MCFC & Reel Friends Events
Private Screening for Local Film Short, “The Right Regrets”
The Monterey County Film Commission will sponsor a private screening of the 35-minute film short, “The Right Regrets,” in Monterey at the Century Cinemas at the Del Monte Center Nov. 3 at 4:15 p.m. The film was shot entirely in Monterey County for nine days in April and has Monterey Peninsula, Spreckelsand Carmel Valley film sites. Carmel resident and veteran television director Ralph Senensky directed the film. The script was written by Marlyn Mason, accomplished actress who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1969 “The Trouble with Girls.” Maxwell Caulfield (“Grease 2” and TV series “Dynasty” and “The Colbys”) has the lead.
The event, which is primarily aimed at the film’s crew and sponsors, includes a reception plus a question and answer session with the director and producer. For more information on attending the invitation-only evening, contact email@example.com. Sponsors include Scheid Vineyards, The Wharf Marketplace, LocationsScouting.com and the Arts Council for Monterey County.
Film Commission’s “Hollywood Big Night” had fun on tap at Cannery Row Brewing Company.
KSBW-TV news anchor Erin Clark was the MC, and multiple TV screens throughout brought the Academy Awards and celebrity telecast to Monterey. The MCFC fundraiser was the place to see and be seen for the 85th annual Oscars presentations. See more on Facebook’s Monterey County Film Commission page.
“Hollywood’s Big Night” Party on tap at Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey Feb. 24
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As the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards® await the announcement of who will win Oscars®, the nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission is putting the finishing touches on plans for its local celebration, “Hollywood’s Big Night” party, at Monterey’s Cannery Row Brewing Company (95 Prescott Ave.) to be held Sunday, Feb. 24, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Party tickets are $10 entry or $60 for reserved VIP booth seating which includes a three-course dinner. Dress is comfortable Hollywood glam. MORE
Filmmaker Adam Leipzig coming to Carmel to conduct seminar for Indie Filmmakers.As a part of its ongoing effort to support educational opportunities related to the film business, the Monterey County Film Commission is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar by filmmaker Adam Leipzig at Carmel Mission Inn in Carmel on Saturday, Feb. 16.<
Leipzig, former president of National Geographic Films and a senior Disney executive, has been involved as a producer, distributor or executive on more than 25 films including March of the Penguins, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning Vietnam.
His full-day workshop in Carmel is based on his new book which he launched at Sundance Film Festival, “Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen and Turn the Tables on Hollywood.” His seminar provides insider information for aspiring filmmakers.
Tickets are $119 if purchased by Feb. 10. Later ticket purchase prices are noted on the registration website, www.adamleipzig.com/carmel-2-16/. Supporting members of “Reel Friends of the Monterey County Film Commission” will receive an additional discount on tickets purchased by Feb. 10 with a designated code. All attendees will receive a copy of his new book.
The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments are provided throughout the day. A no-host cocktail hour follows at the Carmel Mission Inn’s Fuse Lounge.
“This is a terrific opportunity for locals interested in getting into the film business to learn the insider details that only someone with Leipzig’s background can provide,” said Karen Nordstrand, the Monterey County Film Commission’s director of marketing and film production. “We hope Monterey County residents will take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet and learn from such an accomplished filmmaker who can cut to the chase on how to find success in the film industry.”
Greeting link from Adam Leipzig from Sundance Film Festival:
Katrina Mendez designated golfer for Monterey County Film Commission in “Birdies for Charity” Shoot-Out January 19
Katrina Mendez, an 18-year-old student at Trinity Christian High School in Monterey, will be the designated golfer for the nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission in the fundraising “Birdies for Charity” golf shoot-out qualifier at Peter Hay Golf Course on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The “Birdies” program, which is affiliated with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, benefits local nonprofits in a donation program which brings up to a 20% match for donations received up to $5,000. Closest-to-the-pin winners at the qualifier can vie again Feb. 5 where winners can potentially earn up to $50,000.
To see Mendez in action and to cheer on her attempts on behalf of the film commission, come to the shoot-out this Saturday at about 9:30 a.m. The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. that day.
You can donate in the name of the Monterey County Film Commission online at www.attpbgolf.com. You’ll also be entered for a chance to win prizes yourself via the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament will enter your name for a drawing for two United Airlines roundtrip tickets and one night at The Inn at Spanish Bay with a golf package for two at The Links at Spanish Bay.
The Monterey County Film Commission, in collaboration with the Museum of Monterey (MOM), monthly film series, “9 Films Marking 1967.” MORE
Monterey County Film Commssion Selects Film Student Joseph Blackburn as $2,000 Scholarship Winner
Jeff Clark and Joey Blackburn
Joseph “Joey” Blackburn, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2012 winner of the $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. Blackburn, originally from Paso Robles, is a Marina resident and graduating senior at the California State University, Monterey Bay’s Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department.
The Monterey County Film Commission scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
This year’s scholarship was funded through donations from the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, Union Bank, Alan Vasquez with AVAG, Inc., Teresa and Eric Del Piero, and numerous individual contributors.
Nurten Atila with Union Bank hands check to Joey Blackburn
Blackburn will use the award to help cover production costs for his Capstone, a senior film project required as his final thesis film by CSUMB. His film is a black and white horror film entitled, “A Fly in the Room,” which was shot on 16mm film, a more expensive option.
“I wanted to shoot on film for the aesthetic feel that I wanted for my movie, and filming on 16mm was an experience I wanted to have at least one time, knowing that most work opportunities will be in video,” Blackburn said. “It feels very good to know that all of my efforts studying filmmaking at CSUMB have been rewarded with this scholarship, and tells me that if I continue to work hard good things will happen.”
Blackburn’s film will be screened with other Capstone films, on May 18 at CSUMB. For more details, see www.FilmMonterey.org.
Contributions to next year’s Monterey County Film Commission Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program are welcomed, according to Jeff Clark, film commission board member and scholarship committee chairperson. For more information call 831-646-0910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monterey County Film Commission and Museum of Monterey bring June 22 and 23 screenings of “The Dirty Dozen” to “9 Films Marking 1967” film series MORE
Spring 2012 TAT Capstone Festival
The Spring 2012 TAT Capstone Festival will take place on:
Friday, May 18th at 1pm & 6pm at CSU Monterey Bay's World Theater.
Capstones will include films, documentaries, animation, new media, radio and more. Click Here for Details
Film Commission collaborates with Steinbeck Festival for panel: “Books, Films & Art That Have Changed Your Life”
The 2012 Steinbeck Festival May 3 to 6, will focus on the way literature, film and music tell our stories, with the theme: “A Voice—What Can a Voice Change? Everything!” The festival will highlight, among others, the voices of John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, but will also extend beyond them to other writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists.
On Saturday, May 5, the Monterey County Film Commission is collaborating with the National Steinbeck Center, presenting a panel discussion: “Books, Films & Art That Have Changed Your Life.” It will be held at 11 a.m. at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Tickets for the individual panel are $15/$10 for members of Reel Friends of the Film Commission or National Steinbeck Center.
Author David Wild will be leading the discussion. Wild is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, is an Emmy-nominated television writer and producer, and is also a popular blogger for Huffington Post. His best-selling books include He Is…I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond; Friends: The Official Companion; The Showrunners; Friends: ‘Til the End; and Diary of a Player.
Enid Baxter Blader, whose artworks have shown internationally at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Sundance; and many more. Blader was included in the Getty Museum’s retrospective California Video, 1960—present. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Artreviews and others. She is department chair of Teledramatic Arts and Technology at Cal State University, Monterey Bay.
Assemblymember Bill Monning, who represents the 27th Assembly District, which includes portions of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties. He serves on the Arts Committee. Assemblymember Monning has been a professor at the Monterey College of Law, and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is a co-founder of Global Majority, an organization committed to education, training and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution.
Lisa Coscino, the executive director of the Museum of Monterey and the Monterey History and Art Association. She has been involved in museum and gallery management at MoCA LA, Boston’s ICA, and the Lisa Coscino Gallery.
Michelle Magdalena Maddox, noted professional photographer and artist in Monterey County.
All events are open to the public. Members of "Friends of the Film Commission" will receive discounts to all film commission events. To find out how to become a "Friend of the Film Commission" or for further details on any of the following events, call 831-646-0910 or email email@example.com.