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    Lots of screenings coming up in December!  Come join us: In West Palm Beach, on December 11, the Animation and Digital Arts Program will screen the Best Films of 2013 at The Harriet Himmel Theater, City Place.   7 PM Screening.  Limited tickets available.  Please RSVP by 12/9 to dbrookes@foundation.fsu.edu or 561-340-5015. December  12, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema, we’ll see the BFA F1 films. December 13, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema will be a  screening of our MFA Directing I films. December 14, 6 PM at the Student Life Cinema the graduating BFAs' Thesis films will be screened.  Tickets necessary.  Contact Emily Burgess at 850 644 4927. From Paul Cohen, Director Torchlight Program:  “I am thrilled to announce the theatrical release of the feature documentary Dislecksia: The Movie , this Friday, Dec. 6th (7:00PM), at the Challenger Center's IMAX Theater. The film, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Pantoliano, has recently played more than 60 cities as it opens throughout the U . S . and Canada. This documentary has garnered strong positive reviews from  the NY Times, LA Weekly, Roger Ebert.com, amongst many others. As the Executive Producer of the film, it will be my privilege to host the Director, Harvey Hubbell V, in a post screening Q+ A.  Our interning students have been spreading the word on this educational and entertaining film and will be in attendance to meet and greet the director.  The film has continued to expand its run due to requests and has now been booked into a theater in our city. Please feel free to send this to anyone you feel may find it of interest.” From Arturo Yepez (MFA07)  “I am very honored and scared about this, but I know it has to do with what I learned at the FSU Film Schoolhttp://variety.com/2013/biz/news/rising-stars-latin-american-talent-1200856868/ “  Congratulatons, Arturo! Help, please!  We will be doing a mailing to Film School alumni in the next months or so, and know so many of you have moved and not given me a new address.  Please take a minute right now and reply to this email, giving me your current mailing address and phone.  As I am thinking more and more about retirement, if we don’t have good addresses for you, its going to be hard for someone else to track you down and we definitely don’t want to lose you. In the last Warren Report I posted this:  “From Jon Swindall (MFA 01):  Check out this music video!  I collaborated with 36 other filmmakers to create the new Lovett video “All The Tn”.  Each director was givn a single line of the song and asked to create one shot for each word.  Our video just got listed as a staff pick of the week on Vimeo.  Check it out here:  http://bit.ly/1bsbORB “   Several other alums who collaborated on this are Andrew Hevia (BFA 06), Barry Jenkins (BFA 03), Adele Romanski, who produced it (BFA 04), James Laxton (BFA 03), Gates Bradley (BFA 02) and Chris Alender (BFA 98).  From Susan Bell (MFA 05)  “In September I left my technologist job to take a position as Sr. Project Manager of Interactive at a San Francisco digital agency, only to be offered a job weeks later by NASA!  So I am now happily ensconced back in Southern California working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at Caltech.  I am an Interactive Producer in the Earth Science division working across all media types:  vdeo, web, graphics, social.  NASA has many missions and satellites that study the Earth, from the carbon cycle to ocean currents (it’s not all about exploring Mars) and I’m happy to be able to contribute in a small way to a better understanding of our home planet.  JPL’s campus in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena is twice the size of Disneyland and employs 5,000 of the brightest minds you’ve ever met—it is so awesome to be here.” Claudia Johnson’s film The Other Side of Silence was the festival’s most-screened entry and received the Hold Jury Prize n Seattle’s Social Justice Film Festival, October 1-13.  Judges said of Johnson’s work “a brilliant job of exposing hard truths about power and oppression and the unconscious ways our culture tolerates and accepts those structures.” Something to put on your calendars:  Our Film School LA screening will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Writers Guild. William Brock’s (MFA-W14) story “Silence” was published in the 6th and final issue of “Trembles Magazine”, Friday, November 8. From Seth Epstein (MFA 13)  “Since moving to Los Angeles, I was hired on as a key grip on a Canadian grass seed commercial with Vince, the Slap Chop Guy, and then as a key grip on a low-budget horror feature with Eric Roberts, who I am happy to say likes Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys:)   My brother Ben (Epstein (BFA 09) and I just co-directed a short together “M is for Milf” that we submitted to the horror competition, “The ABC’s of Death 2”.  It was great to be back in the director’s chair and working with other FSU Fil alumni:  Ben Epstein (co-director), Andrew Penczner (BFA 10) (Director of Photography), Job Jaime (MFA 13) (production designer), and Elliot Sutherland (MFA 13) (Asst. Camera).  The film starred Kim Poirier who you might remember as the hot slutty girl Monica in the most recent “Dawn of the Dead”.  I just produced 3 music videos the past week, which was quite the feat, but always looking for more to do.  Anyway, things are moving along out here, and I hope everyone is doing good back in Tally.” LA:  “Not for profit company looking for young and enthusiastic video editors to help with in house video production.  The short form videos we create are used to highlight the work we do around the world and help raise our foundation’s awareness.   This is a great opportunity to grow and learn.  The ability to think and edit outside the bos and approach films in an inventive way is a must.  Must be able to read field notes and develop a story arc.  Some motion graphis experience would be benficiaatl but not reqires.  Please submit a resume and a bit abut yourself.  Please list all programs that you are proficient in.  Send resumes to starkeyeditor@gmail.com.  NOTE:  It's a non profit that specializes in fitting deaf people around the world with hearing aids, but it goes beyond that. Content would center around the above as well as the partnerships created with other non profits. So while they may cut a short film around a hearing aid fitting, they may also cut a short piece highlighting another nonprofit we work with. Example- we just shot and edited a shirt film for Thorn (Demi Moore and Ashton Kuchers Non Profit.) highlighting the work that are doing against child trafficking.  From Diego Araujo (MFA  04)  “Very good news with my film, on Variety:   http://variety.com/2013/film/international/m-appeal-takes-holiday-exclusive-1200865239/ From Ian Edward Weir (MFA  07)  “I'm super excited to share the first of two PSA's I created for Star Metro. I came up with the concept, directed, filmed, edited, scored and did VFX. I was going for the look and feel of "The Dark Knight" with Lucius Fox telling Bruce Wayne about the features of his new state of the art ride. "Test Driver" Stars the amazing Bill Kelly! Please watch in HD and take a ride on the future! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i7LnHzRMuA”   ‘And the documentary film The 'Florida Wildlife Corridor: Everglades to Okefenokee', which I scored won an Emmy in documentary category! From Marla DuMont (MFAW 08)  “My first Mike & Molly "teleplay by" credit will air on Monday, December 9th at 9pm on CBS.  Exciting stuff!  Please watch and support the show!” From Kelsey Scott (MFA  99)  “Actor/Writer Cullen Douglas, (Lead in ’99 THE BUSE – Directed by Kelsey Scott, MFA '99) is currently in pre-production on the  film BUILDING BRIDGES – Based on an incredible, untold true story involving a school shooting and the collateral damage left behind.  Douglas will star alongside Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds), Jeff Perry (Scandal), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) and Guillermo Diaz (Scandal). Steppenwolf Films is producing. Directed by Tom Verica, the film is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to assist with funding - http://kck.st/IiVY0o From Cherie Saulter (BFA  06)  “Really excited that This Is Martin Bonner, which I produced, has been nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. We're nominated for the John Cassavetes Award. http://www.indiewire.com/article/2014-spirit-award-nomination-being-announced-in-progress. The film is available on Netflix if anyone wants to check it out.” From Grace Hendley (BFA  11)  “A few months ago I decided that I really wanted to find a way to get involved with either documentary work or nonprofit work, this desire lead me to apply to an Production Assistant internship with the non-profit Invisible Children (http://invisiblechildren.com/). I applied back in September and found out last week that I was chosen for the position!! I will be headed to San Diego for about 4 months, the internship starts this coming January. I'm really excited about having the opportunity to be a part of their team and gain some experience in the world of non-profits.” From Christina Campagnola (BFA 12)  “I am attending the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from January 20th - 26th and have space available in my lodge if anyone is looking for a place to stay. Please e-mail me at campagnola.christina@gmail.com. Would love to meet up with any alumni attending the festival!” Today marks the 10 DAY COUNTDOWN for the MFA Thesis Kickstarter! We've done a few updates of our thesis process, with location scouting, casting and ASC workshops since the original video. The most recent video is especially fun, showing a workshop with our visiting ASC instructor, in which we make people into 2-foot garden gnomes on green screen! Check it out http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389743639/fsu-film-school-2014-mfa-thesis-films/posts/679540. We’re excited to tell these stories and hope you’ll contribute in whatever way you can (and share the link)! Thanks! From Paul Cohen, Director of the Torchlight Program:  “We are immediately recruiting November 25th through, Jan. 10th, 2014 (the last day of drop add week for the spring semester), if you would like to apply for department credit for this internship. This opportunity has led to a powerful resume building professional experience for our previous interning students.Call or E-mail Gayle Gari E-mail: pcasstgayle@gmail.com   Mobile: 845.300.0268for more information or to set up an appointment for an interview and we will respond promptly to your inquiry:  I am recruiting select groups of student team members to directly assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company that consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the film industry. Selected interns will work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases (a number of Sundance Film Festival favorites) as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival presentations and screenings, during this upcoming semester.  MFA Thesis Auditions:  The FSU Film School will hold open casting calls for Graduate Thesis Films on:  Sunday, December 8, 2013  from 10:00AM - 7:00PM  No appointment needed. No experience necessary.  These auditions are being held to cast specific roles in our 2014 MFA Thesis Films. If you would like to see if there is an appropriate role for you, please visit ourwebsite:http://fsufilmcasting.webs.com/2014thesisfilms.htm On the website you will find a short synopsis of each film as well as character descriptions and script sides. Please choose a role for which you would like to read, and come in prepared to perform that side.What to expect at the audition:  When you come in, we will take a headshot and get some basic info from you (name, contact info, experience, interests, etc.). You may also bring a headshot and/or resume, but it is not necessary. We will bring you into a room where we will then video record you performing the side you selected. Depending on how many people show up, the whole process can take anywhere from a half hour to about 2 hours.  When the students are ready to start casting for their films, they will refer to these auditions to find someone who fits their casting needs. If there is a match, the student will contact you. That's it!  The FSU Film School is located in the University Center, Building A (on the north side of the Doak Campbell Stadium), off Pensacola Street atChampions Way, Tallahassee, FL.  For more information about the auditions, please contact Becky Peck, Casting Director, by email at mfacastingfsu@gmail.com. For more information about the MFA Class of 2014, and to contribute to their Kickstarter fundraising campaign, please visit their site at:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389743639/fsu-film-school-2014-mfa-thesis-films From Adam Ganse (MFA 11)  "My wife and I are looking for someone in Los Angeles to dog-sit and/or house-sit while we are traveling for the holidays.  We will be away from Friday 12/20 until Friday 12/27.  We have two well-behaved, medium sized dogs and we live in a one-bedroom apartment in East Hollywood.  Anyone interested is more than welcome to stay at our place, or keep the dogs at your own place.  Either arrangement works for us.  We are offering to pay anyone who can do us this huge favor.  If you are available and interested, please contact me at: ganse.adam@gmail.com.  Thanks!" FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – December 5, 2013 Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Eric/Hyungjik Lee), Moonbounce (BFA F3 2013 Michael Kefeyalew), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were chosen for the Best of Brouhaha sidebar at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, April 4-13. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/. Runaway Renn also won an Audience Award in the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase in Orlando, November 23-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.enzian.org. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in San Francisco, January 25-26. For more information about this festival, go to http://baicff.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the inaugural Flagler Film Festival in Palm Coast, Florida, January 10-12. For more information about this festival, go to www.flaglerfilmfestival.com. Stroll (BFA Documentary 2012 Peter Davis), Remain Still (BFA F1 2012 Armaan Uplekar), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013Curtis Adair), The Eyes of Heaven (BFA Thesis 2011 Grace Hendley) were selected for screening at the FSU Black Film Festival on January 17 on campus. Underground (MFA Thesis 2010 Akil DuPont) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Black Hollywood African American S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase in Los Angeles, December 13-15. For more information about this showcase, go to http://www.bherc.org/. Me & My Deadbeat Husband (MFA Thesis 2012 Deirdre Morales) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Though Women’s Eyes All-Day Movie-Thon in Sarasota on February 4.  Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi)and Polterghost (BFA F3 2013 Zack Ogle) were selected for screening at Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 9-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.mockfilmfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, April 3-12. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.jp2filmfestival.com/. Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) will be the African American Category Award Winner for the East Region at the DGA Student Film Awards in New York City on December 4. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.dga.org/Awards/Students.aspx. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): To the Moon (BFA F3 2013 Eric Jaffe), Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), A Pony for Connie (BFA Thesis 2011 Tansy Michaud), Wannabe (BFA Thesis 2012 Christina Campagnola), Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012Andrea Puente), Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), Monster (MFA D2 2013 Noah Camenker), Be Mime (MFA D2 2013 Katie Harbin), Lemonopolis (BFA F3 2013 Josh Cartwright), A Penny’s Worth (MFA D2 2013 Kendall McCrory), The End is Near (MFA D2 2013 Che Espiritu), and The Hatchling (BFA F3 2012 John Wikstrom) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, December 14-15. For more information about this festival, go to www.lachildrensfilm.org. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle on January 11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.empmuseum.org/programs-plus-education/programs/science-fiction-plus-fantasy-short-film-festival.aspx. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, January 23 – February 2. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org. Out of Hand (BFA F3 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the BAM Kids International Children’s Film Festival in Brooklyn, February 22-23. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.bam.org/film/2013/bamkids-film-festival. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org.     -- Meryl Warren, Director of Alumni            College of Motion Picture ArtsA3100 University Center, Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL 32306-2350888 644 7728 x215;  850 644 2626 faxmwarren@film.fsu.edufilm.fsu.eduSee More

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    Lots of screenings coming up in December!  Come join us: In West Palm Beach, on December 11, the Animation and Digital Arts Program will screen the Best Films of 2013 at The Harriet Himmel Theater, City Place.   7 PM Screening.  Limited tickets available.  Please RSVP by 12/9 to dbrookes@foundation.fsu.edu or 561-340-5015. December  12, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema, we’ll see the BFA F1 films. December 13, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema will be a  screening of our MFA Directing I films. December 14, 6 PM at the Student Life Cinema the graduating BFAs' Thesis films will be screened.  Tickets necessary.  Contact Emily Burgess at 850 644 4927. From Paul Cohen, Director Torchlight Program:  “I am thrilled to announce the theatrical release of the feature documentary Dislecksia: The Movie , this Friday, Dec. 6th (7:00PM), at the Challenger Center's IMAX Theater. The film, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Pantoliano, has recently played more than 60 cities as it opens throughout the U . S . and Canada. This documentary has garnered strong positive reviews from  the NY Times, LA Weekly, Roger Ebert.com, amongst many others. As the Executive Producer of the film, it will be my privilege to host the Director, Harvey Hubbell V, in a post screening Q+ A.  Our interning students have been spreading the word on this educational and entertaining film and will be in attendance to meet and greet the director.  The film has continued to expand its run due to requests and has now been booked into a theater in our city. Please feel free to send this to anyone you feel may find it of interest.” From Arturo Yepez (MFA07)  “I am very honored and scared about this, but I know it has to do with what I learned at the FSU Film Schoolhttp://variety.com/2013/biz/news/rising-stars-latin-american-talent-1200856868/ “  Congratulatons, Arturo! Help, please!  We will be doing a mailing to Film School alumni in the next months or so, and know so many of you have moved and not given me a new address.  Please take a minute right now and reply to this email, giving me your current mailing address and phone.  As I am thinking more and more about retirement, if we don’t have good addresses for you, its going to be hard for someone else to track you down and we definitely don’t want to lose you. In the last Warren Report I posted this:  “From Jon Swindall (MFA 01):  Check out this music video!  I collaborated with 36 other filmmakers to create the new Lovett video “All The Tn”.  Each director was givn a single line of the song and asked to create one shot for each word.  Our video just got listed as a staff pick of the week on Vimeo.  Check it out here:  http://bit.ly/1bsbORB “   Several other alums who collaborated on this are Andrew Hevia (BFA 06), Barry Jenkins (BFA 03), Adele Romanski, who produced it (BFA 04), James Laxton (BFA 03), Gates Bradley (BFA 02) and Chris Alender (BFA 98).  From Susan Bell (MFA 05)  “In September I left my technologist job to take a position as Sr. Project Manager of Interactive at a San Francisco digital agency, only to be offered a job weeks later by NASA!  So I am now happily ensconced back in Southern California working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at Caltech.  I am an Interactive Producer in the Earth Science division working across all media types:  vdeo, web, graphics, social.  NASA has many missions and satellites that study the Earth, from the carbon cycle to ocean currents (it’s not all about exploring Mars) and I’m happy to be able to contribute in a small way to a better understanding of our home planet.  JPL’s campus in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena is twice the size of Disneyland and employs 5,000 of the brightest minds you’ve ever met—it is so awesome to be here.” Claudia Johnson’s film The Other Side of Silence was the festival’s most-screened entry and received the Hold Jury Prize n Seattle’s Social Justice Film Festival, October 1-13.  Judges said of Johnson’s work “a brilliant job of exposing hard truths about power and oppression and the unconscious ways our culture tolerates and accepts those structures.” Something to put on your calendars:  Our Film School LA screening will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Writers Guild. William Brock’s (MFA-W14) story “Silence” was published in the 6th and final issue of “Trembles Magazine”, Friday, November 8. From Seth Epstein (MFA 13)  “Since moving to Los Angeles, I was hired on as a key grip on a Canadian grass seed commercial with Vince, the Slap Chop Guy, and then as a key grip on a low-budget horror feature with Eric Roberts, who I am happy to say likes Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys:)   My brother Ben (Epstein (BFA 09) and I just co-directed a short together “M is for Milf” that we submitted to the horror competition, “The ABC’s of Death 2”.  It was great to be back in the director’s chair and working with other FSU Fil alumni:  Ben Epstein (co-director), Andrew Penczner (BFA 10) (Director of Photography), Job Jaime (MFA 13) (production designer), and Elliot Sutherland (MFA 13) (Asst. Camera).  The film starred Kim Poirier who you might remember as the hot slutty girl Monica in the most recent “Dawn of the Dead”.  I just produced 3 music videos the past week, which was quite the feat, but always looking for more to do.  Anyway, things are moving along out here, and I hope everyone is doing good back in Tally.” LA:  “Not for profit company looking for young and enthusiastic video editors to help with in house video production.  The short form videos we create are used to highlight the work we do around the world and help raise our foundation’s awareness.   This is a great opportunity to grow and learn.  The ability to think and edit outside the bos and approach films in an inventive way is a must.  Must be able to read field notes and develop a story arc.  Some motion graphis experience would be benficiaatl but not reqires.  Please submit a resume and a bit abut yourself.  Please list all programs that you are proficient in.  Send resumes to starkeyeditor@gmail.com.  NOTE:  It's a non profit that specializes in fitting deaf people around the world with hearing aids, but it goes beyond that. Content would center around the above as well as the partnerships created with other non profits. So while they may cut a short film around a hearing aid fitting, they may also cut a short piece highlighting another nonprofit we work with. Example- we just shot and edited a shirt film for Thorn (Demi Moore and Ashton Kuchers Non Profit.) highlighting the work that are doing against child trafficking.  From Diego Araujo (MFA  04)  “Very good news with my film, on Variety:   http://variety.com/2013/film/international/m-appeal-takes-holiday-exclusive-1200865239/ From Ian Edward Weir (MFA  07)  “I'm super excited to share the first of two PSA's I created for Star Metro. I came up with the concept, directed, filmed, edited, scored and did VFX. I was going for the look and feel of "The Dark Knight" with Lucius Fox telling Bruce Wayne about the features of his new state of the art ride. "Test Driver" Stars the amazing Bill Kelly! Please watch in HD and take a ride on the future! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i7LnHzRMuA”   ‘And the documentary film The 'Florida Wildlife Corridor: Everglades to Okefenokee', which I scored won an Emmy in documentary category! From Marla DuMont (MFAW 08)  “My first Mike & Molly "teleplay by" credit will air on Monday, December 9th at 9pm on CBS.  Exciting stuff!  Please watch and support the show!” From Kelsey Scott (MFA  99)  “Actor/Writer Cullen Douglas, (Lead in ’99 THE BUSE – Directed by Kelsey Scott, MFA '99) is currently in pre-production on the  film BUILDING BRIDGES – Based on an incredible, untold true story involving a school shooting and the collateral damage left behind.  Douglas will star alongside Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds), Jeff Perry (Scandal), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) and Guillermo Diaz (Scandal). Steppenwolf Films is producing. Directed by Tom Verica, the film is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to assist with funding - http://kck.st/IiVY0o From Cherie Saulter (BFA  06)  “Really excited that This Is Martin Bonner, which I produced, has been nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. We're nominated for the John Cassavetes Award. http://www.indiewire.com/article/2014-spirit-award-nomination-being-announced-in-progress. The film is available on Netflix if anyone wants to check it out.” From Grace Hendley (BFA  11)  “A few months ago I decided that I really wanted to find a way to get involved with either documentary work or nonprofit work, this desire lead me to apply to an Production Assistant internship with the non-profit Invisible Children (http://invisiblechildren.com/). I applied back in September and found out last week that I was chosen for the position!! I will be headed to San Diego for about 4 months, the internship starts this coming January. I'm really excited about having the opportunity to be a part of their team and gain some experience in the world of non-profits.” From Christina Campagnola (BFA 12)  “I am attending the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from January 20th - 26th and have space available in my lodge if anyone is looking for a place to stay. Please e-mail me at campagnola.christina@gmail.com. Would love to meet up with any alumni attending the festival!” Today marks the 10 DAY COUNTDOWN for the MFA Thesis Kickstarter! We've done a few updates of our thesis process, with location scouting, casting and ASC workshops since the original video. The most recent video is especially fun, showing a workshop with our visiting ASC instructor, in which we make people into 2-foot garden gnomes on green screen! Check it out http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389743639/fsu-film-school-2014-mfa-thesis-films/posts/679540. We’re excited to tell these stories and hope you’ll contribute in whatever way you can (and share the link)! Thanks! From Paul Cohen, Director of the Torchlight Program:  “We are immediately recruiting November 25th through, Jan. 10th, 2014 (the last day of drop add week for the spring semester), if you would like to apply for department credit for this internship. This opportunity has led to a powerful resume building professional experience for our previous interning students.Call or E-mail Gayle Gari E-mail: pcasstgayle@gmail.com   Mobile: 845.300.0268for more information or to set up an appointment for an interview and we will respond promptly to your inquiry:  I am recruiting select groups of student team members to directly assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company that consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the film industry. Selected interns will work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases (a number of Sundance Film Festival favorites) as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival presentations and screenings, during this upcoming semester.  MFA Thesis Auditions:  The FSU Film School will hold open casting calls for Graduate Thesis Films on:  Sunday, December 8, 2013  from 10:00AM - 7:00PM  No appointment needed. No experience necessary.  These auditions are being held to cast specific roles in our 2014 MFA Thesis Films. If you would like to see if there is an appropriate role for you, please visit ourwebsite:http://fsufilmcasting.webs.com/2014thesisfilms.htm On the website you will find a short synopsis of each film as well as character descriptions and script sides. Please choose a role for which you would like to read, and come in prepared to perform that side.What to expect at the audition:  When you come in, we will take a headshot and get some basic info from you (name, contact info, experience, interests, etc.). You may also bring a headshot and/or resume, but it is not necessary. We will bring you into a room where we will then video record you performing the side you selected. Depending on how many people show up, the whole process can take anywhere from a half hour to about 2 hours.  When the students are ready to start casting for their films, they will refer to these auditions to find someone who fits their casting needs. If there is a match, the student will contact you. That's it!  The FSU Film School is located in the University Center, Building A (on the north side of the Doak Campbell Stadium), off Pensacola Street atChampions Way, Tallahassee, FL.  For more information about the auditions, please contact Becky Peck, Casting Director, by email at mfacastingfsu@gmail.com. For more information about the MFA Class of 2014, and to contribute to their Kickstarter fundraising campaign, please visit their site at:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389743639/fsu-film-school-2014-mfa-thesis-films From Adam Ganse (MFA 11)  "My wife and I are looking for someone in Los Angeles to dog-sit and/or house-sit while we are traveling for the holidays.  We will be away from Friday 12/20 until Friday 12/27.  We have two well-behaved, medium sized dogs and we live in a one-bedroom apartment in East Hollywood.  Anyone interested is more than welcome to stay at our place, or keep the dogs at your own place.  Either arrangement works for us.  We are offering to pay anyone who can do us this huge favor.  If you are available and interested, please contact me at: ganse.adam@gmail.com.  Thanks!" FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – December 5, 2013 Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Eric/Hyungjik Lee), Moonbounce (BFA F3 2013 Michael Kefeyalew), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were chosen for the Best of Brouhaha sidebar at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, April 4-13. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/. Runaway Renn also won an Audience Award in the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase in Orlando, November 23-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.enzian.org. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in San Francisco, January 25-26. For more information about this festival, go to http://baicff.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the inaugural Flagler Film Festival in Palm Coast, Florida, January 10-12. For more information about this festival, go to www.flaglerfilmfestival.com. Stroll (BFA Documentary 2012 Peter Davis), Remain Still (BFA F1 2012 Armaan Uplekar), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013Curtis Adair), The Eyes of Heaven (BFA Thesis 2011 Grace Hendley) were selected for screening at the FSU Black Film Festival on January 17 on campus. Underground (MFA Thesis 2010 Akil DuPont) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Black Hollywood African American S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase in Los Angeles, December 13-15. For more information about this showcase, go to http://www.bherc.org/. Me & My Deadbeat Husband (MFA Thesis 2012 Deirdre Morales) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Though Women’s Eyes All-Day Movie-Thon in Sarasota on February 4.  Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi)and Polterghost (BFA F3 2013 Zack Ogle) were selected for screening at Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 9-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.mockfilmfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, April 3-12. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.jp2filmfestival.com/. Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) will be the African American Category Award Winner for the East Region at the DGA Student Film Awards in New York City on December 4. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.dga.org/Awards/Students.aspx. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): To the Moon (BFA F3 2013 Eric Jaffe), Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), A Pony for Connie (BFA Thesis 2011 Tansy Michaud), Wannabe (BFA Thesis 2012 Christina Campagnola), Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012Andrea Puente), Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), Monster (MFA D2 2013 Noah Camenker), Be Mime (MFA D2 2013 Katie Harbin), Lemonopolis (BFA F3 2013 Josh Cartwright), A Penny’s Worth (MFA D2 2013 Kendall McCrory), The End is Near (MFA D2 2013 Che Espiritu), and The Hatchling (BFA F3 2012 John Wikstrom) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, December 14-15. For more information about this festival, go to www.lachildrensfilm.org. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle on January 11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.empmuseum.org/programs-plus-education/programs/science-fiction-plus-fantasy-short-film-festival.aspx. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, January 23 – February 2. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org. Out of Hand (BFA F3 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the BAM Kids International Children’s Film Festival in Brooklyn, February 22-23. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.bam.org/film/2013/bamkids-film-festival. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org.     -- Meryl Warren, Director of Alumni            College of Motion Picture ArtsA3100 University Center, Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL 32306-2350888 644 7728 x215;  850 644 2626 faxmwarren@film.fsu.edufilm.fsu.eduSee More

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    Don’t forget all the screenings this week:   December  12, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema, we’ll see the BFA F1 films. December 13, 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema will be a  screening of our MFA Directing I films. December 14, 6 PM at the Student Life Cinema the graduating BFAs' Thesis films will be screened.  Tickets necessary.  Contact Emily Burgess at 850 644 4927. Attention MFA students and Graduate alumni:  Its time to make nominations for the Graduate Faculty Mentor Awards program.  The program recognizes faculty mentors whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate education and mentoring, have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of graduate students at FSU.  Mentoring is distinct from advising…it involves professors acting as close, trusted and experienced colleagues and guides.  Awards will be presented in the Spring and include a $3000 award for each winner.    If you would like to nominate a faculty member, contact Linda Hensley at lhensley@fsu.edu and she will provide you with a simple form that needs to be completed.  Since the application process after the original nomination form is rather complicated for our staff, please contact Linda immediately if you plan to nominate someone. From Sandra Valde (BFA 97)  “the film, I was the cinematographer on WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD directed by Gregg Araki will be in this year's 2014 Sundance Premiere Lineup.  This is my second film with cult director, Gregg Araki and I'm super proud of this film. So any FSU alum going to Sundance I would absolutely love to see there, because I will be there!” Congratulations to Richard Portman, who will be one of four FSU faculty members to receive the  FSU Torch Award at a Reception and Dinner hosted by President Barron and Provost Stokes! From Amanda Nelis (BFA 06)  “"I've recently moved back to Atlanta from L.A. I was working a graveyard shift job that I didn't care for very much and then learned that my sister had gotten a job in Los Angeles too and was going to be moving in along with her husband and baby. And as that would be just a bit too much for one little apartment and because I heard that the film industry had really taken off in Georgia, I decided to move back! Right now I'm working as an administrative assistant at a moving company that specializes in antiques and fine art and volunteering on projects on the side while writing in my spare time. I'd love to meet up and hang out with other film school alumni in the Atlanta area and assist with any of their projects!" From Shane Houghton (BFA 07)  “I recently started a staff writing gig at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on a new show called BAD SEEDS. This is my first staff writing job in animation, although I've written pilot episodes for a few shows that my brother and I had in development. Together, my brother Chris and I currently have an animated show in development at Disney.   In the comics writing world, this year I finished up writing the series FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES and wrote five SIMPSONS COMICS stories and one for SPONGEBOB COMICS.” From Kim Rice (MFA 06)  “I am proud to finally present the first installment of ECHOLLECTIVE - a monthly video project I've been working on. It’s a collection of various, rotating Eastside bands, mashed up to perform an original song. If you like what you hear please subscribe to the ECHOLLECTIVE youtube page and check out the info of the bands below the video (including their next LA shows). Thanks for everyone’s support on this project to help bring our Echo Park music family into the light they so deserve. Enjoy Nightbirds by The Adam Oliver band! With Adam Oliver, The Lexingtons , Blazing Hips , Sadie&TheBlueEyedDevils , Fairbanks music From Vivian Xavier (MFA 13)  " I shot a music video that was interpretive dance choreographed to a blues and jazz fusion song and the video is currently in post production. I am currently contracted to be an in house cinematographer for Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. She was awarded the Oscar for best doc short for 2012. This affords me the opportunity to try something new and exciting as my education has been strictly narrative fiction. As a cinematographer this opportunity will teach me to work quickly and efficiently because of the nature of genre, and i am hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of my favourite cinematographers who got their start in documentaries" From Bruce Bullock (MFA 94)  “Jason Beghe, star of the new NBC cop drama Chicago PD, joins the cast of the independent animated feature film Dawgtown. No stranger to tough-guy roles, Beghe will provide the voice of the lead nemesis in the picture, a champion battle dog named Mauler. Dawgtown is the story of a young Pitbull named Max, who is taken from his owner and forced into the brutal world of underground dog fighting.  As a competitor in the mostwell-funded pit-fighting organization in the world, he leads the other dogs in a dangerous fight for freedom. It’s Gladiator meets Animal Farm.  Refreshing about Dawgtown is that it is being produced in the style and technique of traditional hand-drawn animation, which audiences are seeing less and less of these days.  Its look, from the characters to the backgrounds, is inspired by the styles of Urban and Graffiti Art.”From Bruce Bullock (MFA 94), co-producer "Dawgtown":  To all FSU alumni in the Los Angeles area:  "Dawgtown" seeks a videographer to cover a studio recording session with the director of "Dawgtown," Justin Murphy, and actor Jason Beghe, star of NBC's new drama "Chicago PD," in downtown Los Angeles at 10 am, Friday January 3rd.  Videographer must provide his/her own HD video camera, tripod and AKS.  Gig should last no more than four hours.  No Compensation but screen credit provided.  If interested, contact Justin Murphy at offcenterpic@yahoo.com or (904) 288-9112.”       From Jeff Davis:  “I am an actor and screenwriter.  I wrote a film called "The Porterhouse" about a hostage situation in a steakhouse restaurant on the eve of an anti-Bush protest circa 2004.  In the film a washed up waiter from Queens has to decide whether or not to defend his friend, a young Iranian busboy, from an accusation of grand larceny by a violence prone manager.  The film is a little like "3:10 to Yuma" in a steakhouse restaurant with a dash of political metaphor thrown in. I shot a promo reel for the film that was featured on IndieWire (.http://www.indiewire.com/article/project-of-the-day-once-upon-a-time-in-the-steakhouse).  Taylor Kowalski, "Xander" on "Homeland", has written me a letter of intent expressing his desire to play the lead in the film.  Susan Leber, the line producer for "Margin Call", has written a preliminary budget and Robi Michael, the 2011 New York Short Film Festival winner has committed to direct.  My need right now is a co-producer.  The film is partially financed.  I am looking for someone who can help with creative development, budgeting and resourcing.  I am a very collaborative, and open to all ideas/suggestions.  Feel free to call with questions.  More about the project can be found here: www.theporterhousemovie.com     Email jeffreydelanodavis@gmail.com LA Internship:  Good Universe (formerly Mandate Pictures) known for NEIGHBORS, OLDBOY, LAST VEGAS, THIS IS THE END, EVIL DEAD, 50/50, HOPE SPRINGS, THE POSSESSION, HAROLD & KUMAR, STRANGER THAN FICTION, JUNO, THE STRANGERS, etc. seeks smart, motivated interns for its Spring 2014 Film Development internship program.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: reading and evaluating script, book, and article submissions, updating company script and DVD databases, pitching material to executives, attending weekly staff meetings, compiling film festival grids, researching short films and up-and-coming talent, and covering executives’ desks/phones when needed. 

In addition to daily administrative/creative tasks, the internship also involves a Q&A dinner with Good Universe’s creative executives and intern lunches on film finance, physical production and film marketing. Overall, the experience is meant to expose interns to the world of film development and give them a better understanding of the processes and infrastructure of a film financier/production company.  The position is unpaid and candidates must receive school credit. Hiring will take place from now through early December and the internship will run from January through May/June. To apply, send resumes, cover letters and dates when you will be in Los Angeles and available to work to gooduniverseinternship@gmail.com. Askew Student Life Cinema hosts the FSU Film School’s F1s Thu. Dec. 12th 7 PM; D1s Fri. Dec. 13th 7 PM;  BFA Graduation Sat. Dec. 14th 5 PM with BFA Thesis Screening 6 PM (Tickets required for Sat. main theater seating). Check out the ASLC Early Spring 2014 movie montage at https://www.facebook.com/studentlifecinema/posts/10152026267891072  FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – December 12, 2013 Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at RadCon SciFi/Fantasy Convention in Pasco, Washington, February 14-16. For more information about this con, go to www.radcon.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Crypticon Seattle, May 23-25. For more information about this con, go to www.crypticonseattle.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival in Richland, Washington in September/October. For more information about this festival, go to tcif3.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi) and Polterghost (BFA F3 2013 Zack Ogle) were selected for screening at the Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 9-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.mockfilmfest.com.  Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson) was selected for screening at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in San Francisco, January 25-26. For more information about this festival, go to http://baicff.com.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): Underground (MFA Thesis 2010 Akil DuPont) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Black Hollywood African American S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase in Los Angeles, December 13-15. For more information about this showcase, go to http://www.bherc.org/. To the Moon (BFA F3 2013 Eric Jaffe), Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), A Pony for Connie (BFA Thesis 2011 Tansy Michaud), Wannabe (BFA Thesis 2012 Christina Campagnola), Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente), Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), Monster (MFA D2 2013 Noah Camenker), Be Mime (MFA D2 2013 Katie Harbin), Lemonopolis (BFA F3 2013 Josh Cartwright), A Penny’s Worth (MFA D2 2013 Kendall McCrory), The End is Near (MFA D2 2013 Che Espiritu), and The Hatchling (BFA F3 2012 John Wikstrom) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, December 14-15. For more information about this festival, go to www.lachildrensfilm.org. Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi) was selected for screening at Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 9-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.mockfilmfest.com. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle on January 11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.empmuseum.org/programs-plus-education/programs/science-fiction-plus-fantasy-short-film-festival.aspx. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the inaugural Flagler Film Festival in Palm Coast, Florida, January 10-12. For more information about this festival, go to www.flaglerfilmfestival.com. Stroll (BFA Documentary 2012 Peter Davis), Remain Still (BFA F1 2012 Armaan Uplekar), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair), The Eyes of Heaven (BFA Thesis 2011 Grace Hendley) were selected for screening at the FSU Black Film Festival on January 17 on campus. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, January 23 – February 2. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org. Out of Hand (BFA F3 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the BAM Kids International Children’s Film Festival in Brooklyn, February 22-23. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.bam.org/film/2013/bamkids-film-festival. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 20-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.beloitfilmfest.org. Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth) was selected for screening at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in San Francisco, January 25-26. For more information about this festival, go to http://baicff.com. Me & My Deadbeat Husband (MFA Thesis 2012 Deirdre Morales) was invited to screen in a retrospective of festival favorites in the Though Women’s Eyes All-Day Movie-Thon in Sarasota on February 4.  Runaway Renn (BFA Thesis 2012 Zach Johnson), Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Eric/Hyungjik Lee), Moonbounce (BFA F3 2013 Michael Kefeyalew), Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were chosen for the Best of Brouhaha sidebar at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, April 4-13. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/. Runaway Renn also won an Audience Award in the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase in Orlando, November 23-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.enzian.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, April 3-12. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.jp2filmfestival.com/.See More

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