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Internship Opportunities In An Independent Motion Picture Marketing Company

Published May 12, 2011
Final Call For Interns: Summer 2011
From The Torchlight Program
Interviews Are Available This Week For Internship Opportunities In An Independent Motion Picture Marketing Company.
Please Contact us to interview for the internship for graduate and undergraduate FSU students beginning May 9th during drop/add week.
Summer 2011 Final Call Interview Dates: Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th 2011.  (specific times and place bolded below)
Students wishing to intern in the summer will have the opportunity to add an internship course, possibly for credit from their College, before the University drop/add deadline is over this summer session. Please read more about scheduling an interview and information about the Motion Picture Marketing Internship below:
I am currently offering, a non-paying internship, that will allow students the opportunity to participate in my professional motion picture marketing and distribution activities.  This internship requires a minimum attendance of 15 hours per week, with commitment each weekday, Monday through Friday, with flexible hours, agreed upon for each day, to accommodate your schedule. Additionally, the internship offers the opportunity for certain students to participate in group leadership roles if they are available to commit 20 or more hours per week to the internship. I have been selected to work on the release and marketing of a number of new feature length films during this upcoming semester. This summer’s release line-up promises to be exciting for my interning students.
For example, interns in the Spring 2011 Semester have had the opportunity to market on social media platforms, White Irish Drinkers  (  starring Karen Allen and Stephen Lang, Fubar: Balls To The Wall starring Canadian cult film icons David Lawrence and Paul Spence, and How To Live Forever, directed by Mark Wexler, son of Oscar winning Cinematographer, Haskell Wexler.
Selected interns will have the opportunity to continue the marketing initiatives for these films in the Summer 2011 semester(s) during the film’s national release.
All Interviews Should Be Scheduled With My Assistant Via E-mail Request:
DATES: Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th 2011.
TIME: 2:00pm – 7:00pm (by appointment only)
CONTACT: Elias Inaty / Assistant to Mr. Cohen
Elias’s email:
Elias’s Mobile: (813) 420-7757
Reminder: Please copy Paul Cohen’s personal
In the event you do not receive a prompt reply do not hesitate to call Paul Cohen directly at Mobile: (646) 244-5598
All interviews will take place at The Torchlight Center; location and directions:
ADDRESS: Critchfield Hall / 387 Commerce Boulevard / Midway, Florida, 32343
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 peeking above bushes 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 Elias directly on his cell (813) 420-7757 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.)
News: Update:
The Torchlight Program has facilitated the production of a new music video with Actor/Director Stephen Baldwin was Tallahassee to produce and direct a music video for recording artist, Cory Lamb. Florida State University students from film, dance and theater departments, and students crewed and assisted in the production of the music video Break the Cycle. The music video may be seen at:
Message from the Director of The Torchlight Program, Paul Cohen: “We enjoyed another successful semester at the Torchlight Program, filled with wonderful feature film presentations and industry events that were educational and entertaining during the Spring Semester 2011 premiering independent motion pictures with presentations by guests including Geoffrey Gilmore and Jeff (“The Dude”) Dowd.” This provided opportunity to students in the College of Communications and Information, the Department of English, and College of Motion Picture Arts, among others to contribute to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube pages created by our students. Whether you’re interested in marketing,  graphic design, social media promotion, developing your professional writing skills for social media platforms, filming, editing, and distribution, there is an opportunity to find an appropriate internship opportunity through The Torchlight Program and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.
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:
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 at motion picture production and distribution companies.  For example, we recently arranged for a student to intern as an assistant to the director of 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience award winning film. Two students were also able to intern on the production of a feature film that was shot in Kigali, Rwanda, entitled Kinyarwanda directed by Alrick Brown.
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.
The Torchlight Program facilitates internship opportunities in the motion picture business that I believe students may find to be an interesting and meaningful addition to their Summer 2011 schedules.
Paul Cohen
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts
Phone / Torchlight Center: (850) 645-8452
Post Script Notes about The Torchlight Program:
Please click the following link (or paste onto your browser) to view a filmography of films that students in the Torchlight Program have had the opportunity to participate in:
In October 2009, The Torchlight Program successfully launched a screening series called The Torchlight Film Series (, which takes place at various times throughout the calendar year at exclusive communities on the Emerald Coast of Florida. One of the sites, Seaside, Fl. was the shooting location for the Jim Carrey hit, The Truman Show. Torchlight students joined me in presenting first run feature films at these communities, promoting the shows and organizing the behind the scenes work.  Working alongside the Film School staff, students have the opportunity to assist in the presentation of directors, talent, film critics, and guest speakers to the audiences of the 30-A communities of this region.
The Torchlight Film Series continued with the screening of several nationally acclaimed films. In July 2010 The Torchlight Film Series brought the Sundance Audience Award-winning film, FUEL to the 30A beaches, where the screening of the film was followed by a Q&A with the director and producer Josh and Rebecca Tickell. In August 2010 the Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes selection, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was screened followed by a Q&A with the director and the editor of the film, David Mitchell and Julio Perez. Finally, during the Fall 2010 semester students had the opportunity to screen selected clips of actress Lori Singer’s work including clips from films such as Short Cuts and Footloose. The audience was also able to engage in conversation with the star after the screening. This Series continues showcasing independent cinema in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida as well (screenings in St. Augustine and other regions of Florida are being scheduled for 2011). Often, students are available to join me in presenting films as these screenings usually take place during the weekends and do not interfere with class. We are planning to re-visit a number of screening locations as well as develop new venues to screen feature films to expand the contemporary voice of independent cinema in Florida during this semester.

This year the Torchlight Program has once again invited Geoffrey Gilmore (former director of the Sundance Film Festival and currently Chief Creative Officer of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises) to present a new feature independent film Win Win,  directed by, Thomas McCarthy at the 2011 7 Days of Opening Nights event in Tallahassee this past February.  Students were able to be part of the event and helped arrange and manage the presentation of this show made possible through The Torchlight Program.