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    Meryl Warren's blog post was featured

    Warren Report 12/12/13

    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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    Meryl Warren posted a blog post

    Warren Report 1/2/14

    Congratulations to the BFA Class of 2014 – a great screening of thesis films.  And special congrats to Drew Angle who received the $2500 Pathfinder Award provided by Samantha and Wes Strickland, and to Elias Inaty who received the $2500 Student Mentor Award created by former film faculty member Chip Chalmers. From Chris Amick (BFA 10)  “I'm very excited to announce that Ben Mekler (BFA 10), myself, and our friend Dave Soldinger recently co-wrote a few projects for Adult Swim! They have been producing infomercial parodies for fake products, and we ended up writing two of the four that are currently in production through Abominable Pictures (Children's Hospital, Burning Love). As I write this, we have filmed the first of the two, which was directed by Dave and Ken Marino (The State, Burning Love), and we shoot the second tomorrow. It's has been an incredible experience working for a production company and network that really embrace our ridiculous ideas - I mean one of them is called "Goth Fitness." Ben and I have been writing together since founding our sketch comedy group, Ruin the Internet, three years ago with funnyman Mike Felker (BFA 10). We are eager to continue working in and learning about TV writing, so if there are any alums in LA who want to meet up and talk, let us know! From Tom Cappello (BFA 95) and Allison Troxell (BFA 93) “Happy New Year! Crazy Legs wishes you a healthy and prosperous 2014. 
And to help you achieve your New Year's resolution to live healthier, we'd like to be your nutritionist (we'll let someone else do the physical stuff). All you have to do is religiously watch our new show, How to Live to 100, to learn unique and simple ways
to eat better for living longer.  How to Live to 100 premieres tomorrow night
at 9ET|8CT on the Cooking Channel.  Chef Jason Wrobel dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor as host of the Cooking Channel series, How to Live to 100. Known as the "King of Superfoods," which are powerful ingredients proven to increase your longevity, Jason turns up the heat and whips them into culinary masterpieces. If you want to find the fountain of youth, Jason's got the healthy foods to help you get there.”From Michael Smith (BFA 12)  “For the past five weeks, I have been working on The Prince, an action-thriller from the producers of End of Watch and Rambo shooting in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. I started as a PA for the art department but have since moved up to art coordinator. Working on my first feature film has definitely come with a steep learning curve, but it’s been a great experience. The movie comes out late next year and stars Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, and 50 Cent.” 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 Darnetha M’Baye (MFA 96)  “When we last met, I was primarily freelancing as a music consultant.  I'm still consulting, handling clearance and music supervision, but I'm doing much more theater than film.  I'm clearing a large project for Stageworks Media, headed by Michael Barra, a former Disney Theatrical exec.  I'm also working in-house for Broadway producer, Kevin McCollum, handling business affairs/licensing issues. And to top it off, I'll be an Associate Professor at Long Island University next spring!  The funny thing: I'll be teaching two dance courses, not film.” From Sara Bennett Crowley (BFA  04)  “Still working at LAIKA on "The Boxtrolls", hitting theaters on 09/26/2014.  Title(s): Producer's Assistant / Script and Marketing Coordinator.  I even produced the recent trailer #2, the behind the scenes version.  I love it here!” From Chia-Yi Lin (MFA  06)  “I wanted to share a music video I recently collaborated with a DJ, Fear of Tigers  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_Tigers), who is based in London.  This DJ likes my photography work, I’m also a fan of his for years. We decided to work together and create a song for Christmas!  The DJ didn’t come to Taiwan to shoot. He composed the music while I was doing preposition for this video; I’m glad he also used my voice(that I recorded on my phone) in this song and he also name is Kaohsiung Christmas(Kaohsiung city is where I live right now.) Since we had a great time(through Skype and emails) working together.  We planned to have more music videos coming out in 2014, I will keep you updated!  Here’s his newest single. Fear of Tigers - Kaohsiung Christmas  http://youtu.be/iXGQMnSmRlk “ Blacklist returns to NBC on January 13.  If you haven’t watched the first episodes starring Megan Boone, FSU alum who acted in many of our films, catch up on them before then.  Its my favorite show on TV this year and Megan is amazing! From Nick Economides (MFA 09)  “It's been an eventful 2013 for me. After our move to Europe, I became a father in May, received a Master of Science degree in sustainable development and contemporary management at the University of St. Andrews in November, and finished my first feature script just a few weeks ago, which is about WWI. I'm now looking to dive into producing media content for NGOs and other organizations within a social context while I continue to write my own scripts during my down time. There is a good chance we might return to the states, and if so, looking forward to connecting with some alumni. Until then, all the best for 2014!” From Akil DuPont (MFA 10) "In my first 6 weeks in Atlanta, I have been blessed to work on several sets in the area. A SAG-indie feature, a Kenya Moore set (former Ms. America) and on a small TV show. On the TV Show called "The Music Factory", I walked on to production the first day as a PA and when the day was over, I walked out as the Director of Photography! It was pretty cool and a testament to the well rounded education that FSU's Film School has provided us. On the other sets, I was working as a Stills Photographer. I also have gotten the chance to speak at Professor Tanaverie Due's screenwriting class at Spelman College and to mentor a 3-day middle school production at Champion Middle School (gotta give back to the kids!)  The film school alum network has been kind to me also. All of the alums that I have reached out to here have been kind enough to forward me contacts and recommendations about how to navigate the city/industry. In another wonderful tidbit of news, I went to the FAMU Alumni Association meeting for the ATL chapter (my undergrad alma mater). There I met and talked with a lady for quite some time. Turns out, she is the sister of Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis (Les Miserables, Porky and Bess, the TV show Scandal)! He's a big deal in the theater world and I'm hoping to have a fruitful meeting with him about an upcoming project! :)" From Chris Harden (who enrolled with the MFA 13 class)    “I’ve been at EA SPORTS about a year and a half, and the team I manage builds the “Ignite” UI technologies, currently shipping in Madden, NBA, FIFA, Tiger Woods Golf, and NHL.  I truly believe the storytelling I learned while at FSU contributed to my being hired by EA.  Once there, I regularly meet many film makers that came from Pixar, Disney, and other companies.  I’m amazed at how close the two industries are aligned with their creative methodologies.  If film students are looking for another career avenue to pursue, they may consider being Producers, Storyboarders, or even Writers for the gaming industry.  On the side, I have been practicing what I learned by acting in a couple short films in Orlando, and I recently produced a web pilot called PhoneTown.  The first episode is a take-off on Gotye’s “Someone That I Used to Know”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAQFhxtBE_8  I’m also just founding a new startup that is a plushy, storytelling robot called TROBO.  TROBO takes children on STEM adventures with simple interactive stories on an iPAD. Here’s a video about him: http://vimeo.com/80328106  Our son, Asher will be 2 years old on Dec 19th.  It’s truly amazing how time flies.  If anyone wants to catch up, I’d love to hear from them.  My email is chris@chrisharden.com. :]” From Steve Samanan (BFA 94)  “I just got back from a tour of Japan with the group I've been singing with, the Roger Wagner  Chorale.  We did five concerts in five cities in nine nights!  Otherwise, I'm working on the Fox midseason replacement show Rake, starring Greg Kinnear as an attorney whose personal life is melting down.  13 episodes ordered so far, but the rumor is we could get extended for another four.  Sam Raimi, who I worked with on Drag Me to Hell, is on board as a director of two episodes and an executive producer. Help Make a Movie!:  Feature Length Film ProductionWhere: Jacksonville FLWhen: JanuaryLooking For: Production AssistantsAdditional Information: Limited experience in filmmaking is OK. Some merits, either scholastically or professionally, requested to add something to the team other than hands.  Need 2 FT or 4 PT, Production begins on the 6th through the 26th of January!Filming will be in the Jacksonville & Fernandina Beach areas. Please put me as the contact, my cell is 9045768885Please submit a resume with cover letter for consideration to Randy Bowman  randy@ameliaislandfilmfestival.org randy@ameliaislandfilmfestival.org From Adrienne Hall (FSU alum who worked with Paul Cohen)  JUNIOR WRITER/RESEARCHER/FILMMAKER:  San Francisco   If you love stories.  If you love words and characters. If you love the moving image and making things.  If you know something, but not everything.  If you're curious, and energetic, and adventurous.  If you're eager to bring all that to bear on commercials, short films, documentaries and much, much more.  This is your chance.Heist (www.heistprojects.com) is currently hiring a junior writer/researcher/filmmaker  to help develop commercial and non-commercial projects at Heist.  The junior writer/researcher/filmmaker will be researching ideas, writing treatments, tracking down great characters, pitching concepts, developing stories, scripting spots, creating mood boards, writing web copy, assisting with casting calls, social outreach, location scouts and shoots.   Heist is a full-service commercial production and post-production company.  We create content for many of the world's best-known brands.  As 2014 commences, Heist is setting up a filmmaking fund to produce non-commercial content as well - short films, short docs, music videos, pro bono advertising, serialized content, viral weirdness - basically anything and everything.  The junior writer/researcher/filmmaker will help drive that effort.  We're looking for folks who are passionate about story and film - people who love words and characters.  People with ideas - thousands of them.  People whose curiosity sometimes gets the better of them.     This is a full-time, salaried, entry-level position with benefits.  More importantly, it's a terrific springboard into the world of film.  The ideal candidate is a talented writer with some prior production experience, eager to dive right in and do great things.  Sound interesting?  Looking for a creative home?  Think you fit the bill?   Email us at jobs@heistprojects.com. Your email should include a cover letter, resume, writing samples or a link to your work portfolio and 3 professional or personal references.  Please include "Writer / Researcher / Filmmaker" in the subject line of your email. All attachments should be in PDF format. No phone calls please.From Marjory E. Leposky (BS COM 98)  “I am looking for an illustrator for a 3 to 4 level children's book based on a true story.  Mr. Grumbles Summery:A kitten is abandoned at the side of the road at a driveway to a house. He has to deal with the weather, other animals living in the front yard, and finding food.  His survival is up to him until humans of the house take in him.  The illustrator needs to be comfortable working with likeness from still photos and a video of real cats and locations that the children's book is based on.  Author is trying to find a publisher or thinking about self-publishing. The illustrator will be paid it just a matter what direction things go in.Please send rates, resume, sample of work, and web site to meleposky@gmail.com.  FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – January 2, 2014  Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) was awarded Best Drama Short at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, October 16-20. For more information about this festival, go to www.auff.org. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) 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. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) was 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. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):  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. 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. 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. 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.  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. 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/. 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.  See More

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    Big thanks to our Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council, who viewed and critiqued 14 films made by the MFA and BFA 13 classes which were selected by the faculty.  The Advisory Council chose 8 films that will be screened at the Writers Guild on Tuesday, February 11.  GET THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS, please.  Congratulations to the crews and cast members!  And the winners are: Small Talk, director: Peter LeVake – MFA 13Death Has a Son, director: Zack Ogle – BFA 13A New Leaf, director: Clinton Cornwell – MFA 13Scoundrel, director: Michael Kefeyalew – BFA 13Pedro Pan, director: Andrea Puente – MFA 13Boome & Slade, director: Eric Jaffe – BFA 13Banana Trip, director: Hyungjik Lee – BFA 13Little Africa, director: Curtis Adair – MFA 13 So The Film School needs some help.  Each year we do an Oscars Party, a fund-raiser for the Film School.  We are in need of movie memorabilia for the silent auction – signed posters, scripts, t-shirts, whatever you might have or be able to get for us, would be greatly appreciated and would help support the Film School.  If you have items, they should be sent to Amy Larson, Film School, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL   32306.  If you have questions contact me or call Amy at 850 644 0453.  From Kelsey Scott (MFA  99)  “my final 2013 'hoorah' was in episode #404 of Treme:   "Sunset on Louisianne"  You catch the episode online - then look out for my upcoming appearance on HBO's 'True Detective' opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.   In more sobering news, I heard from Cullen Douglas (The Buse) who says that Daniel Angus Cox passed away earlier this  week. He was 'the guy in the towel' ('Locked Out') from the montage sequence in 'The Buse'. Daniel was living in NYC, making a living as an actor.” From Shaughnessy Hare (BFA 00)  “I just finished "The Spoils Of Babylon" which airs January 9 at 10pm on IFC. I am the Supervising Sound Editor and Rerecording Mixer.” From Tav Murphy (BFA 13)  “I just wanted to share a short documentary project entitled "The Womb Lottery" that I just shot in Sarasota, FL for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival. We are competing among other awards for an audience award, which means we need all the facebook shares, likes, and tweets we can get. Please share and like it if you can and help support awareness of female homelessness and income disparity in South Florida.   http://www.connecther.org/gitw/galleryview/id/345 From Lauren Miller (BFA 03)  “The BFA '03 class is celebrating their 10 year reunion in Los Angeles the weekend of January 10th - 12th and would love to invite everyone (all BFA and MFA classes welcome!) to join them for a few events over the weekend:--Friday, January 10th 9:30PM at Mas Malo -- 515 W. 7th St. -- Downtown, http://masmalorestaurant.com/home/. We'll be drinking, partying, and reuniting in the Cantina downstairs!!--Sunday, January 12th 1:00PM at The Trails Cafe in Griffith Park http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-trails-los-angeles. Fingers crossed for sunshine-- bring your blankets and picnic gear! Hope to see you there!” From Ken Adachi (MFA 09)  “My first feature film, DEAD DAD, is finally being released by FilmBuff on iTunes and other leading VOD platforms on February 4th. Please help me spread the word and get the film seen! And check out our brand-new Official Trailer which has been launched exclusively on Indiewire:http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-three-siblings-cope-with-their-fathers-death-in-exclusive-dead-dad-trailer From Jennie Jarvis (BFA 00): "I'm excited to announce that I've officially been named the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer's Association Annual Conference. This means that I get to recruit faculty and basically program the entire Conference. Since it's the largest writing conference in the state of Florida, I'm pretty excited about that. If any screenwriting alums want to submit a proposal for the October 2014 conference, they need to contact me by January 15th. Aside from that, I'm still teaching screenwriting in the MFA Film Production program at Full Sail University, where I love my job and my students. Full Sail has come a LONG way since it began, and the new MFA Film Production program has a lot of potential (in part, thanks to FSU since we are working with them on some logistical questions). I'm hard at work on my third book (although my agent is ready for me to get my fourth one going), and my social media platform is really taking off (Have you liked facebook.com/JarvisWrites yet? Why not?!). All this plus a new hubby and a new puppy (who keeps trying to play with my old puppy with very poor results). It's a good day to be Jennie."  From Courtney Harmstone (BFA 12)  “Happy New Year!  For the past eight months I have been working as an assistant editor on a documentary, PUMP, at Green Planet Productions (www.greenplanetprods.com), in Ojai California with Josh (MFA 02) and Rebecca Tickell.  We are getting ready to make the drive down to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival and would love to connect with other FSU alums! Josh, Rebecca and I will be on the ground from January 16th to the 24th - please contact me at courtney@greenplanet3d.com or send me a text at 843-637-7535, if you would like to meet up!  We looking forward to expanding the FSU mafia!”  From Allison Carter (BFA 04)  “I was wondering if any FSU peeps were doing anything at Sundance this year?  A film I line produced is playing in the Premiere section and it would be great to catch up with people!  The film I worked on is Ira Sach’s latest, “Love is Strange” starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.  It’s a good one!  Let me know if you will be there:  allisonrcarter@gmail.com” Adam Schlachter (BFA 97)  will also be at Sundance and would like to connect with alums.  You can reach him at https://www.facebook.com/palmarejofilms January 15-22. From Paul Holtzhausen (BFA 01)  “My trailer company Vibe Creative is in search of an assistant editor. It is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in the trailer industry and loves editing. Please e-mail resumes to my office manager Heather McClure heather@vibecreativela.com. Please go to our website, vibecreativela.com to see examples of our work.” Alla Baeva (MFA 97)  is currently director of the Film and Television Program at St. Johns University in NY.  She is  looking for a teacher, an adjunct for now, to teach a Digital Cinematography course (undergraduate) in the Fall 2014. S/he must have Master's, have production experience and at least a little bit of the teaching experience (even if it may be separate lectures or some workshops).   It is a production course, undergraduate level, 12-15 students, will be offered on Queens campus of St John's University, during the Fall 2014 semester (Sept  3 - Dec 17, 2014). For now, we're looking to find the right person for an adjunct position, but I can (try to) find more production courses for the appropriate candidate. Although the number of classes will be limited to 5 courses per year (per college), as for all adjunct teachers in NY. MFA  and production experience are required, the pay will be maximum possible for adjunct positions in New York City, according to the union regulations. Please send me the resume at alla.baeva@gmail.com  I'd love to find someone from the FSU graduates. An FSU  nutrition professor is seeking a film school student or alum to film a walking routine that integrates the marketing of a diet plan called DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). A modest stipend is available. Interested persons should called Dr. Jenice Rankins at 644-4792 or email: jrankins@fsu.edu before Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  It is Nick Reinhard, BFA class of 2012. I'm looking for a student to edit a project that i started when i was in Tallahassee about a local horse ranch.  The job would entail piecing together footage we captured earlier into a short video explaining what activities go on at the Horse Ranch. I would get them the footage via dropbox or another cloud platform. It is paid, but at the moment I do not know how much. Somewhere in the $100 range I believe.   If anyone is interested, have them contact me.  Nick Reinhard
nreinhard21@gmail.com
74Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is honored to present an acclaimed filmmaker's cinematic response to the Occupation of Palestine, seen through the eyes of two Palestinian women during and after the events of Operation Caste Lead, a devastating Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip in 2009.   SJP is ESPECIALLY honored to have the film's director, Fida Qishta, here in Tallahassee to introduce her movie, and afterward speak about the film, and the interconnectedness of her experiences as a Palestinian, a woman and a film-maker.  Q&A to follow.  The film screening and presentation/discussion will take place THIS FRIDAY! January 10, from 6pm - 9pm, at FSU's Moore Auditorium.  Please feel free to forward this email to institutes, groups or people who might be interested.  And bring a friend!  Qishta's presence here on campus gives us a unique opportunity to engage and dialogue with a Palestinian woman film-maker, face to face, while also experiencing her artistic response to extreme violence and the Israeli occupation. From Jennie Jarvis (BFA 00)  “Full Sail's MFA Film Production program needs a Post Production Course Director (on par with an Assistant Professor) who focuses primarily on editing. This position would begin in April and would be a full time with benefits job located in the Winter Park, FL area. The class will help MFA students edit their thesis films as well as work on general editing concepts. Full Sail REQUIRES at least four years of industry experience plus a MFA degree in a related field.  Contact me asap if you are interested.   astorax27@yahoo.com From Matt Pope (MFA  05)  “My company is looking to hire a full time video editor to work out of our Buford (outside ATL)  office. I'm looking for someone who knows their stuff and is able to cut for story and character really well in addition to the typical corporate/ commercial style stuff. If you know anyone who might fit the bill, have them email me at matt@modestATL.com with resume/reel/etc. LA Internship (great company to intern with)  Independent transmedia studio (Bandito Brothers)  in Culver City seeks production/development interns.Responsibilities include:Script coverageResearch on development projectsAssisting production teamsAssisting on shootsSome running errandsThis internship is the ideal opportunity for someone hoping to get exposure to the entertainment industry. Our busy office is usually filled with at least one or two production teams every day working on our film or a commercial. We also have numerous projects in development that require extensive research as well as the creation of presentation materials.  This is a great networking opportunity and a chance for hard-working interns to make a good impression on production managers or coordinators.Qualifications:Internet/Research SkillsProficient in MS OfficeHas access to a vehiclePlease submit a resume and cover letter to Hana Ripperger-Suhler athana@banditobrothers.comIf possible please submit a 1-2 page writing sample showing critical writing/thinking (not creative). “The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014 Internship Program – over 40 paid, eight-week summer opportunities in Los Angeles.  APPLY NOW!

New categories this year include Media Research and Program Planning and Scheduling.  Visit our website at http://www.emmysfoundation.org/internship-programs for more information. The postmark deadline is March 15, 2014.”“After a hugely successful first series in 2013, The Sonnet Project presented by NY Shakespeare Exchange is now accepting applications for another round of directors to be a part of our 2014. We are in search of 50-70 passionate filmmakers to use their unique artistic voices to bring classical text and modern cinema into contact with each other in the form of short films.  Chosen directors work within the creative parameters of the project to create the films and then deliver them to NY Shakespeare Exchange.  NYSX then provides the distribution and marketing of the films. The Sonnet Project is a groundbreaking exploration of film, theater, and mobile technology.  By producing 154 short films, one for each of Shakespeare's sonnets, the Sonnet Project is creating a tapestry of cinematic art that will reach people across the globe.  We are releasing a new film online and by way of the Sonnet Project mobile app every couple of days within the year of Shakespeare's 450th birthday (in April 2014).  Check out the more than 40 films already released, download the Sonnet Project mobile app, and learn more about the project at www.SonnetProjectNYC.com. WHAT'S THE CINEMATIC CHALLENGE? To apply, each director selects their favorite sonnet from our list of unclaimed poems. Visitwww.SonnetProjectNYC.com/directorsignup to see which sonnets are still up for grabs.  If a director is chosen to participate, the producers then reveal which historic NYC location will be the setting of the film, and assign a classically trained actor to star in the piece. The director brings these elements (sonnet, actor, and location) together and adds his/her own personal expression of the sonnet to create a uniquely expressive film. CREATIVE PARAMETERS:• New York Shakespeare Exchange will assign the sonnet location, the actor, and a text coach.• The "starring roles" in each video are Shakespeare's language, the specific NYC location, and the director's interpretation.• Director is responsible for equipment needs.• All secondary or extras casting are the responsibility of the filmmaker.• The Sonnet Project text coach will work with each actor on interpreting the language, and when possible will be present "on set" to assist with rhetorical technique and clarity of Shakespearean thought. The director will share their concept with the text coach and s/he will answer any textual analysis questions.• Video length must be 4 minutes or less.• Submitted footage must be fully edited and in an "audience ready" form. NY Shakespeare Exchange will provide logos and specifications for titles and credits.• The delivery format is 1080 HD 23.98P with sync sound.• Two versions of the finished film are required: 1) YouTube ready; 2) full qualityVideo must be delivered within six weeks of being accepted to the project. Scheduling exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please email carey@sonnetprojectnyc.com">carey@sonnetprojectnyc.com. We will respond as promptly as possible. If you would like to apply, visit www.SonnetProjectNYC.com/directorsignup and follow the instructions. Please have links to samples of your DIRECTING work ready.” My husband and I are taking a little mid-winter vacation, flying to San Diego and spending a couple of days, then traveling up the coast of CA with another couple, easing our way to Reno, NV, visiting in San Francisco and wine country and anything else of interest along the way.   So no Warren Report for about 10 days.   If you have anything to share in the WR that’s time sensitive, get it to me in time for next week’s Warren Report (1/16/14).    FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – January 9, 2014  Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Best Buds 2D (MFA Thesis 2013 Sean Tien) was selected for screening in the February 2nd program of the Iron Mule Screening Series in New York City. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi), Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) and Polterghost (BFA F3 2013 Zack Ogle) were nominated for Best Student Film at the Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 9-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.mockfilmfest.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):  Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Jungle Fever (MFA D2 2012 Kim Risi), Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) 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. 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. 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. 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. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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.  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 selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. 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/. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. -- 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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    Invite your friends and associates to join us for the LA Screening – no ticket necessary. Congratulations to Kelsey Scott (MFA 99) who played Solomon Northup’s wife in 12 Years as a Slave and April Lamb (BFA 06) who was assistant to Director Steve McQueen!   12 Years as a Slave won the Golden Globes award for Best Picture.  On Jeopardy Monday night, a Jeopardy answer was  “Kelsey Scott plays Anne, wife of Solomon Northup, a free Black man who’s enslaved for more than a decade in this film”.   From Diego Araujo (MFA 04)  “FERIADO (Holiday) will have its World Premiere at the Berlinale, the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. We are in competition at the Generation section of the festival. FERIADO premieres at the Berlinale this February 9th.  Below is the press release from Berlinale with the line-up for Generation:http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/generation/kff-presse-detail_21268.htmlReally happy with the news!” Got ZERO response to my request for memorabilia  to use for the silent auction at our Film School Fund Raiser Oscar Party.   Help us out!!!! Oscar Nominations are out and we’d love to know if any of you worked on any of the nominated films and in what capacity.  The University/Tallahassee Democrat always want information from us about our alumni participation so please get back to me right away—and we want to know! From Anthony Pizzo (BFA 09)  “I wanted to tell you about a new project I've started. It's called "Film Not Found," and every day I post a synopsis for a fake movie with a corresponding review from a fake critic. By the end of the year I should have come up with 365 movies. It should be fun. Here's the link http://filmnotfound.tumblr.com” Dave Metzger (MFA 07) has been working as the Writer's Assistant on NBC's The Blacklist since June. He also serves as the Digital Writer for the show’s Digital and Social Media team. He is fortunate to work under the mentorship of many brilliant, experienced TV writers. From Jay Davidson (MFA 10)  “Over the last year and half I have been writing for the online webmagazine, iheardin.  This week I had the honor and pleasure to highlight an FSU alum, Faren Humes (MFA '11) and her thesis film Our Rhineland.   You can check out the article here: http://iheardin.com/2014/01/10/filmmaker-spotlight-faren-humes-our-rhineland/” From Aimee Barth (BFA 01) NY:   “My company is hiring a post intern (paid). This would be a junior AE of sorts -- someone who can support the AEs on staff and also help with stringouts from time to time.  Clearly we need someone with a desire to graduate to AE and then Editor someday, and our company has a great track record of hiring their interns.  interested persons to email me at aimee@part2pictures.com “ Last week I posted an update from Kelsey Scott (MFA 99), re Daniel Angus Cox, who had acted in “The Buse.”  Rob McCaffrey (MFA 99)  shares this url about a memorial service for Daniel which will be held in Tallahassee: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tallahassee/obituary.aspx?pid=169023739 Dan Holland, who taught editing for the Film School for eight years, has a great article in the Jan-Feb 14 issue of CineMontage.  Recommend that anyone who wants to edit or is editing read it! From Joe Papa (BFA  10) "Oasis Media Group is currently looking for Spring and Summer interns. Oasis is a Hollywood based management and production company that focuses on managing A-list writers and directors and producing original content. Our CEO, David Lonner, was an agent for over 25 years where he discovered and catapulted the careers of many now-successful writers and directors (including JJ Abrams, Alexander Payne, Jon Turteltaub and Michael Tolkin) and is now spearheading us as we create our own brand of entertainment. We have tens of projects in development with major studios and currently have a hit TV show on the air - Devious Maids. This internship is a great chance to meet and learn about the relevant players in the production industry while understanding how a young company works and expands. Potential candidates must have an interest in the Motion Picture Industry and a strong background in Liberal Arts or Business/Management. In this internship you will:- Learn script coverage by reading current and relevant screenplays- Learn responsibilities of an executive assistant including answering phones and rolling calls- Learn about what's trending and selling in the literary spec world- Learn proper political protocol in the production world- Get inside information and professional advice from managers and producers who work here  Please send resumes and cover letters to Joe at JPapa@oasismediagroup.com. Also feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions :-)" From Pat McDonnell (BFA 97)  “I am DPing a micro budget feature film in Tallahassee mid February to Mid March and I'm in need of a camera assistant/ media manager with a strong foundation in digital workflow. We will be using a Canon C300 series package. This will be a very low pay, gorilla style shoegaze filmmaking experience. come join the fun.  contact medicinebleu@gmail.com” Tallahassee:  “ We are looking for an experienced videographer to film my daughters wedding in May 2014. The work would include the rehearsal dinner May 16 and wedding May 17.  The wedding will take place in Bainbridge,  Georgia (about an hours drive from Tallahassee). We are excited about this joyous occasion which will take place at our family home. Our home is an old southern plantation that is listed on the Georgia registry of historical sites. We will compensate according to quality of work and time spent. Our hope is to find someone who will enjoy the experience, is fun, has a keen imagination, and of course has the time and willingness to produce a wonderful keepsake of this momentous occasion. If interested please contact myself Mary Jane Wells at maryjwells55@gmail.com  or my daughter Sarah Wells at sarahlwells09@gmail.com. I can also be contacted by phone at 229-400-8565 (evenings please).’ From Matthew Barnette (MFA 12 Writing ) “Hey LA folks! A couple of positions have opened up here at my friendly neighborhood Soapbox. For those of you interested and able, we're looking for:A) Project Coordinator: The Project Coordinator at Soapbox Films is primarily responsible for the creation, management and tracking of all jobs within the company.  Additionally, they will act as the Assistant to the President of Soapbox Films, and the VP of Creative and Post-Production, which includes the management of the Creative Department schedule and general support to the team.B) Office PA - You get to work with the office manager in keeping everything ship shape in the office, doing runs, client relations, inventory, saving the world, etc...  All resumes and cover letters can be sent to resumes@soapboxfilms.com with the subject being which position you're applying for" BSU Black Film Festival  Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. Student Life Cinema
Florida State University’s Black Student Union presents the second annual Black Film Festival, celebrating African-America cinema and the African cultural diaspora. The festival highlights films from emerging independent filmmakers that reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes of black culture, with an aim to lead to a better understanding and communication between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles. Award-winning student productions from the FSU School of Film will be viewed and discussed with current faculty and students. 

This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and Student Life Cinema. The Black Film Festival is free and open to the public and all FSU students.  On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 PM, the film Eden will be shown at the SLC with a panel to follow and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Human rights and the Torchlight Program.”   As far as we know, the following films will be screened:Remain StillLittle AfricaThe Eyes of HeavenStroll CAMERIMAGE WINNERS SHOW IN LOS ANGELESCamerimage Film Festival, American Film Institute Conservatory - Cinematography Discipline, Polish Film Institute and American Society of Cinematographers are pleased to invite you to the 4th Camerimage Winners Show in Los Angeles.  We are pleased to continue the tradition of bringing selected winning films from Camerimage Film Festival to the audience in Los Angeles. Six features, three student etudes, three documentaries, and two music videos that triumphed at the 2013 edition of the Festival will be shown during three days of special screenings.   From January 24th through 26th you will get a chance to enjoy a sample of the unique spirit of Camerimage Festival, experience the best of the international cinematography and taste some Polish cuisine.  It will also be a great opportunity to meet some of the Polish filmmakers having their films presented at the Winners Show, including: cinematographers Łukasz Żal and Arkadiusz Tomiak, director Bodo Kox, student cinematographer Zuzanna Pyda and student director Jagoda Szelc.  Venue: Mark Goodson Screening Room at Louis B. Mayer Library building. AFI Campus 2021 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027   All we would ask is an RSVP to aga@camerimage.pl (ideally mentioning FSU as reference). 2014 Kicks Off at TFFxFAME with Teenage - Part of the New Faces of Film Series  The festival is excited to present Teenage, an inventively stylized documentary that blends archival footage with painstakingly recreated scenes that are so well done, it’s often impossible to differentiate the two. Based on Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture 1875-1945, and contrasted with an original score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), this will be a Tallahassee premiere and part of their monthly New Faces of Film series in which they spotlight up-and-coming filmmakers and talent who are most certainly going places. Find out more about this unique film, here.When: Sunday, January 26 at 3:30 PMWhere: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S. Duval Street (parking available in Kleman Plaza or on the street)  TFFxFAME Presents the Tally Premiere of the Award-winning La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) We're honored to present a stellar film taking the world by storm, Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty). Italy’s official nominee for the 2014 Oscar race, winner of the top prize at the 2013 European Film Awards, and nominee at the 2014 Golden Globes, this epicly lavish film of a man looking back on his life after hearing tragic news on his 65th birthday, will have you wanting to write that bucket list faster than ever. Join us for the Tallahassee premiere of this soon-to-be classic.When: Sunday, January 26 at 3:30 PMWhere: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S. Duval Street (parking available in Kleman Plaza or on the street) Even though I will be on vacation l/20 through 1/30, I will still be gathering things for a bang up Warren Report the first week in February – send me material! FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – January 16, 2014  Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) was selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):  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. 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. 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. Best Buds 2D (MFA Thesis 2013 Sean Tien) was selected for screening in the February 2nd program of the Iron Mule Screening Series in New York City. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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.  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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. 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/. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. -- 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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    Invite your friends and associates to join us for the LA Screening – no ticket necessary. Congratulations to Kelsey Scott (MFA 99) who played Solomon Northup’s wife in 12 Years as a Slave and April Lamb (BFA 06) who was assistant to Director Steve McQueen!   12 Years as a Slave won the Golden Globes award for Best Picture.  On Jeopardy Monday night, a Jeopardy answer was  “Kelsey Scott plays Anne, wife of Solomon Northup, a free Black man who’s enslaved for more than a decade in this film”.   From Diego Araujo (MFA 04)  “FERIADO (Holiday) will have its World Premiere at the Berlinale, the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. We are in competition at the Generation section of the festival. FERIADO premieres at the Berlinale this February 9th.  Below is the press release from Berlinale with the line-up for Generation:http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/generation/kff-presse-detail_21268.htmlReally happy with the news!” Got ZERO response to my request for memorabilia  to use for the silent auction at our Film School Fund Raiser Oscar Party.   Help us out!!!! Oscar Nominations are out and we’d love to know if any of you worked on any of the nominated films and in what capacity.  The University/Tallahassee Democrat always want information from us about our alumni participation so please get back to me right away—and we want to know! From Anthony Pizzo (BFA 09)  “I wanted to tell you about a new project I've started. It's called "Film Not Found," and every day I post a synopsis for a fake movie with a corresponding review from a fake critic. By the end of the year I should have come up with 365 movies. It should be fun. Here's the link http://filmnotfound.tumblr.com” Dave Metzger (MFA 07) has been working as the Writer's Assistant on NBC's The Blacklist since June. He also serves as the Digital Writer for the show’s Digital and Social Media team. He is fortunate to work under the mentorship of many brilliant, experienced TV writers. From Jay Davidson (MFA 10)  “Over the last year and half I have been writing for the online webmagazine, iheardin.  This week I had the honor and pleasure to highlight an FSU alum, Faren Humes (MFA '11) and her thesis film Our Rhineland.   You can check out the article here: http://iheardin.com/2014/01/10/filmmaker-spotlight-faren-humes-our-rhineland/” From Aimee Barth (BFA 01) NY:   “My company is hiring a post intern (paid). This would be a junior AE of sorts -- someone who can support the AEs on staff and also help with stringouts from time to time.  Clearly we need someone with a desire to graduate to AE and then Editor someday, and our company has a great track record of hiring their interns.  interested persons to email me at aimee@part2pictures.com “ Last week I posted an update from Kelsey Scott (MFA 99), re Daniel Angus Cox, who had acted in “The Buse.”  Rob McCaffrey (MFA 99)  shares this url about a memorial service for Daniel which will be held in Tallahassee: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tallahassee/obituary.aspx?pid=169023739 Dan Holland, who taught editing for the Film School for eight years, has a great article in the Jan-Feb 14 issue of CineMontage.  Recommend that anyone who wants to edit or is editing read it! From Joe Papa (BFA  10) "Oasis Media Group is currently looking for Spring and Summer interns. Oasis is a Hollywood based management and production company that focuses on managing A-list writers and directors and producing original content. Our CEO, David Lonner, was an agent for over 25 years where he discovered and catapulted the careers of many now-successful writers and directors (including JJ Abrams, Alexander Payne, Jon Turteltaub and Michael Tolkin) and is now spearheading us as we create our own brand of entertainment. We have tens of projects in development with major studios and currently have a hit TV show on the air - Devious Maids. This internship is a great chance to meet and learn about the relevant players in the production industry while understanding how a young company works and expands. Potential candidates must have an interest in the Motion Picture Industry and a strong background in Liberal Arts or Business/Management. In this internship you will:- Learn script coverage by reading current and relevant screenplays- Learn responsibilities of an executive assistant including answering phones and rolling calls- Learn about what's trending and selling in the literary spec world- Learn proper political protocol in the production world- Get inside information and professional advice from managers and producers who work here  Please send resumes and cover letters to Joe at JPapa@oasismediagroup.com. Also feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions :-)" From Pat McDonnell (BFA 97)  “I am DPing a micro budget feature film in Tallahassee mid February to Mid March and I'm in need of a camera assistant/ media manager with a strong foundation in digital workflow. We will be using a Canon C300 series package. This will be a very low pay, gorilla style shoegaze filmmaking experience. come join the fun.  contact medicinebleu@gmail.com” Tallahassee:  “ We are looking for an experienced videographer to film my daughters wedding in May 2014. The work would include the rehearsal dinner May 16 and wedding May 17.  The wedding will take place in Bainbridge,  Georgia (about an hours drive from Tallahassee). We are excited about this joyous occasion which will take place at our family home. Our home is an old southern plantation that is listed on the Georgia registry of historical sites. We will compensate according to quality of work and time spent. Our hope is to find someone who will enjoy the experience, is fun, has a keen imagination, and of course has the time and willingness to produce a wonderful keepsake of this momentous occasion. If interested please contact myself Mary Jane Wells at maryjwells55@gmail.com  or my daughter Sarah Wells at sarahlwells09@gmail.com. I can also be contacted by phone at 229-400-8565 (evenings please).’ From Matthew Barnette (MFA 12 Writing ) “Hey LA folks! A couple of positions have opened up here at my friendly neighborhood Soapbox. For those of you interested and able, we're looking for:A) Project Coordinator: The Project Coordinator at Soapbox Films is primarily responsible for the creation, management and tracking of all jobs within the company.  Additionally, they will act as the Assistant to the President of Soapbox Films, and the VP of Creative and Post-Production, which includes the management of the Creative Department schedule and general support to the team.B) Office PA - You get to work with the office manager in keeping everything ship shape in the office, doing runs, client relations, inventory, saving the world, etc...  All resumes and cover letters can be sent to resumes@soapboxfilms.com with the subject being which position you're applying for" BSU Black Film Festival  Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. Student Life Cinema
Florida State University’s Black Student Union presents the second annual Black Film Festival, celebrating African-America cinema and the African cultural diaspora. The festival highlights films from emerging independent filmmakers that reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes of black culture, with an aim to lead to a better understanding and communication between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles. Award-winning student productions from the FSU School of Film will be viewed and discussed with current faculty and students. 

This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and Student Life Cinema. The Black Film Festival is free and open to the public and all FSU students.  On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 PM, the film Eden will be shown at the SLC with a panel to follow and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Human rights and the Torchlight Program.”   As far as we know, the following films will be screened:Remain StillLittle AfricaThe Eyes of HeavenStroll CAMERIMAGE WINNERS SHOW IN LOS ANGELESCamerimage Film Festival, American Film Institute Conservatory - Cinematography Discipline, Polish Film Institute and American Society of Cinematographers are pleased to invite you to the 4th Camerimage Winners Show in Los Angeles.  We are pleased to continue the tradition of bringing selected winning films from Camerimage Film Festival to the audience in Los Angeles. Six features, three student etudes, three documentaries, and two music videos that triumphed at the 2013 edition of the Festival will be shown during three days of special screenings.   From January 24th through 26th you will get a chance to enjoy a sample of the unique spirit of Camerimage Festival, experience the best of the international cinematography and taste some Polish cuisine.  It will also be a great opportunity to meet some of the Polish filmmakers having their films presented at the Winners Show, including: cinematographers Łukasz Żal and Arkadiusz Tomiak, director Bodo Kox, student cinematographer Zuzanna Pyda and student director Jagoda Szelc.  Venue: Mark Goodson Screening Room at Louis B. Mayer Library building. AFI Campus 2021 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027   All we would ask is an RSVP to aga@camerimage.pl (ideally mentioning FSU as reference). 2014 Kicks Off at TFFxFAME with Teenage - Part of the New Faces of Film Series  The festival is excited to present Teenage, an inventively stylized documentary that blends archival footage with painstakingly recreated scenes that are so well done, it’s often impossible to differentiate the two. Based on Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture 1875-1945, and contrasted with an original score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), this will be a Tallahassee premiere and part of their monthly New Faces of Film series in which they spotlight up-and-coming filmmakers and talent who are most certainly going places. Find out more about this unique film, here.When: Sunday, January 26 at 3:30 PMWhere: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S. Duval Street (parking available in Kleman Plaza or on the street)  TFFxFAME Presents the Tally Premiere of the Award-winning La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) We're honored to present a stellar film taking the world by storm, Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty). Italy’s official nominee for the 2014 Oscar race, winner of the top prize at the 2013 European Film Awards, and nominee at the 2014 Golden Globes, this epicly lavish film of a man looking back on his life after hearing tragic news on his 65th birthday, will have you wanting to write that bucket list faster than ever. Join us for the Tallahassee premiere of this soon-to-be classic.When: Sunday, January 26 at 3:30 PMWhere: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S. Duval Street (parking available in Kleman Plaza or on the street) Even though I will be on vacation l/20 through 1/30, I will still be gathering things for a bang up Warren Report the first week in February – send me material! FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – January 16, 2014  Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) was selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):  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. 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. 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. Best Buds 2D (MFA Thesis 2013 Sean Tien) was selected for screening in the February 2nd program of the Iron Mule Screening Series in New York City. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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.  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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. 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/. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. -- 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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    Warren Report 1/31/14

    From Dean Frank Patterson:  “I hope you all are enjoying a great start to the New Year.  I am writing to let you know that I have an exciting creative opportunity that I’m eager to pursue. It’s work that requires my full-time attention, so I have requested and received permission from the University to take a leave of absence.  The Provost – my boss – has asked Associate Dean Reb Braddock to step in for me and serve as Acting Dean while I’m away.  Also, Dr. Andrew Syder has agreed to assume certain responsibilities of the Associate Dean, while Reb leads the College. I feel very fortunate to have Reb and Andrew on the Film School’s leadership team, and I know they will keep our college on its ever-improving path while I’m away.  I am eager to share with you exactly what I’m doing, but I will need to wait until I have a little success under my belt before I report on my progress.” We are still gathering information concerning any of our Film School alums who worked on any of the Oscar nominated movies.  Would love to know if you worked on anything nominated. From Nat Sanders (BFA 02)  “A lot of really lucky, fortunate and good things have been happening. I was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for editing (the first year they've had an award for editors) the film Short Term 12, which along with Barry's (Jenkins BFA 03) Medicine for Melancholy is probably the proudest I've been of something I've worked on. The latest movie I edited, called Laggies, just premiered really well at Sundance and had a big sale, and I'm about to start editing a new HBO show for my friends the Duplass Brothers, and I got Joi McMillon (BFA '03) in there to work on it with me! I'm really looking forward to hearing Joi's amazing laugh echoing through the hallways every day.”Have several BFA students who graduated in December who are doing internships.  Will list them below – if you have contact with any of the companies look them up! Elias Inaty—Easy Action EntertainmentEric Jaffe—Endgame EntertainmentMichael Kefeyalew—Insignia FilmsAlexander Cameron—PanavisionJessica Shobe—Stoopid Buddy StoodiosTatiana Bears—Solar NYCKelsey Middleton—Panavision NYCMax Allman—The Daily Show From Nicole West (BFA 02)  “COLD JUSTICE season 2 premiered on TNT Friday  at 8 PT, with a killer episode edited by yours truly. If you’ve spoken with me at all in the past few months, you’ve likely heard me go on and on about how proud I am to be a part of this amazing team that is solving cold-case tragic murders in small towns across America, and bringing real-life killers to justice.” From Patrick Gines (BFA 10) “In 2012 I got married and I started a production company, Frame. Here’s our website:  frame.is  The company was started as a result of a spec project that Bryan Zhang (BFA ’10) and I made for American Express with my business partner, Adam Braun. It was a fun experience, and we recently posted the full story on our website if you’re interested.  Since starting the company we have worked with a handful of FSU grads like David Liz (BFA ’10), Torch Eberhart (BFA ’10), Peter LeVake (MFA ’13), and I just brought Ron Johnson (BFA ’10) onto a project for Ford this morning. David has been a part of our King Ranch documentary project, and Torch helped us shoot a thirty minute show for The Ritz-Carlton Lodge that aired this summer throughout Georgia.   Frame wouldn’t exist without the film school. One of the things we want to do is offer opportunities for its graduates. We want to continue to work with fellow FSU Film grads on projects and to work on the projects of alumni. We are based in Tallahassee, but our work takes us all over the country. This year we will be in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, throughout Florida and the Caribbean, New York, DC… As you plan this year, please keep Frame in mind. You can email me at patrick@frame.is  Finally, and most importantly, in November, my wife, Lauren (Harper’s Gift, Cupid Corp.), and I had our first child, Piper Holley Gines. Meet Piper: http://pgin.es/1dbPvRb" From Jay Davidson (MFA 10)  “I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read my latest article about FSU alum Dustin McLean (MFA 12) . The article centers around Dustin's first year out of the film school and tips that he might have for other alums. http://iheardin.com/2014/01/31/filmmaker-spotlight-tales-development-hell-dustin-mclean/” From Ray Nelson (MFA 12 Writing)  “Things are going really well with my new play Over the River/Under the Trees and the OverUnder Collective (a company I started a few months ago). We've been through a number of workshops and a staged reading. Rehearsals will start February 24th, and we open March 28th! Needless to say, it's been a lot of work between rewrites and producing, but I'm very proud of what we've accomplished over a few short months. Currently, we're doing some fundraising through an Indiegogo campaign. If you could take a moment to check out our page, and help out through donating or sharing the page, it would mean the world to us. You can find us at http://igg.me/at/overunder/x/5962849. Thanks!” From David Potorreal (MFA 01)  “The short film I wrote, produced and directed "Prisoner 614" will be screening at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival on February 12, 2014 at 3:30pm in Shorts Program 12B. Congrats to the cast and crew! A special thank you to fellow FSU Alums Steve Acevedo (MFA 05) , Kieran Shea (MFA 01)  and Dustin Cawood (MFA 03) for working on the film, as well as many other alums who consulted along the way.” From Jim Ed Wills (MFA 11)  “ I was hired by Kenneth Jones (MFA 91)  to edit his indie feature.    Marco (Barreto MFA 11) did the production design for it.  It's a small independent feature, about 40 or 50 thousand.  Troop 491 with Praheme (Ricks MFA 11)  was $250,000, but for me it's a good opportunity because it's money and experience.  I've been hired to edit a 4th independent feature this year as well - about a $650,000 budget, but they haven't raised all the money yet.  Therefore I'm waiting to announce this one until they do.  And of course there's always a question of whether they actually will or not.  But they are hiring a professional fundraiser to do it so there is promise!  I'll announce that one when we start production - which I've been hired as the DIT for.  Great things.  I'm working in the industry and doing what I love!I don't know how much I've told you about TURN.  Here is the trailer for it.  http://www.amctv.com/turn/videos/turn-revolutionary  We are shooting it here in Richmond, VA.  And the DP is Marvin Rush who shot half of star trek and worked directly with Chip Chalmers.  I'm day playing as a Set lighting technician and a rigging electric.  I'm learning a ton and loving working for an A list production in my home town!  They are shooting Season 1 through the end of March and the series will premier in April.  They plan to shoot season 2 sometime this year so I'm hoping to ride the Richmond Train as long as I can.  I've got a foothold in the industry here and doing my best not to slip.   The biggest question that I had when I began was, "how different will this be from film school?"  And yes there are differences, but the concepts are all the same, it's just on a much larger scale.  There have been several instances when my education has come handy.  No one taught me about scrims on the job, so when I was flying in a condor and the gaffer asked me to add a double, I knew what he was talking about.  I was sitting next to the DIT on the pilot of TURN back in the spring and asked him why the color temperature was different on A and B cameras.  He radioed to Camera B to change to match the color Temperature on Camera A because they weren't supposed to be different!  And finally, my boss who comes from the stage world asked my more experienced colleague about the output of a tweenie.  I was standing right next to them and he answered, "I think it outputs to a 1k.  Yeah a 1k."  I countered and told them that it outputs 650.  They brushed me off and didn't listen to me because I'm the new guy and what do I know?  Then after checking with the powers that be, they confirmed that a tweenie outputs 650.  I was right!  That being said… I can count the times that I was right and won't even try to count the times that I've been wrong, but it still felt good to find out that a few things from film school prepared me correctly for the industry world.  And yes!  They have New Deals!  Exciting stuff!” From Stephen Grum (BFA 13)  “I am currently working with multiple alumni and current BFA and MFA students on a project that we are all very passionate about - a short film entitled "Currency." Director David Swinburne (Media Production) and I will be shooting this film at the end of February and are currently trying to fund the project through Kickstarter. If you, or anyone you know, could help, it would be greatly appreciated. We are so excited to see this project come to life!  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1098940944/currency-short-film From Andrew Hevia (BFA  06)  “I'm looking for a final cut 7 or X editor in Miami for a weekly editing gig on site with a client every Thursday starting February 1st. It's a scripted webseries for Latin America so familiarity with Spanish is a plus, but not required. A good gig for a freelancer or fresh graduate. Company is based in coral gables, is growing rapidly and environment is awesome.  Interested parties can email me at Andrew.hevia@gmail.com. Thanks!” From Chris Harden:  “My new startup (The TROBO Company) is hosting a $100 story contest, and we’d love to have FSU Film students and alums participate.  Be the first writer to create a story that will launch TROBO, the Storytelling Robot!  TROBO is a plush robot who takes children on learning adventures through his storybooks on iPad and Android tablets. We seek writers who can energize and enthuse young children into learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Details are available at http://www.herecomestrobo.com/writingcontest. You may also call Chris at 813-468-7183 for more information.” From Jamie Rice (BFA 14) :  “As a kid, I spent my summers at Lake Bryn Mawr camp in Honesdale, PA. When my time as a camper was up, I was asked to come back as a CIT and eventually counselor. I can’t go back anymore because of film school, and they called me the other day asking if I knew anyone who would want to be a videographer for the summer. It’s a great job for anyone who wants a unique summer experience.  Here’s the information: "Bryn Mawr is home to approximately 320 female campers (ages seven to 15) and 175 staff. All of our girls are full-season campers and attend a seven-week session. We believe that our philosophy of encouraging personal growth and responsibility helps our campers grow into confident, community-minded young women. Campers learn four core values—Loyalty, Beauty, Merit and Comradeship—that are the foundation of the Bryn Mawr philosophy.  Presently, we are seeking a Camp Videographer to live at camp for the summer from June 14-August 15. This person will not be responsible for living with kids and will have appropriate adult housing.Responsibilities include but are not limited to:-Videotaping camp events/activities on a daily basis-Editing footage into a weekly 10 to 15 minute video to show the entire camp community-Upload daily videos to our password protected site for parents to view-Produce and edit a video montage yearbook including every camper-Additional special projects as requested-All video recording and editing equipment can be provided-Looking for someone who wants to be apart of a community-Room and board included plus salary and travel stipendIf interested, please visit the website at www.campbrynmawr.com and fill out the online application under the "Work at Camp" section. Alternatively, please contact Jocelyn Glantz, Staffing Director, at jocelyn@campbrynmawr.com.” We’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, doing the CA coast from San Diego, ending up in Reno.  Had a great trip – beautiful coast, lots of great wineries, loved the Big Sur area.  I’m still catching up on email, so if I haven’t posted something you sent I’ll get it next week! Huge festival update – be sure to check below. FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – January 30, 2014  The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard) and Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi) were selected for screening at the Love Actually short film festival in New York City on Valentines Day. For more information about this festival, go to https://www.facebook.com/lovefestnyc. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was invited to screen at the Post Alley Film Festival in Seattle on February 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.postalleyfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at the Wizard World Film Festival (part of New Orleans Comic Con), February 7-8. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/film-festival.html. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): 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. 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. Best Buds 2D (MFA Thesis 2013 Sean Tien) was selected for screening in the February 2nd program of the Iron Mule Screening Series in New York City. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.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.  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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. 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/. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. 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.      -- 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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    Warren Report 2/6/14

    Roll out the red carpet, polish the gold statues, and shine up those pearly whites. Oscar night is coming with a Film School Oscar Party.*VIP Doors open at 6:00 ($75/ticket) General Admission tickets doors open at 7:30 ($30 ticket)Silent auction of Hollywood swag like movie memorabilia, celebrity lifestyle items, and red carpet ready apparel. *VIP ticket holders receive early access to silent auction and unlimited food/drinks all night. Thank you to our sponsors (limited corporate sponsorships available):FSU College of Motion Picture Arts The Pod AdvertisingClub MintGo to https://www.facebook.com/events/1456307187915374/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcomingTo purchase tickets and for complete information.  Don’t forget our LA Screening on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Writers Guild Theatre, 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills.  Pre-screening reception at 7, screening at 8, reception following.  Bring your friends and invite your associates, no tickets needed! Both Dean Patterson and Acting Dean Braddock will be there.  Hope to see you! Want to see which alums worked on Oscar nominated films this year?  Go to http://film.fsu.edu/News/Top-Stories/Jonathan-King-executive-producer-of-Lincoln-the-film-with-the-most-nominations   If you worked on a nominated film and your name isn’t there, send me the information and we’ll get you added! From Jason Benoit (BFA  06)  “go see That Awkward Moment. Even if you don't want to but are going to movies, buy our ticket and then sneak into something else, and then tell everyone to go see our movie. That's about all I can ask of you - that you break the law so that I can keep my job. Seems rather fair.  Claudia Puig of USA Today also made the “Sex and the City” comparison and enjoyed the “charming trio” carrying the film. Perhaps most importantly — for Focus’ profit potential, at least — she thinks it’s the perfect date movie for a certain romantic holiday just two weeks away.”  NOTE:  Jason works for the Producer. From Brett Allen Smith (BFA09)  “I am beyond excited and proud to announce that my feature film, NEVER, will have its world premiere at Cinequest in San Jose on March 6th! My team consists of many familiar FSU faces: Andrew Schmidt, Bradley Maurer, TS Nowlin, Cherie Saulter, Caitlin Williams, Benjamin Verhulst and Grace Hendley - along with dozens of other alums who volunteered on our two LA shoot days. If anyone in the Bay Area would like to attend they can reach out to me (bsmithfilm@gmail.com) for free tickets, we'd love to have them there especially for the big premiere! Neil Gaiman is the special host so it should be pretty cool. Screening times are below: - 3/6/2014, 7:00PM PST- 3/8/2014, 11:00AM PST- 3/10/2014, 3:00PM PS NEVER is an intimate drama about a guy named Denim who falls in love with a struggling, lesbian singer-songwriter in Seattle named Nikki - and about the way their friendship challenges their understanding of sexuality and modern relationships. It stars Zachary Booth (Keep the Lights On, Damages) and Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams, in her leading dramatic debut role), and features original music by Nora Kirkpatrick (of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros).  From Marty Lang (MFA 04):  I have amazing news.  I’ve accepted an invitation to join the Made In New York Media Center by IFP, a transmedia storytelling incubator (the only one of its kind) in Brooklyn, NY.  I’m teaming up with them to develop my one-hour TV series/transmedia project RIGHTING DARWIN.  I’ll be among the brightest minds in indie film, television, gaming, social media, design, music and more.  So after a long, successful run in Connecticut, I’ll be moving to NY for this next challenge!” From Ken Adachi (MFA 09)  “DEAD DAD is now available on VOD for rental and purchase!!! This is the final push and we would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word. Here is the link to our film on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dead-dad/id796810408  It is also available on 5 other platforms: Amazon Instant, Google Play, Playstation, Vudu and Xbox. You can send people to our official site for those links:  www.deaddadmovie.com  And its available for purchase on DVD!  http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Dad-Kyle-Arrington/dp/B00I4DLV8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391494075&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+dad   Thank you again for supporting our project! Even Indiewire is promoting DEAD DAD! (http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-10-indies-to-watch-on-vod-this-february)  Please contact our publicist, Ben Dorf (ben@filmbuff.com), if you need additional information or materials. From Gina Papabeis (BFA 08)  “We've been pretty mum about our next film, The Heist, but we just posted a cool behind the scenes piece about a bust we documented of an endangered species ring. I thought you would want to see what I've been working on. https://www.thedodo.com/community/LouiePsihoyos/behind-the-bust-of-the-worlds--406917116.html. “ From Tony Zequeria (BFA 95)  My new management company, Super Vision.  We are  always looking for new writers with commercial TV Pilots or Feature length screenplays. Awesome shorts are also welcome. But they must be awesome if they're shorts. :) If they alums in LA or plan to move here within the next 6-12 months even better. Anyone who is already out here I am happy to sit down with and answer any questions or help in any way I can.   Alums can contact me at tony@super-visionent.com From Eric Fleming (MFA 94)  “I just finished a rewrite of a feature that I optioned to a producer named David Faigenblum. David's a passionate guy and he's made a few features in the last two years: A Late Quartet, 360 and Great Expectations. A director just signed on who had a hit at the Toronto Fest. And a few actors have been circling, so I've had to really bear down and finish this rewrite. As a student of screenwriting, I never imagined the journey that a single script could take or the stamina required to develop it. I initially wrote this for Michael Keaton as a TV series after he signed a deal with HBO. I spent over a year rewriting it for Michael as a 1/2 hour, than an hour, then a feature. It now has entirely different personnel behind it and finally looks like it will see the light of day. This is a crazy biz. I've also been doing an internet show called Everyman's Bacon for a network called TradioV.com. It's basically a filmed radio show that I co-host with an actor/comedian I grew up with in South Florida. We shoot a one hour show live on Fridays at 5pm PST. I believe they archive all the shows. We've been sandwiched between Andy Dick's show and a music show hosted by the drummer from the Stray Cats. Rarefied air, indeed. We had some interest from cable and ad agencies to do the show elsewhere. We'll see. It's been a fun experiment. Not to bury the lead, but the two projects that have made it through development and profoundly changed my life are my kids - my daughter Quinn is 3 and my son Declan is 16 months. They are a joy. My wife and I have slept like combat soldiers for the last 3 years but we are truly blessed. I love being a father.”  From Michelle Pullam:  GREAT NEWS!!!!  The Pilot show Zac Pullam shot back in November has been picked up to Series.  MTV announced yesterday!  We are so excited!   His Dad and I are very thankful to everyone who has supported Zac on this incredible journey.  We don't have the premier date yet but we will begin shooting around the end of March.  The link to the Hollywood Reporter article is listed below.  There was also an article in Variety and Deadline.com.  Thank you to the FSU Film School for all of your support!  Zac and I are looking forward to seeing you here in Hollywood at The Best of 2013 screening on February 11th.   http://j.mp/LtAEYl#sthash.mscoOmwT Valerie Scoon (Film School faculty member) is working with the Step by Step Film Apprenticeship Program in Barbados.   She is gathering a group of FSU faculty/staff/alumni to train Barbadians on the set of a movie, Vigilante-The Crossings April 2-9 (includes 2 days of R&R).  There is no pay but transportation (from Tallahassee)  and expenses will be covered for all participants.  She is looking for someone who can teach:  sound, continuity, makeup and AD.  If you are interested, contact her at vscoon@fsu.edu  This June, 12,000 creatives, marketers, technologists, & media specialists from 94 countries will come together for 7 days of learning, celebration & networking at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, showcasing the finest creativity in media since 1963. Now, for the first time, AmPav is offering the Cannes Lions Intensive to Marketing, Advertising, & Media Technology students interested in attending this esteemed Festival. Applications accepted online from January 20 20, 2014 to March 28, 2014.  Go to http://www.ampav.com for complete information and an application.  Lee Daniel’s The Butler, runs Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 6-8 in the FSU Student Life Cinema main theater. The French Connection is the Classic Phantom Theater pick Feb. 6 & 7 at 8:30 PM.Check out the full schedule at movies.fsu.edu, which includes a TedxFSU overflow event, Friday Board Game night, The Class of Nuke ‘Em High midnight show, and Fruitvale Station early next week with a panel discussion after Tuesday’s 7:30 show. Preview our Mid-Spring schedule at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-13peK80hs&list=UU6oNns6UgtRkiQ12pf3buOA 15th Annual Scriptapalooza Television Writing CompetitionOur intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include one hour existing shows, 1 hour existing sitcom, original pilots, and reality shows.  For an application:https://scriptapalooza.wufoo.com/forms/q7x3z9/ for a list of the producers that are onboard:http://www.scriptapaloozatv.com/judges/participants.php Accepting pilots, sitcoms, one hour dramas and reality shows. www.scriptapaloozaTV.com DEADLINE April 14 Vision Materials, Inc is searching for a team to produce, direct and film a documentary that will cover our project to clean up a landfill and stop population from leaking onto a protective reef on the Caribbean island of Roatan.  This is the first project of several planned projects that will  to bring sustainable and promote environmental awareness on Roatan. We are looking for individuals in the Media arts that have an interest in Environmental Issues and Education.  All the detail work can be done the team's location  (hopefully Florida or Georgia) because this is not our area of expertise we would rely on the people we hire.  We have a budget for the documentary (which is neogiatable based on experience) but to be honest we prefer spending the project funds cleaning up the landfill.The location filming would be in Roatan probably three 2 day visits (could be weekends). The timing of the project is dependent on when final funding is secure but we hope to start April 1st of this year.  Interested individuals should contact Project Manager Tom Currin at tomcurrin7@gmail.com  for more information about the opportunity. FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – February 6, 2014 Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) were selected for screening at the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando, March 21-23. For more information, go to www.megaconvention.com. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman), Dyce and Devil (MFA Thesis 2013 Fabian Davis), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin),Welcome to the Island (MFA Thesis 2013 Spencer Lenzie), Mr. PeeWee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), The Grind (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Psyche (BFA Thesis 2011Ricky Rose) were selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. Paradisaea Apoda is also nominated for Best Short. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Sovereignty for the Shoemaker (MFA D2 2013 Elizabeth Fletcher) was selected for screening in the online competition of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/559. Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 14-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):  Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at the Wizard World Film Festival (part of New Orleans Comic Con), February 7-8. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/film-festival.html. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was invited to screen at the Post Alley Film Festival in Seattle on February 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.postalleyfilmfestival.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) andSicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard) and Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi) were selected for screening at the Love Actually short film festival in New York City on Valentines Day. For more information about this festival, go to https://www.facebook.com/lovefestnyc. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind(MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. 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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. 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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. 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.  -- 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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    Roll out the red carpet, polish the gold statues, and shine up those pearly whites. Oscar night is coming to Tallahassee!  Join friends and supporters of FSU College Of Motion Picture Arts at Club Mint, 215 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL   March 2, 20146:00 p.m.  VIP Doors Open $75/ticket*    7:30 p.m. General Admission $30/ticketSilent auction of Hollywood swag, movie memorabilia, celebrity lifestyle items, and red carpet ready apparel.*VIP ticket holders receive early access to silent auction and unlimited food/drinks all night.  Tickets available for purchase at here .   Thank you to our sponsors!The Pod Advertising and Club Mint **********LIMITED SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE**************$25-$99 = Seat Holder$100 - $249 = Writer$250 - $499 = Actor$500 - $999 = Director$1000 up = ProducerSEAT HOLDER: One extra drink ticket with paid general admissionWRITER: 1 general admission ticketACTOR: 2 general admission tickets + verbal recognition at event + social media recognition leading up to the partyDIRECTOR: 2 VIP tickets + verbal recognition at event + social media recognition leading up to the party + logo on-screen at eventPRODUCER: 4 VIP tickets + verbal recognition + social media recognition leading up to the party + logo on-screen at event + signage*Silent auction donations will be valued at 50% of their retail rate for sponsorship recognition purposes. For Sponsorship Information please call Dana Brookes at 561-340-5015 or email dbrookes@foundation.fsu.edu  ATTENTION ALUMNI – its not too late to get us items for the silent auction.  Signed posters, scripts, t-shirts, etc., can help to raise money for the Film School. We had a great screening at the Writers Guild in Los Angeles.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Film School and our students/alumni!  We missed many of you who weren’t able to join us this year – hope it was due to work not the LA yuk that seems to be making the rounds. Congratulations to the second year writers who had success in the Scriptapalooza TV Screenwriting Competition.  Two Finalists in the One Hour Category:Erich Boettcher for a script for The Americans “From Russia with Bombs” and Sonia Miranda for The Americans “Olympic Gold”.And two more were Semifinalists:Brandon Foster, The Americans “Exposure” and Jared Laberdesque The Americans “Flight 90”.  All of these scripts were developed in George Geiger’s TV writing class. From Brandi Bradburn Holland (MFA  99)  “Both Dan (Holland) and I were asked to present at the America Cinema Editor Awards  this year (aka the Eddies.) I presented with Kaitlyn Black from my show "Hart Of Dixie," and Dan presented with Peter Krause from his show "Parenthood." We had a great time and nobody was killed, so we are calling it a success!” From Alex Landers (MFA  11)  “My play Mars to Stay was nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. This is my third year in a row making it this far with three different plays. Hoping to move up to finalist with this one, but very proud just to make the top 20% so consistently. The play, Mars, was one I wrote while living here in Chicago, and was read at the Upstairs Gallery in Andersonville back in October 2013 - Rebekah Suellau (MFA 2012) directed and alums Ray Nelson (MFA 2012) and Ross Magyar (Actor 2012) were a part of the lovely cast.  In other news, I am supporting myself with my painting and design business (find me on Etsy at cinematicarts.etsy.com), and have an upcoming reading scheduled in the north suburbs of Chicago for next month. If you’re in the area, catch Sehnsucht in September in Sunset Park (formerly Family Picnic, my thesis at the film school) at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, IL. It’s free to the public with a $5 suggested donation. I’ll be there!” From Don Guarisco (BFA 96)  "Just wanted to let the Tallahassee contingent know that a short film I wrote the script for will be making a "work in progress" debut at the Tally Shorts Film Festival on March 1st. It's called OVERLAPPING SCENARIOS and was directed by local filmmaker Eduardo Miyar. It's a spooky tale in which a woman and her ex-boyfriend go out to a rural cabin to look for her current boyfriend, who might be in trouble. Let's just say things quickly get dangerous in unexpected ways.  We shot the film in Tallahassee and Gainesville.  It will be showing in the 3:30 block of films and the fest will take place in the theater at the Challenger Learning Center in Kleman Plaza. For further information, check out the Tally Shorts webpage: http://tallyshorts.com/ From Carrie Hunter (BFA  09)  “I've been renting out some of my G&E gear on the side and working as a grip on indie projects in Mobile and Northwest, FL.  One of my favorite projects that I crewed on last year was Limo Ride,  which is a documentary that's kind of like "The Hangover."  It's about a night of Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll  at the Florabama that went completely wrong.  It just got accepted into the Atlanta Film Festival.    If you like raunchy comedies, you'll love Limo Ride. If you get a chance, please like it on Facebook and check it out if you're at the Atlanta Film Festival this year. From Allison Carter (BFA 04):  New York:  "I'm looking for a killer intern to help me on 5 features in various stages of prep/shoot/post/festival/distro. Definitely a position where you will learn tons and I will try and pay you as often as I can.   Spread the word too! If you know someone that wants to learn a specific part of the process or all of the process please send them my way!"  If interested email Allison at AllisonRCarter@gmail.com From Ilana Marks “I am looking for a Producer for an indie psychological comedy that I co-wrote.  The film is a live action feature film in the vein of "What The Bleep Do We Know" with a strong reveal reminiscent of "A Sixth Sense".   For more information please contact me at ilanamarks@aol.com or via my website at www.TheUmbrellaProjectLLC.com  By the way, I found my screenwriter and later director (both FSU Alumni) as a result of your newsletter last year.”    Contact her at ilanamarks@aol.com My name is Lucas Omar and I'm a filmmaker from Tampa, FL. My friend Iman Zawahry recommended that I get in touch with you in regards to casting for my upcoming web series.  It's a comedy called "Three" and it deals with three twenty somethings who get involved in a polyamorous relationship. The script for the first season is a finalist in several screenwriting competitions across the country, including BlueCat.More Info: http://3webseries.com/  I'm re-casting one of my lead roles.JASON - male, mid-20's, medium-build, sexy and alluring both physically and intellectually.  There will be compensation (minimum $100/day but negotiable) and travel expenses will be covered. We have a pretty amazing team put together already. lucasomarfilms@gmail.com “ The FSU Student Life Cinema kicks off the mid-Spring schedule with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Feb. 13-15 (7 & 10:30 PM). Sleepless in Seattle is the Valentine’s Phantom Theater pick for Feb. 13 & 14 (8:30 PM). Twelve Years a Slave, featuring Film School alumna Kelsey Scott, will be playing Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 18th & 19th (7 & 10:15 PM each night). For more information go to movies.fsu.edu. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – February 13, 2014 Signal (BFA Thesis 2013 Peter Davis) was selected for screening in the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 17-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.psfilmfest.org. 911 (MFA Thesis 2012 Andrew Fairbank) was selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Granted  (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, March 15-20. For more information about this festival, go to www.lawomensfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, March 27-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com. Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Hyungjik Lee) was selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente), Vroom Vroom Yum Yum (BFA Documentary 2013 Mana Handel), Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar), Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood, April 4-6. For more information about this festival, go to www.firstglancefilms.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas, February 19-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.texasblackfilmfestival.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was invited to screen at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, September 25-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://gcuff.org/. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were selected for screening at the Charleston International Film Festival in South Carolina, April 9-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.charlestoniff.org. Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck) and Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in Tallahassee on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.tallyshorts.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening in the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series in New York City on March 9. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): Sovereignty for the Shoemaker (MFA D2 2013 Elizabeth Fletcher) was selected for screening in the online competition of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/559. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at the Wizard World Film Festival (part of New Orleans Comic Con), February 7-8. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/film-festival.html. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was invited to screen at the Post Alley Film Festival in Seattle on February 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.postalleyfilmfestival.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard) and Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi) were selected for screening at the Love Actually short film festival in New York City on Valentines Day. For more information about this festival, go to https://www.facebook.com/lovefestnyc. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. 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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman), Dyce and Devil (MFA Thesis 2013 Fabian Davis), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Welcome to the Island (MFA Thesis 2013 Spencer Lenzie), Mr. PeeWee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), The Grind (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Psyche (BFA Thesis 2011 Ricky Rose) were selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. Paradisaea Apoda is also nominated for Best Short. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) were selected for screening at the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando, March 21-23. For more information, go to www.megaconvention.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. 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.   -- 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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    Roll out the red carpet, polish the gold statues, and shine up those pearly whites. Oscar night is coming to Tallahassee!  Join friends and supporters of FSU College Of Motion Picture Arts at Club Mint, 215 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL   March 2, 20146:00 p.m.  VIP Doors Open $75/ticket*    7:30 p.m. General Admission $30/ticketSilent auction of Hollywood swag, movie memorabilia, celebrity lifestyle items, and red carpet ready apparel.*VIP ticket holders receive early access to silent auction and unlimited food/drinks all night.  Tickets available for purchase at here .   Thank you to our sponsors!The Pod Advertising and Club Mint **********LIMITED SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE**************$25-$99 = Seat Holder$100 - $249 = Writer$250 - $499 = Actor$500 - $999 = Director$1000 up = ProducerSEAT HOLDER: One extra drink ticket with paid general admissionWRITER: 1 general admission ticketACTOR: 2 general admission tickets + verbal recognition at event + social media recognition leading up to the partyDIRECTOR: 2 VIP tickets + verbal recognition at event + social media recognition leading up to the party + logo on-screen at eventPRODUCER: 4 VIP tickets + verbal recognition + social media recognition leading up to the party + logo on-screen at event + signage*Silent auction donations will be valued at 50% of their retail rate for sponsorship recognition purposes. For Sponsorship Information please call Dana Brookes at 561-340-5015 or email dbrookes@foundation.fsu.edu  ATTENTION ALUMNI – its not too late to get us items for the silent auction.  Signed posters, scripts, t-shirts, etc., can help to raise money for the Film School. We had a great screening at the Writers Guild in Los Angeles.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Film School and our students/alumni!  We missed many of you who weren’t able to join us this year – hope it was due to work not the LA yuk that seems to be making the rounds. Congratulations to the second year writers who had success in the Scriptapalooza TV Screenwriting Competition.  Two Finalists in the One Hour Category:Erich Boettcher for a script for The Americans “From Russia with Bombs” and Sonia Miranda for The Americans “Olympic Gold”.And two more were Semifinalists:Brandon Foster, The Americans “Exposure” and Jared Laberdesque The Americans “Flight 90”.  All of these scripts were developed in George Geiger’s TV writing class. From Brandi Bradburn Holland (MFA  99)  “Both Dan (Holland) and I were asked to present at the America Cinema Editor Awards  this year (aka the Eddies.) I presented with Kaitlyn Black from my show "Hart Of Dixie," and Dan presented with Peter Krause from his show "Parenthood." We had a great time and nobody was killed, so we are calling it a success!” From Alex Landers (MFA  11)  “My play Mars to Stay was nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. This is my third year in a row making it this far with three different plays. Hoping to move up to finalist with this one, but very proud just to make the top 20% so consistently. The play, Mars, was one I wrote while living here in Chicago, and was read at the Upstairs Gallery in Andersonville back in October 2013 - Rebekah Suellau (MFA 2012) directed and alums Ray Nelson (MFA 2012) and Ross Magyar (Actor 2012) were a part of the lovely cast.  In other news, I am supporting myself with my painting and design business (find me on Etsy at cinematicarts.etsy.com), and have an upcoming reading scheduled in the north suburbs of Chicago for next month. If you’re in the area, catch Sehnsucht in September in Sunset Park (formerly Family Picnic, my thesis at the film school) at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, IL. It’s free to the public with a $5 suggested donation. I’ll be there!” From Don Guarisco (BFA 96)  "Just wanted to let the Tallahassee contingent know that a short film I wrote the script for will be making a "work in progress" debut at the Tally Shorts Film Festival on March 1st. It's called OVERLAPPING SCENARIOS and was directed by local filmmaker Eduardo Miyar. It's a spooky tale in which a woman and her ex-boyfriend go out to a rural cabin to look for her current boyfriend, who might be in trouble. Let's just say things quickly get dangerous in unexpected ways.  We shot the film in Tallahassee and Gainesville.  It will be showing in the 3:30 block of films and the fest will take place in the theater at the Challenger Learning Center in Kleman Plaza. For further information, check out the Tally Shorts webpage: http://tallyshorts.com/ From Carrie Hunter (BFA  09)  “I've been renting out some of my G&E gear on the side and working as a grip on indie projects in Mobile and Northwest, FL.  One of my favorite projects that I crewed on last year was Limo Ride,  which is a documentary that's kind of like "The Hangover."  It's about a night of Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll  at the Florabama that went completely wrong.  It just got accepted into the Atlanta Film Festival.    If you like raunchy comedies, you'll love Limo Ride. If you get a chance, please like it on Facebook and check it out if you're at the Atlanta Film Festival this year. From Allison Carter (BFA 04):  New York:  "I'm looking for a killer intern to help me on 5 features in various stages of prep/shoot/post/festival/distro. Definitely a position where you will learn tons and I will try and pay you as often as I can.   Spread the word too! If you know someone that wants to learn a specific part of the process or all of the process please send them my way!"  If interested email Allison at AllisonRCarter@gmail.com From Ilana Marks “I am looking for a Producer for an indie psychological comedy that I co-wrote.  The film is a live action feature film in the vein of "What The Bleep Do We Know" with a strong reveal reminiscent of "A Sixth Sense".   For more information please contact me at ilanamarks@aol.com or via my website at www.TheUmbrellaProjectLLC.com  By the way, I found my screenwriter and later director (both FSU Alumni) as a result of your newsletter last year.”    Contact her at ilanamarks@aol.com My name is Lucas Omar and I'm a filmmaker from Tampa, FL. My friend Iman Zawahry recommended that I get in touch with you in regards to casting for my upcoming web series.  It's a comedy called "Three" and it deals with three twenty somethings who get involved in a polyamorous relationship. The script for the first season is a finalist in several screenwriting competitions across the country, including BlueCat.More Info: http://3webseries.com/  I'm re-casting one of my lead roles.JASON - male, mid-20's, medium-build, sexy and alluring both physically and intellectually.  There will be compensation (minimum $100/day but negotiable) and travel expenses will be covered. We have a pretty amazing team put together already. lucasomarfilms@gmail.com “ The FSU Student Life Cinema kicks off the mid-Spring schedule with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Feb. 13-15 (7 & 10:30 PM). Sleepless in Seattle is the Valentine’s Phantom Theater pick for Feb. 13 & 14 (8:30 PM). Twelve Years a Slave, featuring Film School alumna Kelsey Scott, will be playing Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 18th & 19th (7 & 10:15 PM each night). For more information go to movies.fsu.edu. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – February 13, 2014 Signal (BFA Thesis 2013 Peter Davis) was selected for screening in the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 17-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.psfilmfest.org. 911 (MFA Thesis 2012 Andrew Fairbank) was selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Granted  (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, March 15-20. For more information about this festival, go to www.lawomensfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, March 27-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com. Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Hyungjik Lee) was selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente), Vroom Vroom Yum Yum (BFA Documentary 2013 Mana Handel), Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar), Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood, April 4-6. For more information about this festival, go to www.firstglancefilms.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas, February 19-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.texasblackfilmfestival.com. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was invited to screen at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, September 25-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://gcuff.org/. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were selected for screening at the Charleston International Film Festival in South Carolina, April 9-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.charlestoniff.org. Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck) and Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in Tallahassee on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.tallyshorts.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening in the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series in New York City on March 9. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): Sovereignty for the Shoemaker (MFA D2 2013 Elizabeth Fletcher) was selected for screening in the online competition of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/559. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, February 6-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at the Wizard World Film Festival (part of New Orleans Comic Con), February 7-8. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/film-festival.html. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was invited to screen at the Post Alley Film Festival in Seattle on February 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.postalleyfilmfestival.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), Granted (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Sicarios (MFA D2 2012 Ben Fredman) were selected for screening at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 12-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard) and Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi) were selected for screening at the Love Actually short film festival in New York City on Valentines Day. For more information about this festival, go to https://www.facebook.com/lovefestnyc. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney), Star-Crossed (BFA Thesis 2012 Katie Aldworth), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom) and The Grind (MFA Thesis 2013 Job Jaime) were selected for screening at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 15-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. 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 selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman), Dyce and Devil (MFA Thesis 2013 Fabian Davis), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Welcome to the Island (MFA Thesis 2013 Spencer Lenzie), Mr. PeeWee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), The Grind (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Psyche (BFA Thesis 2011 Ricky Rose) were selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. Paradisaea Apoda is also nominated for Best Short. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) were selected for screening at the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando, March 21-23. For more information, go to www.megaconvention.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. 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.   -- 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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    Warren Report 2/21/14

    From Amanda Farinos (BFA 00)  “The LEGO Movie is currently the #1 movie in the US!! I am so proud to have worked on this hilarious, charming film. I managed a team of animators out of Animal Logic, in Sydney Australia. They put so much of their own creative touch into every shot, I know they are the reason this movie turned out as funny as it is. I highly recommend working in animation to any students who are considering it!  Spending a year down-under was just one of the perks. I also got to do a lot of scratch acting, and ended up with a tiny role in the movie - I play "Mom" opposite Will Ferrell!  Hope you all go see it, and enjoy it!”  FSU takes Kickstarter in house to help fund student film projects.  A gift to the SPARK FSU Campaign is a tax deductible gift to the FSU Film School earmarked to support the BFA Thesis projects for 2014.  http://spark.fsu.edu/Project/107       The cool thing about SPARK is that the project will get whatever funds are donated, even if they don’t meet their entire goal.  And yes, we are still funding thesis projects; these funds would be available to pay costs not covered by standard funding, ie bringing in an actor and paying expenses, purchasing props, etc.  From Sarah Beth Shapiro (MFA  06)  “I edited a feature called FAULTS, that's premiering at SXSW Film Festival on March 9. It's a dark comedy/drama about a cult deprogramming featuring Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I am really proud of this film- check it out if you're attending the fest! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14984 I'll be in Austin for the whole duration of the fest. Anyone going who wants to grab a drink? Reach me at sarahbetheditor@hotmail.com"  From Roger Ghaman (MFA 96)  “I was editing on The Millionaire Matchmaker for Bravo last year, then am currently working on Deal With It which airs on TBS (it's a fun hidden camera show from Howie Mandel), and soon back to editing on America's Next Top Model – my tenth year editing Top Model.  Life's busy, but great." From Ian Weir (MFA  07)  “Bus Ride Zero", A PSA I directed, shot, edited and scored for Star Metro, Won an award of excellence at BEA's 2014 media festival. Produced by Andy Opel. Starring the incredible Owen Provencher and the lovely Alexandria Collins! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTkjKWaZ2yA From Oliver Pearce (BFA 97)  “I've been working at Nickelodeon since 2005. I spent time as a Post Coordinator and a Post Supervisor. Now I am Manager of Post Production for the animation studio covering Spongebob, The Legend of Korra, Dora, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, Fairly Odd Parents, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, etc.” From Savage Bell (BFA  94)  “Alex Lau (MFA 09) and I connected last fall and we hired him to work on our crew at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas this past week.  Alex was a great addition to our team and we look forward to many more productions with Alex providing his great productions skills.” From Jaye Davidson (MFA  10)  “I have had the great pleasure of interviewing Ken Adachi (MFA 09) about his film DEAD DAD. Kyle Arrington (MFA writing 09) co-wrote and starred in the film. The cinematography was done by Eric Bader (MFA 09).  Many other alums worked on the project. You can read the article here: http://iheardin.com/2014/02/14/filmmaker-spotlight-interview-ken-adachi-co-writer-director-dead-dad/The film is a treat.” From Eric Fleming (MFA  94)  “I just finished a rewrite of a feature that I optioned to a producer named David Faigenblum. David's a passionate guy and he's made a few features in the last two years: A Late Quartet, 360 and Great Expectations. A director just signed on who had a hit at the Toronto Fest. And a few actors have been circling, so I've had to really bear down and finish this rewrite. As a student of screenwriting, I never imagined the journey that a single script could take or the stamina required to develop it. I initially wrote this for Michael Keaton as a TV series after he signed a deal with HBO. I spent over a year rewriting it for Michael as a 1/2 hour, than an hour, then a feature. It now has entirely different personnel behind it and finally looks like it will see the light of day. This is a crazy biz. I've also been doing an internet show called Everyman's Bacon for a network called TradioV.com. It's basically a filmed radio show that I co-host with an actor/comedian I grew up with in South Florida. We shoot a one hour show live on Fridays at 5pm PST. I believe they archive all the shows. We've been sandwiched between Andy Dick's show and a music show hosted by the drummer from the Stray Cats. Rarefied air, indeed. We had some interest from cable and ad agencies to do the show elsewhere. We'll see. It's been a fun experiment. Not to bury the lead, but the two projects that have made it through development and profoundly changed my life are my kids - my daughter Quinn is 3 and my son Declan is 16 months. They are a joy. My wife and I have slept like combat soldiers for the last 3 years but we are truly blessed. I love being a father.” Paid Internship or part-time Tallahassee job:   Rowe Roofing is the largest roofing company in North Florida.  They can give you the opportunity to create items for your reel in a variety of content and services from humanitarian efforts, PSA’s, products, training videos and more.  Contact Ann Hudgins at mah@roweroofing.com or 850 386 7663. We (Legendary, Inc.)  are real estate developers in northwest Florida. We need to make a small 5-10 minute video for the grand opening of our latest restaurant, a MargaritaVille on the Destin Harbor. The video will include short 30-60sec interviews of our architects, engineers and project managers as well as short clips of the restaurant operation.   We will pay expenses and a negotiable fee."  Contact Camilo Giraldo at CGiraldo@Legendaryinc.com if you are interested in this project.  I’m going to be out of town Thursday next week so hope to get a Warren Report out on Wednesday – send me things early to post ! Be sure to read the Festival Update below – lots great news!   FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – February 20, 2014 Lemonopolis (BFA F3 2013 Josh Cartwright, producer Hyungjik Lee), Three’s a Crowd (MFA D2 2013 Mithra Alavi, producer John Francis), Small Talk (MFA Thesis 2013 Peter LeVake, producer Curtis Adair), To the Moon (BFA F3 2013 Eric Jaffe, producer Nestor Bustamante), Monster (MFA D2 2013 Noah Camenker, producer Khadif Sanders) and Death Has a Son (BFA Thesis 2013 Zack Ogle, producer Peter Davis) were selected for Blue Ribbon Panel judging by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the College Television Awards (Student Emmys). The winners will be announced in April. For more information about this competition, go to www.emmys.tv/foundation. Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair), Banana Trip (BFA Thesis 2013 Hyungjik Lee) and Axiom (MFA Thesis 2013Kyle Adams) will be the top three College winners on March 14 at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Showcase of Films. We won’t know which film will be in which place until the day of the showcase. The Surreal and the Self (BFA Documentary 2013 Jon Sams) will be the sole Documentary winner. For more information about this event, go to http://www.pbfilm.com/studentshowcaseoffilms.cfm. Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) was selected for screening at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas, February 19-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.texasblackfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Sarasota Film Festival, April 4-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.sarasotafilmfest.com. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival, which runs as part of the Sarasota Film Festival, April 4-5. For more information about this festival, go to www.throughwomenseyes.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was awarded Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, February 13-15. For more information about this festival, go to www.loveyourshorts.com. Been There Done That: The Linsey Alexander Story (BFA Documentary 2013 Taylor Kidd) was selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening at the North Hollywood Cinefest, April 10-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.nohocinefest.com. Doris (MFA Thesis 2013 Jingxi Wang) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Silver Springs International Film Festival in Ocala, Florida, April 3-6. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.springsfilmfest.com/. Polterghost (BFA F3 2013 Zack Ogle) was selected for screening and awarded Best Student Film at the Shockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, January 10-11. For more information about this festival, go to http://shockfilmfest.weebly.com/.  Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): Sovereignty for the Shoemaker (MFA D2 2013 Elizabeth Fletcher) was selected for screening in the online competition of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. For more information about this competition, go to http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/559. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was selected for screening at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas, February 19-24. For more information about this festival, go to www.texasblackfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore. 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) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were 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. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Green Bay Film Festival in Wisconsin, February 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gbfilmfestival.org. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman), Dyce and Devil (MFA Thesis 2013 Fabian Davis), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Welcome to the Island (MFA Thesis 2013 Spencer Lenzie), Mr. PeeWee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), The Grind (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Psyche (BFA Thesis 2011 Ricky Rose) and 911 (MFA Thesis 2012 Andrew Fairbank)  were selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. Paradisaea Apoda is also nominated for Best Short. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck) and Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in Tallahassee on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.tallyshorts.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening in the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series in New York City on March 9. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Granted  (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, March 15-20. For more information about this festival, go to www.lawomensfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente), Vroom Vroom Yum Yum (BFA Documentary 2013 Mana Handel), Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar), Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, March 27-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) were selected for screening at the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando, March 21-23. For more information, go to www.megaconvention.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood, April 4-6. For more information about this festival, go to www.firstglancefilms.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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were selected for screening at the Charleston International Film Festival in South Carolina, April 9-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.charlestoniff.org. Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Hyungjik Lee) was selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. Signal (BFA Thesis 2013 Peter Davis) was selected for screening in the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 17-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.psfilmfest.org. 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. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was invited to screen at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, September 25-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://gcuff.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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    Warren Report 2/26/14

    Hope anyone in Tallahassee who loves the movies will join us for the Film School Oscar Party Fundraiser at Club Mint@101 Restaurant.  Go to http://calendar.fsu.edu/Lists/Film%20School/DispForm.aspx?ID=34 for more information and to purchase tickets!  Its always a fun evening and the Film School would welcome your support. From Jaye Davidson (MFA  10)  “In the Bog has released its pilot episode through iheardin.com. Please check out my interview with director Alana McNair (MFA '11). Cinematography by Brian Gutiérrez Aramayo (MFA '10). Editing by Hillary Winnie Lavin (MFA '11).”http://iheardin.com/2014/02/21/filmmaker-spotlight-interview-with-alana-mcnair-pilot-director-of-in-the-bog/ From Matthew O’Brien (MFA 08)  “I’m currently in rewrites on an untitled kidnapping thriller I wrote. Trevor Kaufman (my manager) is producing along with Michael Glassman of Outlaw Productions. We recently attached Carolyn Miller (Under Still Waters) as director, and I’m working on rewrites with her as we fast track the script toward completion. I also spent about six months this year working with Tomasz Thomson (Snowman’s Land) on an original spec idea, a thriller, that he would co-write and direct. I have a “story by” credit on the project and Michael Glassman and Trevor Kaufman are taking it out to other writers who can finish it on spec.  I’m working with Trevor to put the finishing touches on another spec, Ark One, that we’ll be taking out to directors over the next few months. “ From Michael Vargas (BFA 11)  “I've been working at Guillermo del Toro's company, Mirada, for almost a year now, in editorial. It's an awesome company that does pretty much anything. We deal mainly in advertising (Exxon-Mobil, DisneyWorld, Vizio, to name a few), but we did develop Pacific Rim in-house, along with producing the introduction sequence. We also do music videos, and have made apps. It's a VFX heavy house, so it's been a really good experience learning the post process in our ever-changing, technologically driven industry. The company is cool because it is very reminiscent of film school, in that, you can learn/do anything you want in any department that may interest you. Everybody is very open and many long hours are spent perfecting our craft, just brings me back to FSU.   They've been giving me a lot bigger things to handle over the past couple months, and my latest was being able to sound design and do the final mix-down for the Katy Perry "Dark Horse" music video that we did, here. You all can check it out here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/USUV71400083. And just to point out how wide our film school network is, George Telonis (MFA 2012) and Corey Womack (MFA Writing 2012) worked on the live action crew of the video, so it was cool having them in Mirada for a week. Pass on my thanks to Chuck for all he went through to teach me the sound world!” From Christina Campagnola (BFA 12)  “I have been hired as an assistant at Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency in the NYC office. I met a Paradigm literary agent at the Sundance Film Festival who helped me get my foot in the door. Definitely excited to learn about the industry from a different side and ultimately see where this path leads!” From Ira Brown (MFA 13)  “I recently started working as the sales coordinator at Variety Insight, an entertainment tracking and data service owned by PMC, the same media company that runs Variety magazine and Deadline. The role calls for me to be the assistant to the president of Insight, and I do quite a bit of billing and client services work as well.  It's been great so far! After going through 4 different internships and being down to my last fifty dollars in Los Angeles, I couldn't be more grateful than I am now.  If anyone wants to meet up sometime to talk about life, writing, LA, etc, or would be interested in the service (its closest comparison is Studio System), please email me at ira.brown@variety.com” From Sylwia Dudzinska (MFA  09)  “My new gig starts on Monday and Ill be with the new show About A Boy working over at the Universal lot til April as their new 2nd 2nd!” From Bill Kelly, actor in many of our student films:  “I landed a small speaking role in the new feature film, “MIDNIGHT RIDER”, starring William Hurt, Zoey Deutch, Bradley Whitford and others.  I shoot on March 18th in Savannah.  Here's my IMDB link too just in case anyone wants to see what I'm doing.  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1536771/” Nice Close-Up interview with Rex Metz in the March 2014 edition of the ASC magazine! Malcolm Pelles (BFA 00) returns to INTERSECTIONS after two smash years of Slam Theatre 1.0 and 2.0 – now it’s 3.0! Comedy writer-playwright Malcolm Pelles has once again assembled a fantastic team to present a hilarious mix of romantic sketch comedy, spoken word poetry, and live DJ music.  Enjoy the skills of Bomani Armah, renowned poet, musician, and Busboys & Poets’ Director of Poetry Events (DOPE); Goldie Deane, the festival diva of spoken word; and popular DC DJ RBI.  Laugh your way through this sophisticated look at contemporary urban politics, culture, and relationships. Bring your drink in from the café and enjoy!  70 minutes   $22/$16.50 student/senior   Washington, DC.   For tickets go to:  https://atlasarts.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si00000023uvJEAQWe received an email from Executive Director of the Y’allywood Film Festival directed to our faculty, but am sharing it in the Warren Report in case any of you might want to pitch a panel or a talk.  “I am writing to inform the esteemed faculty of the film department of FSU of a new film festival and filmmakers' summit to take place in Atlanta later on in 2014. The purpose of this festival is to bring southern filmmakers together to discuss and conceptualize the voice of the filmmaker in the New South, a recent production haven for big studios. If there are any faculty members with any expertise in this topic, or who would like to participate in the festival by speaking at the summit or submitting a film for the festival, please pass my information along. We are still in our early stages of development, but there will soon be more information at yallywood.org. There, anyone who is interested can enter their e-mail address to receive updates as they occur.  As far as panels go, I already have Godfrey Cheshire on board to participate. He has been writing about the south's image in cinema for the past 30+ years and directed the documentary Moving Midway which is a good representation of the change from the "Old South" into the "New South". The film serves as a good starting point to lead off a discussion in the changing perspectives of southern filmmakers.” “The Big Sky Film Institute (BSFI) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director.   The Executive Director is responsible for overall organizational operation, staff management, planning and budgeting; and for the planning and successful presentation of the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), 2015 Big Sky Doc Shop, and the year-round weekly Big Sky Film Series.   Applicants must be available to start work full-time in Missoula, Montana, on May 1, 2014.  The Executive Director role requires strong organizational leadership to maximize existing strategies and develop new directions, while conducting festival and film series planning, administration, budgeting, fundraising, and staff management in an effective manner and in accordance with policies set by the Big Sky Film Institute Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is the chief staff member of the organization and is the public "face" of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and weekly year-round Big Sky Film Series.”   Email me if you would like complete information on this position.  IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions!Deadines to Apply: March 7 (Documentary) / April 4 (Narrative)IFP's unique yearlong mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films - and their careers. Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the annual program which has three components: the Time Warner Completion Lab in the spring, the Marketing Lab in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. All Lab projects also automatically participate in the Project Forum of IFP’s Independent Film Week.  Upcoming deadlines for the 2014 Labs are March 7 (Documentary) and April 4 (Narrative). For more info and to apply, click here..Scriptapalooza Deadline March 3.  This year we are awarding over $50,000 in cash and software prizes. Our First Place Winner will receive $10,000 Cash and all our 7 Genre Winners will receive $500 Cash.  Every script that is entered into Scriptapalooza is read by either a producer, manager or agent.  We do not use "readers” or "regular people” because they cannot do anything with your script.  We go right to the source - a producer, manager or agent, they can make a difference, they can option your script, buy it, set-up a meeting or go straight to the studio with it.  Now when you enter Scriptapalooza, you have the opportunity to get feedback. Your feedback will include a logline, a synopsis and your feedback totaling 4-5 pages of notes. Get the best feedback in the industry.  But the most important prize of all is that Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch and push the Semifinalists and higher for an entire year. We have relationships with producers, managers and agents that are actively looking for material.  For more information, please visit www.scriptapalooza.com FSU CMPA Screenings & Awards Update – February 27, 2014  What’s Left Behind (MFA D2 2013 Dana Fytelson) was selected for screening at the Little Rock Horror Picture Show, March 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlerockfilmfestival.org. Sovereignty for the Shoemaker (MFA D2 2013 Elizabeth Fletcher) was one of the top-scoring films in the online competition of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, qualifying it for screening in the bricks and mortar film festival, February 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/. Aria (BFA F3 2013 Tav Murphy) and This Too Shall Pass (BFA F3 2013 Dylan Hendrickson) were selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Scoundrel (BFA Thesis 2013 Michael Kefeyalew) and Chillin’ With Her (BFA Documentary 2012 Michael Kefeyalew) were selected for screening at the Visions Film Festival and Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina on April 4. For more information about this festival, go to www.visionsfilm.org. Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order): Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in New York City, February 27 – March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.winterfilmawards.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was invited to screen at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.frightnighttheatre.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) were selected for screening at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, February 22 – March 2. For more information about this festival, go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman), Dyce and Devil (MFA Thesis 2013 Fabian Davis), Badass Brock (MFA Thesis 2012 Eric Davis), A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Welcome to the Island (MFA Thesis 2013 Spencer Lenzie),Mr. PeeWee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck), The Grind (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin), Dead End (MFA D2 2013 Kim Risi), Chloe (BFA Thesis 2012 John Wikstrom), Psyche (BFA Thesis 2011 Ricky Rose) and 911 (MFA Thesis 2012 Andrew Fairbank) were selected for screening at the Amelia Island Film Festival, February 27 – March 2. Paradisaea Apoda is also nominated for Best Short. For more information about this festival, go to www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org. Mr. Peewee (MFA D2 2013 Becky Peck) and Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in Tallahassee on March 1. For more information about this festival, go to www.tallyshorts.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening in the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series in New York City on March 9. For more information about this series, go to www.ironmulenyc.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, March 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.sdlatinofilm.com. The Rebel Prince (MFA D2 2012 Fabian Davis) was invited to screen at the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, March 13-16. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackartsalliance.org. Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair), Banana Trip (BFA Thesis 2013 Hyungjik Lee) and Axiom (MFA Thesis 2013 Kyle Adams) will be the top three College winners on March 14 at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Showcase of Films. We won’t know which film will be in which place until the day of the showcase. The Surreal and the Self (BFA Documentary 2013 Jon Sams) will be the sole Documentary winner. For more information about this event, go to http://www.pbfilm.com/studentshowcaseoffilms.cfm. Granted  (MFA Thesis 2012 Cait Shull) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, March 15-20. For more information about this festival, go to www.lawomensfest.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente), Vroom Vroom Yum Yum (BFA Documentary 2013 Mana Handel), Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar), Been There Done That: The Linsey Alexander Story (BFA Documentary 2013 Taylor Kidd) and Scapegoat (MFA D2 2013 Khadif Sanders) were selected for screening at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, March 19-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, March 27-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Karl of the Future (BFA Thesis 2012 Nick Reinhard) were selected for screening at the Megacon Indie Film Expo in Orlando, March 21-23. For more information, go to www.megaconvention.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Silent Kid (BFA Documentary 2013 Nastasia Humphries) was selected for screening at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 27-31. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) was selected for screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Landshut, Germany, March 26-31. It is also nominated for the Deadline Award. For more information about this festival, go to www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de. 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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) and Little Africa (MFA Thesis 2013 Curtis Adair) were selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Lez Be Honest (BFA Thesis 2012 Haley Manrique) was selected for screening at the North Hollywood Cinefest, April 10-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.nohocinefest.com. Doris (MFA Thesis 2013 Jingxi Wang) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Silver Springs International Film Festival in Ocala, Florida, April 3-6. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.springsfilmfest.com/. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at the FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood, April 4-6. For more information about this festival, go to www.firstglancefilms.com. Killer Kart (MFA Thesis 2012 J Feeney) and Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) were selected for screening at the Sarasota Film Festival, April 4-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.sarasotafilmfest.com. Paradisaea Apoda (MFA D2 2013 Luxi Jin) was selected for screening at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival, which runs as part of the Sarasota Film Festival, April 4-5. For more information about this festival, go to www.throughwomenseyes.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/. Pedro Pan (MFA Thesis 2013 Andrea Puente) was selected for screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 3-17. For more information about this festival, go to www.latinoculturalcenter.org. A Plush Life (MFA Thesis 2013 Bryn Hubbard), A New Leaf (MFA Thesis 2013 Clinton Cornwell) and Goldtooth (BFA Thesis 2012 Lauren Brinkman) were selected for screening at the Charleston International Film Festival in South Carolina, April 9-13. For more information about this festival, go to www.charlestoniff.org. Bye Hyungjik (BFA F3 2013 Hyungjik Lee) was selected for screening at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore, April 3-5. For more information about this festival, go to wammtu.com. Eternal (BFA Documentary 2013 Armaan Uplekar) was selected for screening at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, April 8-10. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival.html. Lemonopolis (BFA F3 2013 Josh Cartwright, producer Hyungjik Lee), Three’s a Crowd (MFA D2 2013 Mithra Alavi, producer John Francis), Small Talk (MFA Thesis 2013 Peter LeVake, producer Curtis Adair), To the Moon (BFA F3 2013 Eric Jaffe, producer Nestor Bustamante), Monster (MFA D2 2013 Noah Camenker, producer Khadif Sanders) and Death Has a Son (BFA Thesis 2013 Zack Ogle, producer Peter Davis) were selected for Blue Ribbon Panel judging by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the College Television Awards (Student Emmys). The winners will be announced in April. For more information about this competition, go to www.emmys.tv/foundation. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was invited to screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada, May 7-11. For more information about this festival, go to www.reelshorts.ca. 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. Un Dia (Extra) Ordinario (MFA D2 2012 Andrea Puente) and Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) were invited to screen at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, May 31 – June 8. For more information about this festival, go to www.bigeyesbigminds.com. Cootie Contagion (BFA Thesis 2012 Josh Smooha) was selected for screening at Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids in Melbourne, Australia, June 7-10. For more information about this festival, go to www.littlebigshots.com.au. Signal (BFA Thesis 2013 Peter Davis) was selected for screening in the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 17-23. For more information about this festival, go to www.psfilmfest.org. 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. Nigga, Nigga, Nigga! (MFA Thesis 2012 Michael Blevins) was invited to screen at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, September 25-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://gcuff.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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