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Film Summit & Conference
MOMMA Board News
Missouri Film Commission
Missouri Film Alliance
MCA St. Louis
Cinema St. Louis
Additional Film News Around the State
This issue prepared by Communications Committee: Editor Marla Stoker & Contributor Joni Tackette
MOMMA Producer's Circle Members
Southeast Missouri State Television and Film
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Joni Tackette Casting
St. Louis Casting Director Joni Tackette is nominated for a 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Casting Artios Award for Location Casting on Up In The Air. The 26th Annual Casting Society of America Artios Award Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2010. Clients can contact Joni at email@example.com and talent can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cudney Completes 2nd
Script – “The Brothers are Here”
Chris Cudney, author of several children’s books (“ a twins series”) available on Amazon.com, has completed a script taking the twins into preschool mode in an animated feature comedy film script. Script coverage was completed by Tim Hodge, former Disney Story Artist. The script is currently featured for review by anyone interested in this animated project on InkTip, along with Chriss’ first script, “There are Worse Things.”
Cudney joins “Kid Swat” Film
Kylie Cudney, 9, of Franklin County has been cast in the film “Kid Swat” being produced in St. Louis by Crossing Jordan Entertainment. Kid Swat is a comedy film where a group of kid/students are tired of being pushed around and bullied by a gang, so they take matters in their own hands. Shooting for the film starts in October. This follows two prior Cudney film cast roles for 2010, Scraps, produced by Spectrum Studios in Columbia and World Hunger, produced by Beth Ashby, St. Louis. Cudney has also been cast in Generation of Genocide, Kindred Productions, Columbia, and Eczema & Birding, Nathaniel Calvert, St. Louis, both scheduled to shoot this Fall.
TalentPlus actress Amy Holland Pennell, who followed the path to Hollywood for her film career three years ago had her feature film debut in “I AM” a Columbia Picture, in her hometown Sunday October 10, 2010 . Hundreds of friends, family and fans gathered for viewings to see a fantastic film. Checkout IAMTHEMOVIE.COM We are betting on some more great roles for Amy to come.
Corporate production has been moving in a positive direction…finally! Features are not coming through as we expected after the success of the “Up In The Air”, but we are active in lobbying for more tax credits to be competitive with surrounding states. We are taking advantage of auditions outside of the state through several Breakdown Services and Casting Networks. With technology allowing first auditions to be submitted electronically, this is opening many new opportunities for us and actors who are willing to travel for callbacks.
SHADOWLAND DVD release, November 30
Gayle Gallagher, member and producer at Pirate Media Group reports: Filmed entirely in the St. Louis area, with all Missouri cast and crew, "Shadowland" will be available on DVD in North America on November 30. Producer Gayle Gallagher and Writer/Director Wyatt Weed were disillusioned by the state of the distribution industry, running into bad offers, lack of information, and disappointing percentages for the filmmakers. After having a successful festival run and winning a dozen awards with "Shadowland" and setting up limited theatrical release, Weed and Gallagher realized that the way to get the fair deal and to maintain creative control over the distribution was to do it themselves, and Pirate Media Group was born.
PMG has tackled the distribution of "Shadowland", putting together experienced sales, marketing, and art department teams. November 30 is the official release date for "Shadowland" and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, Borders, and Family Video. The DVD can also be purchased directly from the film's website.
IATSE Local 493
Gary Hanson, Business Agent for IATSE local 493 in St. Louis reports that his union members have worked recently on Commercials for Anheuser Busch, SSM Hospital, Alltell Wireless, Carnahan polital ads, and Sight and Sound Production Services have worked on misc. political ads.
KC's T2 Lab: Exciting Experiential Design Underway
The Lab at T2, which specializes in experiential design executions as well as augmented reality, has some great projects underway and some surprises in store. One is a sequel to the award winning “T2 Massacre” one year later. Dubbed “Haunting in the Crossroads,” this one will happen during Kansas City’s traditional First Friday in the Crossroads event in October – and will have a distinct Twilight Zone feel. We’re also working with Berry Plastics on an augmented reality piece. They make the plastic cups for lots of fast food chains. When you log into the url and activate the AR marker on your cup, you’ll get a personalized musical experience.
BOX ELDER Available OnDemand
Boxcar Films' BOX ELDER will be available on Video On Demand (cable) around the country on November 1st, and available on Netflix streaming, Amazon and other digital outlets the first of December. Gravitas Ventures is handling all VOD and digital distribution of the film.
Boxcar Films Working with MTV on Web Series
Boxcar Films is working with Snoot Pictures to produce a daily web series for MTV out of LA. Watch it here.
Additional Film News Around the State
Citizen Jane Film Festival
October 15-17, Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Filmmakers and film lovers from around the world converge upon the small Midwestern town of Columbia, Missouri every fall to celebrate films made by women, Opening Night film is “Tiny Furniture” written and directed by
23 year old Lena Dunham and showing Friday night, October 15that the Missouri Theatre. For more information and many links that relate to Women and Film visit their website and their blogspot.
KC Film Fest Call For Entries
All filmmakers, anywhere, are invited to submit your short or feature film - drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental work. It must have been completed since January 1, 2009.
DEADLINE DATES: 12/15/2010, 1/15/2011, 2/4/2011
ENTRY FEES: Vary by short or feature & increase with each new deadline date
Go to KC Jubilee for details, entry form & payment
A102 Studios Filming "Morning Light" & "America Is It A Hit?"
A102 Studios, a full service production company based in Springfield, has been hired to film the short film "Morning Light" by Scott Arthur Allen. They are also in development on the reality television show "America Is It A Hit?" for major networks. The goal of the show is to find top hit songs written by talented people who might not otherwise have a chance at stardom.
BOBOServing Up Entertainment
Writers Kris Oliver and Eric Venezia recently took on the role of producer and director to film the short "Just Another Wednesday" at a popular bar at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here's a link to the The Lake Today's article written by Samantha Edmonson.
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The best education and network opportunity of the year takes place in Columbia on December 6 and 7, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Select. Two days of power packed seminars & activities include: Webby nominated Mary Feuer leads a panel on writing and producing for the web; Courtney Nobel, director of Markets and Festivals for Fortissimo Films (one of the worlds largest distributer and marketer of independent films) hosts the s a sassssession: “My film has been accepted at a Festival. Now what?”
MOMMA’s first Producer’s Circle reception will take place at MOJO’s an iconic Columbia music venue on Monday evening.
Monday’s lunch features the first MOMMA “Pitching Competition.” Five attendees will be given the opportunity to pitch a film or series idea to a panel of industry members who will judge the best pitch and provide feedback.
MOMMA “Bootcamp” is a working lunch with roundtable sessions on contracts, rights and permissions, self distribution, working with composers/music rights and more. This will be a more intimate setting with the opportunity for extensive Q&A with the facilitators. For a more detailed list of activities, visit MOMMA.
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MOMMA Board News
by MOMMA Board President Lorah Steiner
The board voted, at the August meeting, to expand the board from 12 to 18 members. Calls for nominations will be emailed to MOMMA members in late October and the new members will be installed at the MOMMA conference on December 6, 2010. Those interested in board service should be willing to travel to Columbia, MO for meetings. Board members are expected to attend at least four out of the six meetings each year. Term of service is two years. If you are passionate about film and digital media; if you want to help create a greater awareness of the importance of our industry in Missouri, please consider submitting your name for consideration.
The date for the 2011 MOMMA Legislative Day has been set. Members of the motion media industry will gather at the Capitol building in Jefferson City on February 1. We have reserved space for displays and activities on the 3rd floor. Our 2010 Legislative Day was attended by over 135 motion media professionals. Our goal for 2011 is 200. We urge everyone to mark the date on their calendar and plan to be with us. If you wonder whether one person's attendance matters; It does. In 2009 we had 50 people attend. In 2010 we more than doubled that number. Legislators noticed our presence. It was the first time Representatives and Senators knew that Missouri's motion media industry was "in the house." That matters when legislation that affects our industry and, perhaps, your job, is before them.
At their June meeting, the MOMMA board voted to establish a Producer's Circle. Members of the Producer's Circle support MOMMA with a one time dues payment of $2,500. In exchange, they are recognized as founding members of MOMMA and receive lifetime membership status. They are also honored, annually, at the MOMMA conference. The opening reception will from this time forward be known as the Producer's Circle reception. This support is critical to the success of MOMMA and our ability to carry out the association's mission of providing legislative advocacy, education, research and networking opportunities for our membership.
MOMMA Member Feature
Q&A w/Breezy Adams by Joni Tackette
Breezy (Martha) Brezany- Adams has over thirty years of professional experience in all phases of makeup and hair styling. Her work as a Makeup / Hair Artist has earned her an Emmy Award presented by NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) for aging former sportscaster Zip Rzeppa from mid thirties to his mid seventies, and landed her a gig designing the donkey hair extensions for the Anheuser Busch commercial “Donkey Dream” – that premiered during the 2004 Superbowl. Her numerous credits over the past thirty years include all types of media -film, commercials, corporate film, still photography, and live performances. She has styled many “famous” celebs such as – Albert Pujols, Cindy Crawford, Maya Angelou, Melanie Lynskey, Penny Marshall, and Timothy Olyphant to name a few. She is a union member of 493 I.A.T.S.E. Clients can email her at email@example.com.
How did you get started in the business?
“My first job came from a connection I made while I was working for a friend who owned a make up store in the CWE in St. Louis. Eventually, I ended up working as a stylist thru a local agency for two or three years, and then decided to go independent.”
Did you ever work in LA?
“Yes, I went to LA for three years. What I found in LA was that there were hundreds of people just like me. Lots of competition, everyone was in the business. “
What training do you need to work as a Makeup / Hair Artist?
“You need training in every aspect of makeup and hair. I went to Complections International in London to train. A really good makeup / hair artist is trained for every technique that they might be asked for, such as - fashion, wigs, period, science fiction, horror, street, airbrush. There is a lot to learn, and there are places in LA, Chicago, and NY to train in the U.S.”
Any advice for young makeup / hairstylists who want to work in motion media?
“Be really good before you take a job, and get the right training for this industry.
Do as many freebies as it takes to gain experience, try to shadow experienced makeup/hair artists, remember to be very closed mouth around the set and the people you are styling, what goes on in the trailer – stays in the trailer, be on time, never make anyone look for you on the set, always be close by the principal photography so you can jump in at a moment’s notice.”
Favorite Director? “Sandy Tung from Alice Upside Down, and Saving Shiloh. I hope he comes back to film here again, everyone loved working with him.”
Favorite Actors or Celebrities you have worked with?
“Alison Stoner was delightful to work with from Alice Upside Down, Logan Lerman from Meet Bill, and Scott Wilson from Saving Shiloh and Saving Grace B. Jones were some of my favorites. Years ago, I worked on a commercial project with Stan Musial, he incredibly nice and considerate to everyone.”
Do you do this fulltime or do you supplement your work as a makeup / hair artist?
“In Missouri, you still need to supplement your income. I also work as an artist, and can be booked to paint murals, child portraits, faux finishing, and gilding.”
Any final thoughts on working in this industry?
“This is the best "part time" job...EVER! We get to work with our friends and make great commercials, movies, industrials, or whatever.”
It has its priveleges!
If you are not a member of MOMMA – please join us! If you are a member of MOMMA please renew your membership.Your membership gives MOMMA the means to provide a supportive environment both for motion media professionals and those who are just beginning their careers. MOMMA is a voice in the halls of the state capitol, educating and informing legislators about the importance and impact of our industry.
Over the past few years MOMMA has:
Your membership and your support are very important to MOMMA and to Missouri’s motion media industry.
Grown existing tax credits from $1.5 to $4.5 million.
Stabilized the Film Office budget
Held two Legislative Day events in Jefferson City to educate and inform our legislators about the importance and impact of Missouri’s motion media industry.
Held the first statewide motion media conference, film summit and trade show. The second annual conference and trade show will be held December 6 and 7 in Columbia.
Held networking events around the state
Established a web site and facebook site. Our facebook page now has 390 fans. Website address is Mommaonline.org.
There is still much to be done in Missouri, and your involvement and passion are critical if we are to continue to be a voice in the legislature and grow the industry. We had a successful year in 2009 but 2010 and beyond will be very challenging. The film tax credit is at great risk due to state budget constraints and varying opinions as to the general use and administration of tax credit programs. Education and advocacy are more important now than ever before.
Individual Membership: $50
Affiliate Memberships: $250
Student Memberships: $20
-Receive 20% off conference pricing with membership
You may join by sending your membership dues, along with your name, address, phone number, email and job title to MOMMA, P.O. Box 598, Columbia, MO 65203. We will email a receipt to you. If you require an invoice, please send an email to FilmMOMMA@gmail.com
Missouri Film Commission
If you are a Missouri motion media industry professional make sure you are included in the NEW production guide for Crew and Support Services in Missouri. No fee is charged to be in the database. If you were listed in the old Production Guide – that listing is no longer available.
The vision for CinemaKC is to create an actual and virtual space for members of the film community that facilitates communication and collaboration among local filmmakers and exposes their work to a wider audiences.
Towards this end CinemaKC has crafted a series of moving image showcases. Each showcase introduces one of the more than 30 not-for-profit film industry organizations in Kansas and Missouri. Each showcase kicks off with an informal reception followed by a theatrical screening of their members’ work and a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
CinemaKC is an initiative of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has been connecting with movie lovers since 1991.
Check out the CinemaKC website at http://cinemakc.com/. Or become a fan on Facebook
Upcoming CinemaKC Showcases
October 28th, UMKC Student Films
Novenber 11th, Kansas City Women in Film & TV
December 2nd, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
CinemaKC events are held at Screenland Crown Center. Each evening begins at 6:30 with an informal reception and seating in the theatre at 7:15 pm. Program begins at 7:30.
Missouri Film Alliance (Springfield, Branson, SW MO)
MFAS President Steve Olson reports that recognized photographer Randy Bacon along with his wife and partner Shannon, have taken the plunge into filmmaking. Bacon will unveil his first feature length documentary film, The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives, Hollywood premiere red carpet style on October 16, 2010. More information and tickets at www.gillioz.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives (ELF) Foundation.
MFAS received some very gratifying news recently. The Film Alliance has been invited to join the Board of the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative. They join Moxie Cinema in representing Motion Media at the same table with the Opera, the Symphony, Springfield Little Theater and the Ballet as well as the Regional Arts Council. Congratulations MFAS!
MCA St. Louis
MCA-I is an international organization that supports communications professionals and promotes the through networking, members-only benefits and forums for education. The St. Louis chapter of MCA-I meets monthly (on the second Wednesday of every month) to allow people in the media industry the opportunity to network, share ideas, and promote themselves and the organization.
Everyone is welcome but there is a charge for non-members.
If your job involves media communication, MCA-I is the portal to resources you need to perform your job more effectively, to advance your career, and to meet others in the industry.
November's meeting will be a sneak preview of the St. Louis International Film Festival. December will be a meet and greet networking winter party.
Cinema St. Louis
19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival
November 11-21, St. Louis, MO
The internationally renowned Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival will open on Thursday, Nov. 11 with George Hickenlooper's CASINO JACK starring Kevin Spacey and runs through Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. The official program and schedule will be announced the week of October 11th.
The festival - named one of the "10 Best International Festivals in the U.S." by Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide - is especially concerned with exhibiting American independent productions and horizon-expanding international films that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis. The fest also provides local audiences with the opportunity to preview high-quality art films before their commercial release.
CSL Honors Kathleen Turner with Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 24
What: Tribute to Kathleen Turner, including career-spanning interview with Turner conducted by KMOX’s Mark Reardon, clip reel of career highlights, presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award, and screening of “The War of the Roses"
When: 7pm, Sunday, October 24th
Where: Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1001 McCausland Ave, St. Louis, MO
More Info: www.cinemastlouis.org or 314-289-4153; tickets are available in advance beginning Oct. 1 during normal theater hours at the Hi-Pointe box office or by phone from CSL: 314.289.4153
Cinema St. Louis honors Oscar®nominee Kathleen Turner at a tribute program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave. Turner will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and participate in a career-spanning interview with Mark Reardon of KMOX (1120AM)
Turner, who will be starring in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of “High” from Oct. 13-Nov. 7, made a memorable first impression on the moviegoing public with her sexy turn as the femme-fatale in "Body Heat" (1981)