Volume 7                                                                                 Above The Line                                                   May 2018

Entertainment Law and Music Tuesday

This month we learn the ins and outs of entertainment law from our speaker, Rachael Luxenberg, Esq. and enjoy the music of QC Crank when we meet Tuesday, May 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 3990 Tampa Road.  Come at 7 p.m. for networking with program at 7:30 p,m.

Attorney Luxenberg is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney who worked for CBS TV and Miramax Films. A lover of business and entrepreneurship, she studied at the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship while attending Pepperdine School of Law and began forming her own visions into brands as soon as graduating in 2010.

She is an expert on Brand business development and protection. And, let’s face it, whether we are an actor, director, producer or crew in film or television, we all need to learn how to protect ourselves in this industry.

Our entertainer, QC Crank is a graduate of the American Conservator of music. He comes highly recommended  by this month’s Host, Dawn Reese and others.

Admission is free for current members and $5 for guests.

Tune In Monday For Radio Chat With TBFS

The Tampa Bay Film Society will be the subject Monday, May 14 from 8 to 9 p.m. on  Dawn Reese’s Hollywood Connections show over  WTAN station, 106.1fm .

Among the participants will be TBFS President Ellen Schnur, EVP Marcus Kempton, Secretary/Above The Line editor Miriam Goodspeed and Cast Reel  People director Bobbi Hill.

Members are also invited to participate. Email Ellen at eschnur@tampabay.rr. Come to volunteer.

Florida Film Festival Season Continues

Two of our biggest local film festivals may be over, but filmmakers have many more to enter this year.

The 5th annual Tampa Bay Underground Festival, one of our film society’s sponsors, announced its dates as Nov. 23 to Dec. 2. It is currently open for submissions through early October.

This festival takes shorts, features, documentaries and narratives through Without A Box and FilmFreeway.

Another local event is the annual Tampa Bay for National Gay and Lesbian Film Festival set for Oct. 5-13 which takes place on both sides of the bay. This festival is one of the largest and longest running LGBTQ events of its kind with films and videos by, for and about this community. All entries should be of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgendered people. For additional information, go to their website.

Coming up in June is the 3- day Cosmic Film Festival started several years ago by Ranelle   Golden. This year’s festival is June 15-17 in Orlando

Horror movies will have their day in the dark at Orlando’s  13th annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival this October,  This festival is the longest running horror genre film festival in Florida. It is now taking submissions through FilmFreeway and Withoutabox for your horror and sci-fi with horror concepts. For additional details, go to its website.

Catch Naples 10th International Film Festival Oct. 25-28. It’s now open for submissions as is the Key West Film Festival, set for Nov. 14-18. The 20th Melbourne Independent Film Festival is Oct.18-20 and is looking for entries as is The Orlando Film Festival, Oct. 18-25.

Perhaps the most unusual film festival is the Florida Surf Film Festival in New Smyrna Beach Nov. 9-10. All its entries must focus on surfing.

Film Florida Organizes For L.A. Convention

Film Florida is organizing a group to attend the Producers Guild of America conference in June .

It is combining this event with a Florida Native Producers Club Event, which has attracted top  decision makers from HBO, Netflix, etc. for several years in addition to Florida’s homegrown    producers and executives.

Badges are cheaper than full participation. For those wishing to register for a badge AND  participate in the Florida Native Producers Club Event (Reception) on Friday June 8, the full cost is $1,300 per participant. Participants of the reception are considered sponsors and can invite clients, guests, contacts, etc. and have your logo on the “Welcome Board” at the reception. If you are interested in attending Produced By, please email info@filmflorida.org with your interest by Friday, May 11th. Prices will increase again after that date.

This opportunity is open to all Film Florida members. If you are not currently a member, FF   encourages you to consider the value of joining this statewide organization. Film Florida’s growing membership provides a network, a platform and the chance to play an active part in solidifying Florida’s position as a major production destination. If you are interested in learning more about membership options, please email info@filmflorida.orgor click HERE.

Carole Gordon Acting Class Continues  

Carole Gordon’s Acting Class continues meeting at The Graham, 2400 Henry Ave in Seminole Heights.

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 coaches  and 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 third Saturday of each month at My Office & More, 122 E.  Main St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for teens and adults.

Carole continues to work with film students from South Eastern University, Lakeland .

She can be contacted by email at cgordonla@earthlink.net

Screenwriters Of Tomorrow Meets May 26

The Screenwriters of Tomorrow  will  meet at 12:30 p.m.  Saturday, May 26 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.

This 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.

 It’s Been A Few Rough Months, But We’re Back

Missed your copy of Above The Line lately? Your Editor  has had a bevy of challenges include the death of my 10 year old computer which crashed and, as HP said, was too old to fix.  Thanks to my generous son, for my new HP. Hope it lasts as long as its predecessor.

Also, many thanks to our TBFS President Ellen Schnur for stepping in to send out shorter versions of our newsletter in the interim.

2018 Tampa Bay Film Society OFFICERS AND BOARD

PRESIDENT                              Ellen Schnur

EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT         Marcus Kempton

VICE PRESIDENT                     Gbemi Oluwayimik               

SECRETARY                              Miriam Goodspeed

TREASURER                             Frank Fusco



Stan Gurvitz       

Bobbi Hill

Dawn Reese

 John Williams                                                                     




                                                            Ellen Schnur                           Marketing, Scriptwriters

                                                                                                               Events, Committees

                                                            Miriam Goodspeed,               Editor Above The Line

                                                            Carole Gordon,                       TBFF Acting Class Coach

                                                            Frank Fusco.                            Membership

                                                            Marcus Kempton,                  Contests



Ellen Schnur (eschnur@tampabay.rr.com)

Marcus Kempton (aspectratio235@gmail.com)

Gbemi Oluwayimika (alljoy2@yahoo.com)

Frank Fusco (ffusco4127@aol.com)

Miriam Goodspeed (keespeed@aol.com)

Bobbi Hill (castreelpeople@tampabay.rr.com

Stan Gurvitz (stanism_1@yahoo.com)

Dawn Reese (dawnreese106.1fm@gmail.com)

John Williams (paparazzinfo@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:
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.