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12th Annual Women in Film & Television Florida Jingle Mingle Dec 5th

It’s that wonderful time of year again! The 12th Annual Jingle Mingle has finally arrived – and YOU’RE INVITED!

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WHEN: Thursday, December 5th from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

WHERE: Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W New England Ave. Orlando, FL 32789

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Mingle with Florida’s top production, digital media & entertainment associates! Silent auction, 50/50 Raffle, fabulous food, flipbook photo fun, music, cash bar, and more!

ADMISSION:

  • $20: Members of participating organizations in advance
  • $30: Non-members
  • $30 ALL DAY OF EVENT TICKET PURCHASES (ONLINE & AT DOOR)

Participating associations include: FMPTA, AAF-Orlando, FemFessionals, IDGA, DMAF & Film Florida

**Tickets are complimentary with a new or renewed full membership to WIFT-FL. Click here to apply or renew.**

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE

Unwrapped gift donations accepted on behalf of the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. See below for suggested donations.

MONARCH ACADEMY WISH LIST

At this year’s Jingle Mingle, all unwrapped gift donations will go to the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. Please see the list below for donation suggestions:

  • Leap pads
  • Talking board games
  • Waffle bat and balls
  • Science dvd’s
  • Beach ball
  • Innotab cartridges (regular innotab)
  • Blow-up ball pit
  • Playdough kits
  • Putty
  • Modeling clay
  • Occupational lacing kits
  • Computers
  • Ipads
  • Wireless internet sticks
  • Headphones
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Trampoline
  • 24 challenge math game
  • Water-based paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Beakers
  • Bunsen burners
  • Mason Jars
  • Lab workbooks
  • Litmus paper
  • Magnets
  • Measuring scale
  • Microscopes with projectors
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Science books/journals
  • Scissors
  • Slides for microscopes
  • Stylus
  • Children’s encyclopedias
  • Personal children’s dictionaries
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Therapeutic scissors
  • Outdoor swing for older students (porch swing that sits on the ground)
  • Bill Nye Science DVD’s
  • Educational software games ages 12+
  • Large therapy balls
  • Soccer ball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer net
  • Hula hoops
  • Weighted pencil grips
  • Puzzles 48+ pieces

The Monarch Academy thanks you for your support!


Out In The Open Film Festival with Director John Waters TONIGHT at The Abbey

The 7th annual Come Out With Pride® Orlando festivities start October 1st with the Out In The Open Film Festival, and run through October 6, closing with a special Pride on Broadway performance of Mamma Mia at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.

Filmmakers will be particularly interested in the fest tonight at The Abbey, as it features “An Evening With John Waters!” Many, including myself, are huge fans of his one man show “THIS FILTHY WORLD,” but others know him as director of such films as; Pink Flamingoes, Cry-Baby, Hairspray and A Dirty Shame. Mr. Waters also adds actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector to his already bustling repertoire.

Come Out With Pride Executive Director,  Mikael Audebert, says, “We are quite ecstatic to have worked with several of our partners to bring about diversity and great talents to Orlando, not just on the day of Pride, but throughout the week. We have a little bit for everyone and that is exactly what we wanted to do as our community is a wonderful “collage” that needed to be represented through our week long celebration.”

Cost:

$39 General Admission

$150 Meet & Greet Reception

For information about upcoming events, please visit http://comeoutwithpride.com/, check out the Digital Pride Guide or  download the Come Out With Pride smartphone app (the first ever app for a Gay Pride event in Florida!) for iPhone/Android.


Google Glass Comes to ICS Season 4

GREAT NEWS! Google Glass WILL be coming to Indie Cinema Showcase!

A big, HUGE thank you to all you filmmakers, fans AND personal friends who got involved! I can’t tell you how much it means to have your support, in any respect. I am humbled by all the messages of support (of me personally and of the #GlassExplorers project), the ReTweets on Twitter, the shares on Facebook… THANK YOU EVERYONE (see video). Extra special ginormous shout outs to all the supporters and sponsors on my Event Pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0)!

Next week at this time I will be in San Francisco meeting my Google Glass Guide, who will fit me for Glass and provide an overview of the HUD (Heads Up Device). Stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for live updates! If any of you are are Google+ look for a G+ Hangout in the near future…

So… what do we have in store for YOU next season, dear viewer, regarding Google Glass? Tune into Indie Cinema Showcase Season Four – coming this Winter – on Orange/VISION TV!

www.google.com/glass

(For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

 

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


Google Extends Deadline to Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

Sadly I did not make my Google Glass fundraising goal on June 20th but… here’s the GREAT news!! Google was gracious enough to grant me an extension to raise the additional funds I need to secure Glass and bring it home to Central Florida!! As of this writing, through some very generous people (including many of you filmmakers!), I have fundraised $1,129! Google Glass themselves cost $1500 and I’m only $371 from my goal!! Very thankfully, a local engineer stepped up and very, very generously offered to sponsor my travel arrangements to pick up Glass. As of right now, the plans are to pick up in San Francisco but those could change as the scheduling for Glass changes almost daily! Wish me luck, ICS filmmakers, fans and friends. We’re almost there!

In case you didn’t see my original post, please read below for more details:

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is NEXT THURSDAY, July 4th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is THIS SUNDAY, June 16th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


Recon Jet: Does Google Glass Have Competition?

According to this press release they do… but friendly competition. I’ve got to admit – these look pretty cool as well! If I had a similar product, I would do a little piggybacking too. What say you, filmmakers? Would you ever make a film using this kind of technology? Any interest in Recon Jet OR Google Glass? Does the look or durability concern you at all? Battery power? Cloud storage?

Recon Instruments Reveals Recon Jet Heads-up Display Integrated with High-Performance Sunglasses

15 May 2013

Groundbreaking Product Revealed at Google I/O

15th May 2013, San Francisco – Recon Instruments, the award winning technology company behind the world’s first consumer Heads-up Display (HUD) for sports, is proud to be showing an early version of Recon Jet, their hotly anticipated high-performance HUD at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, which starts today.

Recon Jet delivers information instantly, effortlessly and unobtrusively via a microcomputer and high-resolution widescreen display. All this is mounted on a precision-engineered, fashionable pair of sunglasses on par with the best in the world.

Recon has pioneered the miniaturization of affordable wearable technology since launching their first product, for snowsports, three years ago. With Recon Jet, the company is launching a faster, smaller, and more powerful new platform. Recon Jet includes: a dual core processor, dedicated graphics, Wi-Fi, ANT+, Bluetooth, GPS, HD camera, and a comprehensive suite of sensors. This makes Recon Jet a connected, standalone computing solution comparable in capability to a tablet or smartphone.

At Google I/O, Recon is demonstrating the open nature of their platform, showing native apps running on Recon Jet including live activity tracking, video streaming, web and smartphone connectivity and even Facebook integration. Recon’s open SDK empowers developers to create native apps for any activity to run on Recon Jet. The company is already working with some of the top fitness companies and communities to develop on the platform.

Hamid Abdollahi, CTO of Recon Instruments said: “We are excited to be showing Recon Jet at Google I/O. Since we started the company in 2008, we have developed HUDs with a purpose; to relay instant, activity specific, user defined information effortlessly to the user’s eye. This philosophy is inherent in Jet which marries a powerful open platform, a widescreen display and high-performance polarized optics to offer what we believe is a great value proposition.”

For ongoing information on Recon Jet, visit www.reconinstruments.com/jet

About Recon Instruments

Recon Instruments is a world leader in Heads-up Display (HUD) technology for sports and activity-specific environments. Founded in 2008, Recon’s award winning multi-patent and patent-pending technology platform integrates a Heads-up Display with a state-of-the-art microcomputer and sensor suite. Recon’s HUDs run an operating system with an open SDK, to empower developers to create apps for an endless variety of sports, social and contextual cases. With worldwide distribution and partnerships with leading technology and optics companies, Recon continues to define and evolve theHUD category. For more information, visit www.reconinstruments.com


Podcast: Florida Film Festival 2013 Day 7-10

Days 7, 8 & 9 of the Florida Film Fest were busy ones for us at ICS! We’ve been busting our humps to bring you the best from the Florida Film Festival, and even landed exclusive interviews with Hitchcock leading lady and big cat activist, Tippi Hedren, and actress/stuntwoman/all around badass, Zoe Bell! Stay tuned…

 

We’ll be back momentarily with Days 8, 9 & 10 but in the meantime, please listen to Day 7’s wrap up here:

https://archive.org/details/ICSFFFPodcastDay7

 

The Enzian lawn was packed with Tarantino fans!

More fun from the FFF 2013 after this short break…

Thank you to everyone out there for listening! We hope you enjoy our ramblings about the Florida Film Festival, among other things. To those of you watching our MegaConvention Web Exclusive on Vimeo and YouTube – THANK YOU! We are blown away at the number of views this and our other episodes of ICS are getting. It makes us very proud, and we’re glad you are listening!

 

Shout outs to:

  • Christina Carmona
  • Nando Torres
  • David Kuskie
  • Jay De Los Santos
  • Kate Ramsey
  • TL Westgate

Apologies to:

  • Our listeners
  • Wallpaper
  • Ghosts
  • Truffle Fries

Shame on:

  • Jen Vargas
  • Sleep in general

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Podcast: Florida Film Festival 2013 Day 6

Day 6 of the Florida Film Festival began early (for us filmmakers!) with the panel portion of our fest. This morning’s Our Digital Future: Innovation at the Intersection of Creativity and Technology discussion, sponsored by Disney, was a great start. Panelists included Senior Computer Graphics Supervisor André Thomas of EA Sports, Creative Marketing Consultant, Evan Jones of Snap! Orlando, founder and Chief Storytelling Officer of Orlando innovation studio IDEAS Bob Allen, and moderator Chip Weston, painter, photographer, graphic artist, and Course Director of New Media and Social Media at Full Sail University. In tonight’s podcast we explore our digital age, enjoy some truffle fries and a few Quentin Tarantinis from Eden Bar in honor of tonight’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at FFF, PULP FICTION!

The Enzian lawn was packed with Tarantino fans!

The Enzian lawn was packed with Tarantino fans!

Thank you to everyone out there for listening! We hope you enjoy our ramblings about the Florida Film Festival, among other things. To those of you watching our MegaConvention Web Exclusive on Vimeo and YouTube – THANK YOU! We are blown away at the number of views this and our other episodes of ICS are getting. It makes us very proud, and we’re glad you are watching (and listening)!

Listen HERE: http://archive.org/details/ICSFFFPodcastDay6

Joining us on Day 6; ICS Photographer Nando “Fancy Boots” Torres (of Atomic Phoenix Photography), ICS Hostess Christina CarmonaICS Production Assistant/Gaffer/Sound/Miscellaneous Wrangler/Zombie Fluffer/Choreographer Dangerous Dave Kuskie, Producer Jen Vargas (who really should look into that whole ‘sleep’ thing), local photographer Vanessa Benoit, ICS Executive Producer and Editor Gerald Godbout III, Producer Allan “Lefty” Marrero (and his lovely wife Jennifer), and ICS Camera Op Jay De Los Santos makes a very brief appearance between breaks. A great companion video to tonight’s podcast…


Shout outs to:

Apologies to:

  • The British Empire
  • SIR Anthony Hopkins
  • SIR Alfred Hitchcock
  • DAME Judi Dench
  • Short Attention Span Theater
  • Silence
  • The Future
  • Anyone who ISN’T at the 2013 Florida Film Festival

Shame on:

  • Lazy filmmakers
  • Aderall
  • ADHD Posers
  • Winking

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Podcast: Florida Film Festival 2013 Day 5

Hump Day 5 of the Florida Film Festival was DOCtacular!! More beautiful weather, lots of documentary (short and feature) love, more delicious food and a bottle of Mexican Coke. Thank you to everyone out there for listening! We hope you enjoy our ramblings about the Florida Film Festival, among other things. HUGE thank yous to the love all of you have shown our MegaConvention Web Exclusive! We are at 9,000 views and climbing! Incidentally, we now have a very pretty and handsome Indie Cinema Showcase Channel on Vimeo. Please do take a gander…

Listen HERE: https://archive.org/details/ICSFFFPodcastDay5

Joining us on Day 5; ICS Photographer Nando Torres (of Atomic Phoenix Photography), ICS Production Assistant/Gaffer/Sound/Miscellaneous Wrangler/Zombie Fluffer Dangerous David Kuskie, Producer Jen Vargas (resident MexiCANT), ICS Executive Producer and Editor Gerald Godbout III and ICS Camera Op Jay De Los Santos. ICS Hostess Christina Carmona had the night off but received many timely shout outs, as per her contract. We’ve had a few people text us about sitting in on the podcast, which is exciting! Stay tuned to see who might sit in with us next…

Zombie @ohaiitskira wants you to see Cockneys VS Zombies Regal Winter Park Village this Friday at 10pm and Ghost Team One on Saturday (same place) @ 9:30pm for even more real life zombies and ghosts!

Zombie @ohaiitskira wants you to see Cockneys VS Zombies Regal Winter Park Village this Friday at 10pm and Ghost Team One on Saturday (same place) @ 9:30pm for even more real life zombies and ghosts!

Shout outs to:

Apologies to:

Shame on:

  • YouTube

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Podcast: Florida Film Festival 2013 Day 4

Day 4 of the Florida Film Festival was VERY filling thanks to Joe Esposito and the crew from Buca di Beppo of Maitland, Florida! We went a little longer again, did a little dancing, got a little devine, Eden Bar got a little loud… and we loved every minute of it! Fernando thinks our podcast should be named “Shout Outs and Apologies,” so we’re going with that. Thoughts? Concerns? Are you digging us? Is anyone listening? Why is the sky blue?

Joining us on Day 4; ICS Hostess Christina Carmona, panda loving ICS Photographer Nando Torres (of Atomic Phoenix Photography), ICS Production Assistant/Gaffer/Sound/Miscellaneous Wrangler Dangerous David Kuskie, Producer Jen Vargas (who got a solid 6 hours of sleep!) and a very brief, distant cameo from artist Kate Ramsey and her documentary film director mister, Chris. Thank you for listening to us ramble. We appreciate you!

Listen HERE: https://archive.org/details/ICSFFFPodcastDay4

Shout outs to:

Apologies to:

  • Everyone listening past the 30 minute mark
  • Glenn Danzig
  • Anyone who ISN’T at the 2013 Florida Film Festival
  • Irony

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