Gus Corbella: Keep Florida’s Film Industry Booming

As many of you know, Indie Cinema Showcase is as ‘indie‘ as the films we showcase. We are a zero budget production doing our best to bring YOU the best of Florida’s film, television and local entertainment goings on. When our mighty four person Field Team comes together, we utilize all available resources we can find to provide the very best coverage out of our own pockets. Yes, I said that collectively, OUR pockets. Sometimes it’s at a small sacrifice… other times it’s at a great one.

Personally, I have turned down paying work from major networks (when coverage couldn’t be rescheduled) to make sure we have at least a skeleton crew to cover an event for Indie Cinema Showcase. Call me stupid, but that’s how much I believe in what we’re doing here at the show. Those who know me personally know, I only back causes and brands that I wholeheartedly believe in. ICS is one of those causes.

Like all of you, our Field Team and show producers actively work in this industry as well as produce Indie Cinema Showcase. As of January 2014, we will enter our Fourth Season. While this show is truly a labor of love for all of us, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way about our industry here in Florida. Below we share an example of such passion, penned by Gus Corbella for the Tallahassee Democrat last month;

Keep Florida’s film industry booming

Oct. 28, 2013 6:30 PM
Written by Gus Corbella
Opinion Columnist

Gus Corbella is serving his third term as chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, the lead advisory body to Florida government on entertainment issues. He is also the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig in Tallahassee (www.gtlaw.com). 

I can’t help but smile when I read in Variety about the mayor of Los Angeles begging film and television studios not to take work out of his city.

A recent study by Film Works LA finds that movie production in Los Angeles has plummeted 60 percent since its peak 15 years ago. Increased taxes and regulations are driving the entertainment industry out of California in a sort of reverse manifest destiny, and studios are farming out productions throughout the country, including here to Florida.
The Sunshine State has been successfully utilizing tax credits to attract the industry to shoot major motion pictures, television series and other independent productions here. The benefits to Florida are many: high-wage jobs, boosts to the local economies and worldwide publicity for our state. However, entertainment incentives in Florida are at a critical juncture, and our state could suffer unless we act during the upcoming legislative session.

Here’s why: The $296 million in tax credits appropriated for the industry since 2010 by the Legislature have mostly been committed. That is a testament to the success of the program and the industry’s interest in our state.

As legislators struggle to identify where to best invest limited resources in the coming months, I hope they’ll see the incredible value that has come from luring these productions to Florida. Legislation will be considered in the coming months to reseed and modernize the financial incentive program to keep Florida competitive with other locations trying to attract these productions. Providing a reliable and stable funding mechanism that will guarantee Florida as the “go-to location” for entertainment production is an opportunity that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature should not pass up this spring.

Any resident of South Beach can attest to the transformative powers of television. “Miami Vice” changed the landscape of South Florida in the 1980s by re-energizing Miami as one of the emerging entertainment capitals of the world and the global center for Hispanic media.

“Burn Notice,” one of four major television shows recently produced in South Florida, wrapped up a seven-season run this year and is now in syndication in more than 200 countries. The movie “The Truman Show” helped convert the sleepy town of Seaside and State Road 30A into a major beach destination. Many of the top video games played by enthusiasts globally are produced in Maitland, which is also becoming a high-tech hub for military, medical and training simulation development.

Don’t forget the little dolphin named Winter, who starred in “Dolphin Tale.” The modern family classic re-energized the city of Clearwater and made the Clearwater Marine Aquarium a tourist destination for children and families throughout the world.

Considering all our years of success, it would be regrettable for Florida to suffer an entertainment exodus simply because we failed to take the necessary steps to cultivate this blossoming industry in our state.

Without a doubt, the entertainment industry can continue to play a substantial role in our state’s economic recovery and diversification. According to the Office of Film and Entertainment, production in Florida has created more than 100,000 jobs for Floridians in the past three years alone, paying more than $658 million in wages to talented professionals who call our state home.

This creative economy also has tremendous ripple effects on our local communities. Feature films and television productions spend on average $225,000 per day on-location, providing an infusion of new money to local businesses, including hotel rooms, rental cars, restaurants, legal and medical services, security, office space and equipment rentals. “Burn Notice” alone generated more than $120 million in total local direct spend during its run, employing more than 200 cast and crew and thousands of extras. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the promotional value of the show to be $170 million a year.

Florida is uniquely poised to permanently attract and grow this vibrant industry within our state. Legislators should capitalize on this opportunity and commit in the months ahead to renew our efforts to lure these productions to Florida. From the big screen to the iPad screen, it’s time to hear “lights, camera, action” being barked out once again in Florida – not time to yell “cut!” to our efforts.

This Op Ed appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat and was featured on Tallahassee.com on October 29, 2013


2nd Annual Key West Film Festival 2013 at Tropic Cinema, Nov 13-17

 

For those of you down South Florida way, here’s a word about the Key West Film Festival 2013, starting TONIGHT at the legendary Tropic Cinema, from Founder Brooke Christian:

Hi all –

I am thrilled to announce the second annual Key West Film Festival will be November 13-17, 2013! This year, KWFF will be bigger and better than ever, and we are pleased to partner with Tropic Cinema once again to make it a success.

In 2012, KWFF screened more than 30 movies, sold more than 2,000 tickets, hosted an amazing kickoff party at the Hemingway House, and curated several sold out panel sessions. We’ve already got a great program on tap this year, and we’re adding to it with each week that passes.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Mariel Hemingway in person as part of our Spotlight Film presentation of RUNNING FROM CRAZY
  • John Waters performing his one-man show as well as a screening of I AM DIVINE with Waters and Director Jeffrey Schwarz on hand for live Q&A
  • Steven Bauer in person with CUBAMERICAN
  • Our all-new Screenwriters’ Spotlight focusing on the art of writing for film – featuring Paul Haggis (CRASH and MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Terry George (IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and HOTEL RWANDA).

We are so excited to bring the love of film back to Key West this November. The KWFF team will be in touch soon with more information on tickets, donations, merchandise, and everything else there is to know about planning your 2013 festival experience.

If you would like any additional information in the mean time, visit KWFF’s website at kwfilmfest.com or email us at info@keywestfilmfestival.com.

See you soon in Key West!

Best regards,

Brooke Christian
Founder and Chairman
Key West Film Festival


Indie Cinema Showcase Web Exclusive: 48 Hour Film Project Orlando 2013

We were very happy to see more than a few Indie Cinema Showcase alumni as participants in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project Orlando! See if you can spot them here:

48 Hour Film Project Assistant Producer, Christopher LeCours shares, “The 2013 48HFP was a terrific success. Many new teams entered this year, competing against the likes of veteran teams (including Creative Inlet Films, DM Productions, Aviators and Amps Media Group).  The talent this year was incredible, giving both the audience and the judges 2 incredible nights of entertainment.  It’s truly amazing to see how much talent we have in this small city of ours.  I’m certainly excited to see what next year will bring!

TechSquad, voted Orlando’s Best 48 Hour Film for 2013 now advances to the 48 Hour Filmapalooza, March 6-10th, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, then possibly to Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2014 should it rank in the Top 10 films of the fest. Good luck Team Creative Inlet Films!

Also, if you didn’t read the great article about The 48 in Orlando Weekly by Cameron Meier, you should check it out!

A great insight into being a 48 Hour filmmaker


Film Florida’s 2013 Tallahassee Wrap Up

Short and Long Term Growth Strategies for Cultivating & Growing Florida’s Entertainment Production Industry

Film, Television, Production & Entertainment Industry Stakeholders Invited

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013

10:00am-11:00am

Continental Breakfast will be served

WHERE: The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor

House of Representatives Majority Conference Room

Tallahassee, FL 32399

This is the last of in a series of Film Florida Forums that have been held across the State.

This presentations was designed to reinforce the value of the entertainment production industries to Florida’s economy, as a job creator and tourism inducer. Compelling case studies and data about the success of Florida’s incentive program will be discussed.

ALSO, please join Film Florida for our presentation directly after the Wrap Up:

11:30am – 12:30pm

The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street

House Office Building 102 – Reed Hall

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Your participation at these events is important to shaping the future of the Florida Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program!

Register Now!

RSVP is required as seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!


Networking Opportunity: October WIFT Wednesdays at 310 Lakeside

Every 4th Wednesday of the month!       6-9pm

310 Lakeside Restaurant
301 East Pine St., Orlando 32801
*Street Parking is FREE after 6PM

Mix and mingle with your fellow Women in Film and Television members in a casual setting every 4th Wednesday of the month for WIFT Wednesdays.

(Cash Bar) Drink Specials:
All Three Olives Vodka flavors $4
16oz. Draft specials – Bud Light $2 / Peroni $3
All Domestic Bottled beers $3
House Wines $5
Well Drinks $4

Free and open to the public.

Come learn more about WIFT-FL and what we have to offer industry professionals!


Enzian FilmSlam Results: October 2013

www.enzian.org/film/filmslam/

Audience Vote Results for October (last Slam of) 2013:

    1) TechSquad (2013) 
    Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
    Running Time 8:46   Website: http://www.cretiveinletfilms.com/
    Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

    2) In Vain (2013)
    Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
    Running Time: 15:45  Website; http://www.GrungeProductions.com/
    Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

    3) Earn (2013)
    Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
    Running Time: 10:53  Websitewww.facebook.com/kevinShahfilm
    Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

    See you at the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th!


Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, October 13

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your friends. There’s a Director Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

Never fear! Enzian’s annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase is right around the corner! Next month to be exact. Click this link to find out more information.

To round out the last FilmSlam of 2013: 

In Vain (2013)
Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
Running Time: 15:45  Website; http://www.GrungeProductions.com/
Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

Amazing Grace (2013)
Director: Todd Thompson; Producer & Writer Tony Sterling
Running Time; 9:23  Website; http://www.starsnorth.com/
Synopsis: Older man wants to marry younger woman but he has to overcome jealousy of the way she looks, acts and dresses around other men. A surprise awaits him.

TechSquad (2013) 
Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
Running Time 8:46   Website: http://www.cretiveinletfilms.com/
Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

Earn (2013)
Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
Running Time: 10:53  Websitewww.facebook.com/kevinShahfilm
Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

Speculum (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Kris A. Truini
Running Time: 3:51
Synopsis: Darkness can poison our souls and stain our heart with hopelessness and depression. A man can have every excuse to end his life but never a reason. Minds are fragile and the lack of hope and happiness can kill us so easily.

SP #7 (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Carl Knickerbocker
Running Time: 2:30   Website: http://www.carlknickerbocker.com/
Synopsis: Religion, social structures and mortality, cuddled in eerie and dunked in darkness. Perhaps an unsettling dream? Part of a series of philosophical driven shorts. In the Suburban Primitive style.

Sleepy Fun Time (2013)
Director & Writer: Carson Griffin; Producer Carson Griffin & Teri Harrison
Running Time 6:27  Website: http://www.facebook.com/sleepyfuntime
Synopsis: When Danielle decides to have a slumber party, her and her friends soon discover an unexpected, unexplained, and unusual guest has arrived. Thus making it a night that will scar them with a powerhouse of blood, laughs, and pies.

The Bloody Jug Band – Roadkill Boys (2013)
Director: Steven Shea; Producer: T.W. Anderson, Steven Shea, John Theisen
Running Time: 4:10  Websitewww.abyssmal.comwww.bloodyjugband.com
Synopsis: A happy couple goes camping in the woods, but little did they know they would run into the Roadkill Boys and their lives would change forever…

FilmSlam 2014 dates: COMING SOON!


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.


2013 Orlando 48 Hour Film Project Winners

On Saturday, participants of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project finally found out who won! Team Creative Inlet Films won Best Film with their short, “TechSquad,” which has been gaining steady popularity on YouTube. Tieing more than once with “TechSquad” was “The Grand,” by DM Productions. This all-star team, fronted by ICS alum Dale Metz (Director of “See”), also features fellow ICS alumni, “Broken Triangle” Director, Charles Frisby  and maestress of sfx makeup, Ashli Szymanski. “Another Day” from Team Potato and “Private Eyes” from Team Spark Studios both had strong showings and tied for Best Film Runner-Up – among others – while Team O-Town Posse cleaned up in some of the technical categories. See complete winners list below.  (We were very happy to see more than a few ICS alumni as participants this year!)

Fest Assistant Producer, Christopher LeCours shares, “The 2013 48HFP was a terrific success. Many new teams entered this year, competing against the likes of veteran teams (including Creative Inlet Films, DM Productions, Aviators and Amps Media Group).  The talent this year was incredible, giving both the audience and the judges 2 incredible nights of entertainment.  It’s truly amazing to see how much talent we have in this small city of ours.  I’m certainly excited to see what next year will bring!”

Winners of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project awards are…

 

www.48hourfilm.com/orlando

Best Costumes/Wardrobe (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • The Wendigo – Team Awesome

Best Choreography (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • La Venganza – The Presidium

Best Musical Score (tie)

  • The Grand – DM Productions
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Special Effects

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Graphics

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Use of Dialogue (tie)

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Use of Prop

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Use of Character

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Sound Design

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films (Runner Up)

Best Cinematography

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Acting (Ensemble)

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Editing

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Writing

  • Another Day – Potato

Best Direction (tie)

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films
  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Film Runner Up (tie)

  • Another Day – Potato
  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Film

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Congratulations to all the winners! The Best Film for Orlando, TechSquad, now advances to the 48 Hour Filmapalooza, March 6-10th, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana,

 

Also, if you didn’t read the article in Orlando Weekly by Cameron Meier on the 48 Hour Film Project Orlando, you should check it out!

A great insight into being a 48 Hour filmmaker


Networking Opportunity: September WIFT Wednesdays at 310 Lakeside

Every 4th Wednesday of the month!       6-9pm

310 Lakeside Restaurant
301 East Pine St., Orlando 32801
*Street Parking is FREE after 6PM

  • September 25
  • October 23

Mix and mingle with your fellow Women in Film and Television members in a casual setting every 4th Wednesday of the month for WIFT Wednesdays.

(Cash Bar) Drink Specials:
All Three Olives Vodka flavors $4
16oz. Draft specials – Bud Light $2 / Peroni $3
All Domestic Bottled beers $3
House Wines $5
Well Drinks $4

Free and open to the public.

Come learn more about WIFT-FL and what we have to offer industry professionals!


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