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Oz Magazine - January / February 2017

January 10, 2017

In late 2016, IATSE Local 479 celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a grand gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Midtown.

The event was one for the record books, replete with plenty of delectable food, an open bar, a staggering number of tasty cupcakes, a DJ blasting tunes, and a packed dance floor. Hundreds of attendees bore witness to a 25-year pin ceremony for veterans of the organization, emotional...

January 10, 2017

“Of all the tax-incentivized states outside the historical production hubs, Georgia has the greatest possibility of a long-term, sustainable film and television business,” says Brian Livesay, who with Ed Richardson and John Rooker is a managing partner and co-founder of the new Atlanta Metro Studios.

Georgia’s prime position can be attributed to three things, notes Richardson: “Strong government leade...

January 10, 2017

There seem to be a lot of mixed feelings about the film boom in Georgia so indulge me and read my perspective.

In my humble opinion, though not without its faults, the film industry is a net positive for our Georgia economy. I spent several years working as a production assistant in various departments on projects large and small. I got a firsthand look at the requirements of a production and its impac...

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January 10, 2017

November 11—Hundreds of industry notables gathered at the Wimbish House for the 2016 WIFTA Gala, celebrating women in film and television in Atlanta.

This “Roaring 20s” themed gala honored five very special ladies whose talent and dedication have played a key role in expanding our state’s industry. Gala Chairwoman Lorielle Broussard produced an event filled with sumptuous flavors by Party Execs, festi...

January 10, 2017

December 7—The Georgia Film Academy celebrated its first anniversary with a graduation of its first class of 209 students.

The celebration was held at the GFA’s Sound Stage A at Pinewood Studios kicked off by Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff, who celebrated the Film Academy, saying “there is no program like this anywhere in the country.” Additional speakers included Chancellor Hank Huckaby of the...

January 10, 2017

December 6—re:imagine/ATL and Grady students debuted their social change videos at a special “Final Showcase Film & Social Justice” event at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

More than 80 community members attended the event to watch the videos and hear more about the impact of youth homelessness, engaging in open community dialogue and learning about how they can get involved through civic engag...

January 10, 2017

November 10—The first Fox Casting Mix & Mingle event was held at the renowned 57th Fighter Group Restaurant this November.

This first-of-its-kind event was the brainchild of Fox Casting owner & principal casting director, Jessica Fox-Thigpen. “I wanted to do something to give back to the acting community” Fox-Thigpen said, “It’s their hardwork and dedication and the tireless efforts of their agen...

January 10, 2017

November 19—Atlanta Film Society presented the 2nd annual New Mavericks Film Series on November 19, hosted this year at the historic Plaza Atlanta Theatre.

An open mic panel, happy hour mixer, and closing reception punctuated two shorts blocks: "The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker" and "Belle Raisers: Southeastern Shorts." Tickets to the screenings and panel were paywhat-you-can by suggested donation...

January 10, 2017

November 15—ATLFS held the last Eat, Drink & B-Indie of 2016 in November, simultaneously launching its #30Kin30Days Kickstarter campaign for the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival!

Atlanta Film Society staff, board members, and Filmmakers-in-Residence were present to introduce themselves and answer any questions guests had about year-round programming, the upcoming festival, and the Filmmaker-in-Residence pro...

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