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Georgia Film News brings this special showcase of the Atlanta-based Georgia Film Academy with insights from Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff, MFA. Stepakoff is a highly-accomplished 30-year veteran in the entertainment industry with far-reaching contributions in all forms of media from Emmy-winning television and Disney movies to interactive gaming and best-selling novels.

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David Ali The Singing Poet was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a nominee in The 15th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Over 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and industry in more than 80 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories. He is nominated for his song “Fly On The Wall” a deeply moving A Cappella recording that tells the story of an unexpected witness to a household filled with domestic violence. The song…

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The boom in the motion-picture industry in Coweta and other parts of Georgia is showing no signs of slowing, according to the state’s chief film recruiter. Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and division director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, predicts the industry will continue bringing new jobs, businesses and tourism to Coweta. She was the guest speaker Tuesday morning at the NuLink Early Bird Forum hosted by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Coweta is famous for AMC’s hit television series, “The Walking Dead,” and before that for the movie “Fried…

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“We stopped getting film requests in the fall of 2014, but things had been set in motion earlier when film industry trade publications began to report on the legislative debate to end film incentives,” Rebecca Clark, executive director of the N.C. Piedmont Triad Film Commission. Georgia and North Carolina said “lights, camera, action” to film production incentives in the mid-2000s. North Carolina began in 2005 with up to a 15 percent tax credit for qualifying productions, raising it to 25 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, Georgia began with a 20 percent tax credit in 2004 and padded it to 30 percent…

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The (S)3 StudentSuperShorts.com film contest today announced top honors went to STEM Academy at Bartlett (STEM) middle school student Sarah Maher and a team of Savannah Arts Academy (SAA) high school students led by Edward Shelton during an awards ceremony this morning at the Trustees Theater. Maher won for her short, The Escape, which contrasted contemporary challenges of choosing between sometimes isolating technology with human connectedness and nature. Shelton’s team won for an experimental short that explored mundane repetitiveness and a shift in perspectives through clever and effective editing techniques. The contest received an overwhelming 323 submissions from 42 countries.…

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A Columbus company called Fun Academy Motion Pictures is quietly laying the groundwork to become a major player in the animated motion-picture industry, with plans to launch an animation studio locally over the next couple of years. Already, Fun Academy and its founder, executive producer Richard Lanni, are working on the company’s first animated film to be released in 2018, called “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” with expectations that it will be the first of many such movies in the coming years. “Our initial plan was just to have a distribution facility here for our projects. As time has gone…

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Local entrepreneur, Rodney Dickey is happy to announce the opening of River Oaks Film Studios which will offer over 150,000 sq. ft. and 29’ ft. ceilings for production space to help accommodate Savannah’s growing film industry. Just in time for the Savannah Film Festival, Dickey and his youngest daughter, Allison, came up with the idea for the studio after planning an expansion of his third-party supply chain solutions company, A&A Heritage Solutions, LLC. Allison will return to Georgia after spending several years in California working in various roles within the film industry to help manage the studio and eldest daughter,…

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