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Charlotte Film Festival 2015 - September 25th thru October 3rd

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The Charlotte Film Festival announces the remaining Official Selection short films for CFFSeven. All Official Selection films are up for juried awards and also Audience Choice.
We will be screening films from across the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, France, Ireland, Iran and Australia. Subjects include a New Zealand kinetic artist, an infamous house that once belonged to a serial killer and its new owners, a true story from World War II and a middle aged gangster trying to live an ordinary life.


When hesitation stays his trigger finger, suicidal businessman Tom Freeman sends a plea for help to a god he hasn't believed in for 30 years. But as he soon learns - if you call Heaven, be sure you know who's answering the phone!
Director: Luke Bruehlman, USA
Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in the confusing, shifting cultural landscape of1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.
Director: Alexander Thomas, United Kingdom

Biter Bash Photos

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"Molly" from AMC's The Walking Dead
Monstercon 2014 opens it's doors this Friday in Greenville, South Carolina for three days of celebrities, film screenings, cosplay, comic books, toys, and more.

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There will be a mixer on November 8th for anyone working in the North Carolina film industry hosted by Karuna Sun and Jackson Ross. The event is sponsored by Hypnotized Promotions and will be at Club Karmaa in Wilmington where you will be able to meet others in the film business, network with them, and make new contacts. 

$6 gets you in the door and after that food will be provided.   Bring your business cards.  You never know what kind of opportunities might arise and new friends can turn into future business.  There will be a DJ and dancing on the second floor of Club Karmaa.  The meet and greet is in the lounge on the third floor.  

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival begins today in Atlanta, Georgia and continues through the 29th of February.  Opening night will be at the historic Fox Theatre where there will be an Opening Night reception and and live auction  for Red Carpet VIP guests and Young Professionals as well as the film My Best Enemy .

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
February 8th thru February 29th

  • The Fabulous Fox Theatre
  • Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16
  • Lefont Sandy Springs
  • Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk
  • United Artists Tara Cinemas 4
  • United Artists North Point Market 8

Henninger Media Services is having a seminar this week on Music For Picture.  The areas top producers and composers will discuss how they make music for films and why it is important to create a mood for the audience.

  • Importance of music in film and video.
  • Value of a composer vs. the value of a library.
  • What producers and directors need to know when working with a composer.
  • Live musicians vs. Sample-based performances.
  • Music technology.
  • How music fits into modern production workflow.

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The Carolina Film Alliance promotes the film business in South Carolina by working with state and local legislators, business owners, residents, and creative talent to provide crew, on-camera talent, and services for feature films and television programming.

They are creating a state wide coalition of film industries officials, film supporters, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, and local merchants to help them with their legislative efforts such as tax rebates for the film industry.  Tax rebates will help bring more film business to South Carolina which means jobs and money spent in the area on production.

2012 Oscar Nominations

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The nominations are in for the 84th Academy Awards.

Best Picture
  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
  • War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor In a Leading Role
  • Demián Bichir A Better Life
  • George Clooney The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin The Artist
  • Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt Moneyball

Actress In a Leading Role
  • Glenn Close Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis The Help
  • Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn

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This is a festival for filmmakers who have work that ties in with the festival's ocean, marine, aquatic theme or issue.  You do not have to have underwater footage in the film.  They are looking for films from students, filmmakers, scientists, advocates, etc...  Anyone with a story to tell about marine life or those that work in support of it.  Submissions are due by January 20th, 2012 and the festival will be held in late March.  

Selected top entries  will be shown on the IMax screen at the Nauticus IMSX Theatre and will include audience participation with the filmmakers about their films.  There will also be a workshop on conservation filmmaking where you can learn how to integrate research and film.  The Beneath The Waves "Shore Drive Series" is handful of  chosen films that will be shown in community theaters across the country as a mini-series event.

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The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is having a holiday mixer and party at the Cadillac Ranch this month.

A great way to network with people in the film industry around Cleveland.  It doesn't matter if you've worked on a Cleveland film or not.  If you have an interest in getting involved you should come.  Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Media Industry Mixer & Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14th
200 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

To R.S.V.P contact Jason Drake at!

If you have any film news to announce at this event contact Jason Drake at!

Réalisation d'un film

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Filmmaker, director, and screenwriter Thomas L. Phillips will be having a weekend workshop on indie filmmaking in Charlotte, NC for two days in November.  

Here is what Thomas is offering in this workshop:

"During this two day hands on workshop we will go over all the essentials of filming. Pre-Production, Post-Production, casting, lighting, paperwork, contracts, screenwriting, cinematography, equipment, cameras, casting, working with actors.

There will be equipment on hand to play with and gets your hands dirty,cause as stated this will be hands on and not just you sitting and listening to someone yammer for hours. The only way to learn is by doing.

I have been successful in this business for over a decade, working as a screenwriter, editor, director, producer and cinematographer, casting director, etc. Come and learn from someone that know the ins and out of the business, and there are many. I will not sugar coat it, tell lies and make everything seem like a dream.

This is a tough and ruthless business, that requires a backbone, dedication and a relentless drive.

You will walk away with know how experience, hands on experience and a better understanding of filmmaking in general."

Boatwright Tower at the University of Richmond

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Learn how to produce a PSA at this workshop with Roxanne Lane at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

Included in workshop:
  • Developement, production, and distribution planning process.
  • Principles of film production.
  • How to write effective PSA script.
  • Secrets for getting donated labor, services, equipment, and airtime.
  • Film production manual provided.
  • Sample production forms, agreements, contracts, and letters.
  • Production checklists for writing, producing, and distribution.
  • Budget template.

Fee: $99

How to Produce a PSA
Saturday, October 15
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia


Actors Workshop - Carolinas

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Casting director turned producer Maxann Crotts-Harvey will be conducting an acting workshop in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Morganton, North Carolina this month.

This will be a networking event as well as a chance to learn about the casting process.  You will be filmed and your performance will be critiqued.  In the critique you will be given  tips on how you performed and show you how to improve.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • Do's and don'ts when auditioning for a casting director.
  • How to dress and groom for an audition.
  • Being totally prepared for an audition.
  • Headshots, how they should look.
  • How to approach the casting director when you walk in.
  • Things to do after the audition.
  • Do you need an agent?
  • Can I book work on my own if I have an agent?
  • How much you should pay an agent.

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The Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance is having a class called Lighting & Grip 101, an introduction to lighting for film and video.  This is a hands on course.  You will be given a chance to work with 3 ton lighting equipment, learn some lighting techniques, and how to use grip resources to shape and mold the light.

Heavy lifting and crawling in and out of the grip truck will be required so dress for the part and bring work gloves.  You will be required to sign a waiver to work with the equipment or you can choose to just observe if you prefer.

Gaining some knowledge and experience with this equipment can start you on your way to working at day rate on a film set.

Besides the hands on experience you will receive, the next best thing is this class is free!

The Virginia Production Alliance was formed in 1988 to support the state's film and video industry.  Everyone who has an interest in creating moving pictures is encouraged to join the VPA.

Lighting and Grip 101
October 4th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greenfield Education & Training Center
57 S. Center Drive
Daleville, VA 

Sean filming "Disposition"

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The Adrenaline Film Project, part of the Virginia Film Festival, is an opportunity for filmmakers working in teams to create a film in just 72 hours.  The short film must be written by the team, cast, shot, and edited in this limited time frame while being supervised by AFP mentors. Then there will be a competitive screening before the movie fans at the Virginia Film Festival.

If you are an actor wanting to build your reel and get some credits you can participate and have the filmmakers consider your work by attending the Adrenaline Actors Meet and Greet on Tuesday, November 1st.  You must be available to the filmmakers from Thursday afternoon, November 3rd through Saturday morning November 5th.

Eat, Drink & B-Indie in Atlanta

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Eat, Drink & B-Indie is one of The Atlanta Film Festival's 365 Events.  Held on the third Tuesday of every month at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta. This is an opportunity to have dinner and drinks while observing panel discussions, listening to guest speakers, and checking out new equipment demos.

Alison Fussell: Head of Marketing at EFilm Studio
Jim Farmer: Out On Film/Freelance Writer/Film Publicist
Matt Foster: Dragon*Con Film Festival/Freelance film critic/Film Historian
Charles Judson: Atlanta Film Festival/CinemATL
Scott Thigpen: Writer/Producer - A Powerful Noise

The theme for this month is starting a documentary project.  Where to start, funding, distribution, etc...

Eat, Drink & B-Indie in Atlanta
Tuesday, September 20th
Manuel's Tavern
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia


Actors Workshop - Wilmington, NC

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Casting director turned producer Maxann Crotts-Harvey and casting director Marty Siu will be conducting an acting workshop next month that deals with the business side of acting and getting noticed and hired by a casting director.

This will be a networking event as well as a chance to learn about the casting process from the casting director's point of view and the directors perspective.  You will be filmed and your performance will be critiqued.  In the critique they will give you tips on how you performed and show you how to improve.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • Do's and don'ts when auditioning for a casting director.
  • How to dress and groom for an audition.
  • Being totally prepared for an audition.
  • Headshots, how they should look.
  • How to approach the casting director when you walk in.
  • Things to do after the audition.
  • Do you need an agent?
  • Can I book work on my own if I have an agent?
  • How much you should pay an agent.

Maxann Crotts-Harvey has been a casting director for 25 years and recently has turned to producing movies.  She has casted actors for principal and extra roles in major motion pictures, national commercials, documentaries, TV shows, reality shows, and movies of the week.  Some of her casting credits include The Strangers, Juwanna Man, Breakfast of Champions, and The Patriot.  As a producer she has worked on A Tale About Bootlegging, Palmetto Pointe, The Mill, and One Last Sunset.

Marty Siu has been working as a casting agent for about 15 years.  Some of her credits include April Fool's Day, The Perfect Game, Blood Done Sign My Name, and Hunger.

Wilmington Master Class Workshop
Saturday, October 22
1:00 pm
Cost: $210
Payment must be made in advance.
Payment due by October 10th
Directions will be sent for the locations once your have registered.

Send payment with contact information to reserve a spot to:
Maxann Crotts-Harvey
PO Box 36544
Rock Hill, SC 29732

A headshot photo session will be held at noon before the  workshop.  If you are interested in having a headshot taken the cost is $100 which can be paid at the workshop.  There will be lots of photos taken and you can keep them all. Bring a laptop or flash drive and they can be saved for you the same day.

Please let Maxann know in advance if you would like photos so she can give you some advice on what to wear.

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The International Public Television Screening Conference or Input for short will be conducting two events in South Carolina this October.  Best of Input is a professional development conference where participants will view and discuss thought provoking broadcasting programs from around the world.  

Producers and independent filmmakers, via Skype, will join the discussion where attendees will have an opportunity to speak with them.

Input was created to promote the exchange of television programs, ideas, and production techniques for broadcasters around the world and to improve the quality of public service broadcasting worldwide.

Registration is free.  The two sessions are similar so there is no need to attend both.

Best of Input Columbia Session
Friday, October 7th 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCETV Studio
1101 George Rogers Blvd.
Columbia, South Carolina

Best of Input Charleston Session
Saturday, October 8th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trident Technical College
The Nursing Auditorium (Room 791), Building 920 
7000 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, South Carolina

Fork & Spoon

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Dalliance Films likes to contribute to the Charlotte, North Carolina film community and industry so I hope you'll come out and support them by seeing their short film Three For Dinner which will be playing at the Modern Film Fest in Kannapolis, North Carolina on October 1st at 9:00 pm at the Gem Theater.  

Three For Dinner is a whodunit where a wealthy family falls prey to a home invasion.  A 40s style film noir starring Ana Shaw, Mahri Shelton, Scott C. Reynolds,  Michael Sharpe, and Michael Melendez.

Modern Film Fest is held in Kannapolis, North Carolina at the Gem Theater which has a large 916 seat auditorium with balcony.  The festival runs for three days from Friday, September 30th thru Sunday, October 2nd.  Don't miss the North Carolina Filmmakers Discussion Panel at the Gem Theater Annex, Saturday at 4:30 pm, the Belly Dancing Performance Friday at 6:00 pm in Veterans Park, or the Skydog Woody Project Band performing on opening night in Veterans park at 8:00 pm.

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Indiecon is conducting a workshop and seminar called  Overcoming the Catch 22's of Producing Your First Feature Film, for filmmakers or anyone who would like to know how feature films are made.  Indiecon is a forum/community that supports independent filmmakers, game producers, and animators.

Topics Covered:
  • Script Development Conducive to Low/Micro Budgets
  • Creating Your Own Film Opportunities as an Actor
  • Creating a Comprehensive Business Plan & Pitching Investors
  • Dealing with Agents, Unions, Banks & Vendors
  • Posting & Delivering Your Film on a Budget
  • Distributing Your Film in Today's Rapidly-Evolving Market
  • Marketing & Promoting Your Film

Sunday, September 18
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tower Theatre
421 Vernon Street
Roseville, California

Saturday, September 24, 2011
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California