Film Florida Podcast Episode 73- Jeff Friday is the founder of the American Black Film Festival and one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the film and television industry. He talks about ABFF being the premiere platform that introduces filmmakers of color to the industry and has created opportunities for people of color outside of Hollywood’s doors by helping them find their inroad. Jeff is a successful live event producer; he has financed numerous independent films; created & executive produced television specials; and produced a feature documentary called Storm over Brooklyn for HBO in partnership with Emmy and Oscar winning production company Lightbox all while serving as CEO of ABFF Ventures LLC, a multifaceted company specializing in the production of live events, television and films focused on African American culture. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 72- Matthew Curtis is the Director of Programming and Tim Anderson is the Programming Coordinator for one of the premiere film festivals in the country, the Florida Film Festival, celebrating its 30th year in 2021. They talk about the festival being an Oscar Qualifying Festival, the evolution of the Florida Film Festival, their favorite memories from years past, and what to look forward to at the 2021 Florida Film Festival, April 9-22 in Central Florida. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 71- Miami native, award winning writer, producer and director Jose Daniel Freixas is best known for being the co-writer and producer of the feature film MAGIC CITY MEMOIRS, Executive Produced by Academy Award nominated actor Andy Garcia. Jose Daniel talks his start in the industry as a PA, where he laid the groundwork for a very successful career. He's also the Co-Founder of Exilium, a South Florida-based film and television company specialized in developing, producing, and financing content for Film, Television, Digital, and commercial platforms. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 70- Florida-based actor, writer, communications professional and Film Florida member Thom Gossom Jr. talks his journey from Birmingham, Alabama to Auburn University where he was the first African American athlete in the Southeastern Conference to walk on, earn a full scholarship and graduate. He is featured in the HBO special, "Breaking the Huddle," about integration of Southern college football. His acting career has spanned film, television and the stage, and his credits include some of the biggest films and television series of the last 30 years. Thom is also the owner and President of communications firm Best Gurl Inc. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 69- Actress and Florida native Brooklynn Prince burst on the scene at age 7 with her performance in "The Florida Project" but she started her career at age 2. Brooklynn talks about getting started in the industry, everything surrounding “The Florida Project,” her love of Disney, and the opportunities that have come her way after her breakout performance. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 68- Paul Maslansky’s career has spanned more than 50 years and while his credits are numerous, he is most known for being a Producer and eventually Executive Producer on the Police Academy franchise. Paul shares great stories about his start in the industry, his winding worldwide road in the industry, what the last 35+ years have been like being involved in one of the most iconic franchises in comedic film history, and more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 67- Republican State Representative James Buchanan from Sarasota County is a native of Michigan, but graduated from Florida State University and earned his MBA from the University of South Florida. Rep Buchanan is a strong supporter of the film, television and digital media industry. He talks about his time in the Florida State Seminoles Football Program, his support for the industry, and more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 66- Republican State Representative Mike Caruso from Palm Beach County was born in Washington, D.C. but has lived in Florida for more than 30 years. In addition to being a legislator, Representative Caruso is a Certified Public Accountant and he’s also strong supporter of the film, television and digital media industry. He talks about his legislative initiatives, why he supports the film, television and digital media so strongly, barefoot waterskiing, and more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 65- Republican State Representative Vance Aloupis from Miami-Dade County was born in Maine but is a graduate of the University of Miami. In addition to being a legislator, Representative Aloupis is an advocate for early childhood education and serves as the CEO of The Children’s Movement of Florida. He’s also a big supporter of the film, television and digital media industry. He talks about his legislative initiatives, his support for the industry, great advice for those wanting to advocate for the industry in Tallahassee, and more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 64- Danny Dávila is an accomplished Production Designer, Art Director and now Director. Danny talks about getting started in the industry in Miami, his role in a production and lots of "Graceland" and "Burn Notice" stories. Additional credits include "Pain and Gain," "The Baker and the Beauty," "Cake," "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" and more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 63- Accomplished film and video colorist, and co-founder of Mixing Light, Patrick Inhofer talks about his career in delivering high-quality programming for broadcast, commercial, corporate and indie clients. He also talks about his 10+ years teaching others how to digitally color correct and has been active in developing community resources for professional and aspiring colorists with Tao of Color and Mixing Light. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 62- Film Florida Government Relations consultant Slater Bayliss is a Partner at The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, one of the top political and government affairs firm in Florida. He has worked in local, state, and federal government policy issues for over two decades. In the early 2000’s he served in Governor Jeb Bush’s administration. Preceding his tenure in the Governor’s office, Slater functioned as special assistant to the Convention Manager for the 2000 Republican National Convention. Slater currently serves on the National Board of Maverick PAC, an organization that promotes next generation leaders in public service. He discusses the Florida House and Senate 2020 elections, what to look for from the new Florida Speaker of the House and Senate President, how COVID-19 will impact Florida's budget and how industry professionals can help efforts in Tallahassee. Audio editing by Rob Hill.