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

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

Contact: 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. 


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 or contact 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