PHP Feeder 1.2 en Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:07:08 -0500 Golden Globe Nominations Include Four Georgia Projects <p> Nominees for the 74<sup>th</sup> annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, December 12, 2016, and Georgia fared well, with <em>Stranger Things</em>, <em>Atlanta</em>, <em>Hidden Figures</em> and <em>Confirmation</em> all getting nods in at least one category. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the award ceremony airs Sunday, January 8 at 8 PM ET on NBC with host Jimmy Fallon.</p> <p> The 8-episode first season of Netflix&rsquo;s <em>Stranger Things</em> was released in July and the show became one of the networks&rsquo; most watched and best reviewed. Series star Winona Ryder is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series. The series itself, filmed entirely in Georgia, is in the running for Best Television Series &ndash; Drama. The show was recently presented with an American Film Institute (AFI) Award for TV Program of the Year.</p> <p> Another hit with fans and critics alike, Donald Glover&rsquo;s 10-episode series <em>Atlanta</em> on the FX network also received nominations in two categories: Glover for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series &ndash; Musical or Comedy and the show for Best Television Series &ndash; Musical or Comedy. <em>Atlanta</em> recently won an AFI award for TV Program of the Year, and a Critic&rsquo;s Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.</p> <p> <em>Hidden Figures </em>is a feature film opening January 6, 2017, about a team of African-American women who provide NASA with essential mathematical data needed to launch the program&#39;s first space missions<strong>. </strong>It received two nominations from the HFPA, including Octavia Spencer for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and one for Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Benjamin Wallfisch--the film&rsquo;s composers--for Best Original Score &ndash; Motion Picture.</p> <p> HBO&rsquo;s telefilm &ldquo;Confirmation,&rdquo; about law professor Anita Hill and her role in the hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court also got a Golden Globe nomination for its star Kerry Washington (as Anita Hill) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. She received an Emmy nomination for the role but did not win.</p> <p> A complete list of nominees can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Lee Cuthbert Ripple Effect Film Project Now Accepting Submissions <p> The Ripple Effect Film Project invites filmmakers of all ages and abilities from around the state of Georgia to submit short films and public service announcements that focus on our connection to the ocean. Finalists&#39; films will be showcased at the Blue Carpet Premiere at the historic Morton Theater in Athens, Georgia on March 25, 2017. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2017.<br /> <br /> Filmmakers can submit a short film (1-4 minutes) and/or a public service announcement (30 seconds). Winning PSAs will be shown in local theaters in summer 2017. Cash prizes will be awarded.<br /> <br /> New theme for 2017! Consider the impact of human behavior on the world&#39;s oceans. What actions do we take (or not take) each day that may affect ocean health, regardless of where we live? We make daily choices about our energy and water use, transportation, food, consumer products and keeping our waterways clean. Films should focus on a key issue from the &quot;Ocean Connections&quot; list (see official rules), and should establish a connection between the key issue and the health of the ocean. Ideally the films will highlight eco-positive actions that &#39;do the right thing&#39; for the ocean.<br /> <br /> More information, including official rules and detailed information about the 2017 ocean connection theme, can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p> Ripple Effect Film Project Free Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival Begins October 7 <p> Coming to midtown Atlanta October 7 - 9, IMAX presents the first annual <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival</a> featuring sci-fi film shorts, art and live music. Additional sponsors include the <a href="" target="_blank">Multicultural Sci-fi Organization</a> (MCSFO), Georgia Tech&rsquo;s School of Literature, Media and Communication, HBO, and The <a href="" target="_blank">CGBros</a>. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.</p> <p> Events will begin Friday, October 7 at 6 p.m. with the opening reception and VIP screening of HBO&rsquo;s new series &ldquo;Westworld&rdquo; at SCADShow, followed by a special guest panel. Only the first 100 registrants may attend.</p> <p> Saturday&rsquo;s events will be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology Student Center Theater, including a special 8 p.m. screening of &ldquo;Sunspring&rdquo; starring Thomas Middleditch&ndash; the first sci-fi film short created by an Artificial Intelligence&ndash;followed by a Q&amp;A with director Oscar Sharp, and A.I. researcher Ross Goodwin.</p> <p> At 2 p.m. five films competing in the CGI SF Film Short Competition will be shown, followed by Featured SF Film Shorts at 2:30. Two groups of films competing in the audience-judged Live Action SF Film Short Competition show at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. Luna Strings will perform a 20-minute set at 7:30 p.m.</p> <p> Sunday&rsquo;s finale moves to Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 IMAX, with awards presentations (including the IMAX Young Film Makers Award) and a screening of the new Terrence Malick IMAX documentary &ldquo;Voyage of Time,&rdquo; narrated by Brad Pitt. A Q &amp; A period will follow.</p> Lee Cuthbert Everybody Loves Netflix’ “Stranger Things;” Will “Atlanta” be Next? <p> Released July 15, Netflix&rsquo; sci-fi thriller &ldquo;Stranger Things&rdquo; has been unanimously declared a &ldquo;summer blockbuster,&rdquo; even though it&rsquo;s an eight-episode TV series. One of the streaming service&rsquo;s most watched releases, Netflix just announced there will be a nine episode season two.</p> <p> Set in 1984, the show makes numerous references to classic films of the decade and with its perfectly nuanced blend of tonal and visual nostalgia, it didn&rsquo;t take long for raves and recommendations to spread across social media.</p> <p> Though recognizable names like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine have primary roles, the show really belongs to a very talented group of child actors who lead the search for a missing friend following an hours-long game of Dungeons and Dragons. There is a flesh-eating monster, weird supernatural phenomena, a score of sparse analog synth music, and lots of bike riding at night. All the fixings for a summer hit.</p> <p> Many television writers shared the same sentiment, but <em>The Hollywood Reporter&rsquo;s</em> Daniel Fienburg <a href="" target="_blank">summed it up best</a>:&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> With its expert channeling of summer blockbuster maestro Steven Spielberg and vacation-read genius Stephen King, it&#39;s no surprise that The Duffer Brothers&#39; Netflix series &lsquo;Stranger Things&rsquo; has become the perfect series to queue up with the air-conditioning pumping. With a juicy comeback role for Winona Ryder, a cast of unknown youngsters inspiring countless &lsquo;Who&#39;s your favorite?&rsquo; online pieces and a spooky premise that&#39;s brought to life vividly despite a moderate budget, &ldquo;Stranger Things&rdquo; is a callback to countless summer movies several generations grew up on. And it&#39;s in most ways superior to anything at the multiplex, or on TV, this summer.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s hoping the Duffer brothers and crew return to Georgia for season two as soon as possible. The internet is chock full of speculation about where the series will go. The Duffers have noted it will probably be &ldquo;darker.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>Early buzz about &ldquo;Atlanta&rdquo;</strong></p> <p> Will Donald Glover&rsquo;s FX TV series &ldquo;Atlanta,&rdquo; which debuts Sept. 6, also emerge as a standout? Early reviews look very promising, and the <a href="" target="_blank">wordless trailer</a> alludes to a special vibe that makes the show unlike anything else on TV. Glover once described the show as &ldquo;<em>Twin Peaks</em> for rappers,&rdquo; and though there is a general storyline &ndash; two cousins trying to make it big in the Atlanta rap scene&mdash;it was recently described by Tim Goodman in his <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hollywood Reporter</em> review</a> as an &ldquo;existential young black comedy about surviving the day.&rdquo;</p> <p> He writes &ldquo;<em>Atlanta</em> is less about something than it is about days in the life of a group of people that may add up to something going forward but are immediately identifiable as real (and funny, and sometimes sad, plus shot through with an ingenious sense of philosophy).&rdquo;</p> <p> Notes <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Collider&rsquo;s</em> Allison Keene</a>: &ldquo;Like many of FX&rsquo;s half-hour series, <em>Atlanta</em> isn&rsquo;t strictly a comedy. It&rsquo;s often bracingly funny, but it can be deadly serious&hellip;The show plays with the surreal while managing the stay grounded in a way that is charmingly off-kilter.&rdquo;</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s hoping Georgia becomes as synonymous with future hit TV franchises &ldquo;Stranger Things&rdquo; and &ldquo;Atlanta,&rdquo; as it has with &ldquo;The Walking Dead!&rdquo;</p> Lee Cuthbert New Columbus Film Festival Accepting Submissions <p> The Way Down Film Festival (WDFF) launches in 2016 as the first high-profile short film festival in Columbus, Georgia. The inaugural WDFF, taking place October 21-22, will showcase over 30 short films, celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world.<br /> <br /> WDFF was founded to support the blooming, underground arts - to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected.<br /> <br /> Films will be curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks; each screening will run 70-90 minutes and contain multiple shorts. Viewed on a state-of-the art projector with a pristine sound system, all film screenings will take place on the main stage of the historic Springer Opera House.<br /> <br /> Peppered throughout the two-day festival will be receptions and network gatherings with industry leaders and seasoned filmmakers eager to share their knowledge and encourage our talent and supporters.<br /> <br /> A $2,500 cash prize will be awarded for Best Overall Film and six $250 prizes will be given to category winners.<br /> <br /> SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN<br /> Regular Deadline $25 - August 28th, 2016<br /> Late Deadline $35 - September 10th, 2016<br /> <br /> Submit via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway at:<br /> <br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a></p> Lee Cuthbert New "Big River Film Festival" This Weekend in Savannah <p> Debuting this weekend in Savannah, the Big River Film Festival is an international film festival for filmmakers by filmmakers, going on today and tomorrow (July 8/9). The festival&rsquo;s lineup includes screenings of over 100 dramatic and documentary feature films, short films, and special events, including a special screening of &ldquo;Hell or High Water,&rdquo; starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The film opens in theaters August 12 and screens tonight (Friday) at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p> Festival events include a VIP &amp; Filmmaker Hospitality Suite, Exhibitors, Master Classes, Female Filmmakers Panel, and multiple Film Competitions held throughout the event.</p> <p> Domenica Cameron-Scorsese will make her feature film directorial debut with &ldquo;Almost Paris,&rdquo; screening at the Johnny Mercer Theatre of The Savannah Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. tonight (Friday evening). &ldquo;Almost Paris&rdquo; tells the story of a former banker who returns to his hometown in the wake of the mortgage crisis. Faced with his family and childhood friends--and seeing the impact of his actions--he learns to show up and give back to those he loves in ways that are priceless.</p> <p> Lebanese filmmaker Maria Abdel Karim will be participating in Saturday&rsquo;s International Film Competition with her film &ldquo;Void,&rdquo; showing in the Ballroom of the Savannah Civic Center Saturday July 9th, at 6:15 p.m. &ldquo;Void&rdquo; centers on the story of six Lebanese women, all of different ages, who are awaiting the return of their sons, brothers, husbands or lovers, who have been missing since the Civil War. The film depicts the events that take place on the eve of the Beirut Parliament Square sit-in, where the women petition to renew the cases of their missing men.</p> <p> Samone T. Norsworthy&rsquo;s film &ldquo;Ben &amp; Ara,&rdquo; winner of the African Movie Academy Awards for Best Diaspora Feature Film, will screen on Saturday July 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Johnny Mercer Theater. This award winning film explores the possibilities and the limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and intercultural relationships in our society.</p> <p> These filmmakers will be in attendance and Q&amp;A sessions will follow their screenings.</p> <p> In addition to film screenings, the Big River Film Festival will also host several other private and public events for patrons throughout the duration of the festival. For a detailed list of films and events please visit <a href=""></a> .</p> Lee Cuthbert The 11th annual Macon Film Festival kicks off July 21st <p> The 11<sup>th</sup> annual Macon Film Festival kicks off July 21<sup>st</sup> with a special screening of &quot;Pretty in Pink&quot; (1986) and the appearance of Andrew McCarthy, one of the film&rsquo;s stars, in honor of the movie&rsquo;s 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The screening will take place in Macon&rsquo;s historic Douglass Theatre, located at 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Following the screening, a Q&amp;A with McCarthy will begin at 6 p.m.</p> <p> Actor and director McCarthy notes that &ldquo;<em>Pretty in Pink</em> has had a life beyond anyone&#39;s imagination. It captured something about being young and searching, that resonates through generations, which is why it has been so profound in the movie culture as an iconic &ldquo;Brat Pack&rdquo; film.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;We are excited to bring Andrew McCarthy and &#39;Pretty in Pink&#39; to the 2016 Macon Film Festival,&quot; said festival spokesperson, Terrell Sandefur. &quot;We&#39;ve been wanting to bring one of the 80s Brat Pack movies to the film festival for years, and with &#39;Pretty in Pink&#39;s&#39; 30th anniversary this year, it seemed like the right time.&quot;</p> <p> McCarthy began his acting career at the budding age of 19 in the movie &ldquo;Class,&rdquo; and later starred in iconic movies such as &quot;St. Elmo&#39;s Fire&rdquo; and &quot;Less Than Zero.&quot; His lengthy career includes numerous films, TV shows, and theatrical appearances in on-and off-Broadway productions.</p> <p> As a director, McCarthy is highly regarded with &quot;Orange is the New Black,&quot; and &quot;The Blacklist&quot; among his many credits.</p> <p> The Macon Film Festival is&nbsp;July 21-24. Passes are now available on the festival&#39;s website <a href=";id=preview&amp;r=3&amp;" target="_blank"></a></p> Erin Dickman Multiple Georgia-filmed Movies Debuting on Same Date <p> It doesn&#39;t take much time browsing this web site to realize we have a long history of filmmaking in Georgia. Our office (The Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development) was formed in 1973 in response to the economic activity the filming of &ldquo;Deliverance&rdquo; generated in rural North Georgia.</p> <p> From &ldquo;The Longest Yard&rdquo; to &ldquo;Manhunter&rdquo; to &ldquo;Forest Gump,&rdquo; Georgia has always attracted creative filmmakers. However, since our tax incentive for film and TV production went into effect in 2008 (intended to ensure we did not lose more business to Canada and incentive states in the US), the number of productions shooting our state has risen exponentially.</p> <p> A look at the list of 2016 US release dates for feature films provides an excellent snapshot of how much filming takes place in Georgia. At least one, and often more than one, Georgia-lensed film opens nationwide every month of this year, and it&#39;s not uncommon for more than one to bow on a weekend as shown below.</p> <p> Georgia-filmed releases making same-day debuts in 2016:</p> <ul> <li> &quot;Ride Along 2&quot;&nbsp; and &quot;The 5th Wave&quot; - 1/15/16</li> <li> &quot;Allegiant: Part 1&quot; and &quot;Miracles from Heaven&quot; - 3/18/2016</li> <li> &quot;Term Life&quot; and &quot;Mother&#39;s Day&quot; - 4/29/2016</li> <li> &quot;The Nice Guys&quot; and &quot;Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising&quot; - 5/20/2016</li> <li> &quot;The Phenom&quot; and &quot;The Fundamentals of Caring&quot; - 6/24/2016</li> <li> &quot;Birth of a Nation&quot; and &quot;MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of my Life&quot; - 10/7/2016</li> <li> &quot;Christine&quot; and &quot;The Accountant&quot; - 10/14/2016</li> <li> &quot;Billy Lynn&#39;s Long Halftime Walk,&quot; &quot;All Eyez on Me,&quot; and &quot;Almost Christmas&quot; - 11/11/2016</li> </ul> <p> Like long lists? For a complete list of Georgia-lensed films and TV projects (since 1972), click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> For a list of upcoming release dates, click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> And <a href="">see what&rsquo;s shooting here now</a>!</p> Lee Cuthbert Adam Sandler’s “The Do-Over” Streaming Online Starting 5/27/16 <p> &ldquo;The Do-Over,&rdquo; a Netflix original film starring Adam Sandler and David Spade, begins streaming on the network Friday, May 27 &ndash; just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. Judging from the content of the show&rsquo;s trailer (which was not family-friendly enough for us to show you here,) the movie is funny, profane, and contains a lot of &ldquo;adult situations&quot; as two friends fake their own deaths only to assume the identites of people in even deeper trouble.</p> <p> The film shot largely in Savannah and on Tybee Island in 2015 and utilized some the area&rsquo;s most recognizable landmarks, including Factors Walk, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, and the <em>Visit Savannah</em> building on Bay Street. Paula Patton and Kathryn Hahn also star; Steven Brill (&ldquo;Walk of Shame&rdquo;) directed.</p> <p> For those considering a trip to the theater this holiday weekend, just a reminder that there are lots of Georgia-lensed films still playing, such as:</p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;Captain America: Civil War&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;The Nice Guys&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;Mother&rsquo;s Day&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;The Boss&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;Barbershop: The Next Cut&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;Term Life&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p> So ignore the beautiful weather. Get inside and start watching!</p> Lee Cuthbert 40th Atlanta Film Festival Starts Friday 4/1 <p> The 40<sup>th</sup> <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF)</a> kicks off Friday, April 1 with a special screening of Georgia-lensed &ldquo;The Fundamentals of Caregiving,&rdquo; starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez and directed by Rob Burnett. Over 200 films will be shown as part of the 10-day festival in categories including Narrative and Documentary Features; Narrative, Documentary and Animated Shorts; and Music Videos. Judges will select winners from among competing entries in these categories. Celebrities, including actors and directors, may also attend screenings and hold Q &amp; A sessions. This information is updated on the <a href="" target="_blank">ATLFF schedule</a>.</p> <p> As part of the festival, the <a href="" target="_blank">New Mavericks Award</a> including a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented by SPANX&reg; and The Sara Blakely Foundation to a female filmmaker. The New Mavericks program was launched as a short film block in 2013, celebrating female-directed films featuring strong female leads. At ATLFF 2015, New Mavericks grew to include feature films that met the same criteria. Last year, the program grew beyond festival boundaries to include monthly networking events and the first-ever New Mavericks Film Series, which is expected to return in summer 2016.</p> <p> A special five-day <a href="" target="_blank">Creative Conference</a> runs concurrently with the festival, consisting of nearly 40 panels, talks, and demos on filmmaking topics such as screenwriting, acting, producing, casting, funding and distribution. Presenting guests include representatives from The People Store, SAG-AFTRA, Seed &amp; Spark, Kickstarter and more.</p> <p> ATLFF is one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying events in the country, and it is the chief annual event of the non-profit <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS)</a>.</p> Lee Cuthbert The Many Faces of Georgia's Film Industry <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.25in; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">During Film Day at the Capitol, held Feb. 22, 2016, the many faces of Georgia&#39;s film industry were on display to show Governor Deal, the General Assembly and state agencies the positive impact this industry has on Georgians. These photos were submitted by some of the thousands of people who work in Georgia&#39;s film industry, allowing them to share their story and say thank you.&nbsp;</span></p> Emily Murray Two Georgia-filmed Movies to Open this Weekend <p> One week following &ldquo;Ride Along 2&rdquo;s debut as a box office number one, two more Georgia-filmed movies open in wide release Friday, January 22: &ldquo;The 5<sup>th</sup> Wave,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Dirty Grandpa.&rdquo;</p> <p> Based on the young adult novel by Rick Yancy, &ldquo;The 5<sup>th</sup> Wave&rdquo; stars Chlo&euml; Grace Moretz as Cassie, who must save her younger brother (Zackary Arthur) as four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. The dystopian PG-13-rated film shot in Atlanta, Madison, Winder, Hampton, Stone Mountain, Douglasville, Perry, Norcross and Kennesaw.</p> <p> For the mature movie viewer, &ldquo;Dirty Grandpa&rdquo; is an R-rated feature staring Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro as a grandson/grandfather on an event-filled road trip to spring break in Daytona. Jason Kelly (Efron) is an uptight lawyer about to marry the boss&rsquo;s bridezilla daughter until his randy ex-Army grandfather tricks him into taking to the road. Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally also star.</p> <p> Check out trailers <a href="">here</a>!</p> Lee Cuthbert Four Georgia-lensed Films to Premiere at Sundance <p> The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will have four Georgia-lensed films making their world premiere at the festival: three in the 16-film U.S. Dramatic Competition category and one, &ldquo;The Fundamentals of Caregiving,&rdquo; selected as the closing night film. All three of the movies in competition shot largely around Savannah; &quot;Fundamentals&quot; filmed around Atlanta.<br /> <br /> The three Georgia-lensed films set to compete include:<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;The Birth of a Nation&rdquo;</strong><br /> &ldquo;The Birth of a Nation&rdquo; is based on the story of Nat Turner, a slave who led an infamous slave rebellion. The film shares the name of the racist silent film by D.W. Griffith, but tells a different story of the man who attempted to free his people from bondage.<br /> Director: Nate Parker<br /> Screenwriter: Nate Parker<br /> Cast: Mark Boone Jr., Gabrielle Union, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Nate Parker<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;Christine&rdquo;</strong><br /> &ldquo;Christine&rdquo; is also a drama based on a true story: that of 1970&rsquo;s Sarasota television anchor Christine Chubbuck, a career-driven but depressed journalist torn between integrity, ambition, and family life.<br /> Director: Antonio Campos<br /> Screenwriter: Craig Shilowich<br /> Cast: J. Smith-Cameron, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, Michael C. Hall, Rebecca Hall<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;The Intervention&rdquo;</strong><br /> &ldquo;The Intervention&rdquo; is the first writing and directing turn from actress Clea DuVall, about a weekend getaway for four couples that was actually organized to be an intervention on a troubled marriage.<br /> Director: Clea DuVall<br /> Screenwriter: Clea DuVall<br /> Cast: Ben Schwartz, Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Fundamentals of Caring,&rdquo; directed by Rob Burnett, stars Paul Rudd as an emotionally damaged man who turns to caregiving as a livelihood and then takes a road trip with his first client, Trevor (Craig Roberts).<br /> <br /> The largest independent film festival in the United States, Sundance will be held January 21 &ndash; 31, 2016, in Park City, Utah. Awards are presented annually in numerous categories for dramatic, documentary and short films in separate categories for U.S. and International projects.<br /> <br /> The Sundance Film Festival notes on its website that it has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including &ldquo;Boyhood&rdquo;, &ldquo;Beasts of the Southern Wild&rdquo;, &ldquo;Fruitvale Station&rdquo;, &ldquo;Whiplash&rdquo;, &ldquo;Brooklyn&rdquo;, &ldquo;Twenty Feet from Stardom&rdquo;, &ldquo;Life Itself&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Cove&rdquo;, &ldquo;Blackfish&rdquo;, &ldquo;Me and Earl and the Dying Girl&rdquo;, &ldquo;Super Size Me&rdquo;, &ldquo;Dope&rdquo;, &ldquo;Little Miss Sunshine&rdquo;, &ldquo;sex, lies, and videotape&rdquo;, &ldquo;Reservoir Dogs&rdquo;, &ldquo;Hedwig and the Angry Inch&rdquo;, &ldquo;An Inconvenient Truth&rdquo;, &ldquo;Precious&rdquo; and &ldquo;Napoleon Dynamite&rdquo;.</p> Lee Cuthbert Celebrate the Release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" at the Atlanta History Center <p> Come join the rebel forces in storming the Capitol for a full day of events in celebration of the world premiere of <em>Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2</em>. For one day only, November 22, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., the grounds of the Swan House will be the place to be for fans of &ldquo;The Hunger Games&rdquo; films.</p> <p> Swan House at Atlanta History Center was one of many Georgia set locations used during the filming of the movies&nbsp;<em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part 1,&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Mockingjay: Part 2</em>, playing the part of President Snow&rsquo;s mansion and office in the Capitol of Panem.</p> <p> This program is free to members of the history center and is included in the cost of&nbsp;general admission for nonmembers. Half-price admission is available on-site after 5:30 p.m. Visit <a href=";utm_campaign=9487e33e40-November_News10_21_2015&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_c21c568a26-9487e33e40-77386669" target="_blank">AHS online</a> to purchase tickets.</p> Atlanta History Center Brenau Takes Center Stage in National TV Production about Dare Stones and Lost Colony <p> When the History Channel airs its nationally broadcast two-hour special Monday night dealing with one of America&rsquo;s greatest and most perplexing mysteries, Brenau University&rsquo;s Gainesville historic campus will be prominently featured.</p> <p> <em>Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony</em> premieres at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.&nbsp;The two-hour special explores the yet-to-be-satisfactorily-explained disappearance of early English settlers off the coast of North Carolina in the late 1500s. However, a centerpiece of the story will be Brenau&rsquo;s acquisition about 80 years ago of a series of large rocks with hand-carved inscriptions that purport to be the key to unlocking the enigma that dates back half a millennium.</p> <p> Brenau and others refer to the collection of artifacts as &ldquo;The Dare Stones,&rdquo; named for Eleanor Dare, the daughter of the founder of the colony and the mother of Virginia Dare, often described in American history as the first child born to English settlers on the North American continent.</p> <p> Georgia filmmaker Brandon McCormick, who said he has long held a fascination for the story of the &ldquo;lost colony&rdquo; and the Dare Stones, developed, produced and directed the production, which is part documentary and part docu-drama. And, without revealing any details, he hinted that he believes Brenau&rsquo;s collection of artifacts might help solve the 16th century cold case.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ve found some exceptional things,&rdquo; McCormick said.</p> <p> A full-scale film crew&ndash; including &nbsp;dozens of technicians, 1930s-era-clad actors, trucks and trailers, boom crane, cameras, lights, vintage automobiles and other equipment &ndash; encamped around the front lawn of Brenau&rsquo;s historic campus in July to to shoot some docu-drama sequences related to Brenau&rsquo;s acquisition of the stones and the national publicity that set off a firestorm of controversy about their authenticity. McCormick and the History Channel&rsquo;s team also constructed interiors of offices that passed for Brenau&rsquo;s executive offices at the time in a studio in metro Atlanta.</p> <p> The saga of the Dare Stones begins in 1937 in Depression-era Georgia. A California man walked into the history department of Emory University in Atlanta with a 21-pound chunk of quartzite that he says he unearthed while vacationing near the coast of North Carolina. Detailed writing was chiseled into both sides of the rock. Historians at the university, including Haywood Pearce Jr., initially concluded the writing to be Elizabethan-era English.</p> <p> Although Emory was not interested in following up, they gave Pearce permission to take the stone to his father, Haywood Pearce Sr., president of Brenau where Pearce Jr. also held a position as vice president. Brenau was interested. Not only did the institution acquire the first stone, it also offered a reward for any other similar stones that anyone might have. As a result, that opened the door for Brenau&rsquo;s acquisition of dozens of rocks with similar carvings.</p> <p> Brenau&rsquo;s due diligence on the authenticity of the stones, which included assessments by three of the most prominent historians in the United States, provided great credence for the serial narrative on the stones that described in detail a strange odyssey of the colonists from coastal North Carolina to Northeast Georgia. All of that, however, came unraveled with a 1940 article in the <em>Saturday Evening Post</em> that essentially took the positions that all of the stones were fakes.</p> <p> Following that article, the stones virtually disappeared from the public consciousness throughout World War II. Pearce Sr. died in 1944 and Pearce Jr. after returning from the war moved on to other pursuits. However, interest in them continues to emerge from time to time.</p> <p> Retired Brenau history professor Jim Southerland, who became the de facto Dare Stones expert at the university starting with a television production that came to town in the early 1970s, says that he is interested in seeing what has McCormick and his team so excited. Southerland, who along with others at Brenau participated in the research and planning for aspects of the production, said he still believes the first stone could be legitimate. Over the years, he said he has grown more and more convinced that the historic value of the whole collection is to validate one of the most inventive scams of the Great Depression.</p> <p> &ldquo;Either way, the stones are important artifacts of American history,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Of course, they would be extremely important if we could prove that the first stone originated in the 16th century.&rdquo;</p> <p> A preview of Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony is available at the following link:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> For more information on the Dare Stones visit&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Brenau University Macon's Historic Hay House Featured in "The Originals" <p> Macon&#39;s spectacular historic house museum <a href="">The Hay House</a> will be featured on &quot;The Originals&quot; in a two-episode story arc starting Thursday, October 22 and concluding Thursday, October 29. The series, a spinoff of CW&#39;s &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot; is in its third season, and while plot details are not known, we do know that the home appears toward the end of the 10/22 episode, and is featured extensively in the 10/29 episode. The show airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST.</p> <p> Construction of the 18,000 square foot mansion, also known as the Johnston-Felton-Hay House, began in 1855 for wealthy investor William Butler Johnston and his wife Anne, and concluded in 1859. Eventually a daughter married into the Felton family and the property was passed to them. In 1926 Parks Lee Hay, founder of the Banker&rsquo;s Health &amp; Life Insurance Company, purchased the estate and the Hay family owned the home until transferring it to the <a href="">Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation</a> in 1977.</p> <p> The property has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the guided tours are $11. It is one of two historic house museums in the state operated by the Georgia Trust. The other is 1904&#39;s <a href="">Rhodes Hall</a> in Atlanta.</p> Lee Cuthbert Pullman Yard, Frequent Filming Location, Open to Public 9-26 <p> For one day only, Saturday September 26, Atlanta&rsquo;s historic Pullman Yard will be open to the public as <a href="">Atlanta ContactPoint</a> seeks to demonstrate its vision for the state-owned property with a day-long open house. Several entities have presented varying proposals for the property as the state seeks new owners. Atlanta ContactPoint&rsquo;s plan calls for transforming the 25-acre complex into play fields and indoor activity spaces while preserving the historic structures there. No date has been announced for a final decision on the sale of the property.</p> <p> The abandoned industrial complex has been a popular location for filmmakers for years. Among many projects, it has been prominently featured as the hob (and as a hospital and a hangar) in &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Mockingjay&rdquo; films.</p> <p> The public is invited for a day of demonstrations and activities free of charge. From the group&rsquo;s website:</p> <p> &ldquo;Pull&shy;man Yard is ready to be reborn. Come peep the prop&shy;erty. &nbsp;Get your work&shy;out on. &nbsp;Enjoy the per&shy;for&shy;mances. &nbsp;See cool train Art. &nbsp;Learn about a dynamic plan to enrich the sur&shy;round&shy;ing communities!</p> <p> <strong>Atlanta Con&shy;tact&shy;Point, in part&shy;ner&shy;ship with the </strong><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Savvy Foun&shy;da&shy;tion</a></strong><strong>, is pro&shy;duc&shy;ing a dynamic event in Sep&shy;tem&shy;ber to demon&shy;strate its vision for the trans&shy;for&shy;ma&shy;tion of Pull&shy;man&nbsp;Yard.</strong></p> <p> Come meet our his&shy;toric preser&shy;va&shy;tion expert; envi&shy;ron&shy;men&shy;tal and struc&shy;tural engi&shy;neers; envi&shy;ron&shy;men&shy;tal law firm; reps from MARTA, PATH, and Atlanta Belt&shy;Line to high&shy;light the alter&shy;na&shy;tive means of trans&shy;porta&shy;tion plat&shy;form; energy solu&shy;tion and water con&shy;ser&shy;va&shy;tion&nbsp;experts; train donor; and many more peo&shy;ple engaged in cre&shy;at&shy;ing a gem for the city and&nbsp;state.</p> <p> Fea&shy;ture Activ&shy;i&shy;ties include:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>The Pushup Throw&shy;down</strong> by the FitWit Foun&shy;da&shy;tion (how many pushups can you do in 90 sec&shy;onds?) &nbsp;Get fit and raise money for 2 great orga&shy;ni&shy;za&shy;tions! Join the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Con&shy;tact&shy;Point team</a> for pushup entry or donate to <a href="" target="_blank">ACP Team</a></li> <li> <strong>Rise: An Ath&shy;letic Fash&shy;ion</strong> Show with a spe&shy;cial T. Lang Dance Performance</li> <li> Live music with GuruFish</li> <li> Notch 8 Gallery presents Steel Wheels art exhibit and Pull&shy;man Yard Pho&shy;tog&shy;ra&shy;phy by Jeff Hagerman</li> <li> Dance per&shy;for&shy;mances by Project SLIDE, Mov&shy;ing in the Spirit, Cal&oacute; Gitano</li> <li> Cir&shy;cus Art per&shy;for&shy;mances by Cir&shy;cus Camp and Cir&shy;cus Arts Institute</li> <li> Inter&shy;ac&shy;tive Jug&shy;gling, Hula Hoops, Tight Rope, and Aerial</li> <li> Uni&shy;cy&shy;cles</li> <li> Dragon Goal Soccer</li> <li> Stratos&shy;phere Skate&shy;board&shy;ing area and&nbsp;demo</li> <li> Expres&shy;sive Arts with the Re-Generation Initiative</li> <li> Music edu&shy;ca&shy;tion with Savvy Foundation</li> <li> Yoga, Salsa, and Boot&shy;camp&nbsp;demos</li> <li> Dou&shy;ble Dutch Aerobics</li> <li> Bas&shy;ket&shy;ball drills with South&shy;west War&shy;riors, Sil&shy;ver Lin&shy;ing Sports Acad&shy;emy, and Top of the&nbsp;Key</li> <li> Table ten&shy;nis</li> <li> Inter&shy;ac&shy;tive Art with PaintLove</li> <li> Face Paint&shy;ing</li> <li> Spike Ball with Fusion Sports Leagues&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Sat&shy;ur&shy;day, Sept. 26th 11:00 AM &mdash; 6:00 PM</strong> &mdash; Pull&shy;man Train Yard, 225 Rogers St. Kirk&shy;wood, 30317 <strong><em>free shut&shy;tle from Edgewood/CP MARTA station</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>Dress Code:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Sneak&shy;ers</strong></p> <p> <strong>Sports. Fit&shy;ness. Dance. Art. Fash&shy;ion</strong> &mdash; Walk, Run, Skate, Ride, Bike to Pull&shy;man Yard to enter a raf&shy;fle for great prizes!</p> <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for your free tickets</a></strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert Georgia World War II Hero Focus of new Documentary <p> Army Maj. Damon J. &ldquo;Rocky&rdquo; Gause has a World War II story to rival that of Louis Zamperini, the hero of the recent &ldquo;Unbroken&rdquo; film and book. Unlike Zamperini, however, Jefferson, Georgia native Gause did not live well into his 90&rsquo;s; he perished in 1944 following the crash of a plane he was test-flying in London. Based on his diaries, Gause&rsquo;s unbelievable tale of survival following the attack on Pearl Harbor is the subject of a 90 minute documentary that will have its world premiere in Jefferson on November 8, with plans for later broadcast on PBS in the works.</p> <p> Gause abandoned a truck he was driving with supplies to Bataan following the 1941 raid, was captured and escaped, sailed and then swam the rest of the way to Corregidor, an island in the Philippines, where he awoke on the beach to see a fellow classmate from Jefferson standing over him, the nurse Mildred Dalton. She and other nurses there restored him to health as the Japanese threatened the island. He then swam to the mainland and remained hidden in the Philippine islands until he and another Army officer, W. L. Osborne, braved a 3,200-mile trip to Australia in a 20 foot boat. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.</p> <p> Producers raised $100,000--largely from Jefferson businesses and individuals--to get the film made. It will be shown at 3 p.m. on November 8 at the William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center in Jefferson. Tickets are available for advance purchase at <a href=""></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert UGA Offers New “Low Residency” Screenwriting MFA <p> For the first time last month, the University of Georgia, through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, began offering a <a href="">Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing (MFA)</a>. Students in the two-year program begin each semester by visiting campus for an intensive 10-day residency, followed by a four-month online writing period, during which each student works closely with a professional faculty mentor. Two areas of concentration--Narrative Nonfiction or Screenwriting--are offered, each featuring a diverse roster of accomplished industry professionals who work closely with students to inspire and support each writer&#39;s emerging voice. Over the course of the program, students build a substantive portfolio of narrative nonfiction or screenwriting, reflecting their individual styles and interests.</p> <p> The Screenwriting concentration is designed for feature film and television writers who want to take their writing skills to the next level and explore new creative opportunities in telling stories that matter for large and small screens. This year&rsquo;s instructors include Ramin Bahrani, James Ponsoldt, Paul Cox, Holly Sorensen, and Christine Swanson.</p> Mountainfilm On Tour ATL at Plaza Theater Aug 28-29 <p> Called &ldquo;inspiring&rdquo; and &ldquo;motivating,&rdquo; <strong><a href="">MountainFilm on Tour ATL</a></strong> returns to Atlanta&rsquo;s <a href="">Plaza Theater</a> for the third year August 28 and 29, 2015. The touring arm of Telluride MountainFilm, the event features films selected from that festival, held in Colorado in May. Films focus on adventure, environment, cultures, and the natural world.</p> <p> Mountainfilm on Tour ATL is a non-profit organization brought to Atlanta by&nbsp;<strong>Morgan Stanley</strong>, in partnership with the&nbsp;<strong>Atlanta Film Festival</strong>. Originating in Telluride, Colorado, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mountainfilm</strong></a> is dedicated to educating, motivating, and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing, and conversations worth sustaining.</p> <p> For tickets and additional information, visit the event&rsquo;s <a href="">ticket sales page</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert SCAD to Offer BFA in Film and Television; Ranked #15 in US <p> The <a href="">Savannah College of Art and Design</a> (SCAD) has announced it will be expanding the film and television offerings at its Atlanta location to include a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in film and television. The new degree program will launch in September of 2015. Additionally, the school has just been ranked #15 on <em>The Hollywood Reporter&rsquo;s</em> ranking of &ldquo;The Top 25 American Film Schools.&rdquo;</p> <p> SCAD Atlanta students who pursue the B.F.A. in film and television will study and work in the <a href="">SCAD Digital Media Center</a>, a 60,000-square-foot film, television and digital media hub. Here, motion capture and green screen production capabilities, sound recording and mixing suites, editing rooms, screening spaces, and set and prop fabrication studios enable a wide spectrum of work to be created in a fully-equipped studio environment. SCAD Atlanta also offers state-of-the-art stage and screen venues including SCADshow, the 13,300-square-foot theater complex on 14<sup>th</sup> Street in Midtown, which features a 375-seat mainstage theater, 4K Digital Cinema Projection, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and second-floor production offices. SCAD will continue to offer the B.F.A. in film and television at its Savannah location, which recently expanded to include the <a href="">Savannah Film Studios</a>.</p> <p> Program coursework will be supplemented by SCAD signature events such as <a href="">aTVfest</a>, an international festival that brings together professionals from all spheres of TV and media content production to discuss industry trends, showcase the best work in the field, and participate in master classes with students. SCAD&rsquo;s upcoming aTVfest will be held Feb. 4-7, 2016 in Atlanta.</p> <p> The addition of this new degree program follows the introduction of the film and television Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs last year at SCAD Atlanta. The university expands its accredited degree programs in film and television as Atlanta continues to grow as the epicenter of Georgia&rsquo;s film and television production industry.</p> Savannah College of Art and Design Five Things You Should Know about Georgia-lensed “Ant-Man” <p> With so many movies and television shows choosing Georgia, it&rsquo;s easy to overlook a few; it will be hard to pass over this Marvel giant, however. &ldquo;<a href="">Ant-Man</a>,&rdquo; starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, was filmed in and around the Atlanta area over the course of a few months. The first Marvel film shot in Georgia, &ldquo;Ant-Man&rdquo; follows a regular con-artist, Scott Lang (played by Rudd), who is armed with a super suit giving him the power to shrink in size while increasing his strength. Be sure to catch the movie for yourself on July 17<sup>th</sup> when it premieres in theaters across the country. In the meantime, here are five fun facts about its filming in Georgia!</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Spent more than $106 million while filming in Georgia. Giving the state&rsquo;s economy a super- &nbsp;sized boost.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Ant-Man&rdquo; was the first film to use Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. Pinewood Group is the world&rsquo;s leading studio and production services operator with sound stages all over the world.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">More than 22,000 hotel rooms housed the production crew for three months.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">3,759 Georgians were employed to help film the action-packed movie.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Look closely at the setting and you can recognize some landmark Atlanta buildings including the state-owned Archives Building, the Bank of America building, and Broad Street downtown.&nbsp;</span></span></span></li> </ul> Emily Murray Movies Under the Stars <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">As the cold weather subsides and the summer season begins, what better way to spend time with your family than with an outdoor movie? There are a number of venues around Georgia that offer a fun getaway from the house to enjoy family and cinema under the stars. Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and relish in the simple pleasures of summer. Here is a list of outdoor movie events around the state to help kick start your summer adventures:</span></p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Atlantic Station, Atlanta &ndash; Movies in Central Park (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Showings take place on Thursday nights at dusk with fun activities leading up to the screening</span>. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. There are a limited amount of blankets provided. Picnics are welcome, and there are many restaurant options for carryout in Atlantic Station.</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">DATES AND MOVIES:</span></p> <ul> <li> May 28 &ndash; &quot;Big Hero 6&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 4 - &quot;Jaws</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 11 - &quot;Heavyweights</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 18 &ndash; &quot;The Lego Movie</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 25 &ndash; &quot;Super 8</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 2 &ndash; &quot;Independence Day</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 9 &ndash; &quot;Dirty Dancing</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 16 - &quot;Casablanca</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 23 &ndash; &quot;101 Dalmatians</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 30 &ndash; &quot;Airplane!</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 6 - &quot;Ferris Bueller&rsquo;s Day Off</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 13 &ndash; &quot;The Wizard of Oz</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href="!outdoormovieschedule2014/ceu8"><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Atlanta and North Georgia &ndash; Georgia Movies in the Park hosted by Northside Hospital (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies shown in Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Dawsonville and Woodstock (see below). Movies start at kid-friendly SUNDOWN, not DUSK. Concessions are available.</p> <p> <u>Alpharetta/Johns Creek @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Encore Park)</u></p> <ul> <li> One night only - May 29: &quot;Big Hero 6&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <u style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Canton @ Brown Park (off of Elizabeth Street)</u></p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 20 - &quot;Penguins of Madagascar&quot;</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 18 - &quot;Home</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 22 - &quot;Paddington&quot;</span></li> </ul> <p> <u style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Cumming @ Vickery Village (Next to The Chill Hill)</u></p> <ul> <li> June 3 - &quot;Big Hero 6&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 17 - &quot;SpongeBob Square Pants: Sponge Out Of Water</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 1 - &quot;Maleficient&quot;</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 15 - &quot;Home</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 29 - &quot;Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <u style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Dawsonville on the Beach @ War Hill Park</u></p> <ul> <li> June 5 - &quot;SpongeBob Square Pants: Sponge Out Of Water&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <u>Woodstock @ City Center Park</u></p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Oct 31 - as part of Woodstock&#39;s Halloween Festival</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Dec 5 - as part of Woodstock&#39;s Christmas Jubilee</span></li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Village Amphitheater @ The Mall of Georgia, Buford &ndash; Movies Under the Stars (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies are shown every Saturday starting at dusk. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions available; lots of fun activities to be had before the movie.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">May 30 &ndash; &quot;The Imitation Game</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 6 &ndash; &quot;Into the Woods</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 13 &ndash; &quot;Maleficent</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 20 &ndash; &quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 27 &ndash;&quot;The Box Trolls</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 4 &ndash; &quot;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &ndash; Part 1</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 11 - &quot;Big Eyes</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 18 - &quot;Dawn of the Planet Apes</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 25 - &quot;Big Hero 6</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Town Green in downtown Duluth &ndash; Flicks on the Bricks (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Events take place on the 1<sup>st</sup> and 3<sup>rd</sup> Friday of each month. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Movies begin at dusk.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 5 &ndash; &quot;Planes Fire &amp; Rescue</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 19 &ndash; &quot;Maleficent</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 17 &ndash; &quot;How to Train Your Dragon 2</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 7 &ndash; &quot;The Giver</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 21 &ndash; &quot;Blended</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">September 4 &ndash; &quot;Guardians of the Galaxy</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">September 18 &ndash; &quot;One Hundred Foot Journey</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">October 2 &ndash; &quot;The Box Trolls</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">October 16 &ndash; &quot;The Maze Runner</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The AMP at Adamson Square, Carrollton &ndash; Summer Movie Classics (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies begin at 8:00 pm.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 4 &ndash; &quot;Muppets from Space</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 11 &ndash; &quot;Planes Fire &amp; Rescue</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 18 &ndash; &quot;The Mighty Ducks</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 9 &ndash; &quot;The Parent Trap</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 23 - &quot;Paddington&quot;</span></li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Southern Pines (next to Splash Pad), Dublin &ndash; Movie Under the Stars (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies begin at dark, around 8:30. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Outside food is permitted.</p> <ul> <li> June 13 &ndash; &quot;Despicable Me 2&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 18 &ndash; &quot;Monsters University</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong>Courthouse Lawn in downtown Eatonton &ndash; Movies in the Briar Patch (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies begin at sunset, around 8:30 pm. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Concessions are available for purchase.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 13 &ndash; &quot;Happy Feet</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 11 &ndash; &quot;Space Jam&quot;</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">October 30 &ndash; &quot;Monsters, Inc.&quot;</span></li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Green Space at Town Brookhaven &ndash; Movies on the Town (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies begin at sunset, around 8:30 pm. Music and announcements begin around 6:00 pm. Blankets are encouraged. Coolers, outside food/drinks, pets, and chairs are not permitted.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 4 &ndash; &quot;Paddington</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 11 &ndash; &quot;Frozen&quot; (Sing-a-Long)</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 18 &ndash; &quot;Shrek</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 25 &ndash; &quot;Singin&rsquo; in the Rain</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 9 &ndash; &quot;The Goonies</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 16 &ndash; &quot;Dirty Dancing</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 23 &ndash; &quot;Notting Hill</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 30 &ndash; &quot;Grease</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Taylor-Brawner Park in Smyrna &ndash; Movies by Moonlight (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Movies begin at dusk, around 8:00 pm. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 20 &ndash; &quot;Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 18 &ndash; &quot;Annie</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 15 &ndash; &quot;Cinderella</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton &ndash; Moovie at the Mable Movie Series (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Gates open at 7:30 pm, rain or shine; movies start at dusk, around 8:30 pm. Outside food is permitted and concessions will be available for purchase.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">May 29 &ndash; &quot;Big Hero 6</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 12 &ndash; &quot;Epic</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 26 &ndash; &quot;Penguins of Madagascar</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 10 &ndash; &quot;Rio 2</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 24 &ndash; &quot;How to Train Your Dragon 2</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 7 - &quot;Cinderella</span>&quot;</li> </ul> <p> <a href=""><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Friendship Community Park in Crabapple, Milton &ndash; Family, Fun, Flicks &amp; Food Trucks (FREE)</strong></a></p> <p> Events start at 7:00 pm. Movies are shown at dusk, around 8:30 pm. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food trucks will be offering amazing food and drinks for purchase.</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">June 6 &ndash; &quot;Ghostbusters</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">July 11 &ndash; &quot;The Goonies</span>&quot;</li> <li> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">August 1 - &quot;Grease</span>&quot;</li> </ul> Mary-Kathryn Griffin 2015 BronzeLens Film Festival Submissions Open <p> (Atlanta)--- May 21, 2015--- BronzeLens producers are seeking 2015 films submissions by or about people of color that explore the multi-faceted complexities of life.&nbsp; Filmmakers whose films where shot in Georgia and films produced by Georgians (Georgia residence) receive a reduced entry fee with verification. Submissions categories for BronzeLens 2015 include <em>Narrative Fiction, Shorts, Documentary, Short Documentary, Web Series, Student Film, Best Feature Actor and Best Feature Actress</em>.&nbsp; Prestigious top honors will be given in each category at the BronzeLens Awards Ceremony.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are pleased that longtime supporter BET Networks will return as sponsor of our signature ALL SHORTS ALL DAY screenings,&rdquo; stated BronzeLens Executive Producer, Kathleen Bertrand. &ldquo;After official selections are chosen by a panel of BET Networks judges, the company will provide a $5000 cash prize award to the winner.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;We are looking forward to screening a diverse mix of films directed and produced by passionate filmmakers who will participate in a phenomenal festival experience&rdquo;, said Deidre McDonald, BronzeLens Artistic Director<strong>. </strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;We are taking a hard look at what is most important to filmmakers when they attend high caliber film festivals.&nbsp; Our goal is to grow in a direction that provides opportunities for our participants to engage, interact, make real connections and be rewarded for outstanding filmmaking.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;Over the past six years BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens) has provided a platform to showcase the work of some of the world&rsquo;s most talented independent filmmakers.&nbsp; Ava DuVernay (<em>I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, SELMA</em>), &nbsp;Russ Parr (<em>35 and Ticking, Hear No Evil</em>),&nbsp; S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf (<em>The Contradictions of Fair Hope</em>), Chris Eska (<em>The Retrieval</em>), Mahmet-Saleh Haroun( <em>Bye Bye Africa, Grisgris, Screaming Man</em>), Alton Glass (<em>CRU</em>), Muta&rsquo;Ali Muhammad and Jevon &lsquo;NJ&rsquo; Frank<em> (Life&rsquo;s Essentials With Ruby Dee), </em>Elzbieta Szoka, Sam Adelman and Daryl Sledge (<em>That Daughter&#39;s Crazy), </em>Curtis Adair and Justin Oney (<em>Little Africa) and </em>Rhavynn Drummer <em>(Good Girls</em> ) are among distinguished BLFF alumni.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>BronzeLens </strong>will take place November 5-8, 2015 and headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, located at 265 Peachtree Street, Northeast. Over the course of four days <strong>BronzeLens</strong> producers will host the who&rsquo;s who of the film production industry, film lovers, actors, as well as prospective new filmmakers.&nbsp; The event will foster an opportunity for attendees to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film and television and the production of both.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Deadline for Film Submission </strong></p> <p> Late submissions must be received by <strong>June 30, 2015</strong>.&nbsp; To submit a film to the 2015 <strong>BronzeLens Film Festival</strong>, please visit <a href=""></a> which also features submission procedures and rules, fees and eligibility</p> BronzeLens Film Festival Georgia-lensed “Bessie” Premieres on HBO Saturday, May 16 <p> &ldquo;Bessie,&rdquo; the latest film from HBO will premiere exclusively on the network Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Starring Oscar&reg;-nominated Queen Latifah (Chicago), the film tells the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith who was one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and paved the way for singers such as Billy Holiday, Aretha Franklyn, Janis Joplin and others.</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The movie was filmed almost entirely in Georgia including Covington, Conyers, Marietta, Woodstock and Duluth. The production generated more than $16 million in economic impact to the state and employed nearly 1,700 Georgians while filming in more than 27 locations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Check out the trailer <a href="">HERE.</a>&nbsp;</span></p> Emily Murray Southeastern Film Festival April 10 – 12 in Dahlonega <p> The 2015 <a href="">Southeastern Film Festival (SEFF)</a>, presented by the University of North Georgia, will be held in Dahlonega from April 10 &ndash; 12, 2015. This year&rsquo;s program recognizes international and American independent cinema in categories including Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Animation, Music Videos, New Media, and Screenwriting. Screenings are free and will be held at the Hoag Auditorium located on the campus adjacent to downtown Dahlonega. &quot;<a href="">Imba Means Sing</a>,&quot; an independent documentary feature film telling its story through the eyes of the African Children&#39;s Choir, will open the festival on Friday night.</p> <p> The Festival celebrates storytellers, artists, and their work, and allows attendees to interact and collaborate. There will also be conversations, innovation events, an Awards Night, and numerous Festival parties. The filmmaker, industry, and press lounges will be located outside the theater.</p> <p> The 2015 film selection includes feature films from 11 countries, including 10 International Premieres. The 2015 film slate was chosen from a total of 1713 submissions from 43 countries.</p> GDECD Annual Short Cuts Film Contest Screening Monday, March 2nd <p> <em>Sixteen best local 5-minute films to be screened, awards announced</em></p> <p> <a href=""><em>Creative Loafing</em></a> and <a href="">The Atlanta Film Festival</a> present the 5<sup>th</sup> annual Short Cuts Film Contest Screening at Atlanta&rsquo;s Plaza Theater on Monday, March 2<sup>nd</sup>. The call for entries requested local filmmakers to make a 5-minute film on the theme <em>Imagined: The City Through Your Lens, </em>and the sixteen best entries, including music videos, animations, documentaries, and narratives, will be screened at the event. A Critic&rsquo;s Pick winner and an Audience Pick winner will be chosen, each receiving a cash prize and all-access passes to the Atlanta Film Festival which runs from March 20 &ndash; 29, 2015.</p> <p> <strong>Short Cuts Film Screening</strong></p> <p> <strong>Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE</strong></p> <p> <strong>Monday, March 2nd, 2015</strong></p> <p> <strong>Doors at 7:30 pm, screening at 8:30 pm</strong></p> Lee Cuthbert In case You Need a Good Dose of Reality <p> Georgia&rsquo;s film industry is home to a variety of productions, from big blockbuster films like &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,&rdquo; to Oscar nominated films like &ldquo;Selma&rdquo; and of course everyone&rsquo;s favorite weekend programing &ndash; reality television. Below are a few Georgia-lensed productions that are gearing up or have already starting filming their newest installments across the state. Make sure to be on the lookout for them as you are doing the usual Saturday channel surfing!&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Family Feud</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Property Virgins</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Dish Nation</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Love &amp; Hip Hop</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Chrisley Knows Best</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Fake Off</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Don&rsquo;t be Tardy</span></a></p> </li> <li> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Flipping Virgins &nbsp;</span></span></p> </li> </ul> Emily Murray 35 Georgia Film and Television Productions Now On Netflix <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Georgia-filmed productions are well represented in the digital space with 35 movies and TV shows now available on Netfilx&rsquo;s &quot;Watch Instantly&quot; service. We&rsquo;ve compiled a list of all of them for your viewing pleasure. Once you&#39;ve binge-watched this whole list, check out Georgia-filmed productions that are </span><a href="" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">now showing or coming soon</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"> to a theater near you!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">96 Minutes</span></p> <p> Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</p> <p> Archer</p> <p> Being Mary Jane</p> <p> Christmas Cupid</p> <p> Coma</p> <p> Double Divas</p> <p> Drop Dead Diva</p> <p> Flight</p> <p> Footloose</p> <p> Good Eats</p> <p> Killing Season</p> <p> Lawless</p> <p> Let the Church Say Amen</p> <p> Mean Girls 2</p> <p> Necessary Roughness</p> <p> Plus One</p> <p> Property Brothers</p> <p> Quarantine 2: Terminal</p> <p> Raising Izzie</p> <p> Revolution</p> <p> Ring Of Fire</p> <p> Royal Pains</p> <p> Sabotage</p> <p> Small Town Security</p> <p> The Collection</p> <p> The Following</p> <p> The Game</p> <p> The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</p> <p> The Originals</p> <p> The Sacrament</p> <p> The Walking Dead</p> <p> The Watsons Go To Birmingham</p> <p> Vampire Diaries</p> <p> Witches of East End</p> Emily Murray A Georgia-lensed Production Is Highest-Grossing Film Second Year in a Row <p> <strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Hunger Games: Mockingjay&mdash;Part 1&rdquo; Tops 2014 Domestic Box Office</strong></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">A Georgia-lensed production has claimed the top spot for a second year in a row as &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &ndash; Part 1&rdquo; topped the charts as 2014&rsquo;s highest-grossing film. The Lionsgate movie shot past the summer hit &ldquo;Guardians of the Galaxy&rdquo; to become last year&rsquo;s highest-grossing domestic release earning $336 million to date.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &ndash; Part 1&rdquo; opened in China on February 8<sup>th</sup>, 2015 and had already grossed more than $700 million worldwide. The release now brings the global box office for the three &ldquo;Hunger Games&rdquo; films to more than $2.2 billion.</p> <p> The series final installment, &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &ndash; Part 2&rdquo;&nbsp;will premiere in theaters on November 20, 2015, this time in both 3D and IMAX formats.</p> <p> With the global release and success of these films, Georgia locations are seen by millions throughout the world &ndash; creating residual effects such as tourism that continue to positively impact Georgia&rsquo;s economy long after the cameras stop. Recently, Atlanta Movie Tours launched a <em><a href="">Girl On Fire Tour</a></em> to capitalize on the growing interest of the &ldquo;Hunger Games&rdquo; films.&nbsp;</p> Emily Murray Love Songs From Georgia Artists <p> <strong><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">This Valentine&rsquo;s Day weekend serenade your sweetheart with some of the most romantic love songs from Georgia artists.</span></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">With Valentine&rsquo;s Day coming up tomorrow, now is a good time to start adding a few romantic tunes to your playlist. We&rsquo;ve put together a list of some of the most romantic love songs from Georgia artists that will add a little something extra as you celebrate with your special someone.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><a href="">Allman Brothers Band</a>: </span><em style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Just Another Love Song</em></p> <p> <a href="">James Brown</a>: <em>I Love You, Yes I Do</em></p> <p> <a href="">Otis Redding</a><em>: That&rsquo;s How Strong My Love Is</em></p> <p> <a href="">Lady Antebellum</a>: <em>Dancin&#39; Away With My Heart </em>and <em>I Run to You</em></p> <p> <a href="">Johnny Mercer</a>: <em>P.S. I Love You</em></p> <p> <a href="">Brenda Lee</a>: <em>Can&#39;t Help Falling in Love</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>I&#39;ll Be Seeing You</em></p> <p> <a href="">Gladys Knight</a>: <em>Every Beat of My Heart&nbsp; </em></p> <p> <a href="">Jessye Mae Norman</a>: <em>I Was Born in Love With You</em></p> <p> <a href="">Tommy Roe</a>: <em>(Baby) I Love You</em></p> <p> <a href="">Ray Charles</a>: <em>Ain&rsquo;t That Love </em>and&nbsp;<em>Hallelujah I Love Her So</em></p> <p> <a href="">Lecrae</a>: <em>I Love you </em></p> <p> <a href="">Casting Crowns</a>: <em>You are the Only One</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Emily Murray Film and Food: Georgia Restaurants with “Connections” <p> <em><strong>Local eateries with film and television connections</strong></em></p> <p> If you&rsquo;re a film fan and a foodie, there is no better way to experience the best of both worlds than by visiting a few of Georgia&rsquo;s iconic dining locations &ndash; that also have a special relationship with the big screen.</p> <p> <strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><a href="">Whistle Stop Caf&eacute;</a>, Juliette</strong></p> <p> Film Tie: &ldquo;Fried Green Tomatoes&rdquo;</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Whistle Stop Caf&eacute; is popular for serving up the best southern cooking in the town of Juliette, but it is also well-known for the major role it played in the 1991 film &ldquo;Fried Green Tomatoes.&rdquo; After filming was complete, Robert Williams, who had inherited the building, decided to make it into a real caf&eacute; where fans and locals can enjoy fried green tomatoes from the &quot;Original Whistle Stop Cafe.&quot;</span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><a href="">Mystic Grill</a>, Covington</strong></p> <p> Film Tie: &ldquo;The Vampire Diaries&rdquo;</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Mystic Grill is a one-of-a-kind restaurant inspired by &ldquo;The Vampire Diaries&rdquo; as the main hangout for the show&rsquo;s characters in the fictional Mystic Falls. The television series, which filmed in Covington, inspired partners John &amp; Angi Beszborn and Ronnie &amp; Kelley Johnston to bring the onscreen restaurant to life.</span></p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Th</strong><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">e Wakin</strong></a><strong><a href="">g Dead&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Caf&eacute;</span></a>&nbsp;, Senoia&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Film Tie: &ldquo;The Walking Dead<strong>&rdquo;</strong></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Waking Dead Caf&eacute; is an extension of The Woodbury Shoppe that opened on October 31, 2014. Senoia, GA was the filming location for Season 3 and currently Season 5 of AMC&rsquo;s hit TV series &ldquo;The Walking Dead&rdquo;. The Caf&eacute; was built with the help of Riverwood Studios where the series is filmed. It contains cell doors and a re-creation of&nbsp;the prison buildings&nbsp;in&nbsp;Season 3&nbsp;along with hints of the road to Terminus&nbsp;and a large wall. The caf&eacute; serves Starbucks coffee.</span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><a href="">Leopold&rsquo;s Ice Cream</a>, Savannah&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Film Tie: Stratton Leopold&rsquo;s film career</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Family-owned since 1919,&nbsp; Stratton Leopold heads up this historic Savannah business and is also an active member of the Hollywood motion picture community, serving as a producer on films such as&nbsp;&ldquo;Mission Impossible 3&rdquo;,&nbsp;&ldquo;The Sum of All Fears&rdquo;,&nbsp;&ldquo;The General&rsquo;s Daughter&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Parker&rdquo; to name a few. Props and posters from these films can be found in the shop today.</span></p> <p> Also, there is a fun music tie &ndash; famed lyricist&nbsp;Johnny Mercer&nbsp;grew up a block away from Leopold&rsquo;s and was a faithful customer when he was home from Hollywood.&nbsp; He even penned a famous song about Leopold&rsquo;s &ldquo;Tutti-Frutti&rdquo; ice cream, which had become a Leopold&rsquo;s hallmark and Savannah&rsquo;s favorite.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Emily Murray Atlanta Movie Tours Premieres New Girl On Fire Tour <p> On Sunday, February 8, 2015, <strong>Atlanta Move Tours</strong> will set the city alight with the debut of their latest movie tour offering &ndash; <em>Girl On Fire</em>.</p> <p> This new guided tour is based on the filming of <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1</em>. Fans of the Georgia-filmed blockbuster movies can experience the world of Katniss, Peeta, Gale and President Snow as they visit many of the films locations. Walk the halls of President Snow&rsquo;s mansion, wander the desolate alleys of District 12, see familiar sites from the Capitol of Panem and much more! Tour guides also share other exciting information from the film&rsquo;s set!&nbsp;</p> <p> Find out more about this exciting new tour and the other offerings from Atlanta Movie Tours <a href="">HERE</a>! &nbsp;</p> Emily Murray SCAD's aTVfest This Weekend! <p> The third annual <a href="">SCAD aTVfest</a> kicks off today, February 5, 2015, and runs through Saturday, February 7 in Atlanta. Events include screenings, panels and awards and will be held in the school&rsquo;s main campus building at 1600 Peachtree Street, its Digital Media building across the street, and its newly acquired SCADshow theater on 14<sup>th</sup> street. Parking is free and shuttles will run between venues.</p> <p> In addition to early looks at new shows including &ldquo;Ellen&rsquo;s Design Challenge&rdquo; (HGTV), &nbsp;&ldquo;Tales of the Grim Reaper&rdquo; (HBO), and &nbsp;&ldquo;American Crime&rdquo; (ABC), screenings of current series including &ldquo;Backstrom&rdquo; (FOX), &ldquo;Empire&rdquo; (FOX) and &ldquo;Salem&rdquo; (WGN) &nbsp;are also part of the festival, each followed by a panel discussion with cast and production team members.</p> <p> Panel topics include production, comedy, digital design, television visual effects, scheduling, casting agents, auditioning, and more.</p> <p> Special awards will be presented to actor Timothy Hutton, actor Terrence Howard, and the cast of ABC&rsquo;s &ldquo;How to Get Away with Murder.&rdquo; Tickets are offered for all events, single events, or by the day. For ticket and schedule information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Lee Cuthbert Bloomingdale’s Studio Services Department opens at Lenox Square Mall <p> Georgia&rsquo;s film industry infrastructure has continued to grow year-over-year, with multiple studio announcements and more than 100 support companies opening in Georgia to assist the burgeoning film industry. Recently, Georgia has received another unique service company &ndash; the <a href="">Bloomingdale&rsquo;s Studio Services</a> department at Lenox Square Mall. This is a great example of how companies and businesses are seeing the growth of the industry and are finding ways to help meet the needs of Georgia-lensed productions.</p> <p> The Studio Services department at Bloomingdales will assist wardrobe and prop professionals with finding the various items needed for a film project.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;<em>These service companies-- the soundstages, the lighting companies, the caterers, the camera houses,&nbsp;etc.--are not eligible to take advantage of the film tax credit, however,&nbsp;they have made substantial&nbsp;financial commitments&nbsp;in&nbsp;the state due to the level of film and television business here.&nbsp;The Studio Services department at Bloomingdales is another great result of&nbsp;Georgia&#39;s&nbsp;film and television industries and its&nbsp;role in job creation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. </em></p> <p> The retailer&#39;s new department is on the third floor of its store at Lenox and will have stylists, wardrobe consultants, and personal shoppers to the film industry to pick celebrity and client wardrobes.</p> <p> <em style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Our Lenox store is pleased to welcome members of the film industry for a turn-key experience of all Bloomingdale&rsquo;s has to offer. With new designers and European labels, the best in fashion trends, and exemplary service, we are happy to provide our city with this enhanced availability right here in our store.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>Tom Abrams, operating vice president and general manager of the Lenox Square store.</em></p> <p> Along with the new Lenox Square location, Bloomingdale&#39;s offers Studio Services on the West coast in its Beverly Center, Glendale, Santa Monica, and Sherman Oaks locations, as well as on the East coast in its 59th Street Flagship location in New York City. The newly-developed department will offer all of Bloomingdale&rsquo;s Lenox Square assortments as well as special orders for items in other Bloomingdale&rsquo;s locations.</p> <p> Click <a href="">HERE </a>to find out more about Georgia&#39;s film industry.&nbsp;</p> Emily Murray #ATLWEBFEST 2014 Features Workshops, Screenings Oct. 24 - 26 <p> <strong>The second annual ATL WEBFEST will be held on the Georgia Tech campus October 24 &ndash; 26, 2014. </strong>The interactive festival is designed to&nbsp;connect the film, business, and technology communities in a way&nbsp;that will spark new ideas and showcase the talent and innovation&nbsp;that the Southeast has to offer. As today&rsquo;s independent filmmakers often bypass traditional means of sharing their work, ATL WEBFEST&rsquo;s schedule of panels and networking events will provide&nbsp;attendees with the resources and associations they need to build&nbsp;and grow a successful online series or show.</p> <p> Following an opening night gala, Saturday&rsquo;s events include workshops on acting, marketing, creating a successful crowd funding campaign, post production, a RED workshop, and more. Plus the festival&rsquo;s 52 official selections will be screened, followed by an awards presentation Sunday. The event promises to be an outstanding networking opportunity, and passes are very affordable, with a $10 Student Pass available. Visit <a href=""></a> for more info and to register.</p> Lee Cuthbert Gear up for the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” by taking a self-guided tour! <p> Because &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; is not filmed on a Hollywood back lot but rather on-location throughout Georgia, many of the places used in filming are within reach and easy to spot! Take a drive and see where Rick rode into Atlanta, or walk down the streets of Woodbury which is actually Senoia, GA and many more!&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve compiled a list of some excellent Walking Dead locations/tour sites below, so put on your best running-for-your-life sneakers and hit the road!</p> <p> <a href=""> Walking Dead Tour Road Trip</a></p> <p> <a href=";gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;oe=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=207359767003592801519.000496a3cdd937ab6cb68&amp;dg=feature">Walking Dead Tour Map</a></p> <p> <a href="">Curbed &ldquo;Mapping the Walking Dead&rdquo;</a></p> <p> <a href="">Wikitravel Walking Dead Tour</a></p> <p> And, humbly, we submit our own <a href="">Undead Tour</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> GMFDE New Georgia-Produced “Edgar Allan Poe's Mystery Theatre” to Premiere Statewide on GPB <p> The new original drama <strong><em>Edgar Allan Poe&#39;s Mystery Theatre</em>,</strong> produced in Georgia and featuring an all-Georgia cast, will have its statewide television premiere on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11PM. This engrossing drama about America&rsquo;s first great mystery writer poses the question &ldquo;Was Poe a scoundrel, a genius -- or a madman?&rdquo; The action is set in 1840&rsquo;s Richmond, Virginia, where Poe re-opens his deceased mother&rsquo;s theatre. Desperate for success, he recruits friends, family, and even rivals, to appear on stage depicting his most bizarre tales.</p> <p> <strong><em>Edgar Allan Poe&#39;s Mystery Theatre</em> </strong>stars Paul McClain, the Theatre Program Director at Northview High School in Johns Creek. Keith Brooks, who has appeared on episodes of AMC&rsquo;s <em>The Walking Dead</em>, NBC&rsquo;s <em>Constantine</em>, and Lifetime&rsquo;s<em> Drop Dead Diva</em>, portrays Rufus W. Griswold,&nbsp;Poe&#39;s chief literary rival. Carrie Anne Hunt, who also appeared on <em>Drop Dead Diva</em> as well as Fox&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Sleepy Hollow, </em>plays Poe&rsquo;s wife, Virginia. Geoff McKnight, a veteran of NBC/PBS&#39;s&nbsp;<em>I&#39;ll Fly Away</em> as well as NBC/CBS&rsquo;s <em>In the Heat of the Night</em>, rounds out the talented cast as John Allan, Poe&#39;s estranged foster-father.</p> <p> The drama is written and produced by Atlanta-based Jose Alejandro Acosta, whose multi-faceted film career spans over 25 years, and was filmed in locations throughout the state including The Brick Store Pub, Decatur; The Goat Farm, Atlanta; Berry College, Rome; Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome; The Spell House, Hazlehurst; Jeff Davis County Fairgrounds, Hazlehurst; and The Carl House, Auburn.</p> <p> Facebook: <a href=""></a></p> <p> <u>Watch</u> the <u>2-minute trailer:</u>&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p> Enjoy the 4-minute sneak-peek: <a href=""></a></p> Mary Lugo Honored with a 2014 WebAward <p> Hot off the press: has earned a 2014 &ldquo;Outstanding Website&rdquo; award from the Web Marketing Association! The award is presented jointly to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (that would be us), and the site&#39;s developer, Miles, a leading hospitality and travel marketing agency.</p> <p> Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association&#39;s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide. WebAward, the first being in 2007.</p> GDECD Every county in Georgia is now named Camera Ready! <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The Georgia Film, Music &amp; Digital Entertainment Office launched the Camera Ready Communities program in 2010 to train and certify Georgia counties to work effectively with production companies and provide local, one-on-one assistance in every aspect of production, from location scouting and film permits to traffic control, catering and lodging. The program is a special designation given to participating Georgia communities interested in cultivating and attracting the entertainment industry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Today Gov. Nathan Deal announced that all 159 Georgia counties have been designated Camera Ready. As the first program of its kind in the nation, Georgia is the leader in offering a community-based production assistance program.</span></p> <p> <em><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Not only does this industry employ more than 77,900 Georgians, but it creates a sustainable environment with new infrastructure, more business opportunities for existing Georgia businesses and new educational programs through our universities and technical colleges,&rdquo; said Deal. &ldquo;I congratulate every community in Georgia for taking part in this statewide program and making our state a more attractive place for film and television production.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The final 20 counties that received the Camera Ready designation include: Atkinson, Baker, Burke, Charlton, Echols, Effingham, Glascock, Heard, Irwin, Jefferson, Jones, Long, Peach, Pierce, Treutlen, Twiggs, Ware, Wheeler, Wilcox and Worth.</span></p> <p> <em style="font-size: 16px; font-variant: normal; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Georgia&rsquo;s Camera Ready liaisons offer productions direct access to local resources and play an essential role in attracting movie and television projects to Georgia,&rdquo; said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. &ldquo;This industry is already having a significant impact in communities across the state creating new jobs, investment opportunities, new tourism product and beyond - I am thrilled that every county in Georgia wants to be part of the action.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Georgia Film, Music &amp; Digital Entertainment Office Program Manager Craig Dominey assisted each community with obtaining its designation.</span></p> <p> <em><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;When we began this program four years ago we had 16 communities certified as Camera Ready,&rdquo; said Georgia Film, Music &amp; Digital Entertainment Office Deputy Commissioner Lee Thomas. &ldquo;With every county prepared to assist the film industry, Georgia is better equipped to welcome and serve more productions statewide.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The film industry continues to thrive in Georgia with more than 158 feature film and television productions shot during FY14, with a combined production spend of $1.4 billion. As a whole, the industry&rsquo;s economic impact for FY14 hit $5.1 billion, up from $1.33 billion in FY10 when the Camera Ready Community Program began.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">Click <a href="">HERE</a> to learn more about Georgia&rsquo;s Camera Ready Community Program!</span></p> Emily Murray The U.S. Film Industry: Creating Jobs <p> It&rsquo;s amazing to see the recently released film industry impact numbers from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which shows that this industry supports&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>1.9 million jobs </strong></a>in the U.S.&nbsp;&mdash; from costume designers to make-up artists, stunt people to set builders, writers to actors, accountants to dry cleaners, and many more! In turn it also creates this ripple effect in other creative sectors of the economy like tourism, software development, music, and gaming, just to name a few. Nationally, $41 billion is contributed to over 300,000 businesses in a given year, along with more than $16 billion paid annually in federal and state tax.</p> <p> In Georgia, the film and television industry is revitalizing communities across the state, directly employing nearly <strong>23,500 people </strong>and generating an economic impact of<strong> $5.1 billion!</strong></p> <p> <span style="font-family: 'Droid Sans', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <em>*Source: <a href="">The Motion Picture Association of America</a></em></p> Emily Murray “Powers,” First Series for Sony’s new PlayStation Network, Shoots in Georgia <p> Sony&rsquo;s plans to transform the PlayStation gaming console into a provider of exclusive content and their kicking it off with &ldquo;Powers,&rdquo; a 10-episode live action series shooting in Georgia from early September through the end of 2014. Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, Sharlto Copley stars as a homicide detective tasked with investigating crimes involving superhuman powers. Michelle Forbes co-stars with <a href="" target="_blank">Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor</a>, Susan Heyward, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler and Adam Godley. The series is based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.</p> <p> The Sony PlayStation console currently provides streaming access to Netflix, Hulu, and other services. As Sony develops original PlayStation programming, the console will provide access to its own subscribers and compete with those services as a content provider.&nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert Spotlight On: Senoia <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">Recently <a href="">The<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span style="border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;"></span></a><span class="apple-converted-space"> published an </span>article about cities and towns that have seen a huge tourism draw as a result of film and television productions. They of course included a great example - Senoia, Georgia.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.25in; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">Senoia was used in the hit AMC show &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; as the town of Woodbury. Since then the town has seen thousands of visitors&nbsp;coming to get their own piece of the zombie apocalypse.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.25in; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">The film industry helped bring a significant revitalization to Senoia. In 1980, there were five businesses in Senoia. Today, there are more than 46. The town is selling Walking Dead merchandise at a gift shop Downtown. Their coffee shop even started selling Zombie-themed coffee! <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.25in; line-height: 16.8pt;"> <span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">If you visit Senoia, make sure to go on the Atlanta Movie Tours &ldquo;The Big Zombie Tour Part 2,&rdquo; which takes you to the many Walking Dead sites.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Emily Murray Tour the locations of "Hunger Games:Catching Fire" <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">With so much filming activity happening right in your own backyard, it is always fun to set out and see the locations where the movie magic was made! Did you know the second installment in the </span><em style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Hunger Games</em><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;"> series, </span><em style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Catching Fire</em><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">, was filmed largely around the Atlanta area? The skillful crew of builders, painters, and decorators (with a little help from computers) transformed these Atlanta landmarks into the Capitol and Districts of Panem.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Murphy Avenue Warehouse was the location of the District 11 town square sequences, and the interior and exterior of the justice building in <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Atlanta Motor Speedway was the setting for the Chariot Parade in <em>Hunger Games: Catching Fire.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Atlanta Marriott Marquis was used as the Tribute Quarters. The atrium&rsquo;s full 52-story glass elevators and the hotel&rsquo;s rooftop are also featured in the film.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The beach at Clayton County International Park was an ideal location to film the arena scenes for the Quarter Quell.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Goat Farm appears as District 12 in several key scenes in the film.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Catching Fire</em> made optimal use of Pullman Train Yard, dressing it both externally as &ldquo;The Hob&rdquo; and using interiors for locations in several other scenes.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Swan House is a star of &ldquo;Catching Fire&rdquo; as the site of President Snow&rsquo;s mansion. The historic Buckhead home offers tours seven days a week with the purchase of a ticket to the Atlanta History Center. <a href="">Click here for a discount</a>&nbsp;on the Atlanta History Center&#39;s special&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Capitol Tour</a> of The Swan House.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Take yourself on your own &ldquo;Hunger Games: Catching Fire&rdquo; Tour &ndash; we&rsquo;ve already mapped out all the stops for you <a href="">here</a>!</p> Emily Murray Pan African Film Festival Atlanta August 7 – 10, 2014 <p> The Pan African Film Festival Atlanta begins Thursday, August 7, and runs through Sunday, August 10, 2014. Screenings of 55 films from across the world will be held at the Plaza Theater in Midtown; panels and workshops will be held at Erosol aka Department Store, 467 Edgewood Ave in Atlanta. The opening night film is &ldquo;Supremacy,&rdquo; starring Danny Glover. Visit the <a href="">PAFF site</a> to purchase tickets, or for information on panels or films.</p> <p> Established in 1992 by Danny&nbsp;Glover, Ja&rsquo;net DuBois (Good Times) and Ayuko Babu, The Pan African Film Festival&nbsp;(PAFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(b) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural&nbsp;understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial&nbsp;tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.</p> <p> For the past 16 years PAFF-ATL has put on a summer festival formerly presented by the&nbsp;National Black Arts Festival, exhibiting the best films from PAFF-LA supplemented by Atlanta submissions&nbsp;catering to the Atlanta audience. Both festivals feature special red carpet screenings and receptions as well as a variety of other special events.</p> <p> <strong>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br /> 55 New Black Films from the World Over<br /> Industry Panels &amp; Workshops lead by Industry Professionals</p> <p> <strong>When:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Thursday, August 7 &ndash; Sunday, August 10, 2014</p> <p> <strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Films:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Plaza Theatre,&nbsp;1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306<br /> Panels &amp; Workshops:&nbsp;&nbsp; Erosol aka Department Store, 467 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta GA 30312</p> GDECD For Georgia, the film industry works <p> Today Governor Nathan Deal <a href="">announced</a> that Georgia&rsquo;s film industry generated more than $5.1 billion in economic impact, but the industry is more than just a powerful economic generator. Countless jobs are created in the process. According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) nearly 23,500 people are directly employed by the industry in Georgia. These jobs employ Georgians in nearly every trade from electricians and lighting to stage construction and real estate. To help tell their story we created this video that features a few of the individuals who depend on Georgia&#39;s booming film industry.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> There are many reasons why the entert<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">ainment industry in Georgia is attracting a record number of productions. In Georgia, you&rsquo;ll find one of the most competitive tax incentive programs in the country, along with a broad network of production and recording facilities, a large and skilled workforce, the latest production equipment and suppliers, gaming and interactive media developers, and technology and support services. All these elements are what will continue Georgia&rsquo;s success in the industry, but today we want to shine the spotlight on the individuals who are benefiting from this booming industry.&nbsp;</span></p> Emily Murray Georgia’s Film History – The Beginning <p> Although Georgia did have some film activity in the early days of Hollywood, it wasn&rsquo;t till 1972 with the movie <em>Deliverance</em> that Georgia really made the big screen. The dramatic thriller was shot along the Chattooga River in Rabun County and at the Tallulah Gorge southeast of Clayton &ndash; and was a commercial and critical success.</p> <p> After noticing Georgia&rsquo;s potential for the film industry, then-governor Jimmy Carter established a state film commission in 1973, now known as the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, to market Georgia as a shooting location for future projects. As one of the country&#39;s first film commissions, the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office recruited more than 550 major projects to the state by 2007.</p> <p> Find out more about Georgia&#39;s film history by exploring&nbsp;<a href=""></a>!&nbsp;</p> Emily Murray Industry Opportunities on our Help Wanted Hotline <p> For those seeking employment in the film/TV production industry, the Help Wanted Hotline at <a></a> is an excellent place to start! Not every production notifies us of employment opportunities, but generally we do have listings for crew or extras positions. Once we receive new positions we update the Hotline &ndash; to share those opportunities with YOU! &nbsp;</p> <p> There are two ways to get Hotline info: online at <a></a>, or by telephone at (404) 962-4055. Because every listing now requests response by email or through a web site, using the online version is easier.&nbsp;</p> <p> Other industry job links:</p> <p> <a href="">Local Industry Networking/Training Groups</a></p> <p> <a href="">About Extras Casting</a></p> <p> <a href="">Glossary of Industry Terms</a></p> <p> The <a href="" target="_blank">Georgia Film and Television Sourcebook</a>, compiled and produced by Oz Publishing, is an excellent tool for research and networking. You can search it for free online.</p> Lee Cuthbert Southside movie business is booming <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">In an article published online today from <a href="">The Atlanta Business Chronicle</a>, staff writer Ellie Hensley shines light on how the film industry has blossomed south of the city.</span></p> <p> In the report she states:</p> <p> This summer, United Kingdom-based Pinewood Studios opened a 228-acre studio in Fayetteville, and Tyler Perry is in is in talks with the city to buy 363 acres of Fort McPherson for his own movie studio. Other developers have also expressed interest in building a studio on the southside, which offers more open space and privacy than anywhere north of Interstate 20. It also puts them closer to the airport.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;There are multiple areas around the southside that have the look and feel [production studios] are looking for,&rdquo; said Grant Wainscott, director of Clayton County Economic Development. &ldquo;It certainly means more location shots and activity.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> Those who move to the area need a place to live and do business, which benefits the surrounding counties. Film production is responsible for 22,843 direct jobs and $1.3 billion in wages in the state; quantifying the value of indirect jobs is much more difficult, but definitely substantial as large production studios often have hundreds of vendors.</p> <p> Ms. Hensley discussed many other ways that the industry has positively impacted this area &ndash; read her entire article <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> GDEcD Spotlight On: Covington <p> <a href="">Covington</a> has long been used in films due to its small-town charm and proximity to Atlanta. More than 60 projects have shot here, including &quot;The Dukes of Hazzard,&quot; &quot;In the Heat of the Night&quot; and &quot;Road Trip.&quot; &nbsp;There are many spots around town that are of interest to film and television buffs. The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has maps available for those interested in a self-guided tour. Fans of the TV show &quot;In the Heat of the Night&quot; will recognize the Newton County Courthouse. Covington doubled as the fictional town of Sparta on the show, and the courthouse was often featured. In 1981&#39;s &quot;The Cannonball Run,&quot; Burt Reynolds famously pilots his single engine plane onto a street in downtown Covington so Dom DeLuise can pop in to a market for more beer.</p> <p> <a href="">Covington</a> is currently playing the part of Mystic Falls on the CW series &quot;<a href=""><u>The Vampire Diaries</u></a>.&quot; It&#39;s Southern picturesque downtown and homes are the perfect setting for the supernatural drama. <a href="">Worthington Manor</a> (known as Lockwood Manor on &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;) is a private residence, meaning it&#39;s okay to photograph from the street, but please don&#39;t trespass. Though &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot; crew built most of &quot;Lockwood Manor&quot; on a soundstage, they still shoot at the actual home with some frequency. During your visit make sure to plan a meal at &ldquo;The Mystic Grill,&rdquo; which is the main hangout spot on the show and is also real-life working restaurant. There are a couple of Vampire Diaries tour companies that specialize in many of the show&#39;s locations around Covington.</p> <p> Learn more about Covington&rsquo;s film history and tours at <a href=""></a></p> Emily Murray Georgia Film Trivia: Sweet Home Alabama <p> <a href="">Did you know</a> that despite the film&rsquo;s title, <a href="">Sweet Home Alabama</a>&nbsp;was mostly filmed in Georgia?</p> <p> The film used the rolling hills of the Georgia International Horse Park (<a href="">Bald Rock Meadows</a>) for the scenes featuring the Civil War re-enactors.</p> <p> The house that Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) pretends is her home is actually <a href="">Oak Hill</a> at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">The downtown scenes were filmed in <a href="">Crawfordville</a> in Taliaferro County.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Jake&#39;s (Josh Lucas) glassblowing shop was filmed in Fayette County Georgia at an old mill called Starr&#39;s Mill.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">See these and other Georgia-lensed locations on one of the many film tours across the state!&nbsp;</span></p> Emily Murray Getting to Know the Georgia Production Community <p> Independent filmmakers, actors, and those looking for industry networking and training opportunities in Georgia are fortunate to have some very strong local organizations to turn to for support. While not a comprehensive list, the three organizations below would be a great place to start, whether interested in grass-roots filmmaking, getting to know the Georgia production community, or looking for classes.</p> <p> <a href="">Atlanta Film Festival</a></p> <p> Sure, they do run the annual Atlanta Film Festival, but the ATLFF is a year-round, non-profit media arts organization that specializes in film screenings, educational support and film and media events, including an annual screenplay competition. Join them the third Tuesday of each month at <a href="">Manuel&rsquo;s Tavern</a> for &ldquo;Eat, Drink and B-Indie:&rdquo; networking, panel discussions, guest speakers, and new equipment demos over a cash bar. Or take in one of the many events at the ATLFF home base, the historic <a href="">Plaza Theater</a> in midtown.&nbsp; Be sure to follow or <a href="">sign up for the ATLFF newsletter</a>!</p> <p> <a href="">Georgia Production Partnership</a></p> <p> Formed in 1995 to act as a unified voice for companies and individuals who are active in the state&rsquo;s film, video, music, and interactive game industries, the not-for-profit Georgia Production Partnership has grown to over 500 members. Monthly lunch meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (except July) at <a href="">Manuel&rsquo;s Tavern</a>. GPP also offers a PA Academy&mdash;an intensive two-day training course focused on entry level positions in the business&mdash;as well as workshops on Location Scouting, How to Be A Film Friendly Vendor, and introductory courses on protocol, terminology, resume building, and tools of the trade. Members and non-members may sign up for the <a href="">GPP newsletter</a>.</p> <p> <a href="">Women in Film and Television Atlanta</a></p> <p> Celebrating its 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2014, WIFTA is the second-oldest Women in Film and Television chapter in the world. The group is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television, video and other screen-based media, and is open to both women and men. WIFTA holds monthly member meetings and a variety of professional enrichment programs and workshops.</p> <p> Others:</p> <p> <a href="">Film Atlanta</a></p> <p> Film Atlanta has evolved from an informal networking group to one focused on offering training classes for production and voiceover work. Follow FA on Facebook <a href="">here</a>.</p> Lee Cuthbert "Satisfaction" Premieres Tomorrow Night on USA <p> Filmed in Atlanta, USA&rsquo;s new drama explores modern marriage through the lens of one couple. &ldquo;<a href="">Satisfaction</a>&rdquo; premieres July 17 at 10 p.m. CST and will be asking viewers one question - &ldquo;What do you do when having it all is not enough?&rdquo;</p> Emily Murray Georgia Gets the Picture: Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative to focus on film <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the <a href="">Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office</a> gave her take on how the film industry will be able to accommodate workforce needs as the level of business continues to grow. To to get ahead of the curve</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">, <a href="">Governor Nathan Deal</a> announced the creation of the High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) to bring together the heads of Economic Development, the University System of Georgia (USG), the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and key leaders in some of our important private-sector industries.</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;One of the growing pains of this rapid increase is being able to accommodate the workforce needs of this level of business. There is valid concern that Georgia is so busy, studios will have to bring in personnel to fill positions, only costing productions money, but costing Georgians jobs.&rdquo;<br /> -Lee Thomas</em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Read her entire opinion piece written for the Atlanta Business Chronicle <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Emily Murray West End Cinema Lounge Grand Opening Reception Thursday <p> Cinema returns to the Historic West End with the grand opening of the West End Cinema Lounge Thursday, June 26, 2014. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (&ldquo;The Cosby Show,&rdquo; &ldquo;Tyler Perry&rsquo;s House of Payne&rdquo;) and Telly Award-winning producer Aletha Brown will be honored at a VIP reception from 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 8:00 p.m. LaRonda Sutton, Director of Film &amp; Entertainment for the City of Atlanta, will present a Phoenix Award to Knight Pulliam, and Atlanta District 4 councilmember Cleta Winslow, sponsor of the event, will present to Brown. &nbsp;The event will be held at the Star Theater, 840 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW in Atlanta. For additional information, call 404-330-6047.</p> GDECD "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" First Looks <p> Lionsgate has just released first looks of &ldquo;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,&rdquo; opening in theaters November 21, 2014, at <a href=""></a></p> <p> The site includes photos, an interview with the producer, director and screenwriter (with some juicy tidbits about the film), a video interview with Julianne Moore (President Alma Coin), a chance to win a signed page of the script, and more. Can an official trailer be too far away?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert Atlanta Film Festival Goes on the Road with Workshops and Films <p> <a href="">The Atlanta Film Festival</a> is taking their act on the road this summer thanks to sponsorship from <a href="">Fulton County Arts &amp; Culture</a>, offering films and workshops at local schools, community centers, senior centers, hospitals and libraries. Interested parties will have at least three chances to catch their &quot;Intro to the Film Industry&quot; &amp; &quot;Resume Writing&quot; workshops, according to the tentative scheduled published on the ATLFF web site. As noted there:</p> <p> &ldquo;Each date is catered to the location, and presentations vary from short film programs and feature film presentations to workshops on getting involved in the film industry.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;&hellip;ATLFF On Tour includes &#39;Best of the Fest,&#39; a special three-day series full of encores from our 2014 festival. Taking place at Lefont Sandy Springs Tuesday, June 24th through Thursday, June 26th, Best of the Fest will feature 6-10 screenings. This is your chance to catch what you might have missed earlier this year or see your favorites a second time!&quot;</p> <p> The tentative dates for ATLFF On Tour:</p> <ul> <li id="yui_3_10_1_1_1400011538674_3155"> <strong>May 14</strong> &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank">Abernathy Arts Center</a> (Free &amp; Open to the Public!)<br /> Workshops: &quot;Intro to the Film Industry&quot; &amp; &quot;Resume Writing&quot;</li> <li> <strong>May 16</strong> &mdash; New Beginnings Senior Center<br /> Screening: &quot;Cyber-Seniors&quot;</li> <li> <strong>May 21</strong> &mdash; Northside Hospital Cancer Center<br /> Screening: &quot;Cyber-Seniors&quot;</li> <li> <strong>May 22</strong> &mdash; Children&#39;s Healthcare, Scottish Rite<br /> Screening: Animation Shorts, with ASIFA</li> <li> <strong>June 14</strong> &mdash; South Fulton Regional Library (Free &amp; Open to the Public!)<br /> Workshops: &quot;Intro to the Film Industry&quot; &amp; &quot;Resume Writing&quot;</li> <li> <strong>June 28</strong> &mdash; Alpharetta Branch Library (Free &amp; Open to the Public!)<br /> Workshops: &quot;Intro to the Film Industry&quot; &amp; &quot;Resume Writing&quot;</li> <li> <strong>June 24-26</strong> &mdash; Best of the Fest at Lefont Sandy Springs (Open to the Public!)<br /> 6-10 Screenings</li> <li id="yui_3_10_1_1_1400011538674_3183"> <strong>June TBA</strong> &mdash; South Fulton Arts Center<br /> Screening: Animation Shorts, with ASIFA</li> </ul> Lee Cuthbert Sample the Seasonal Music Festival Fare <p> Spring and summer in Georgia mean not only beautiful dogwoods and azaleas (with accompanying pollen), BBQ and Braves baseball, but also signature music festivals across the state.&nbsp; From international jazz artists to local bluegrass pickers, there&rsquo;s something for everyone, so take a cue from the B-52s and &ldquo;roam&rdquo; across the Peach State to soak up local culture and music.</p> <p> <strong>May 9 - 11, 2014<br /> <a href="">Shaky Knees Music Festival</a><br /> Atlantic Station, Atlanta</strong><br /> In its 2nd year and a new home at Atlantic Station, Shaky Knees curates a lineup of over 100 bands including Alabama Shakes, The National, Modest Mouse, The Replacements, Dawes, Violent Femmes, Jason Isbell, The Lone Bellow, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Iron &amp; Wine, Conor Oberst, Cage the Elephant, Dropkick Murphys, Jenny Lewis and more.</p> <p> <strong>May 10, 2014<br /> <a href="">Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival</a><br /> Stagecoach Rd., Thomson</strong><br /> The 21st annual festival celebrating Thomson&rsquo;s native son, blues pioneer Blind Willie McTell, offers a day of music, Southern food, BBQ, Cajun treats and fun in a gorgeous pastoral setting. Artists include St. Paul &amp; the Broken Bones, Jaimoe&rsquo;s Jazzz Band and country blues guitarist Tony Furtado.</p> <p> <strong>May 23 &ndash; 25<br /> <a href="">Atlanta Jazz Festival</a><br /> Piedmont Park, Atlanta</strong><br /> A Memorial Day tradition, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of America&rsquo;s largest free jazz festivals. The spectacular lineup this year includes Ahmad Jamal, Bill Frisell&rsquo;s Guitar in the Space Age, Christian Scott, Freddy Cole, Russell Gunn&rsquo;s Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Jon Batiste, Diego Figueiredo and many more.</p> <p> <strong>May 29 &ndash; 31<br /> <a href="">Briar Patch Music Festival</a><br /> Five Bridges Road, Damascus</strong><br /> Situated squarely between cotton, corn and peanut fields, Briar Patch Music Festival heats up rural South Georgia for its fourth year in a row. Bring your tent, chairs and cooler and settle back for sets by Rollin in the Hay, Thomas Wynn &amp; the Believers, Bo Henry Band, Tony Brook, Saint Francis, Bibb City Ramblers, Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers and many more.</p> <p> <strong>June 11 - 14<br /> <a href="">AtlantaFest</a><br /> Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta</strong><br /> Enjoy four days of music and ministry from top Christian artists and speakers including Switchfoot, Red, Scotty McCreery, Rush of Fools, Rhett Walker, The Vespers, Karyn Williams and many more.</p> <p> <strong>June 14<br /> <a href="">Tunes from the Tombs</a><br /> Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta</strong><br /> In one of Atlanta&rsquo;s most unique annual events, Tunes from the Tombs features two main stages hosting amplified artists, vignette stages with buskers and a variety of musical acts, all to benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. This year features a brand new beer garden with DJ Phiasco 2.0 as host. Performances by Blacktop Rockets, Secondhand Swagger, Ghost Riders Car Club, Smooth Hound Smith, Villian Family and more.</p> <p> <strong>June 18 &ndash; 22<br /> <a href="">AthFest</a><br /> Downtown Athens</strong><br /> Known far and wide as a live music destination, Athens&rsquo; signature event features outdoor stages during the day and a fantastic club crawl at night, plus arts, film and kids&rsquo; activities throughout the weekend. Musical acts announced so far include Drivin&rsquo; N Cryin&rsquo;, Elf Power, Dead Confederate, New Madrid, Futurebirds, Radiolucent, Seven Handle Circus, David Barbe &amp; the Quick Hooks and more.</p> <p> <strong>July 11 &amp; 12<br /> <a href="">Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival</a><br /> Raccoon Creek Music Park, Dallas</strong><br /> Congregate in the country for two days of pure bluegrass bliss. Pickers and singers include Volume Five, Barbwire Bluegrass, Heartfelt Grass, Trinity River Band, Old Mill Road Band, BlueRoad, Clinton Gregory Bluegrass, Frances Mooney &amp; Fontanna Sunset, Heartfelt Grass, Old Mill Road Band and Tall Pines Bluegrass.</p> <p> <strong>July 26<br /> <a href="">Bragg Jam</a><br /> Multi-venue, Macon</strong><br /> Hot, sweaty, electric and live music in every nook and cranny of downtown Macon - that is Bragg Jam. The 2014 lineup includes O&rsquo;Brother, Royal Thunder, Kopecky Family Band, Those Darlins, Razzy Bailey, Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express, Randall Bramblett Band, Packway Handle Band, Skylab featuring Berry Duane Oakley, Bombadil, The Vegabonds, Thomas Wynn &amp; the Believers and more.</p> <p> <strong>Aug. 1 &amp; 2<br /> <a href="">Dillard Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival</a><br /> Downtown Dillard</strong><br /> Now in its 18<sup>th</sup> year, the folks in Dillard, Ga. have perfected the art of presenting great bluegrass music with mouth-watering barbeque in a family-oriented environment. The KCBS State Championship brings barbeque enthusiasts from around the country and vendors serve up their own award-winning que.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lisa Love Named “Outstanding Website” at the 2014 Internet Advertising Competition <p> The Georgia Film, Music &amp; Digital Entertainment Office&rsquo;s website has won an Internet Advertising Competition Award (IAC) for &ldquo;Outstanding Website!&rdquo; was launched on March 26, 2013 in response to the increase in filmed-induced tourism in Georgia. The interactive website promotes Georgia&rsquo;s film and music history, film tours, Georgia-filmed productions, film locations, destinations, festivals and other events in the industry.&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;We&#39;re thrilled to be recognized as &lsquo;Outstanding Website&rsquo; by the IAC, but what is even more exciting is the growth of interest and visitation to entertainment-related destinations across the state,&quot; said Lee Thomas, director of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. &quot;Visitors can use as a planning tool to see locations where &ldquo;Hunger Games: Catching Fire&rdquo; or &ldquo;The Walking Dead&rdquo; are filmed. The site is a great resource for us to share news about the state&rsquo;s film and music industries and to help enhance its long-term impact in Georgia.&quot;</p> <p> <a href=""></a> has many unique features that contributed to its success including parallax scrolling, which provides an interesting and exploratory browsing experience, as well as Google Maps that help tie film and music tours to geo-locations providing visitors with the ability to form a sense of place and view amenities that are in the surrounding area. These features along with many others were included to provide an innovative and user-friendly browsing experience.</p> <p> The IAC Awards were developed by the Web Marketing Association to honor excellence in online advertising, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcase the best in award-winning Internet advertising. IAC judges, comprised of professionals in the advertising and Internet worlds, selected winners based upon the following criteria: creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting and use of the media.</p> GDECD Cartersville Makes it Big on the Silver Screen <p> The film branch of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau, Camera-Ready Cartersville, is currently touting three film and television projects debuting in March and May. Each of these projects was filmed in Bartow County from summer 2012 to summer 2013, featuring popular sites such as Red Top Mountain, the historic 1903 Bartow County Courthouse and River Road.</p> <p> SundanceTV will bring its original series <em>The Red Road</em> to viewers Thursdays at 9 pm. Starring Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Tom Sizemore and Julianna Nicholson, the series was filmed in and around Cartersville in August 2013, employing over 130 crew members.</p> <p> Opening in theatres March 14, <em>Need for Speed</em> from Dreamworks Pictures features Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mercudi and Michael Keaton as well as west Bartow County. A crew of 175 filmed the picture&rsquo;s high-speed driving scenes in June 2013.</p> <p> And on May 9, <em>Devil&rsquo;s Knot</em>, a film based on a true story told by Mara Leveritt&rsquo;s 2002 book, opens having filmed in downtown Cartersville. Local residents joined the film&rsquo;s cast &ndash; Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Stephen Moyer and Bruce Greenwood &ndash; as extras in courtroom scenes.</p> <p> Camera-Ready Cartersville is just one of many Camera Ready liaisons across the state working to strengthen the film industry in Georgia &ndash; the third ranking U.S. state for film production. These agencies assist productions with discovering the right locations to shoot, such as the Cartersville Depot and 1903 Bartow County Courthouse, pictured below. To learn more about the work Camera-Ready Cartersville is doing in Bartow County, visit <a href=""></a>, and to find your local Camera Ready Community, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> GFMDE Georgia Ranked No. 3 Film Production Center in U.S. <p> Georgia ranks third in the U.S. for feature film production, <a href=";utm_campaign=contactology"><em>The Wrap</em></a> reported March 6, ahead of New York, but behind Louisiana and California. According to the recently released 2013 Feature Film Production Study from FilmL.A., the six major studios and five largest independents released 108 films in 2013, 70 of which shot in the U.S.</p> <p> Of those, 18 filmed in the Bayou State, 15 in California, and nine in Georgia. Fifteen shot in Canada, and 12 in the U.K.&nbsp; New York hosted four.</p> <p> Since the current version of the Film Tax Credit (HB1100) went into effect in 2008, the economic impact <ins cite="mailto:Emily%20Murray" datetime="2014-03-11T16:44">of the entertainment industry in Georgia</ins><del cite="mailto:Emily%20Murray" datetime="2014-03-11T16:44">to the state from the industry</del> has grown from $526.1 million to $3.3 billion in fiscal year 2013. In six short years, Georgia has become a world leader in the entertainment industry and created thousands of jobs for Georgians in the industry. Here&rsquo;s to giving Louisiana a run for its money in 2014!</p> <p> FilmL.A 2013 Feature Film Production Study rankings:</p> <p> In the US:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Louisiana</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; California</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Georgia</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Massachusetts</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New York</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> In the World:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Canada</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.K.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; California</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Louisiana</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Georgia</p> Lee Cuthbert Macon Film Festival Announces Special Screenings to Headline Ninth Annual Event <p> Macon, GA &ndash; The Macon Film Festival has announced the Special Screenings that will headline the ninth annual festival, held Feb. 27 &ndash; March 2. All Special Screenings will be held at the Cox Capitol Theatre, located at 382 Second St.</p> <p> The Opening Night special screening on Thursday, Feb. 27, is the documentary &ldquo;Muscle Shoals,&rdquo; which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Director Greg Camalier will attend as a special guest and he will participate in Q&amp;A with the audience following the 7:30 p.m. screening.</p> <p> Friday night, Feb. 28, brings a faith-based, family-friendly pic, &ldquo;Brother&rsquo;s Keeper,&rdquo; which was awarded Best Feature Drama at the 2012 International Family Film Festival. Director T.J. Amato will participate in Q&amp;A following the 7:30 p.m. screening.</p> <p> Saturday night, March 1, actor Matthew Modine will attend the screening of &ldquo;Birdy,&rdquo; which won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. Modine, who plays the title role in the film, will participate in Q&amp;A with the audience following the 7:30 p.m. screening. He will also be a featured guest at the Art Matters Film Symposium, an official festival event, on Sunday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. at The 567 Center for Renewal, located at 533 Cherry St.</p> <p> The closing night Special Screening on Sunday, March 2, brings the current Academy Award-nominated film, &ldquo;Nebraska,&rdquo; to the big screen for a 6:30 p.m. screening. Then audience members are invited to attend the after-party where they can cheer on the film&rsquo;s six nominations at the Academy Awards live broadcast will be projected on the big screen. All-Access passes are required in order to attend after-parties.</p> <p> The four-day Macon Film Festival was named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world by<em> Moviemaker Magazine</em>. The festival includes screenings independent films that you can&rsquo;t see in any other theatres, including short and long format narratives (like you see at regular movie theatres) and documentaries. Screenings are held at three venues located within three blocks in downtown Macon: Cox Capitol Theatre, the Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center. Filmmaking workshops, networking events and legendary after-parties combine to make this an event that draws audiences and artists from around the globe.</p> <p> Purchase tickets or preview the festival schedule at <a href=""></a>. Tickets are $8 for one-block screenings, $25 for one-day passes; $50 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $100 for All-Access passes including admission to all screenings and after-parties. To keep up with the latest festival news follow us on Facebook (Macon Film Festival) or Twitter (@MaconFilmFest). Tickets, programs and merchandise will be available at Macon Film Festival Headquarters located at 567 Cherry St., from Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 2.</p> <p> <strong>About Macon Film Festival </strong><br /> Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education and economic development. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theatres in the city&#39;s downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend. The board of directors includes Terrell Sandefur, President; Elliott Dunwody, Vice President; Julie Y. Wilkerson, Treasurer; Priscilla Esser, Secretary; and at-large members, Jeffrey Bruce, Danny Davis, April Hornsby, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr., Sam Macfie, Tim Regan-Porter, and Tabitha Lynne Walker. Learn more at <em> </em>or call (478) 256-3809.</p> Macon Film Festival Latest Info on SCAD TV Fest <p align="center"> <strong>SCAD ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING LINE-UP FOR 2<sup>nd</sup> ANNUAL aTVfest</strong></p> <p align="center"> <u>Festival to Welcome TV Actors and Industry Executives;</u></p> <p align="center"> <u>Featured Series to Include <em>Archer, CeeLo Green&rsquo;s The Good Life, Dallas, Looking, Orange is the New Black, The Red Road, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead</em></u></p> <p> Atlanta, Ga. (Jan. 14, 2014) &mdash; The Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the return of <strong>aTVfest</strong>: a Digital Media Experience, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. &nbsp;Now in its second year, the event celebrates design, creativity and innovation in television and media production. This year&rsquo;s festival showcases the best work in each field including broadcast, cable, Web, social media, music videos and advertising. Award-winning producers, directors, writers and industry executives will participate in a series of informative and entertaining panels, discussions and workshops.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to present a very diverse program of topics and panelists for the second year of aTVfest,&rdquo; said Christina Routhier, Director of Programming and Operations, aTVfest. &nbsp;&ldquo;Our enriching programming aims to further equip SCAD students with the tools to develop sophisticated visual aesthetics and advanced narrative components in an unparalleled collaborative and immersive atmosphere.&rdquo;</p> <p> Panel and Q&amp;A discussion participants include CeeLo Green (<em>CeeLo Green&rsquo;s The Good Life</em>); Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, and Matt McGorry(<em>Orange is the New Black</em>); Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy); Murray Bartlett, Raul Castillo, and O.T. Fagbenele (<em>Looking</em>); Colin Ferguson (<em>Eureka</em>); Tim Gibbons (Executive Producer, <em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em>); Allie Gonino, Kiowa Gordon, and Tamara Tunie (<em>The Red Road</em>); Keahu Kahuanui (<em>Teen Wolf</em>); &nbsp;Norman Reedus (<em>The Walking Dead</em>); and many others.</p> <p> The festival will also welcome prominent producers, directors and industry representatives from ABC Entertainment, AMC Networks, Cartoon Network, Definition 6, Discovery Channel, Freemantle Media, The Gersh Agency, HGTV, National Geographic Television, Nickelodeon, TBS, TNT, UP! Network and The Weather Channel.&nbsp; Panels will include topics on the second screen model, virtual and augmented reality, co-production deals, webseries, reality and lifestyle television, pitching and the development process, branding and promotions, acting and casting.</p> <p> Daily highlights include the following:</p> <p> <strong>Thursday, Feb. 6</strong></p> <p> Panel discussion topics include &ldquo;Beyond Passive Entertainment: The Second Screen Experience,&rdquo; and &ldquo;That&rsquo;s Not Real! Virtual Augmented Reality with (n+1) Design Studio&rdquo; which will provide insight into immersive virtual sets and real-time augmented reality graphics. Festival attendees will also participate in panel discussions focused on &ldquo;Deconstructing the Co-Production Deal,&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Rise of the Webseries.&rdquo; Award Winning Producer Tim Gibbons (<em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em>) will participate in a Q&amp;A session followed by a discussion of &ldquo;World of the Cartoon Network&rdquo; by Animator, Producer and Network Creator Fred Seibert.</p> <p> <strong>Friday, Feb. 7</strong></p> <p> The second day of aTVfest programming begins with a panel discussion aimed at &ldquo;Demystifying the Development Process.&rdquo; Other conversation topics include &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Unscripted!: Reality TV Today,&rdquo; &ldquo;Inside Acting: Acting for TV,&rdquo; &ldquo;Sci-Fi TV,&rdquo; the lighthearted &ldquo;Instant Classics: Lifestyle Television Series We&rsquo;ll Never Forget,&rdquo; and the practically minded &ldquo;Big Vision Empty Wallet: Strategies to Get Your Foot in the Door Without Breaking the Bank.&rdquo; Ceelo Green will answer audience questions about his new reality breakout show <em>CeeLo Green&rsquo;s The Good Life</em> chronicling Green and his three childhood friends. Primetime Series screenings include Sundance Channel presents <em>The Red Road </em>and HBO presents <em>Looking.</em></p> <p> <strong>Saturday, Feb. 8</strong></p> <p> Saturday panel discussions include &ldquo;Promoting the Product,&rdquo; &ldquo;The Pitch,&rdquo; &ldquo;Casting for TV,&rdquo; &ldquo;Network Branding in the Age of Digital Media&rdquo; and a panel discussion with cast and crew from <em>Orange is the New Black</em>. Nickelodeon presents: What&rsquo;s Your Big Idea! with Emmy Award winning creator and producer, Eric Robles. In addition to screenings of CW&rsquo;s <em>The Vampire Diaries</em> and AMC&rsquo;s <em>The Walking Dead,</em> other Primetime Series screening include TNT&rsquo;s <em>Dallas</em> (Season 3 Premiere), and <em>HBO Presents One Last Hug (&hellip;and a few smooches) Three Days at Grief Camp.</em></p> <p> <strong>aTVfest Event Details</strong></p> <p> Open to the general public and industry leaders, the 2014 aTVFEST will take place at the SCAD-Atlanta campus, the recently acquired 14<sup>th</sup> Street Playhouse (SCADbox), the Digital Media Center (DMC) and other midtown Atlanta venues.&nbsp; To purchase advanced tickets and for a complete list of programming please visit: <a href=""></a></p> <p> The inaugural year of aTVfest was attended by more than 3,000 people and honored Phylicia Rashad, who received the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award from SCAD, Bravo senior producer John Hill, executive director of the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Karen Kirkland, CEO of FreemantleMedia Thom Beers and &quot;BONES&quot; executive producer Stephen Nathan.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> SCAD SCAD TVfest February 6 - 8 in Atlanta <p> The second annual <a href="">SCAD aTVfest</a> will be held in Atlanta February 6 - 8, 2014 in several SCAD buildings on its midtown campus. Consisting largely of panels and screenings geared toward students, the event is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase for the entire three days, a single day or a single event <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; Screenings and panelists include:</p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;CeeLo Green&#39;s The Good Life&rdquo; with CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob</li> <li> Sundance Channel&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Red Road&rdquo; with executive producer Sarah Condon and various cast</li> <li> HBO&rsquo;s &ldquo;Looking&rdquo; with executive producer Sarah Condon and various cast</li> <li> Panel with cast of &ldquo;Orange is the New Black&rdquo;</li> <li> FX&rsquo;s &ldquo;Archer&rdquo;</li> <li> TNT&rsquo;s season three premier of &ldquo;Dallas&rdquo;</li> <li> CW&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Vampire Diaries&rdquo;</li> <li> FX&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Americans&rdquo;</li> <li> FOX&rsquo;s premiere of &ldquo;Gang Related&rdquo; followed by Q &amp; A with select cast</li> <li> AMC&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Walking Dead&rdquo; followed by Q &amp; A with select cast</li> </ul> Lee Cuthbert "Last Vegas" Showcases Atlanta too! <p> Now in wide release, CBS Films&#39; feature &quot;Last Vegas&quot; is indeed largely set in Las Vegas and it also shot there. But many of the interior and non-strip exterior scenes were actually shot around Atlanta. The film stars Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as 60-something friends who gather in Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Atlanta nightclubs <a href="">Vanquish</a> and the <a href="">Velvet Room</a> make prominent appearances in the film, as does the <a href="">Bethesda Aquatic Center</a> in Lawrenceville, as a community center swimming pool.</p> <p> For flashback scenes in 1955 and present day, filmmakers used a vacant storefront in the 400 block of Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta as Flatbush, and they used the exterior of the Georgia World Congress Center as the Ft. Myers Airport. Homes in LaVista Park, Dunwoody and Midtown were utilized as well as Redeemer Lutheran church in downtown Atlanta.</p> <p> Elaborate interior sets were built on stages at Mailing Avenue Stageworks in Grant Park and those flats were later given to the <a href="">Lifecycle Building Center</a> on Murphy Avenue, keeping them out of the waste stream and put to good use.</p> <p> It was fun to hear about these A-list stars frequenting our restaurants! We look forward to welcoming CBS Films back to Georgia any time.</p> Lee Cuthbert First Walker Stalker Con Nov. 1 - 3 <p> <a href="">Atlanta Movie Tours</a> is sponsoring the first <a href="">Walker Stalker Con</a> this weekend - from November 1 - 3, celebrating all things undead. As described in the press release, it is &quot;A zombie, horror, and sci-fi convention highly focused on&nbsp;the popular Georgia-based AMC zombie drama, <em>The Walking Dead</em>. This convention,&nbsp;created for the fans by the fans, is gearing up to be the ultimate experience for <em>The Walking Dead</em> and horror&nbsp;fans alike.&nbsp;In its first year, this convention is expected to attract over 10,000 attendees.&quot;</p> <ul> <li> <strong>When: </strong>November 1st - 3rd, 2013. Hours: Friday 11a-7p, Saturday 9a-7p, Sunday 9a-5p. Panel schedule and details: Click <a href=";id=209e20c434&amp;e=4b721be791" target="_self">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Where:</strong> <a href=";id=1608cc2cfe&amp;e=4b721be791" target="_self">The Atlanta Convention Center at America&#39;s Mart</a>, 240 Peachtree Street NW #220, Atlanta, GA 30303, <strong>Host Hotel</strong>: <a href=";id=92093351b8&amp;e=4b721be791" target="_self">Westin Peachtree Plaza</a>, 210 Peachtree ST NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Who:</strong> The impressive guest list for this convention includes <em>The Walking Dead&#39;s </em>Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, and Laurie Holden, <em>Breaking Bad&#39;s </em>Giancarlo Esposito, and horror movie alums Judith O&#39;Dea and Kane Hooder... And that&#39;s just naming a few! Be sure to check the convention&nbsp;website for the full guest list.</li> </ul> <p> Online ticket sales have ended but they will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, click <a href="">here</a>!</p> Lee Cuthbert Norman Reedus at Savannah Film Festival <p> Each year the <a href="">Savannah Film Festival</a> grows in size and prestige, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, as the event&#39;s sponsor, has a number of interesting spots from the event on its <a href="">YouTube channel</a>. Check out their minty-fresh interview with &quot;The Walking Dead&#39;s&quot; Norman Reedus on YouTube or through <em><a href="">Thread,</a></em> the new SCAD blog. It&#39;s very cool, and definitely worth a follow.</p> <p> The festival runs through November 2.</p> Lee Cuthbert Walking Dead "Dead Yourself" Photo App is Good & Gross <p> If you ever wanted to know what you might look like as a zombie (a walker, in &quot;Walking Dead&quot; speak), the folks at AMC have an app for you - <a href="">Dead Yourself</a>. Available for Apple and Android, users can choose from a variety of filters and overlays including a number of undead eyeballs and a fine selection of knives and axes to the skull. The free app lets you take or import a photo and track &quot;infections&quot; (users) across the globe.</p> Lee Cuthbert ATL WEBFEST This Weekend! <p> <em>Over 30 Web Series to be Screened at Georgia Tech with Keynotes from Executives at Campus MovieFest, The Weather Company, and Turner Studios</em></p> <p> Over the course of three days, filmmakers and producers will participate in networking events, followed by a day of workshops, speakers, screenings and keynote addresses as part of ATL WEBFEST, an interactive conference + festival designed to connect the film, business, and technology communities. Keynote speakers include David Roemer of Campus MovieFest, and Neil Katz, Editor-in-Charge and Vice President of Digital Strategy at The Weather Company, and Michael Thomas, Executive-in-Charge of Production, Turner Studios. The &ldquo;Best of the Web&rdquo; awards show takes place on Saturday night.</p> <p> Opening night will kickoff at Ogilvy &amp; Mather in Atlantic Station on Friday, October 25th as a meet and greet for attendees and speakers. Ms. LaRonda Sutton, Director of the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Entertainment for the City of Atlanta, will welcome festival attendees. Then, Marshall Chiles, the man behind Laughing Skull Lounge, one of Atlanta&rsquo;s top comedy clubs, will moderate a fireside chat with YouTube sensation, Rome Green Jr. of Dormaintainment about their rapid success in the online comedy space. Participants will enjoy beverages sponsored by SweetWater Brewing Company.</p> <p> Recognized as one of an estimated 16 web series festivals in the world, with cities like New York, NY and Austin, TX launching their versions in 2014, the ATL WEBFEST has established an international partnership with the TO Webfest and will send up to 10 web series from this weekend to Toronto, Canada next year.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have accomplished so much in a short period of time, thanks to the growing spirit of collaboration between businesses like Ogilvy &amp; Mather, movements like Southern Fried Supernova, and support from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the City of Atlanta,&rdquo; said Liberty White, Partnership Liaison for the ATL WEBFEST.</p> <p> &ldquo;We now have one of the largest webfest pages on Facebook and this weekend we will screen over 30 films hailing from Canada, Italy, Australia, Ireland, UK and across the United States,&rdquo; continued Ms. White. &ldquo;To be able to establish this type of platform in the City of Atlanta is due in part to the overwhelming support we&rsquo;ve received from Georgia Tech&rsquo;s School of Literature, Communications, and Media.&rdquo;</p> <p> Saturday, October 26 the GTRI Conference Center will be packed with workshops, and panels discussing the latest trends in production, storytelling, business, crowdfunding, and technology.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to sharing tips from some of today&rsquo;s most successful web series producers, stories of exceptional branded content, and opportunities for local creatives to get involved, tell their stories, and earn money,&rdquo; said David Roemer, co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, the creators of the world&rsquo;s largest student film festival, Campus MovieFest. &ldquo;We feel proud to be a part of this community, having helped inspire the next generation of creators with Campus MovieFest, we knew we had to be a part of ATL WEBFEST and the opportunities it&rsquo;s providing for Atlanta creatives.&rdquo;</p> <p> The climax of the weekend events will take place at the Microsoft Store inside Lenox Mall for the AWF Awards hosted by the GT Entertainment Network. Award categories include Best Web Series, Best Animation, Best Sketch Comedy/Variety, Best Zombie, the Viewer&rsquo;s Choice Award, and more. For the complete list of official selections, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p> You can save your seat for a chance to connect with industry professionals and fellow creatives by registering by Friday, October 25th, 2013 at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> ATL WEBFEST EVENT SITES<br /> Friday, October 25&mdash;Opening Night is at Ogilvy &amp; Mather inside Atlantic Station in the BB&amp;T Building, 271 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363. Networking begins at 7 pm.</p> <p> Saturday, October 26 &ndash; 27 &mdash; The panels, workshops and screenings take place at the GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Registration begins at 8:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday.</p> <p> Saturday Night &mdash; The AWF Awards hosted by Georgia Tech Entertainment Network begins at 7 pm inside the Microsoft Store at Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, Mall Level &ndash; J.</p> <p> Discounts are available for students and groups of 8 or more. Contact us at or call: 567.246.9361.</p> <p> About ATL WEBFEST<br /> ATL WEBFEST is an interactive conference + festival designed to connect the film, business, and technology communities in a way that will spark new ideas and showcase the talent and innovation that the southeast has to offer. More information about ATLWebFEST can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Fans can also follow @ATLWebFest on Twitter.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert Let the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Announcements Begin! <p> With the November 22 release date of the Georgia-lensed &quot;Hunger Games: Catching Fire&quot; rapidly approaching, look for news and announcements to surface on a regular basis. We will have a thorough &quot;Catching Fire&quot; tour with multiple locations on this site on 11/22. In the interim, the Atlanta History Center has announced its Swan House (President Snow&#39;s Capitol mansion in the film) will be open for themed tours:</p> <p> <strong>Swan House Capitol Tours</strong><br /> Friday, November 22, 2013 &ndash; Monday, January 6, 2014<br /> Monday &ndash; Saturday<br /> 1:00 &ndash; 5:00 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House showcasing the rooms that were used during filming. Visitors will have exclusive admittance to a behind-the-scenes exhibit displaying photos from the production at Swan House and select props from the film. Snap a photo at two unique photo opportunities presenting recreations of portions of sets from scenes in the movie. Once the tour leaves the interior of Swan House, visitors may head outdoors to explore the gardens and lawn and capture more photo opportunities from the film.</p> <p> After your tour, be sure to stop by the Museum Shop for official Hunger Games merchandise.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Capitol Tour ticket is $10 + the price of general Atlanta History Center admission. Parking is free. Capitol Tours are reserved onsite at the time of your arrival. Capitol Tours are available from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, with the last tour scheduled at 4:30 pm. Due to limited availability; we recommend you arrive early to ensure a space on the tour. If you have a group of 10 or more, please call 404.814.4031 for reservations.&nbsp;<strong>Capitol Tours are not available on November 28, 29, and December 6, 24, 25, 2013; or January 1, 2014.</strong></p> <p> <a href=""></a></p> Lee Cuthbert Quiet Hounds Curate Music & History Experience at Atlanta's Swan House <p> <em>On Oct. 4, Quiet Hounds and&nbsp;the Atlanta History Center will present Swans &amp; Embers, a performance in three movements celebrating the rise of the city of Atlanta from ashes to its present day glory. <a href="">Purchase tickets here</a>.</em></p> <p> Quiet Hounds disguise themselves with masks while playing cryptic music that meditates on the past, particularly those historical events that still reverberate in the region. Think of this creature collective as the South&rsquo;s own Sphinx, with rhythms to the riddles.</p> <p> Georgia has not produced such quirky ombudsmen since R.E.M., and while the Hounds will not reveal names or hometowns&mdash;even prisoners of war will pony up name, rank and serial number&mdash;they are proudly Southern with an enlightened nostalgia about &ldquo;historical relevance,&rdquo; one of their favorite phrases. Band members say they&#39;d rather &quot;let the music speak for us.&quot;</p> <p> In that regard, the old-timers say, these dogs can hunt. Their sound is distinguished by vocals with supplicating harmonies; chimes, keys, and other birdsong effects; cathedral-worthy chord structures; and an air of spooky, heady romanticism that lingers like sacred incense. The band essentially gives away all of its music but conceptualizes unconventional concert experiences that merge music and storytelling. <a href="">(Download free music here)</a>.</p> <p> On Oct. 4, Quiet Hounds joins with the Atlanta History Center to present <strong>Swans &amp; Embers</strong>, a live music performance set in three movements on the grounds of the Swan House. Imagined as the story of a weary traveler finding her way back home, the extravaganza of Old Atlanta and the New South will be set against a backdrop styled from the 1920s, when the Swan House was completed for Edward and Emily Inman.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Inmans&rsquo; previous home in Ansley Park had just burned to the ground, so their story of rebuilding at this site is symbolic of the city&rsquo;s historic rise from the ashes like the Phoenix,&rdquo; the drummer says. &ldquo;We want to raise awareness of the bountiful resources and rich history in Georgia.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> The QH sensibility dovetails neatly with the Atlanta History Center&rsquo;s &ldquo;Party with the Past&rdquo; series, designed to reach a younger demographic. &ldquo;This band has such an intriguing way of integrating past and present and connecting people of all age groups,&rdquo; says center spokeswoman Lee Massey. &ldquo;What got our attention was their video that prominently featured Andersonville. It was such an unusual but respectful approach.&rdquo;</p> <p> She is referring to last year&rsquo;s video for the song &ldquo;Beacon Sun,&rdquo; filmed at the site of the notorious Andersonville Civil War Prison and used as the centerpiece of a spectacular event at The Goat Farm.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our concerts are more like mini-festivals that we curate down to the last, minute detail so that it&rsquo;s a once-in-a-lifetime, aesthetic experience,&rdquo; says the QH guitar player. Chef Hugh Acheson and designer Billy Reid are frequent co-conspirators, contributing locavore food and artisanal merchandise. Swans and Embers will feature food trucks, libations and a coffee bar for general admission tickets ($30 in advance) and a limited number of VIP tickets ($150) will feature complimentary beer, wine and BBQ by Adam Evans of the Optimist, access to a private garden courtyard, parking and a handmade gift by the band.</p> <p> The music industry is buzzing&nbsp;the anthropomorphic artists. As usual, the Hounds stay quiet on the subject.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Candice Dyer Self Taping for Actors: You Control the Take <p> <em>Adena Brumer, a recent transplant to Atlanta, is an actor/singer navigating the enormous and exciting Atlanta acting landscape. Having fully immersed herself in the industry here, she has great advice to share with others in the field.</em></p> <p> Because of the quick turn-around times for most media these days, we actors are getting in front of casting directors much less frequently. As a result, self-taping is how our business is evolving. Many casting directors and actors are lamenting the loss of opportunity to &ldquo;win the room&rdquo; and create rapport. Many times, our personalities have been the deciding factor on booking a job, in addition to our talent. Those doing the casting got the chance to decide whether we were the kind of people they wanted to hang out with for a particular project. Now, they simply don&#39;t have the time. On the other hand, being in charge of our own auditions, we can decide what choices to make and we don&#39;t get just one shot. We can do as many takes as is necessary and send in the best one. And in order to do that, we have quite a few resources.</p> <p> First, if you want to do it yourself, most casting directors do not recommend using an iPhone. Unless you are a genius at lighting and setups, they recommend getting an actual camera with a tripod. And this cannot be overstated: the quality of the taping is as important as the quality of the audition. So, not only do you have to look great, you have to sound great. Casting agents want to see our eyes and hear our voices. And they don&#39;t want any distractions, so make sure you shoot against a solid wall or backdrop free of pictures, windows, furniture, your cat, etc. Also, make sure you&#39;re not shooting from an angle&mdash;above or below. The shot should be straight on and, unless stated, do not look straight into the camera. If your audition consists of a side/script where you&#39;re having a conversation, get someone to read with you&mdash;preferably an actor. We all do better when we&#39;ve got someone who can give us something. But just get someone and make sure their lines can be heard&mdash;not as loud as you, but enough so they may be understood. Once you&#39;re ready, here are some basic guidelines (each casting director is different and he/she may ask for different things or a different order of things, but here are the usual requirements):</p> <p> Start with framing that shows your head and shoulders and the tape should start with the audition. (Nowadays, a lot of casting directors are not even looking at slates because they already have all your information. If they do look at a slate, it is normally at the end.)</p> <p> Also, unless stated, send in your best take. If you feel strongly about submitting a different choice, do so, but know that they may only have time to watch one.</p> <p> At the end, slate. The usual slate is your name, height, and role. But, again, each casting director is different. I have slated with my name, height, role, agency, and location. You just never know.</p> <p> Then pull back for a quick full body shot. DO NOT TILT UP AND DOWN! They hate that.</p> <p> Now, if you&#39;re like me and do not have the equipment or confidence to tape yourself, there are plenty of places to go that are impeccably professional and affordable. I have taped with many of the below list and have been happy with the results. My best advice is to shop around and find the people you connect with and feel the most comfortable. This is not a complete list because people are popping up all the time, but these are the ones I&#39;ve used or who have been recommended:</p> <p> Drama Inc.: Scott Poythress, Claire Bronson, Catherine Dyer, and Jason MacDonald. All working actors who have come together to elevate the quality of our taped auditions. They offer a discount to union members and also have workshops and classes. Email them to schedule - they tape seven days a week. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Get Taped: Matt and Brooke Cornwell. Also working actors and very affordable. They also have a terrific video on their main page about THIS VERY SUBJECT! Email them to schedule - they tape every day but Sunday. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Actor Taping Services: through Kristen Shaw. Again, WORKING actors and affordable. They have workshops and classes as well and you can schedule online. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> YourAct: run by Bob Harter and Della Cole. I have taped very often with Alan Ridling. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Casting Direct: schedule through Schedulicity. Tim and Antonio come HIGHLY recommended. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> These are just a few. You can Google &ldquo;actor taping services Atlanta&rdquo; and you&#39;ll get many more resources.</p> <p> Here&#39;s the bottom line: do what you are comfortable with and what you can afford. But the most important thing is to make choices and commit to them. Do not tape what you think they want. Make a choice and tape it. Period.</p> <p> Good luck!!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Adena Brumer Music Midtown 2013 Promises Something for Everyone <p> <strong>Music Midtown 2013 promises a little bit of everything</strong></p> <p> From Imagine Dragons to 2 Chainz and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Black Lips, the diversity of <a href="">Music Midtown&rsquo;s 2013</a> lineup means something for everyone. A third stage has been added to accommodate the more than 30 artists featured this year. Friday night admission is $50, Saturday is $85 and at two-day weekend pass is $110. Fans who like extra attention and perks can opt for the $250 Citi&reg; VIP Club ticket and take advantage of a private VIP entrance, private hospitality area with complimentary food and beverage and best of all, private air-conditioned restrooms. For a $1,000 investment, Super VIP&rsquo;s enjoy additional amenities including valet parking, premium viewing area, laminate and commemorative t-shirt. Get tickets online at or or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.</p> <p> <strong>Friday, Sept. 20:</strong><br /> Cake, Drivin&rsquo; N Cryin&#39;, Jane&rsquo;s Addition, Journey, North Mississippi Allstars, Phoenix, The Mowgli&rsquo;s and 2 Chainz.</p> <p> <strong>Saturday, Sept. 21:</strong></p> <p> Arctic Monkeys, Capital Cities, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Mona, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reignwolf, Tegan &amp; Sara, Black Lips, The Neighbourhood, The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Weezer and ZZ Ward</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lisa Love Do's and Don'ts of Being an Extra <p> <em>Adena Brumer, a recent transplant to Atlanta, is an actor/singer navigating the enormous and exciting Atlanta acting landscape. </em></p> <p> Being an extra can be a fantastic way to see how a TV or film set works: Watching cinematographers, directors, lighting set-ups, makeup, hair, costuming, not to mention working actors performing their craft. It can also be incredibly tedious and boring. You may be in unpleasant conditions, may not get many breaks or food, and may sit around doing nothing for long periods of time. That&#39;s how it goes. But if you&#39;re up for it, prepare properly, and go in with the right attitude, being an extra can be a phenomenal experience.</p> <p> 1) Be On Time. In other words, BE EARLY. You have no idea how important this is. There are so many working parts to put together, you don&#39;t want to be &quot;that one&quot; who holds everything up. Though you may not have any lines or any screen time, background actors tell the story as much as anything else. And that&#39;s what you&#39;re there to do -- help tell the story. So, don&#39;t be late in order to do that job.</p> <p> 2) Be prepared. Again, you may sit around doing nothing for a very long time. Bring books, magazines, your iPad, your iPhone, laptop, granola bars, Skittles, water, Red Bull, Jenga, I don&#39;t care. Be ready for anything. Just make sure you&#39;re not so immersed in something that you can&#39;t hear when instructions are being given.&nbsp;</p> <p> 3) DO NOT COMPLAIN. Unless you are on fire or being pinned under something heavy, do not whine or make mention of how long you have been waiting to do something or the fact that they have yet to bring out craft services. It is the surest way for you to a) annoy those around you and b) not get asked back on set. You are not entitled to anything. You are there to help. Be kind to everyone and do what you are told. And, by the way, most sets that I have been on are very mindful of their actors and do what they can to make sure there are breaks and food available. However, as always, see Tip 2.</p> <p> 4) Be Kind To EVERYONE. This isn&#39;t just for film sets, but it is especially important here. You don&#39;t know who anyone is on set and if you&#39;re unpleasant to anyone, word travels fast. However, if you&#39;re kind and accommodating and can be a &quot;go-to&quot; person, you may just find yourself upgraded or featured.</p> <p> 5) I cannot stress these enough: BE ON TIME and DO NOT COMPLAIN.</p> <p> 6) Wardrobe: You may be asked to bring clothing or go to a fitting. If you are asked to bring clothing, bring as much as you can, but don&#39;t go overboard. Wardrobe needs options, but there may be a lot of people for them to go through and approve. Bring enough that you can carry comfortably and that gives a few choices that YOU are comfortable in. You may be wearing it for a long time. If you don&#39;t have what they&#39;re looking for, you could certainly buy something, but don&#39;t break the bank. Thrift stores and Goodwill are sensational places to buy clothing quickly and on the cheap. If you are asked to go to a fitting, BE ON TIME. But know you may wait. At my most recent fitting, I waited two hours before I saw the costumer. BUT, I got to wear some of my own clothes and some of theirs and it turned out to be AWESOME. Plus, you may get paid for the fitting (which I did), depending on the production.</p> <p> 7) Compensation: Depending on the production you may not get paid at all. You may be compensated for mileage or, more commonly, you may get food, a copy of the film, and a credit. Sometimes, however, you will actually get a check. There will be paperwork to sign and you should get a receipt. Depending on how organized the production is, you may see a check within two weeks. Usually, however, it&#39;s between 30 and 60 days.</p> <p> Here&#39;s the deal: Being an extra isn&#39;t for everyone. It can be long hours and can usually feel pretty thankless. It&#39;s boring and you may very well end up on the cutting room floor. But here&#39;s what CAN happen -- you can meet amazing and remarkable people who you end up singing songs with in an old gym and now are your friends for life. You can watch Bill Murray run around with a container full of Twizzlers while another extra chases him like a little girl after the ice cream truck. You can wipe nacho cheese off Matt Servitto&#39;s fake demon nails during a fake hockey scene. Or you can watch in awe and amazement as Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate ingeniously improvise their way through a scene for the upcoming &quot;Anchorman 2&quot;. It&#39;s your choice. But be on time.</p> Adena Brumer Emmy® Nominees with a Georgia Link <p> Hot off the (virtual) press - a list of Georgia-filmed productions/directors/actors/crew who are nominated for a 2013 Emmy&reg; award for outstanding work in television. The Emmys will air September 22 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Steel Magnolias &bull; Lifetime &bull; Sony Pictures Television in association with Lifetime</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Alfre Woodard as Ouiser</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Ring Of Fire &bull; Lifetime &bull; Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Allison Anders, Directed by</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Interactive Program</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> The Walking Dead Story Sync &bull;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> production</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Ring Of Fire &bull; Lifetime &bull; Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Susan Lipson, Department Head Hairstylist</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Deena Adair, Key Hairstylist</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Ring Of Fire &bull; Lifetime &bull; Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Jay Wejebe, Department Head Makeup Artist</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Susan Ransom, Key Makeup Artist</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Kim Jones, Makeup Artist</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic)</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> The Walking Dead &bull; This Sorrowful Life &bull;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> AMC &bull; AMC Studios</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> <strong>Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Ring Of Fire &bull; Lifetime &bull; Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Anton Sanko, Music by</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> For a full list of nominees: <a href=""></a></p> Lee Cuthbert, Location Specialist, GFMDE Advice for Actors From a Former Newcomer <p> <em>Adena Brumer, a recent transplant to Atlanta, is an actor/singer navigating the enormous and exciting Atlanta acting landscape. We asked her what recommendations she would make to others new to Georgia or new to the business after getting to know the lay of the land here and she was generous enough to provide the following:</em></p> <p> <br /> First steps to get into Atlanta&#39;s scene:<br /> 1)&nbsp; Use these links to find workshops, classes, auditions, and like-minded folks:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> 2) For extras casting jobs, Facebook is your best bet!&nbsp; Hit up these people:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Catrett Locke Casting<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bill Marinella Casting<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tammy Smith Casting<br /> <br /> 3) There are agents popping up here every day.&nbsp; Here are some of the best-known, most respected in the area:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Atlanta Models &amp; Talent: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Avery Sisters Entertainment: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Burns Agency: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Houghton Talent: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jana VanDyke Agency: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The People Store: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; J. Pervis Agency: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> 4) If you are a member of Actor&#39;s Equity, aside from <a href=""></a>, there are these resources:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Facebook group: Atlanta Actors&#39; Equity Liaison<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> 5) If you are SAG-AFTRA, Clayton Landey is your man.&nbsp; Contact him through the Facebook group: The Muriel Moore/Danny Nelson SAG-AFTRA Conservatory.&nbsp; The Conservatory offers speaker events, workshops, and a terrific community.&nbsp; (Plus, he&#39;s a spectacular coach and acting teacher.)<br /> &nbsp;</p> Adena Brumer What is the Camera Ready Communities Program? <p> In 2010, the Georgia Film, Music &amp; Digital Entertainment Office launched a new program called &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Camera Ready Communities</a>&rdquo; to ensure that Georgia counties each had a local film-friendly liaison to assist producers and location managers. While production companies generally contact our office first and we continue to work with them through the life of the project, Camera Ready acts an extension of our office into the community. Some production needs and questions are best addressed on the local level.</p> <p> Often we in the state film office just don&rsquo;t know about all the local lodging options, or the best cup of coffee in town, or how the permitting process works in various locales (permitting in Georgia is done at the local level). But our Camera Ready liaisons do. And we can call them on short notice and say, &ldquo;We need an old mill&mdash;do you have one?&rdquo; and get pictures back quickly. As demand for locations grows, Camera Ready allows us to provide exemplary service to our clients.</p> <p> Our <a href="" target="_blank">Camera Ready liaisons</a> are experts for their designated county, and often come from the local convention and visitors bureau or economic development authority. We train and certify them, and to date, nearly every county in Georgia participates in the program.</p> <p> Production activity in the state has never been more robust, and for the communities where filming occurs, the benefits can be tremendous. Local economic impact from production can be significant, including hiring of local residents, hotel stays and purchases of goods and services. Film-induced tourism can bring visitors to filming locations long after production has wrapped. Our Camera Ready liaisons value being a part of the process and are often able to parlay the work they do with filmmakers into a boon for the community.</p> <p> For example, <a href="" target="_blank">Covington</a> now offers a film tourism-oriented website, along with maps and attractions film fans will enjoy. The town of Senoia (the fictional Woodbury on &ldquo;The Walking Dead,&rdquo;) has hosted more than 20 productions and now has its own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame and an official tour coming soon. Atlanta already has a few options for <a href="/article/take-a-movie-tour" target="_blank">guided and DIY movie tours</a>. Together with our Camera Ready liaisons, we&rsquo;re excited to see the benefits from the industry spread across the state.&nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert Starring Georgia as…Rio de Janeiro? <p> Georgia is probably asked to play another state or country more often than itself these days as film incentives have changed the nature of the industry. Whereas projects used to be location-driven, the savings afforded by our <a href="/blog/post/what-is-this-film-tax-incentive-anyway" target="_blank">film production tax incentive programs</a> have turned the eye of producers, and now they generally look for the best deals.</p> <p> Georgia offers one of those great deals (with a credit of up to 30 percent of the money they spend in the state), and often stands in for other places. Georgia offers a plethora of diverse shooting locations including a big city, mountains, grasslands, beaches, small towns and much more.</p> <p> Check out this list of some of the Georgia-lensed movies and TV shows set somewhere else:</p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;</strong>Film &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Fictional Setting</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;1-8-7 Detroit&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Detroit, MI&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Boycott&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Montgomery, AL</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Boycott&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Selma, AL</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Drop Dead Diva&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Los Angeles</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Drumline&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Atlanta A &amp; T University</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Dumb &amp; Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd&quot;&nbsp;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Providence, RI</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Fast Five&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Rio de Janeiro, Brazil</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;For Colored Girls&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> NYC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Franklin &amp; Bash&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Los Angeles</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Freejack&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> NYC (future)</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Get Low&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Tennessee</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Hall Pass&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Rhode Island</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;In My Life&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Baton Rouge, LA</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Jayne Mansfield&#39;s Car&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Alabama</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Lost Valentine&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Grand Central Station</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Lost Valentine&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Asian Pacific Islands</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Lottery Ticket&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> NYC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Mean Girls 2&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Ohio</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Necessary Roughness&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Long Island</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;October Road&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Connecticut</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Passing Glory&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> New Orleans, LA&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Past Life&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> New York City</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Remember the Titans&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Alexandria, VA&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Road Trip&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Ithaca, NY</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Robo Cop 3&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Detroit, MI&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Scream II&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> CA college campus</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Selma, Lord, Selma&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Selma, AL</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Sweet Home Alabama&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &ldquo;Pigeon Creek,&rdquo; AL</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Sweet Home Alabama&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> New York City</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Teen Wolf&quot; (MTV TV Series 2011)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Beacon Hills, CA</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Terminal&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Las Vegas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Adventures of Ociee Nash&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Ashville, NC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Blind Side&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Memphis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Clearing&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Pittsburg, PA</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Conspirator&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Washington, DC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Crazies&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Iowa</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Fighting Temptations&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> NYC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Glades&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Florida</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;The Wettest County&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Virginia</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Vampire Diaries&quot; (TV)</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Mystic Falls</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;We Are Marshall&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Huntington, WV</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;X-Men: First Class&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> Cuba</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> &quot;Zombieland&quot;</p> </td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> <p> California, AZ</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> &nbsp;</p> Lee Cuthbert A Grave Expedition: Visiting the Final Resting Places of Georgia's Fallen Troubadours <p> For centuries, pilgrims have traveled to visit the gravesites of their cherished idols, from world leaders to writers, artists to musicians. Thousands annually visit P&eacute;re Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, where the interred include writer, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, chanteuse Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison of The Doors. Likewise, fans flock to Bruce Lee&rsquo;s tombstone at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle and to William Shakespeare&rsquo;s tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. Some go to show their respect, others to create a sense of spiritual connection and still others hope for inspiration.</p> <p> Georgia, from the coast to the mountains, is dotted with the final resting places of many a picker, strummer and soul-shouter&mdash;some of whom lived long, full lives and others who were taken far too soon. In Macon, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, original members of the Allman Brothers Band, are buried side-by-side in the city&rsquo;s historic <strong><a href="/point/rose-hill-cemetery#nearby-lodging" target="_blank">Rose Hill Cemetery</a></strong>. Also in Rose Hill is the gravesite of Martha Ellis, who was the namesake inspiration for the band&rsquo;s classic &ldquo;Little Martha.&rdquo;</p> <p> Just a couple hours east of Macon in the community of Thomson sits a marker recognizing country blues pioneer Blind Willie McTell, who wrote &ldquo;Statesboro Blues,&rdquo; which the Allman Brothers covered and included on the seminal album &quot;At Fillmore East.&quot; Ironically, McTell&rsquo;s original marker contained erroneous information and it was a fan who later donated a corrected one.</p> <p> It was a fan and former bandmate who was responsible for the restoration of the Cuthbert gravesite of influential big band jazz leader Fletcher Henderson. Chet Krolewicz saw a photo of Henderson&rsquo;s headstone, was shocked by the condition and subsequently had it cleaned, restored and supplemented by a plaque recognizing the musician&rsquo;s many achievements.</p> <p> Ma Rainey, widely recognized as the &ldquo;Mother of the Blues,&rdquo; is buried in Porterdale Cemetery in her hometown of Columbus. Visitors to Columbus will also want to tour the Gertrude &ldquo;Ma&rdquo; Rainey House and Blues Museum, which houses her piano, photographs, show posters and more.</p> <p> Another Georgia music pioneer, Fiddlin&rsquo; John Carson, is buried in East Atlanta in Sylvester Cemetery, one of the city&rsquo;s oldest cemeteries. An obelisk reading &ldquo;Carson&rdquo; marks the grave of the man who was one of America&rsquo;s earliest recording musicians, having cut two sides, &ldquo;The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster&rsquo;s Going to Crow,&rdquo; for Okeh Records in June 1923.</p> <p> Fans of Johnny Mercer can pay respect to the acclaimed lyricist in his hometown of Savannah in the hauntingly beautiful <strong><a href="/point/bonaventure-cemetery#nearby-lodging" target="_blank">Bonaventure Cemetery</a></strong>, located on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River. Inscribed into a marble bench at his gravesite are the song titles of just a few of Mercer&rsquo;s timeless hits, including &ldquo;Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,&rdquo; &ldquo;Autumn Leaves,&rdquo; &quot;Blues in the Night,&rdquo; &ldquo;Jeepers Creepers,&rdquo; &ldquo;Moon River&rdquo; and more.</p> <p> Other notable gravesites in Georgia include guitarist Jimmy Bryant (Berlin), Hovie Lister (Decatur) and Lisa &ldquo;Left Eye&rdquo; Lopes (Lithonia). But as with any visit to anyone&rsquo;s resting place, remember to be respectful. Don&rsquo;t litter, don&rsquo;t take a &ldquo;souvenir&rdquo; and let your fascination be your guide.</p> Lisa Love and Reid Davis Georgia Was Country Before Country Was Cool <p> All I could think as I sat in Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia among 66,000 screaming fans was, &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve come a long way, baby.&rdquo; &nbsp;Macon native Jason Aldean, the first artist ever to play the Bulldogs&rsquo; stomping ground, rolled his Night Train Tour into Athens on April 13 with fellow Georgians Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett on the bill, along with Jake Owen. The lone non-Georgian facing a sea of red and black, Owen earned a deafening roar from the crowd when he said that although he might be from Vero Beach, he, too, hated the Florida Gators.</p> <p> With 11 No. 1 hits under his belt and more than eight million records sold, there is no doubt that Jason Aldean has reached superstar status. He has sold out every date on his Night Train Tour this year, including Madison Square Garden, and it was just announced he will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards along with actress Kristen Bell on June 5. His longtime friend and hunting buddy Luke Bryan is on a similar career high, having kicked off 2013 with his first headlining tour and first album debuting at No. 1 and having been named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which he co-hosted in April with Blake Shelton.</p> <p> Aldean and Bryan are part of a long legacy of country music greatness in Georgia. At the dawn of radio, Fiddlin&rsquo; John Carson, a seven-time champion fiddler, made his broadcast debut on Atlanta&rsquo;s WSB radio on Sept. 9, 1922, and almost overnight, he became a national radio star. Another fiddling champion, Gid Tanner, a chicken farmer by trade, and his band, The Skillet Lickers, featuring guitarist Riley Puckett and fiddler Clayton McMichen, scored a hit record, the first of many, in 1926. The Skillet Lickers are said to have been Columbia Records&rsquo; hottest selling country act at that time.</p> <p> In the 90-plus years since John Carson and Gid Tanner sawed their fiddles for fans, Georgia artists have commanded a formidable presence in country music. In 1956 at only 11 years old, Brenda Lee, who had been born in the charity ward of Atlanta&rsquo;s Grady Memorial Hospital, was offered a contract by Decca Records. Known as &ldquo;Little Miss Dynamite,&rdquo; Lee parlayed her distinctive voice into hit after hit, including the signature song &ldquo;I&rsquo;m Sorry.&rdquo; In 1957, 19-year-old Whisperin&rsquo; Bill Anderson wrote &ldquo;City Lights&rdquo; from the rooftop of a Commerce hotel and soon found himself with a career as a singer, songwriter and personality that is still flourishing after more than five decades.</p> <p> Also during the late &#39;50s, a group of young Georgians including Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens and Joe South played in the house band together at Atlanta&rsquo;s National Recording Corporation, owned by local music publishing legend Bill Lowery. Each went on to have multiple country and pop crossover hits&mdash;Reed with songs like &ldquo;Amos Moses&rdquo; and &ldquo;When You&rsquo;re Hot, You&rsquo;re Hot&rdquo; and Stevens with &ldquo;Sunday Morning Coming Down&rdquo; and &ldquo;Everything Is Beautiful,&rdquo; among others. Joe South wrote Lynn Anderson&rsquo;s signature hit &ldquo;I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,&rdquo; and Georgian Freddy Weller had a No. 2 hit with the country version of South&rsquo;s pop smash hit, &ldquo;Games People Play.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In 1990, Newnan&#39;s Alan Jackson hit No. 1 with &ldquo;I&rsquo;d Love You All Over Again&rdquo; and Travis Tritt, who was born in Hiram, did the same that year with his second single, &ldquo;Help Me Hold On.&rdquo; Just a year later, the pride of tiny Monticello, Trisha Yearwood, stole the hearts of American country music fans with her debut single, &ldquo;She&rsquo;s in Love with the Boy,&rdquo; which became the first of a long line of No. 1 songs.</p> <p> Two decades later, Georgia artists still command a formidable presence on the charts. Sugarland, featuring Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, began a hitmaking streak in 2004 with their debut single, &ldquo;Baby Girl,&rdquo; and have since sold more than 14 million records and earned numerous awards. After playing clubs for years, Zac Brown Band&rsquo;s debut single for Atlantic Records, &ldquo;Chicken Fried,&rdquo; climbed to No. 1 in 2008, setting the stage for the group&rsquo;s phenomenal success. Augusta natives Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, better known as two-thirds of Lady Antebellum, had their first No. 1 in 2009 with &ldquo;I Run to You,&rdquo; and their second chart-topping single, &ldquo;Need You Now,&rdquo; won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.</p> <p> Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Randy Houser and Lauren Alaina are all Georgia-born artists making a significant mark in country music, and homegrown songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Hilary Lindsey are among the most successful and sought-after tunesmiths in the business today.</p> <p> Several of Georgia&rsquo;s country stars made tour stops in their home state this spring, and summer brings two of the hottest shows around. Don&rsquo;t miss Luke Bryan&rsquo;s Dirt Road Diaries Tour at Aaron&rsquo;s Amphitheatre in Atlanta on July 14, and Zac Brown Band joins Kenny Chesney on his No Shoes Nation Tour! at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on August 3. A word of advice, though. Always pay attention to the singer at any country bar in Georgia&mdash;odds are pretty good that you&rsquo;re witnessing a future Nashville star.</p> Lisa Love This Little Light of Mine: Music of the Civil Rights Movement Shines On in Albany <p> Every second Saturday of the month, the Albany Civil Rights Institute Freedom Singers engage visitors through an oral history presentation featuring songs and stories of the Civil Rights Movement. Led by Rutha Mae Harris, a founding member of the original SNCC Freedom Singers, the group performs emotionally charged versions of freedom songs including &ldquo;Ain&rsquo;t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,&rdquo; &ldquo;Woke Up This Mornin&rsquo; with My Mind on Freedom&rdquo; and &ldquo;This Little Light of Mine.&rdquo; Author Brian Ward eloquently wrote that these songs &ldquo;conveyed the moral urgency of the freedom struggle, while expressing and helping to sustain the courage of the extraordinary people who were at the heart of it.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the fall of 1961, Civil Rights activists in Albany and southwest Georgia were mobilizing to organize voter registration drives, sit-ins at bus stations and lunch counters and marches on City Hall to protest racial segregation and inequality. In response, local police avoided violence but repeatedly conducted mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators. Both times Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Albany, he was arrested for his participation in local demonstrations.</p> <p> In 1962, folk singer Pete Seeger traveled south to support the Albany Movement and was taken aback by the power of the singing at the mass meetings. He suggested that a singing group could be a successful tool to raise awareness and money for the Movement. Cordell Reagon, a visiting Southern Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field secretary and tenor from Nashville, organized a quartet with Charles Neblett, another field secretary and bass singer from Cairo; Rutha Mae Harris, a 21-year-old Albany student, activist and soprano; and Bernice Johnson, an Albany student, activist and alto.</p> <p> The SNCC Freedom Singers set out in a Buick station wagon in 1962 and traveled 50,000 miles across the nation, performing at colleges, universities and in living rooms. The group helped entertain the crowd in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963, before the march to the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech. The Freedom Singers recorded one album for Mercury and their 1963 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was released as a live album. The group disbanded late that year and in 1964 an all-male version re-formed.</p> <p> The Freedom Singers perform at approximately 2 p.m. every second Saturday at the Albany Civil Rights Institute, located at 326 Whitney Ave. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (229) 432-1698.</p> Lisa Love Roam the Music Festival Circuit in Georgia <p> Spring and summer in Georgia mean pollen, outdoor barbecues, Braves baseball and music festivals. From international jazz artists to local pickers, there&rsquo;s something for everyone, so take a cue from the B-52s and &ldquo;roam&rdquo; around the world&mdash;or at least across the state&mdash;to soak up the music and local culture.</p> <p> <strong>May 24 - 27</strong><br /> <strong><a href="" target="_blank">36<sup>th</sup> Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival</a></strong><br /> <strong>Atlanta &ndash; Piedmont Park</strong></p> <p> A Memorial Day Weekend tradition for almost four decades, the Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off this year on Friday, May 24, at Chastain Park with BWB&mdash;featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown&mdash;with special guest Chrisette Michelle. On Saturday, live music begins at noon on the main stage at Piedmont Park with Stephenson High School Jazz Ensemble followed by the Aaron Diehl Quartet, Alexandra Jackson, Meshell Ndegeocello and the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. Sunday&rsquo;s main stage lineup includes North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band, Rialto Jazz for Kids All Star Jazz Band, Jacob Deaton and athe Tribulation Band, Gretschen Parlato and Tai Fuller. On the International Stage Saturday, it&rsquo;s Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band, Aru&aacute;n Ortiz Quartet, Rio Negro and C&eacute;cile McLorin Salvanta, and on Sunday it&rsquo;s the J. C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Ginou Oriol and Rudresh Mahanthappa&rsquo;s Gamak. Take Marta to Midtown and enjoy a day of free jazz music.</p> <p> <strong>May 30 &ndash; June 1<br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Briar Patch Music Festival</a><br /> Damascus &ndash; 13810 Five Bridges Road</strong></p> <p> Bringing &ldquo;The Real to the Field&rdquo; is what three friends from rural Damascus aimed to do when they introduced their first music festival in between a dirt road and a cotton and peanut field in 2010. The locals came in droves with their tents, chairs and coolers and the event has grown annually. This year, they&rsquo;ll be entertained by Col. Bruce Hampton, American Aquarium, Saint Francis, Rollin&rsquo; In The Hay, Bo Henry Band, Claude Bell Project, Evan Barber &amp; The Dad Gamblers, Wainwright Applegate, Betsy Kingston and the Crowns and many more. Coolers are welcome but camping hookups are sold out.</p> <p> <b><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; font-weight: 700; ">June 8<br /> <a href="" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(237, 4, 122); text-decoration: underline; " target="_blank">Tunes from the Tombs</a><br /> Atlanta &mdash; Historic Oakland Cemetery</strong></b><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; font-weight: 700; ">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> A far cry from the usual festival grounds, the monuments, mausoleums and renowned gardens of Historic Oakland Cemetery provide a remarkably comfortable background for a variety of musical acts. Grab a corn dog and a cold beer or cup of wine from one of the food trucks as you stroll the pathways to main and vignette stages. All proceeds benefit operations of the Historic Oakland Foundation. Main stage entertainers are listed below, with other performances scheduled on smaller vignette stages throughout Oakland Cemetery:</p> <p> <strong>Creative Loafing Lion Square Stage</strong><br /> 1 p.m. - Caroline and the Ramblers&nbsp;<br /> 2 p.m. &ndash; The Breeze Kings<br /> 3 p.m. &ndash; Bird City Revolutionaries<br /> 4 p.m. - The Bonaventure Quartet (featuring Amy Pike)<br /> 5 p.m. &ndash; 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra<br /> 6:15 p.m. - Blair Crimmins and the Hookers</p> <p> <b><b>Scoutmob North Public Grounds Stage</b></b><br /> 1:30 p.m. &ndash; Spanky and the Love Handles<br /> 2:30 p.m. &ndash; Little Country Giants<br /> 3:30 p.m. &ndash; Rolling Nowhere<br /> 4:30 p.m. &ndash; The Deadfields<br /> 5:30 p.m. &ndash; Slim Chance and the Convicts<br /> 6:30 p.m. &ndash; Rod Hamdallah</p> <p> <strong>Other performances throughout Oakland on smaller vignette stages:</strong>&nbsp;Wasted Potential Brass Band &ndash; jazz/standards/busking &amp; stage (two special 40-minute performances), 6:00pm - Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers &ndash; shape note singing&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>June 13-15<br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Fest 2013</a><br /> Atlanta &ndash; Stone Mountain Park</strong></p> <p> The annual Christian Music Festival features more than 70 artists and speakers on four stages over four days in beautiful Stone Mountain Park. Artists appearing include TobyMac, the Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Crowder, Jamie Grace, Building 429 and more. Atlanta&rsquo;s own Grammy Award-winning artist LeCrae will both perform and serve as speaker, and fans of reality show &ldquo;Duck Dynasty&rdquo; will recognize Phil Robertson, who will also speak.</p> <p> <strong>June 19-23<br /> <a href="" target="_blank">AthFest</a><br /> Athens &ndash; Multi-venue</strong></p> <p> The award-winning festival features three free outdoor stages, the notorious club crawl with more than 150 bands in more than 15 venues, an artists&rsquo; market, kids activities, a filmmaker showcase and the thoroughly entertaining Flagpole Magazine Athens Music Awards at the historic Macon Theatre. The 2013 lineup includes Patterson Hood and the Downtown Mystic Rumblers, Modern Skirts (final show), Zoogma, Ghost Owl (featuring members of Perpetual Groove), Lera Lynn, Bloodkin, Jim White, Dodd Ferrele, White Violet, Twin Tigers, Quiet Hounds, District Attorneys, powerkompany, Ruby Velle &amp; the Soulphonics, Shonna Tucker &amp; Eyecandy and many more.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>July 27<br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Bragg Jam</a><br /> Macon&ndash; Multi-venue</strong></p> <p> They say it&rsquo;s hotter in Macon and at no time is that more true than during Bragg Jam, when the streets of downtown are jammed with concert crawlers. Clubs and restaurants are packed with folks from across Georgia and beyond checking out the diverse lineup of bands. This year&rsquo;s bands include The Whiskey Gentry, Royal Thunder, Hank Vegas, Dead Confederate, The Dirty Guv&rsquo;nahs, The Packway Handle Band, Woolfolk, sunDollars, Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Front Bottoms, Homeless Hill, Saint Francis, Thomas Wynn &amp; The Believers, A Thousand Horses, Sterling Waite &amp; The Cotton Avenue Hustlers, Jared Ashley, Brent Cobb, One Horse Parade, Funk You, Noot d&rsquo;Noot, Old Man Shoes, Scott Little Band, Dirty Doves, The Grapevine and many more. Proceeds from the festival, inspired by the late musicians and brothers Brax and Tate Bragg, benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other efforts that promote nature, art and music in the community.&nbsp;</p> Lisa Love How to Submit Your Property as a Georgia Film Location <p> As a location specialist here in the film office, I spend most of my time putting together customized packages of location photos for producers and location managers. We have nearly 50,000 images in our database, each tagged with categories and attributes, so if someone needs a farmhouse or an abandoned industrial site or a modern commercial building we can easily find it. This database is private&mdash;there is no public access&mdash;but property owners can submit photos and information of their home or business directly by visiting our <a href="" target="_blank">web</a><a href="">site</a>.</p> <p> As noted on that site, the more photos the better (up to 20), and the more looks the better. We need interior shots, exterior shots, a wide view of the property to see what surrounds the house, and other unique features, like a pool, workshop, or landscaped garden. No need to shoot every room in the house&mdash;a toilet is a toilet, unless your bathroom is unusually spectacular.</p> <p> We need properties&mdash;especially residences&mdash;of all types. Not just estates and mansions. These photos need to be functional as opposed to arty. No close-ups of the items in your pantry (yes, we&rsquo;ve gotten those), or your pets or grandchildren, or your unmade bed with a laundry basket on top of it. If you don&rsquo;t have a decent digital camera or you don&rsquo;t take great pictures, get a friend to do it. Photos may also need to be resized so that they are &ldquo;monitor-quality&rdquo; (between 200 KB and 1 MB). Generally, shoot wide and not tight, and think of what you would highlight if you were selling your home.</p> <p> I often get asked what producers most want to see, and there is no standard answer. Sometimes they are very specific &ndash; a farmhouse on a dirt road with trees behind it (hence the need for a wide shot). They could be looking for a very modern office interior, or a period &#39;40s kitchen, or a convenience store. So if you&rsquo;re thinking &ldquo;they probably wouldn&rsquo;t want my ____,&rdquo; please think again! The greater the variety of locations in our database, the better. Sometimes one right house means the difference between a project coming to Georgia or going elsewhere.</p> <p> Finally, I am frequently asked about compensation and what to expect if your property is chosen as a location. Here are some thoughts on that:</p> <ol> <li> We recommend that the contract indemnifies you and that the production company carries insurance.</li> <li> There is a price at which the inconvenience will be worth it to you, and a price at which it&rsquo;s not. Fees depend on the show&rsquo;s budget, the uniqueness of your property, the number of days spent there, whether the shoot is interior only, exterior only, or both, whether crew also wants to use your furniture, etc.</li> <li> Most of these folks are professionals and will offer you a fair rate on the first try.</li> <li> Do some Internet browsing and learn a bit about the process. It can be a rewarding and fun experience to host a production, though if you work from home or need constant access to your property it may not be a good fit.</li> </ol> <p> So take some nice photos of your home, land, or business and start uploading! We&rsquo;ll spread the word and maybe your property will be featured on the big screen somewhere. We have 12&ndash;40 feature films and television shows on the ground in Georgia at any time, so there is always a production searching for that ideal location.</p> Lee Cuthbert What is this Film Tax Incentive Anyway? <p> Everyone readily agrees that the spike in film and television productions in Georgia is directly attributable to the passage of HB1100&mdash;the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act (GEIIA)&mdash;in 2008. Since the bill&rsquo;s passage, the economic impact from the industry has jumped from $241 million in fiscal year 2007 to $3.1 billion in fiscal year 2012. But what exactly does the program entail, and who really benefits?</p> <p> First, the basics: Georgia&rsquo;s incentive program offers a flat tax credit of 20 percent of a production&rsquo;s qualified in-state spend (with a minimum spend of $500,000) and the option to achieve another 10 percent for including an imbedded Georgia logo in the show&rsquo;s credits. Shows can then use this credit to offset any Georgia taxes owed if needed, or they can sell this credit to individuals or corporations who do owe taxes to the state.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s a fantastic deal for those with a substantial Georgia tax obligation because they can purchase these credits for less than face value. It&rsquo;s a circular program: the faster the credits sell the more enthusiastic production companies are about bringing their projects to Georgia. Though the firm tax credits carry forward for five years (i.e. they can be sold up to five years later), the faster a company can monetize (get the credit turned into real money), the better for everyone.</p> <p> The credit is awarded to the production companies of projects certified by our office&mdash;the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office&mdash;and is administered by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Eligible productions include feature films, television shows, movies and pilots, commercials, and music videos. Interactive (gaming) projects are also eligible though there is a cap, or limit, to the amount of credits awarded annually to projects of those types. Companies who produce a number of smaller projects like commercials can aggregate them over a 12-month period to achieve the minimum $500,000 spend.</p> <p> What&rsquo;s probably most important to note about Georgia&rsquo;s tax incentive program is that all the ancillary services that serve the production industry (props, cameras, hotel, food, transportation, stages, etc.) and their employees all pay a full complement of Georgia taxes. They are not incentivized or rewarded with a credit of any type. And the more folks that move here to work in the industry and become Georgia residents and taxpayers, the better. These suppliers and support businesses are growing here by leaps and bounds. Production companies can find everything they need here: great crew, costumes, technical equipment, trucks and trailers, caterers, props and much more. The <a href="" target="_blank">Georgia Film &amp; Television Sourcebook</a>, the go-to reference for finding anything related to production,&nbsp;has swelled to nearly 600 pages for the 2013 edition.</p> <p> For more information about the program, including the rules and regulations from our department and the DOR and applications, visit our <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> Lee Cuthbert