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Request for Fall Interns at The Torchlight Program

Published July 29, 2013

Call for Fall Interns
Interested in the Motion Picture Industry
The Torchlight Program
For Immediate Release
Contact Us for
An Amazing Fall Session 2013


The Torchlight Program
Contact: Gayle Gari / Asst
Mobile: 845.300.0268

Please copy via E-mail:
Paul Cohen / Director
Phone: 850.228.7718

Please contact us now if you are interested as I am currently scheduling interviews for the end of this summer’s session, Monday, July 22nd – Friday, August 2nd, or during August’s fall Semester, “Drop/Add Week”, Monday, August 26th to Thursday, August 29th. You can schedule or hold an appointment during the 1p.m. – 7p.m. daily schedule this week or again during drop/add week to join us and become part of a feature length motion picture marketing internship available through The Torchlight Program for fall 2013. Please call or email Gayle Gari (contact above) for more information or to set up an interview. This opportunity has led to a powerful resume building opportunity for our interning students.

Again, call as well as email Gayle, and always 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.

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 as well as engage in other film industry opportunities during this upcoming semester. This fall’s release line-up again promises to be very exciting as we anticipate marketing 8-10 new independent features during this fall semester.

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 through 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 Film Series presentations. Information may be viewed by clicking the following links:

Paul Cohen – Faculty Page

Torchlight Filmography

The Torchlight Program Information

Our new title lineup for this fall semester will include a number of films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will begin with: The Lifeguard, directed by Liz Garcia and starring Kristen Bell (star of TV’s Veronica Mars), nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2013, about Leigh (Kristen Bell), a successful 29 year old reporter living in New York City that decides to go back home to where she grew up in suburban Connecticut. Leigh takes her old high school job as a lifeguard. There she meets the 16 year old son of the pool complex groundskeeper and becomes involved in a dangerous relationship; The Secret Disco Revolution, directed by Jamie Kastner, a theatrical documentary about the disco era and  featuring performances by The Village People, Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor; Newlyweeds, directed by Shaka King, an indie drama that was a Sundance favorite, about Lyle and Nina who are in love—with each other and with getting high, but not necessarily in that order ; The Secret Lives of Dorks, starring Gaelan Connell (“level Up”), Vanessa Marano (“Switched at Birth”), Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward”), Riley Voelkel (“The Newsroom”), directed by Salome Breziner, a  comedy about what happens when a comic book geek is given socialization lessons by the beautiful object of his affection, and Computer Chess, a film by Andrew Bujalski, Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago. A Sundance award winner, Computer Chess opened in New York in July to rave reviews. “Computer Chess is about the dawn – one of many, but that’s another story – of the tech revolution. It’s also a reminder that you don’t need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine.” Ella Taylor-NPR. We will continue to promote this film as it opens throughout the U.S. this fall.

REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Interns must have each of the following and credit is normally available from your department.

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. Be currently enrolled in FSU as an undergraduate or graduate student.

5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (and/or a convincing reason why you want this internship)      

This year our Torchlight interns will again participate with the upcoming FSU Student Veteran Film Festival on November 11, 2013, by presenting an award winning feature film and hosting its filmmakers. Last fall’s internship opportunities included the marketing of the Oscar nominated theatrical feature documentary, The Invisible War.  The Invisible War, directed by award winning Kirby Dick, screened at the 2012 FSU Student Veteran Film Festival where it was honored by receiving the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 dollars.

The Torchlight Program has been selected along with the FSU College Of Motion Picture Arts as the “educational partner” for the Focus Forward Challenge.


Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a phone interview if a personal interview is not possible 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 to Commerce Blvd.).

DIRECTIONS To The Torchlight Center: 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 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