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Spring 2016 Internships with the Torchlight Program

Published January 4, 2016

Last Call To Please Join Us For The Spring Internship 2016 In the Motion Picture Industry

The Torchlight Program

A Cinematic Spring 2016 Session

Interview Now: This Week During Drop/Add week daily January 6th – January 11th

Please join us and become a member of a feature length motion picture marketing internship team available through The Torchlight Program for spring 2016.  This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its work. The spring semester runs from January 6th  through April 29th.

I am recruiting a select group 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 motion picture industry during Drop/Add week.

This spring we anticipate marketing approximately 8-10 new independent motion picture feature films through my entrepreneurial marketing company. Our new title lineup for the semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hamptons Int. FF, and Festival De Cannes among many others.


Once you receive this advisory please contact:
Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant
Mobile: 845.300.0268

Please reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email now so we may schedule a follow up personal interview as soon as your schedule permits. Be sure to include your mobile # and email contacts.
You may also contact me directly, if you prefer:

Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Phone: 646.244.5598


Accepted 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). The Torchlight Center is located approximately 10 miles from the center of Campus just off of Tennessee St. (90 W)
  3. A minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitment 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. This is a non-paying internship.

Course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged 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 their 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.

Examples of a few of the projects we are currently scheduled to work on are:

Heart of a Dog; world-famous performance artist Laurie Anderson reflects on Heart of a Dog, her avant garde documentary that weaves together the death of her husband, Lou Reed, her mother, and her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle.; the social film festival network that allows filmmakers and audiences to enjoy the opportunity to both present their feature films and/or to view feature independent films that are often just being released.

Fight Valley, directed by Rob Hawk and starring Holly Holm (the Official UFC Woman’s Bantomweight Champion)and Miesha Tate; this story’s tag line is, “Women, Power, Love, Revenge”!

To Life, directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann; the film tells the story of three women on a summer seaside holiday reconnecting…and overcoming the trauma of the Holocaust.

Interning students will work on films opening in theaters and on VOD across the U.S. during this spring semester. Additionally, we will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog that will be an outstanding resume building credit.
In February 2016,  the spring semester Torchlight interns will have the opportunity to host the director for the annual Opening Nights film presentation of the film series “A Movie You Haven’t Seen”.
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. The 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, we 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.
This year on November 9th,  the fall Torchlight interns participated in the 5th  Annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival  by presenting the award winning feature documentary film, The Hornet’s Nest, and hosting its director and special guests at FSU. This past November, during the 4th Annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy was honor ed 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.
Torchlight interns had an opportunity to work with a number of film festivals through The Torchlight Program including Jane Fonda’s Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, Georgia this October. This Spring Semester we shall once again participate in the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa, Florida.
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

Interview Process:

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).


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 as you wind past the trees also on the left side of the road. 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.”

Leon Toomey, Producer and Executive Producer for Detroit Unleaded shared in March 2014:

“Your team did a fantastic job spreading the word and it was a certainly a pleasure working with everyone.“

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
Filmmaker In Residence
Executive Director
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts