The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (SCFEO) and the Bradenton Area Film Commission will be holding a joint film mixer and panel discussion on Thursday December 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Powell Crosley Estate in Sarasota. The topic: “Family Friendly and Faith Based Entertainment: Exciting, Growing Production in Florida”.
The networking event will feature a panel of filmmakers and production professionals talking about the recent growth of the “faith-based” and “family friendly” genre of entertainment being produced in Florida and elsewhere. This field of entertainment has seen substantial increasing demand since the success of Sherwood Pictures’ “Fireproof”, the highest grossing independent film of 2008. Confirmed speakers include:
Paul Sirmons: A 30-year member of the Directors Guild of America, Producer/Line Producer whose faith-based credits include Home Run, The Way Back Home, Letters to God, Renee, The First of May, and the currently airing television series Last Stop, in addition to decades of credits on hit series such as Quantum Leap, Roseanne, The Waltons, Falcon Crest and much more. He is also a former State of Florida Film Commissioner.
Stuart Roth: Founder of the Center for Faith and Freedom, whose multi-media production company, Salt & Light Productions®, has been the recipient of 34 Telly Awards. Roth was also one of the founders of Sonlight Broadcasting Systems, a faith-based family friendly television network with stations throughout the southeast.
Nicole Abisinio: Producer of the upcoming film “The Investigator”. She is known for her work as a producer, casting director, and actress with bases in New York and Florida. Owner and Manager of Gabriel’s Messenger Films, she has been running multiple production companies since 2006, including bringing multi-million dollar deals to the table for films with actors including Jack Black and Samuel L. Jackson.
The mixer includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, drawings for sponsor door prizes. The Film Commission will also give a brief summary of highlights from 2012’s film, television and other media production activities in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.Following the panel discussion, there will be a Q&A session with the audience. Attendees should RSVP online at www.filmsarasota.com.
The cost is $10.00 pre-registration until December 11, 2012. $12.00 at the door.
The Powell Crosley Estate is located at 8374 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243
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