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UGA MFA Film program gains momentum in year three

“We are on the cusp of our program blossoming into a world-class film school, blazing a trail with our exceptionally dedicated faculty, customized curriculum, and setting up the infrastructure to operate our program on a studio pipeline model,” said Neil Landau, executive director for the UGA MFA Film program.

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World Box Office: Smile still Grinning

Smile, the film that was originally planned to go straight to streaming, is grinning its way to the bank. The film made for $17 million – a measly sum by Hollywood standards – has now hit the $200 million mark globally.

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168 Film Festival Begins

The festival features international films and showcases its signature 168 Film Project, the short filmmaking competition in which participants create an 11-min short film during a (168-hour) week, based on foundational scriptures. Two days of festivities will be hosted at the Town Stage at Trilith.

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Georgia Entertainment 100 Event Slated for Atlanta at Gallery Anderson Smith

After a two year pause due to the pandemic, the Georgia Entertainment 100 event is set for November 16th in Atlanta. The popular evening affair will host the who’s who of entertainment including directors, producers, and studio executives. Local and statewide political leaders will be honored and recognized at the event acknowledging their role in creating a business friendly environment for filmmakers.

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World Box Office: Black Adam Pulls in $67 Million

Johnson’s Black Adam scooped up $67 million, which was bigger than predicted and ended up being his strongest North American debut as a solo star. Those figures were more than enough to make The Rock’s bow in a DC superhero flick numero uno at the charts.

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The Women Behind SCAD Savannah Film Fest Discuss Its 25-Year Reign

Savannah, Georgia, is home to the largest university-run film festival in the country. The aspiring directors, producers and below-the-line techs at the Savannah College of Art and Design have shown that they can draw big-name films and awards contenders to their corner of the South, and this year marks a quarter-century of the fest.

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The Telly Awards Launches 44th Call for Entries

 The Telly Awards, the world’s largest award honoring excellence in video and television across all screens, is embracing the idea of standing out above the rest across the creative landscape by launching its 44th annual call for entries with a simple, yet profound call-to-action: “Break Through the Static.” 

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Atlanta Esports Summit Names Presenting Partners

Esports Summit will connect global business leaders and educators across the esports ecosystem across the two-day event with the goal of connecting play with learning.  The conference event is followed by the three-day, immersive, gaming lifestyle festival DreamHack Atlanta.

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Planet Earth Rec Update

You might not be aware of the Palomino Duck concept. It’s unique. 3 albums, 32 original compositions. It all started with “The Swan,” composed and performed by Atlanta musician, Beth Michaels. More on Beth later in the newsletter.

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What makes Columbus attractive to filmmakers?

Peter Bowden, president and CEO of Visit Columbus GA and the Columbus Film Commission, and Randy Davidson, president of Georgia Entertainment, discuss some factors that make Columbus an appealing locale for filmmakers and production companies.

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Will AZ Film Tax Credit Revive Film Production in State?

“Legislators have agreed in principle on the tax credit. It’s based on state initiatives in places like Massachusetts and Georgia. There’s still work to be done – tailoring the program to Arizona, getting the film office ready – but it’s going to be law as of January 2023.”

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World Box Office: Don’t Worry Darling

In the end, all that drama may have helped Don’t Worry Darling. No one needed to have worried, darlings: Olivia Wilde’s second directing feature after her well-received Booksmart topped the box office with $19.2 million.

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SIEGE Goes In-Person Oct. 9

Join us noon-6 pm Oct. 9 at the Doraville Digital Studios (5999 New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, across from the Doraville MARTA station) for networking, playtesting, boardgaming, a portfolio review, and our annual Silver Excellence in Indie Game Development (Silv-E) award ceremony.

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SIEGE2022 Schedule Announced

Since 2007, the Georgia Game Developers Association has produced the largest video game industry trade show in the southeastern United States. This event is known as the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo, or SIEGE.As the South’s leading gaming and interactive conference, SIEGE brings together professionals, academics, executives, government officials and more from across the region to celebrate the world of gaming.

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“Lifemark” movie shot in Columbus opens nationwide

This weekend marks the debut of another Kendrick brothers film called “Lifemark.” It was shot in Columbus. The seed for this latest movie was planted in their minds three years ago. Alex recalls, “We had just finished “Overcomer” in 2019 and we got a call from Kirk Cameron.

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Georgia creative studio, Ideas United, changing the way stories are told

What if I told you that a single creative studio was behind the marketing for the PGA of America, the Smithsonian Institution raising $1.88 billion (the most in history for a cultural institution), the capture of stories in 28 countries in one day forStarbucks,, and Disney’s Women in Film program in addition to dozens of other diverse, top-line global brands?

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Q&A: Stacey Abrams talks Georgia’s film industry and education

So in 2019 when the abortion ban was put in place, a number of industry leaders called the governor and did not receive a return phone call. It was so egregious and urgent that I was asked to fly out to California, and I met with studio heads. I met CEOs for a number of not only the largest studios but deepest investors in the state of Georgia.

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News From Planet Earth Recording Co.

Hi Friends and Family, greetings once again. Can you believe that we’re fast approaching Autumn? This year is “Zooming” by. To quote Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now.” We’ve made a great deal of progress in so many ways.

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California to Add Diversity Rules to State Film and TV Credit

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a bill, SB 485, that will extend the tax credit through 2030. On Wednesday night, the bill was amended to require productions that receive the credit to set hiring goals that are “broadly reflective of California’s population, in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender.”

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Where Do Georgia Music Festivals Go From Here?

Attorney Matthew Wilson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is among those who say the issue of whether promoters can continue to use public property to host live events after the 2019 gun ruling is real and could lead to a significant economic hit for the state.

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