716-0706 or ritareagan@comcast.net for more information.

Do you have materials you’d like to donate?

The Norman Studios would greatly appreciate contributions of pictures, posters, news articles, books, magazines, films, etc. that illustrate the aspirations of people and the discrimination they often face to reach their potential. Donated materials will become part of the Norman Studios archives and will be used for interpretive displays.


SEE THE FLYING ACE AT MOSH!

MOSH After Dark screens Richard Norman’s 1926 aviation thriller, The Flying Ace in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium Thursday, February 23, 6-9pm, along with a presentation by representatives of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum.
While you’re there, make sure to visit MOSH’s “The Reel Hollywood: Jacksonville’s Film History” exhibit, featuring several artifacts from the Norman Studios and the River City’s heyday as the Winter Film Capital of the World.
This event is for adults only. Admission is $25 and includes refreshments. MOSH members enjoy 20 percent off ticket price.




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Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcoming Film Events

St. Augustine Film Festival 
Thursday, 1-19-17 to Sunday, 1-22-17

Jacksonville Short Film Showcase
Thursday, 1-26-17 at Sunray Cinema

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Violins of Hope

A CONVERSATION WITH VIOLIN RESTORER:
                AMNON WEINSTEIN                         

Hear the amazing story of the Violins of Hope collection, violins recovered and carefully restored from WWII Holocaust victims, concentration camps and Jewish ghettos, on Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm in Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes at MOSH.  Weinstein, a noted Israeli violin maker, shares his journey of finding the violins that were once silenced, and now given new life through years of dedication and his masterful skills. He will be joined by biographer of the VOH collection, James Grymes. The violins will be on display. FREE. Please call 396-7062 ext. 238 to register.  This Conversation serves as a prelude to the JSO Voices of Hope Concert, featuring 16 of the violins in the Voices of Hope collection on January 28 at Jacoby Hall.
DEFIANCE, the FILM, AND CONVERSATION WITH ASAEL BIELSKI


January 26, Thursday, 7pm - Defiance - followed by a discussion with the daughter of Asael Bielski who is portrayed in the movie – This inspiring Hollywood movie reenacts the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during WWII, led by three Bielski brothers, who joined with Russian resistance fighters to build a protective village for refugees, saving over 1,000 Jewish non-combatants from Nazi death camps.  Assaela Weinsteindaughter of Asael Bielski, will provide accurate insight into what really transpired.  Jewish  Community Alliance. FREE admission. Sponsored by JCA and MOSH. For more information, call #730-2100 ext. 239 or go to www.jcajax.org to register.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Client Focused Media Video Team Named as Finalists in the Slamdance Film Competition

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 – Client Focused Media and Buzz Media are proud to announce Mark Marlar and Joey Vokac have been picked as finalists for the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Marlar and Vokac make up the video team at the two entities and worked independently with two other filmmakers on a short film, which they submitted to the competition. Their film, a documentary titled “Mo’Freaka,” was picked for the finals and the team will be headed to Utah in January for the festival.

Marlar, who is the video director at CFM, served as the producer and sound production manager for the project. Vokac, a videographer with CFM, was the director. Derek Fleming was the writer and editor and Kyle Vaughn was the camera operator. The team had just five days to put together the film, which is a self-titled mockumentary featuring an aspiring hip-hop artist from Jacksonville.

“Working on a five-day schedule forces you to be extremely creative and realistic,” said Marlar. “As a team, we really had to dial down the pre-production process to have enough time to shoot and edit the film. Above all, it can get very frustrating working on such a tight schedule, so constant communication as a team was key.”

The story of “Mo’Freaka” follows the struggles of an up and coming musician. It shows how he deals with rejection from family, friends and society as he works through the daily grind of trying to make it as a hip-hop artist. The film was chosen out of a group of thousands and will show with about 100 others at the film festival, which takes place simultaneous to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

“Being a finalist in a national competition really gave us the confidence we needed to move forward as filmmakers,” said Vokac. “Having credible sources judge your work can be tough, but now we know that we have what it takes to compete with a higher level of filmmakers.”

The Slamdance Film Festival will be held January 20-26, 2017 in Park City, Utah. The festival was created in 1995 by filmmakers for filmmakers. The organization is focused on fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. Up-and-coming writers, directors and producers will be showcasing their work alongside seasoned veterans of the industry.



About Client Focused Media

Client Focused Media was founded in 2002 and is a leading integrated marketing firm in Northeast Florida. The company provides strategic planning, marketing, creative, advertising, media buying, branding, crisis management services, and media, community, and public relations to a variety of clients. BUZZ Media is a division of CFM. BUZZ Magazine is distributed monthly to more than 900 locations in Northeast Florida. For more information, visit cfmedia.net.

Article courtesy of iwantabuzz.com 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MOSH Anne Frank Exhibit

The ‘Anne Frank: A History For Today’ exhibit at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) and several other events scheduled January 13 through February 12, 2017 at various locations can be found via www.AnneFrankJax.com. 
For all of the scheduled events please visit http://annefrankjax.com/all-event/. Some events are free and others have a small charge.


Friday, January 6, 2017

America's Got Talent Auditions- Jacksonville!




 
Our Open Call auditions are open to any age and any talent. Come meet the producers and show us your talent.
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Please Do Not Contact Venue for Information 
Please check this page often for the latest audition news about our Open Calls Auditions in Jacksonville, FL.
You can enter the building from the main parking lot located across the street from the Sky Way stop for the Convention Center on W. Bay St. Enter through DOOR 6 and follow the signage.
If you already signed up online we will be sending out confirmations soon. If you need to change your audition city or time then log on to your Performer Profile.
Please fill out the paperwork before your audition.  If anyone under 18 is coming to the audition without their parent or legal guardian, please make sure you read these special requirements.  
Everyone who enters the venue will need a photo ID. It will be helpful if you also print or have your confirmation handy on your mobile device.  
Some venues do not allow outside food or drinks.  This is not an AGT policy, but the rules of the venue.
If you want a chance to get a Front of the Line Pass in Jacksonville, sign up for the open call, but then also submit a video of your act by December 26.  We will select some acts from the videos and offer them a Front of the Line pass. Simply sign in to your Performer Profile to submit your video.  If you already submitted a video, then you don't need to do anything else.