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-january 26, 2001-

By this time, if we have a current mailing address, our alumni should have received invitations to our annual screening at the DGA. This is our 8th year - hard to believe we've been doing it that long. Just in case you didn't get your invitation, the screening will be at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 6, at the DGA, 7920 Sunset Boulevard in LA - free parking , no admission charge, reception, bring any guests you wish. We've sent invitations to around 8000 people in LA, and have been having many calls as a result of the invitation. Also will be an ad in Variety next week. Let me know if you have questions-look forward to seeing you there. Attending from the Film School will be the Dean, Reb and Jason, Rose Hlaing, our development officer Jesse Colvin and me. We'll be staying at the Radisson Huntley, 1111 2nd Street in Santa Monica, phone 310 394 5454. If anyone would like to meet with the dean or directors, or would like any of us to pay you a visit at work, let me know!

Cine2Dreams is seeking applicants for the Cannes Film Festival student program - package price $1,800, includes round trip transportation Los Angeles-Paris, Paris-Cannes, 2 days in Paris w/guided tour, accommodations in Paris and Cannes, festival accreditation, passes for premieres, receptions. Would guess this is offered by a travel agency-it isn't the Kodak American Pavilion application. See posted flyers.

I'm happy to announce that the university has conferred a named professorship upon Doug Kiefer. The wording of the professorship has not yet been finalized, but it will probably be "Donald Brittain Professor of Cinematography." Congratulations to Doug. He becomes our second professor to be so honored, the other being Richard Portman, who is the Gordon Sawyer Professor.

Welcome to Debora Venturi, who has recently completed an undergraduate degree in Advertising/PR from the Pontificia Unversidade Catolico do Parana in Brazil. She is job shadowing for two months, through February, with Kieran Shea, producer of the MFA thesis film The Things We Do for Love. She plans to return to Brazil to work in film or producing commercials.

From Adam Eland (BFA 98) An update on the documentary Jeff (Marks BFA 98) and I shot in Tampa. After a month of in-depth coverage of Tampa's Freedom Fighter/ Strip Club Owner Joe Redner, including his campaign, the struggle to save lap-dancing, the heated court battle, the sleazier side of Tampa politics, and the craziest election in Florida history, we are finishing up with some pick-ups at the Superbowl. Redner's fight with the city has been all over the news lately, appearing in the New York Times, The New York Post, The LA Times, on Howard Stern, and on The Regis Philbin Show and will be interviewed on ESPN and by Cathy Fountain this week! This weekend promises to be something of a final showdown, as the city warns the NFL to stay away, and Redner opens his club 24 hrs a day with non-stop lap dancing. Back in LA we are negotiating to broadcast a segment on The Discovery Channel, and are hard at work editing and meeting with prospective buyers.

Rose Hlaing attended IFFCON 2001, the International Film Financing Conference in San Francisco January 12-14. Rose formerly managed the IFFCON Conference. IFFCON is an annual event that selects 60 Producers with features or docs that are looking for financing/distribution (domestically and internationally) and teams them up with companies such as Miramax, HBO, Fox Searchlight, Channel Four/Film Four, Eveo, New Line and USA Films etc; Ideas are discussed, new information is exchanged and many business partnerships are forged; topics include: TV as a source of financing your film, the future of the indie marketplace and going digital, as well as case studies on recent films that were independently financed films and the latest on HDTV. One of the conference presenters was Jonathan King (MFA 92), who is currently President of Production for Lawrence Mark Productions (they just finished Finding Forrester).

The Georgia Peach Boy was named one of five finalists selected from over 600 entries in The Moondance International Film Festival 2001, held last weekend!

From Kristen Gray (BFA 96) "I have been back in South Florida since the summer of 1999. I worked at a few production companies in 1999, including WJMK (producing short segments for public television) and Don King Productions. I started working at the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission in December 1999. I am still here and was promoted to Production Manager in August 2000. I have worked on a few other projects here and there. I was a locations assistant on "Big Trouble", a Disney flick shot in Miami, assistant for casting on the new television series "The Mole" (if you watch it, I helped to pick Henry from Miami), and worked as a PA on an Ingvie Malmstein music video (a rocker who is apparently very big in Japan).

From Miles Kahn (BFA 97) FSU represents in Park City: I spent the past week in Utah during the festival blitz promoting my premiere at the Slamdunk Film Festival. Along the way I saw a slew of good and bad films in several of the dozen fests that crowded Main Street (the Sundance shorts bit). While walking to my car, I got a friendly lift from Nancy Potter (BFA 97) in a Mercedes SUV while volunteering at Sundance. I unfortunately missed Jason Graham and Thomas Sturgis (both BFA 97) who were celebrating their work and the premiere of the new Alison Anders film (sorry guys, but my party had a mechanical bull). Speaking of parties, Iâm happy to report that at the giant Atom Films bash, they were projecting a loop of films above the dance floor that included FSUâs Perchance. They speak very highly of the film school (even though they turned down my student short), and look forward to more hits. The premiere screening of Fly Trap was a smashing success, and we walked away with a "Slammie" for best short film at the Slamdunk Film Festival. To make things even sweeter, we got picked up for distribution by Atom Films. A wonderful time was had by all, and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support. The folks at Atom have been very enthusiastic, and even put up a teaser clip of the film on their website while we hammer out the rest of the legal stuff. Check it out at: It should be up in its entirety in a month or so. (Note to anyone local - a copy is available in Meryl's office and will be placed in the library very soon.)


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