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Final Call For Internse: The Torchlight Program

Published August 27, 2012

There Is Still Time To Join Our Team
Final Call For Interns
Interested in the Motion Picture Industry
Interviews Begin August 27th
Fall Semester 2012
The Torchlight Program
Contact: Gayle Gari / Asst
E-mail: pcasstgayle@gmail.com
Mobile: 845.300.0268
 
Please copy via E-mail:
Paul Cohen / Director
Phone: 850.228.7718
E-mail: paulcohenfilm@gmail.com

There is still time for an opportunity to be part of our team. I would like to interview students interested in the motion picture industry this week as you can now plan for an internship this fall. Interviews will take place, by appointment only, starting Monday, August 27th – Friday, August 31st during Drop/Add week Fall Semester 2012. Please call as well as email Gayle (contact above), and leave both your cell phone number and email address so that we may get back to you promptly. Please feel free to call me directly, as well, at the above number. There are internship opportunities to work on films such as Wild Horse, Wild Ride,  which opened to excellent reviews including the New York Times (Aug. 24th) and will be rolling out across the country as we market its expansion into additional movie theaters, then DVD and VOD throughout this fall.


This semester I am recruiting a select group of students to directly assist me in my Independent Motion Picture Marketing Company, that consults with a variety of clients in the motion picture industry.

Additionally, The Torchlight Program has been selected along with the FSU College Of Motion Picture Arts as the “educational partner” for the Focus Forward Challenge; http://film.fsu.edu/FSU-Film-News/Top-Stories/Torchlight-Program-takes-lead-in-spreading-the-word.  Please read about this exciting Challenge. This fall we will continue to promote this extraordinary initiative as the deadline for submission has been extended. Documentary filmmakers such as Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) are Alec Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) are among the featured directors (they are following our social media outreach). I am recruiting team members to assist with this intuitive.
Our Torchlight Program team will also work in the preparation for this year’s Tallahassee Film Festival (currently scheduled for November, 2012).  A number of the Torchlight Program’s interning students will be working during the fall session, along with festival staff, to develop this year’s program.
Select student interns will also be chosen to work on this year’s Student Veteran Film Festival to take place on the campus of FSU at Ruby Diamond Hall (Nov. 12th, 2012).

Josh Tickell, the director of the Festival De Cannes Film Festival’s 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.”
REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Interns must have 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.)
3. A minimum of 15 hours per week to devote to the internship.
4. Be currently enrolled in FSU as an undergraduate or graduate student.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.3 (and/or a very convincing reason why you want this internship)

Selected interns will work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases as well as engage in other film industry opportunities during this upcoming semester. This fall’s release line-up promises to be exciting for my interning students. For example, interns in my company after being introduced through the Torchlight Program this past summer 2012 semester have had the opportunity to market via social media platforms such films as; Trespass, a thriller directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman;  The 2012 Academy Award nominated documentary, Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis;  How To Grow A Band, a feature documentary about the musicians of the Bluegrass band The Punch Brothers (featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack), by Mark Meatto; Good For Nothing, a western genre feature filmed in New Zealand, directed by Mike Wallis; and Snow on Tha Bluff, a reality/drama film featuring notorious Atlanta bad boy and crack dealer Curtis Snow, directed by Damon Russell.
Moving into this fall semester we will continue to market a number of these titles in addition to new titles both including:
The winner of numerous film festival awards and a real crowd pleaser, Wild Horse Wild Ride, a documentary that tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals, directed by Alexandra Dawson and Greg Gricus; Music From The Big House, directed by Bruce McDonald, a documentary featuring Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s Queen of the Blues and her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison – what has been called the bloodiest prison in America. Rita’s trip turns into a historic jailhouse performance; Yellow Rock, directed by Nick Vallelonga, starring Michael Biehn and James Russo, a feature set in 1880 California about six cowboys that ride into the ghost town of “Yellow Rock” on a search and rescue mission for a family member and his lost boy. The film is the winner of the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture 2012. We anticipate marketing 8-10 new and exciting independent features during this upcoming semester which will be a wonderful resume building opportunity for our interning students.

INTERVIEW Process:
All interviews will take place at the Torchlight Center, 387 Commerce Boulevard/ Midway, Florida 32343.   Driving directions are at the end of this document.  The Center is approximately 10 miles from campus (90W to Commerce Blvd.).
This year the Torchlight Program has once again invited Geoffrey Gilmore (former director of the Sundance Film Festival and currently Chief Creative Officer for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises) to present at the annual Seven Days of Opening Nights, a new independent feature film; the gripping drama Being Flynn, directed by Paul Weitz and starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano.  Torchlight’s interning students helped to arrange and manage the presentation of this Seven Days event, as they have for the past 4 years.
The filmography below outlines some of the opportunities students and interns have had while interning in my marketing company and/or through presenting Torchlight Film Series presentations. Information may be viewed by clicking the following links:
http://film.fsu.edu/Undergraduate-Programs/The-Torchlight-Program
http://film.fsu.edu/Graduate-Programs/Torchlight-Program-Filmography
http://film.fsu.edu/Faculty-Administration/Faculty/Producing/Paul-Cohen

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.
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, filming, editing, and distribution, there may be an opportunity to find an appropriate internship opportunity through the Torchlight Program and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.

DIRECTIONS: From campus drive 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 two new motels on your left you will see a blue-grey art deco building just above the trees on your left. 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 the Pegasus Recording Studio.)
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.