Volume 7                                ABOVE THE LINE                                            July, 2017

Come One! Come All! It’s Movie Night!

    If it’s July 18th, it’s Movie Night again, where you get to see your wonderful, unforgettable indie short, documentary or commercial on the really big screen, 8-10 p.m. at Britton 8 Theater, 3938 S. Dale Mabry in Tampa.

    Got something to show? We want to see it. Contact Marcus Kempton, the guy in charge of scheduling at aspectratio235@gmail.com. This month one of the selections is a music video, a first for us.

   This month’s program host is Hector Soto Vasquez.  Tampa Bay Film Society Members’ films are screened free of charge; non members charge for screening is $1 a minute with a minimum of $10.00.   Admission to Movie Night is free to members and $5 for non members.  Memberships remain $25 for students, $30 for seniors 65 and over; $40 for Film Fans; $60, dualand $250, business memberships.

   We return on August 15 to the Holiday In Express in Oldsmar for our next general meeting.

Our New Short Film Nekoda Now In Post Production

   Nekoda, which has been in production for a while now has finally reached post production level.    The short action film stars Joel Wynkoop who also wrote the script.  It deals with a hero who arrives to save a kidnapped child from some of the dumbest bad guys around.    The script won best of in our script contest a while back and features local actors and crew. While editing stopped for 19 days, thanks to participation by its editor in the Action Film Challenge, it is expected to be premiered in the early fall at the Britten 8 Theaters.

FF/WIFT Seeks Sponsors For Day Long Seminar

Film Florida and Women in Film & Television are seeking individual and business sponsors for the Oct. 21 Florida Film Focus, a day- long affair to be held at the University of Central Florida/FIEA in Orlando.

   The event is planned to allow students and professionals in the industry to learn from experts in their fields and to allow participants to get some hands on experience.

   The committee offers four levels of sponsorship. The $250 sponsorship is an area in the hallway for you to talk and hand out marketing materials.

    With the $1,000 sponsorship, you will be part of a panel during the morning session if you are in the industry, plus a demo station during the afternoon exhibit area OR area in hallway. Your logo will be on all posters and hand-outs at the event.

    For $3,000 sponsorship, you will be on the morning panel, have the demo station, logo placement on all e-mail blasts leading up to the event; individual thank you mention on Film Florida social media channels with a before and after event mention that will reach their 40,000 plus social media audience.

   The big $5,000 sponsorship gets all the above plus corporate membership with Film Florida for one year at the $1,000 “Producer” level, corporate sponsorship with WIFT-FL for one year at the $500 level, presenting sponsor for one of three areas of the event and an invitation to speak for five minutes aboutyour organization during the Morning Welcome.

  The day-long affairs runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The morning will include a short introduction by Film Florida/ WIFT followed by break-out sessions. Each person will have the opportunity to attend 3 morning breakout sessions.

   After lunch, each person will have the opportunity to get hands on experience with a variety of areas to help them put what they learned in the morning to good use.

   This event will be good for people of any experience level that want to work in the industry, whether it be creative, pre-production, production, post production, VFX, on screen, behind the screen, Virtual Reality,

   Pre-registration tickets are $20 for Film Florida and Women In Filmand $35 for non members. At the door price is $35 for members and $50 for non-members.

   Sponsors and pre-registrants should make checks payable to: Film Florida, 2516 Quail Park Terrace, Kissimmee, FL 34743. For further details, contact Alexa Sheehan, Alexa@harbordashery.com or John Lux, jlux@FilmFlorida, 407-494-6195.

About Film Florida: Film Florida is a state-wide not-for-profit entertainment production trade association that serves a leadership role in Florida's film, TV, production and digital media/tech industry by representing all aspects of the business including film commissions, industry, labor, associations and education. The growing membership driven organization provides a network, a platform, and the benefits of playing an active part in solidifying Florida's position as a major entertainment production destination, positive economic development driver and tourism generator. For more information about Film Florida visit www.FilmFlorida.org.

We Went A Little Hawaiian At June Meeting


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   We had an absolutely fabulous time at our (June) Tampa Bay Film Society meeting. Our guest speaker, Talk Show Host, Dawn Reese, 106.1 FM, was a hit! And, her co-host, Yvonne Madison, 82 years young, impressed us with her charm and poetry,

   Not to be outdone, Charlie Ho and King James entertained us with a "touch of the islands" sounds that had us singing and dancing. TBFS President Ellen surprised us with her "hula dancing" skills...still waters run deep...lol! She was really good!

   We had a lot of new faces checking us out, and I'm glad they had a chance to experience a group of talented filmmakers who support one another and know how to have fun. July is "movie night" so come join us for some popcorn and fun while we showcase local filmmakers' work and meet some of the talented directors, actors and crews in the area. Stay tuned for more details to follow. Have an awesome day and God bless!

Ms. Reese is the host of Hollywood Connections on Radio Station WTAN, 1340 AM on your dial. Catch her show on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Dawn is the former entertainment reporter for the late James Brown’s Truth Magazine. Over the years, she has met and interviewed hundreds ofStars, Producers, Agents and Casting Directors.

  Carole Gordon Actors Work On Character Study

   Carole Gordon’s Acting Class moves in August to a larger location, The Graham, 2400 E. Henry Ave. in Tampa. It’s a beautiful, new building with a large, quiet space for class    and good parking space. The class currently is working on Character Development.

   The Tampa area acting class is sponsored by TBFS. Carole teaches a combination of acting techniques, including emotional recall, improv, scene study, being in the moment and auditioning which she learned from Hollywood acting coachesand with the Groundlings while living in Los Angeles for a number of years both as an actress and behind the scenes assistant. She also holds an acting class in Lakeland on the second Saturday of each month at My Office & More, 122 E.  Main St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students 18 plus. Carole Gordon can be contacted by email at cgordonla@earthlink.net

Screenwriters Of Tomorrow Meets July 22

   The Screenwriters of Tomorrowmeets at noon Saturday, July 22 at Safety Harbor Library.

   This screenwriting group stresses professionalism in screenwriting but is open to all script writers, whether beginners or advanced as well as actors wishing to hone their cold reading skills. 

  The group of dedicated writers meets on the fourth Saturday of every month and admission is free.  The first 45 minutes of each meeting is a writing lesson dealing with different aspects of the craft followed by readings and critiques. 

   Two members of the group sign up monthly to read 30 pages of their script. Space is limited to 15, and reservations are a must.   To be put on the mailing list as meeting reminders, email Ellen Schnur at eschnur@tampabay.rr.com with your email address. First time drop-ins are welcome.

WIFT Monthly Meet is July 19 In Ybor City

   Women In Film and Television’s Tampa branch led locally by Rose Rosen, CSA continues to hold networking meetings on the third Wednesday of every month,5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gaspar’s Grotto, 1805 E. 7th St., Ybor City. This month it’s on July 19.

TBUFF Now Open For Submissions

Submissions are now open for the Fourth Annual Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. Regular submission deadline is July 21, and the final submission deadline is October 3.
The Tampa Bay Film Society is now partnering with the Festival, so, if you are a paid member of the Society, you are eligible for a discount for your submission. You will need the code to get the discount. Contact President Ellen Schnur at eschnur@tampabay.rr.com or see her at a meeting for further information. Regular entry prices are: $30, Narrative Features and Documentaries 40 min. and over; $25, Short films and short documentaries under 40 min and Florida features; $20 for Florida shorts and student films 25 min. or less.


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2017 Tampa Bay Film Society OFFICERS AND BOARD

PRESIDENT Ellen Schnur
VICE PRESIDENT Gbemi Oluwayimik
Hector Soto Vasquez
Miriam Goodspeed
Stan Gurvitz
Bobbi Hill
Austin Janowsky
Ellen Schnur Marketing, Scriptwriters
Events, Committees
Miriam Goodspeed, Editor Above The Line
Carole Gordon, TBFF Acting Class Coach
Frank Fusco. Membership
Marcus Kempton, Contests
John Borland Legal Advisor
Ellen Schnur (eschnur@tampabay.rr.com)
Marcus Kempton (aspectratio235@gmail.com)
Gbemi Oluwayimika (alljoy2@yahoo.com)
Frank Fusco (ffusco4127@aol.com)
Hector Soto Vasquez (dragondvr410@gmail.com)
Miriam Goodspeed (keespeed@aol.com)
Bobbi Hill (castreelpeople@tampabay.rr.com
Stan Gurvitz (stanism_1@yahoo.com)
Austin Janowsky (twistercomic@gmail.com)

(Courtesy of The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Film Commission)
Place free listings for you or your business in local and national production guides:
State of Florida Film Commission: www.filminflorida.com
Local Film Commissions:
St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Office: www.FilmSPC.com To be added to the film commission mailing list, contact: Lisa Dozois: Lisa@FilmSPC.com.
Tampa/Hillsborough Film Office: dgordon@tampaedc.com
Florida film Festivals: http://www.filminflorida.com/wh/ff.asp
Local industry groups, organizations and websites:
Creative Tampa Bay: www.creativetampabay.com
Film Florida: www.filmflorida.org.
Film Institute Leading Market: http://filminstitute.ning.com
MPFI: www.mediaprofessionals.org.
Tampa area Professional Photographers Association: www.tappa.org
Florida Film Network http://floridafilmnetwork.com
University of Tampa FREE LECTURE SERIES: Join UT Film Society on Facebook.
In Focus Magazine www.infocus-magazine.com
International Academy of Design and Technology www.academy.edu
Online Permit Applications
Now it’s even easier to take care of business with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission’s new online permit application system. Just go to http://florida.filmapp.com/filmspc/, choose Apply to Film, and then register if it’s your first time using FilmApp, or simply log in. Be sure to read the Before You Start section. Please allow five business days in advance of your start date for processing standard filming/photography permits for shoots on city/county owned or managed locations.