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Call for Summer Internships in the Motion Picture Industry

Published March 23, 2015

The Torchlight Program: Early Call For Interns

A Cinematic Summer 2015 Session A – May 11th through August 7th

Interviews begin March 23rd through April 30th and will remain available through Summer Sessions Drop/Add week

Join the Torchlight program and become a member of a feature length motion picture marketing internship team for Summer Session A 2015. This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its work. A select group of student team members is being recruited to assist in the motion picture marketing company.

The Torchlight program is anticipating marketing approximately, 8-10 new independent features. Their new title lineup for this summer semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hamptons Int. FF and Festival de Cannes.

Call for an interview appointment. Once you receive this advisory please contact:

Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant


Mobile: 845.300.0268


 Paul Cohen / Executive Director


Phone: 646.244.5598

Please reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email now, so they may schedule a follow up personal or phone interview as soon as your schedule permits. Please be sure to include your mobile and email contacts. You may already know that you are staying in Tallahassee during this summer so reserve your spot on our team as you work out your academic schedule.



REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: 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.)
  3. A minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitments 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 3.3 (and/or “a compelling reason why you want this internship”).
  6. Enrollment in Summer Session A or availability during this full summer period is required for this internship for students summering in Tallahassee but not enrolled for summer session.

Course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged as late as During Drop/Add week. Although, this is a non-paying internship, this opportunity has led to a powerful resume building professional experience for previous students going on to graduate programs or beginning their careers in industry.

Selected interns will work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases, (a number of Sundance Film Festival favorites) as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival development and screenings, during this upcoming semester.


A few of the projects the Torchlight Program is scheduled to work on are:


CONtv , the network exclusively devoted to original and movie programing and events dedicated to the Comic Con conferences and its fans and followers. We marketed the launch for this channel in March and will continue to put out interesting messages about the new programing offered on this internet channel.


Mythica: A Quest For Heroes, is a feature film that will be presented through Contv. Coming soon.


Dislecksia: The Movie, a lighthearted documentary on a serious subject, directed by Harvey Hubbell V and created to enact change and to stop dyslexics from suffering unnecessarily. Unexpected celebrities including Billy Bob Thornton and Joey Pantoliano describe how dyslexia is a “learning difference” not a disorder;

Marfa Girl, directed by Larry Clark (Kids), starring Drake Burnette and Adam Mediano, a story centered on a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, Texas and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer.

Additionally, they will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog this semester that will be an outstanding resume building credit.

For Torchlight interns, beginning this summer and electing to continue in the fall of 2015, there will be an opportunity to work with a number of film festivals through The Torchlight Program including the Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, Georgia.

Torchlight interns participate with the FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, which also takes place during the fall semester, by presenting an award winning feature film and hosting its director at FSU. This past November, 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. Planning and design for the November 11th, 2015 festival will begin during this summer session.

In February 2015, The Torchlight Program presented a new independent feature film at the annual Opening Nights with “A Movie You Haven’t Seen” and hosted our special guests. This year’s film was 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.

At the 2014 Opening Nights event, they hosted the acclaimed Palo Alto, starring James Franco and Emma Roberts, presented by its director Gia Coppola, who attended as the Opening Nights special guest and did a Q & A for the audience afterwards. Torchlight’s interning students helped to arrange for and manage the evening’s presentation as they have for the past 6 years, with films including (500) Days of Summer, Blue Valentine, Win Win, and War Witch. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for FSU interning students.

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 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      



Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a personal interview to secure a spot in the internship. 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 just above the trees, also on the 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 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 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.