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Call for Interns: Fall 2016 Torchlight Program

Published August 29, 2016

Add a Fall Internship in Motion Picture Industry Marketing
The Torchlight Program – Drop/Add Week

Interviews Begin Monday, August 29th – Friday, September 2nd 2016

Call or Write for More Information now!

FSU students, you may realize as this fall semester begins, that you have time in your schedule to add an internship opportunity. We welcome you to join us as a member of the feature length motion picture marketing internship team available through The Torchlight Program for fall 2016.  This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its work in bridging education with industry.

The fall internship semester runs from August 29th through December 16th, 2016.

We have already added new film titles since we first announced this fall’s lineup including:

Blood In The Water:

Moment Of Clarity:

Citizen Soldier:

I am currently recruiting a select group of students to join our team members to assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company which consults with a variety of producers, directors, and distribution clients in the motion picture industry as we market their fall releases throughout the country.

I will be conducting interviews daily Monday-Friday 1p.m. – 7p.m. during the first week of this fall session drop / add week.

This fall we anticipate marketing approximately 8-10 new independent motion picture feature films through my entrepreneurial marketing company. Our new title lineup for the semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hamptons Int. FF, and Festival de Cannes among many others.
Once you receive this advisory please contact us to reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email so we may schedule a personal interview as soon as your schedule permits. Be sure to include your mobile # and email contacts.

Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant
Mobile: 845.300.0268

Or contact me directly, if you prefer:
Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Phone: 646.244.5598

Selected interns will screen films before they are released to the public and work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival development (Covey Film Festival) and screenings (the Student Veteran Film Festival presentation) during this upcoming semester.

REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Accepted interns must provide each of the following.
1. A laptop is required for the internship
2. Transportation to and from the Torchlight Center. (Directions are at the bottom of this email). The Torchlight Center is located approximately 10 miles from the center of Campus just off of Tennessee St. (90 W)
3. A minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitment accommodations possible and discussed during the interview.
4. Students must be enrolled as an FSU undergraduate or graduate student during the duration of the internship.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.0  (and/or “a compelling reason why you want this internship”).

This is a non-paying internship, however, course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged through your academic adviser.

This opportunity is a powerful resume building professional experience for students going on to graduate programs or beginning their careers in their industry.

Examples of a few of the projects we are currently scheduled to begin with for fall:

Stephen Baldwin: “Working Title Project” – Actor Stephen Baldwin, known for films including The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome and Born on the 4th of July among many others, is producing a film which is currently in principal photography. Our marketing team will introduce this soon to be named feature to the public as it is being edited preparing for its festival debut and national release plans.; the social film festival network that allows filmmakers and audiences to enjoy the opportunity to both present their feature films and/or to view feature independent films that are often just being released.;

The Debt; directed by Barney Elliott and starring Stephen Dorff and David Strathairn.  Set against the backdrop of an international finance deal in New York and Peru, The Debt is an intense political drama which explores how far people will go to get what they want.

In partnership with The Equus Film Festival, the Torchlight Program’s fall 2016 interns will have the unique opportunity to promote motion pictures focused on the love of horses.

Interning students will work on films opening in theaters and on VOD across the U.S. during this fall semester. Additionally, we will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog that will be an outstanding resume building credit. The line up for this fall will be discussed during our interview.
Whether you’re interested in traditional marketing, graphic design, social media marketing and promotion, developing your professional writing skills for social media platforms, still photography, editing, and distribution, there may be an opportunity to find an appropriate internship through The Torchlight Program and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.

The INTERVIEW Process:
Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a personal interview to secure a spot in the internship. I am interviewing weekdays (August 29th -September 2nd) the first week of the fall session, daily 1p.m. until 7p.m. All personal interviews will take place at The Torchlight Center, 387 Commerce Boulevard/ Midway, Florida 32343.   Driving directions are in the paragraphs below.  The Center is approximately 10 miles from campus (90W, Tennessee St., to Commerce Blvd., or take I-10 to Exit 192).

DIRECTIONS To The Torchlight Center: From campus take 90 W to Commerce Blvd in Midway (Gadsden County), which is at the stoplight just after passing under I-10. Turn hard right (almost a U-turn) onto Commerce Blvd and stay right as you proceed around a winding road.  After you pass the two new motels on your left, you will see a blue-grey art deco building as you wind past the trees also on the left side of the road. Pull into the driveway and park in the upper-left parking lot.  Take walkway to glass doors located on the north side of the building. Please contact Gayle directly on her cell (845) 300-0268 if you have any problem locating the Center. (Note: The Torchlight Center was originally built for the Allman Brothers Band by Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman as their Pegasus Recording Studio.)


Josh Tickell, the director of the Festival de Cannes Film Festival official selection, The Big Fix, as well as the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary, Audience Award winning movie, FUEL recently offered these words about The Torchlight Program;
– “All of the Torchlight Interns we have worked with on our visits to Florida had been trained to the highest level of professionalism. We could not resist grabbing one and hiring him for our production company, where he has since outperformed many employees who came from “big film schools” or professional film backgrounds. Overall, The Torchlight Program radically accelerates the trainee’s ability to interact with people in one of the most dynamic, challenging social environments – the film industry. Thank you Torchlight for producing such stellar people – and for setting the Gold Standard for Hollywood and beyond.”
– “Your team did a fantastic job spreading the word and it was a certainly a pleasure working with everyone.“
Leon Toomey
Producer/Executive Producer
Detroit Unleaded
March 2014

The filmography below outlines and represents some of the opportunities students and interns have had while interning in my marketing company and/or through participating in The Torchlight Program presentations. Information may be viewed by clicking the following links:
Paul Cohen – Faculty Page
Torchlight Filmography
The Torchlight Program Information

For this year’s Opening Nights “A Movie You Haven’t Seen”, the Torchlight spring semester interns had the opportunity to host the feature film presentation of Hunt for the Wilderpeople , a New Zealand film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump and stars Sam Neil and Julian Dennison.
In 2015 the Opening Nights film we presented was the Sundance hit, Racing Extinction directed by Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature in 2010.  Mr. Psihoyos attended the event and did a Q & A after the screening. Several Florida State alumni worked on the film, including Co-Producer Gina Papabeis (’08) and Associate Producer Adrianne Hall (‘13). Both Papabeis and Hall were assistants in The Torchlight Program during their FSU collegiate careers.
On November 12th, 2016 the fall Torchlight interns will participate in the 6th annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival by presenting and awarding the new feature documentary film by the producers of The Hornet’s Nest, and hosting its director and special guests at FSU.
November 2014, during the 4th annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy was honored with the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 during the presentation of her latest film, the 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature, Last Days in Vietnam.
Torchlight interns had an opportunity to work with a number of film festivals through The Torchlight Program including Jane Fonda’s Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, Georgia this past October. We have also been invited to continue our support of the Silver Springs Film Festival in Ocala, Florida.
The Torchlight Program at the College of Motion Picture Arts was created to educate students in current and emerging motion picture business practices with a focus on marketing, financing, and distribution strategies that have proven to be effective in releasing feature films. Through strategic relationships with industry professionals, The Torchlight Program facilitates unique internship opportunities with industry that provide students with hands-on experience with motion picture production and distribution companies.
We also work to identify internship opportunities for students to work with members of the esteemed faculty of professionals who teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts, many who are currently working on creative and professional projects in various stages of development, production, and distribution.

I very much look forward to meeting you.

Paul Cohen
Filmmaker In Residence
Executive Director
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts