Film Florida Podcast Episode 76- Dana Pellerin is the Studio Sales & Business Development Representative at Universal Studios Florida Production Group. Dana began his career with Universal Studios Florida Production Group in 2014. Prior to Universal, he freelanced as a production assistant and coordinator on numerous commercials all over Florida. Dana talks about being responsible for client relationships and packaging bids for studio facilities, the backlot, offices, and other production service rentals on the lot as well as the precautions in place to ensure safe and healthy productions, all while being interviewed from the USFPG Podcast Center/Broadcast Center. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 75- Florida resident Michael S. Baumohl is veteran publicist in the film industry. He was the unit publicist for Universal Pictures for 50 films, including “Spartacus,” moved to Europe as the unit publicist for “Lawrence of Arabia,” joined Warner Bros as Executive Director of Advertising & Publicity for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and served as Managing Director of European Operations for Lucas Films. Michael returned to the U.S. and now owns an entertainment consultancy, working with indie producers and companies providing finance, business affairs, co-production, film festival, sales and marketing, licensing & merchandising, subsidy and contract advice while continuing to be a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 74- Film Florida member Rich Roddman is an accomplished editor, colorist and digital imaging technician with more than 30 years of professional experience. He advises a variety of clients in purchasing equipment and software for field and post-production along with developing workflows to optimize the time and visual quality of their projects. Before moving to Florida, Rich was the Senior Editor for production companies in New York and New Jersey. His company, SilverBox Studios, is located in Largo, Florida and they specialize in commercials, digital media, independent films, & more. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
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.