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 (

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 or call or text him at 904-502-0265. To learn more about Kumar Pictures visit

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?