Volume 7                                                                               ABOVE THE LINE                                                                   January 2018    




Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at the Holiday Inn & Express, 3990 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar from 7-9pm and meet the new Interim Executive Director Tyler Martinolich.

Martinolich was previously the film group’s director of operations. In a statement to Tampa Bay Business Journal, Martinolich said “The Film Commission will continue to promote the various locations, and talent which make Tampa Bay a unique filming destination.

He added that Film Tampa Bay’s objectives will continue to include increasing production activity, handling the permit process, hotel bookings, and local expenditures each year. The commission also plans to maintain its focus on strategic outbound missions and trade shows as well as connect commercial production companies and crews within the county to the national and global film community through strategic marketing efforts. Film Tampa Bay will also continue to support local film festivals and film related events.

Martinolich joined Film Tampa Bay in 2013. He has been an adjunct professor of film & media arts at the University of Tampa since 2008. Prior to joining the film commission, he worked in the Tampa Bay area as a feature/commercial producer and production manager. Two of the feature films on which he worked were “Sunlight Jr.,” a 2013 movie starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon about how a Florida couple handles an unexpected pregnancy while holding down minimum wage jobs; and “The Glass Window,” a 2011 film about a young man who travels to a strange island in the Bahamas.


Join us on Tuesday, February 20th at the Holiday Inn & Express, 3990 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar from 7-9pm for Movie Night.

Joey’s Show Will Go On

Tampa drag queen legend Joey Brooks, the ‘First Lady of Ybor City’ talks about her decades-long drag career and judges a whacky drag contest to choose a new diva for her Christmas show. This documentary has been shown in several film festivals.


For many citizens a line had been crossed inspiring thousands from across the political spectrum traveling to Standing Rock and joining the resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline. This story follows the experience of a few of those citizens from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with members of the Overpass Light Brigade and Michael Bootzin making for this “brew city” journey into water protecting.

In the Spring of 2016, the call went out, no one would have guessed that by November the camp would grow and the movement would gain so much support around the world. This is largely because of the independent media, without them the world would not have had the opportunity to participate and the brutality of the militarized police may have only been known to those fighting on the front lines. This film is a glimpse into our future. Over 850 citizens were arrested during this resistance to protect the water. The fight is not over, the sacred fire has been kicked out, but the embers have traveled the world and are again ablaze! Today water protectors can be found in cities everywhere including Water Protectors of Milwaukee as Native Americans lead the important challenges to protect our environment.

Michael Bootzin will be our special guest and he will discuss what it was like to be part of this event.


 The winner of our Script Competition is Timber Woff. His script is “Artificial Infatuation”. We will be    filming in March. More details will be announced as to casting call and what crew we will need. We will be shooting 4 more films this year.

Sunscreen, Gasparilla Film Festival Entries Open

It’s that time of year again to enter your work in next Spring’s Tampa Bay Area Film Festivals.

First up next year is The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival from March 20 to 25, 2018. It will be celebrating its12th Annual year and is now receiving entries for its five day feast of independent films.

Gasparilla, in Tampa, offers 13 categories of films. All entries are to be submitted through Withoutabox. For details, go to the festival’s website.

Not far behind is the April 26-29 2018 13th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival.  Jan. 17, 2018 is Late Deadline and Jan. 31 is the Extended Deadline for entries to be received.

Seventeen “Best Of…” awards will be given out at the end of the festival. For details, see Withoutabox and Film Freeway.

Carole Gordon’s Acting Class Study Monologues

The Tampa class meets weekly at The Graham Thursdays, 7 to 10 p.m. at 2400 E. Henry Ave. in  Seminole Heights,

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 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 January 27th

 The Screenwriters of Tomorrow which meets at noon Saturday, January 27 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.

Members of the group sign up monthly to read 15 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 Meetings Held on 3rd Wednesdays

 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. Members and guests meet at 5:30pm at various locations in Tampa.

2018 Tampa Bay Film Society OFFICERS AND BOARD


PRESIDENT  – Ellen Schnur

EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT  – Marcus Kempton

VICE PRESIDENT – Gbemi Oluwayimika

SECRETARY – Miriam Goodspeed

TREASURER – Frank Fusco




Hector Soto Vasquez

Stan Gurvitz

Bobbi Hill

Dawn Reese

John Williams



Ellen Schnur – Marketing

Miriam Goodspeed – Editor Above The Line

Carole Gordon -TBFS 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)

Hector Soto Vasquez (dragondvr410@gmail.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: dgordon@visittampabay.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.