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Torchlight Program: Final Call for Interns for Spring 2013 Drop/Add

Published January 7, 2013
 The Torchlight Program
Interviews Begin In Person January 7th Through January 11th
Spring Semester 2013
Join Our Spring Team
The Torchlight Program
Contact: Gayle Gari / Assistant
Mobile: 845.300.0268
Please copy via E-mail:
Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Phone: 850.228.7718
During Drop/Add Week: Interviews will take place, by appointment, beginning Monday, January 7th – Friday, January 11th. Interviews will take place 12 Noon – 7p.m. at The Torchlight Center. There is still time for an opportunity to be part of our motion picture marketing internships for Spring Semester, 2013, so please take a moment, if you think that you may be interested in this opportunity, to contact us now.
Please call and E-mail Gayle Gari (above) to set up an interview 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.
There are internship opportunities to work on marketing feature theatrical independent motion pictures including the Audience Award winning theatrical feature documentary, The Invisible War, which has recently been short listed for an Oscar nomination for the 2013 Academy Awards The Invisible War, directed by award winning Kirby Dick, screened at this year’s FSU Student Veteran Film Festival where it was honored receiving the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 dollars; spring interning FSU students will also work on the marketing of the Grammy nominated feature film documentary feature Mumford & Sons, Big Easy Express. This film is nominated for a Grammy Award. This is an extraordinary semester with these award winning docs, along with other new titles such asTattoo Nation; which is about to be announced to open in theaters this spring; and the SXSW Audience Award Winning feature, Eden,
Our interns will also 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 2013, At last year’s Seven Days event, the gripping drama Being Flynn, directed by Paul Weitz and starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano was screened and Torchlight’s interning students helped to arrange and manage the presentation, as they have for the past 4 years with films including 500 Days of Summer, and Win Win. It is a unique opportunity for FSU interning students.
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 read about this exciting Challenge. This spring we will continue to promote this extraordinary initiative as the winners of the competition will be announced at this year’s, 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Documentary filmmakers such as Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) and Alec Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) are among the featured directors (they are following our social media outreach). I am recruiting team members to continue to assist with this initiative.
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.”
REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Interns must have 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 suggested minimum of 15 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitments accommodations possible and discussed during the interview.
4. Be currently enrolled in FSU as an undergraduate or graduate student.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.3 (and/or a very convincing reason why you want this internship)
This semester I am recruiting a select group of students 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 spring’s release line-up promises to be exciting for interning students. For example, interns in my company after being introduced through the Torchlight Program this past Fall 2012 semester have had the opportunity to market via social media platforms such films as:  Grammy Award 2012 nominee, Big Easy Express, directed by Emmett Malloy, a documentary about folk rock and blue grass musicians Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes as they travel across the country together on a train from San Francisco to New Orleans during the spring of 2011. The SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winning film shows performances from each band at different stops along the way as well as behind-the-scenes jam sessions taking place on the train during the tour; Beyond the Myth, a documentary about the dogs commonly referred to as “pit bulls.” Directed by Libby Sherrill, the film sheds light on the laws banning people from owning the breed in cities such as: Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and San Francisco; the winner of numerous film festival awards and a real crowd pleaser, Wild Horse Wild Ride, a documentary that tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals, directed by Alexandra Dawson and Greg Gricus; Music From The Big House, directed by Bruce McDonald, a documentary featuring Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s Queen of the Blues and her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison – what has been called the bloodiest prison in America. Rita’s trip turns into a historic jailhouse performance; Yellow Rock, directed by Nick Vallelonga, starring Michael Biehn and James Russo, a feature set in 1880 California about six cowboys that ride into the ghost town of “Yellow Rock” on a search and rescue mission for a family member and his lost boy. The film is the winner of the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture 2012.
We anticipate marketing 8-10 new and exciting independent features during this upcoming semester which will be a wonderful resume building opportunity for our interning students.
Moving into this spring semester we will continue to market a number of these titles in addition to our spring new title lineup of motion picture releases.
Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a phone interview if a personal interview is not possible until after the break, as this phone interview can insure a spot in the internship. All personal interviews will take place at the Torchlight Center, 387 Commerce Boulevard/ Midway, Florida 32343.   Driving directions are at the end of this document.  The Center is approximately 10 miles from campus (90W to Commerce Blvd.).
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 with motion picture production and distribution companies.
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 and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.
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 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 the Pegasus Recording Studio.)
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
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts