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Internships in The Motion Picture Industry Spring 2014 with The Torchlight Program

Published November 26, 2013

Spring Internship In the Motion Picture Industry
The Torchlight Program

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A Cinematic Spring Semester 2014

Contact us now if you are interested in an internship in motion picture marketing and screening presentations at “7 Days of Opening Nights” through The Torchlight Program

We are immediately recruiting November 25th through, Jan. 10th, 2014 (the last day of drop add week for the spring semester), if you would like to apply for department credit for this internship. This opportunity has led to a powerful resume building professional experience for our previous interning students.

Call or E-mail Gayle Gari (contact above) for more information or to set up an appointment for an interview and we will respond promptly to your inquiry:

Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant, beginning November 25, 2013, to immediately reserve a position if you call or e-mail, and to schedule a follow up phone interview as soon as practical, while you are on campus or during the holidays.

Mobile: 845.300.0268
-and copy via E-mail:
Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Phone: 646.244.5598
Please contact us, be sure to include your e-mail and mobile information, to see if this is an opportunity for you.
Join us and become part of a feature length motion picture marketing internship available through The Torchlight Program for Spring 2014. .
This semester I am recruiting select groups of student team members to directly assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company that consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the film 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 presentations and screenings, during this upcoming semester.

We anticipate marketing 8-10 new independent features, through my entrepreneurial marketing company. Our new title lineup for this Spring semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Hamptons Int. FF, and will begin with Free Ride, directed by Shana Betz and starring Anna Paquin, Drea de Matteo, and Cam Gigandet. Free Ride is based on a true story about a single mom (Anna Paquin) caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970’s, who tries to make a better life for her two girls; 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; Dumbbells, directed by Chris Livingston, about a former basketball star suffering from a knee injury who looks to rehab himself at a rundown Los Angeles gym; Dead Before Dawn 3D, directed by April Mullen, about a bunch of college kids who accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka ZEMONS! We will begin to promote a very prominent, international film industry Blog this semester that will be an outstanding resume building credit.

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.

Our Spring semester interns will participate in the organization and presentation of a new motion picture as the Torchlight Program once again invites Geoffrey Gilmore (former director of the Sundance Film Festival and currently Chief Creative Officer for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises) to present a new independent feature film, at the annual Seven Days of Opening Nights this February 2014. At last year’s Seven Days event, the Academy Award nominee War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen, was screened and Torchlight’s interning students helped to arrange and manage the presentation as they have for the past 5 years, with films including (500) Days of Summer, Blue Valentine, and Win Win. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for FSU interning students.

REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Interns must provide each of the following. Course credit is available from your department in most instances.
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 suggested minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitments accommodations possible and discussed during the interview. Students from the Dept. of Psychology have separate requirements and are welcome to interview and discuss.
4. Students must be currently enrolled in FSU as an undergraduate or graduate student.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.2 (and/or “a convincing reason why you want this internship”)

For Torchlight interns, beginning this spring and electing to continue in the Fall of 2014, 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, whose honorary host this past year was Jane Fonda, and takes place during the Fall semester. 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 3rd Annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, Sebastian Junger, acclaimed author of the best seller, “The Perfect Storm – A True Story of Men Against the Sea”, was honored with the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 during the presentation of his latest film, Which Way is The Front Line From Here?: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.

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 phone interview if a personal interview is not possible (especially over the holiday and break) as this phone interview can 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 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 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.”

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.
Paul Cohen
Executive Director
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts