Summer 2017 (May 16th – August 4th)
Internships in the Motion Picture Industry
Interviews In April Begin Monday, April 3rd – 30th 2017.
Interviews Will Continue During Drop Add Week May 13th – May 18th, 2017
Please take a moment to call or write for an appointment for an in person or telephone interview
All FSU students are welcome to join this opportunity as a member of the feature length motion picture marketing internship team available through The College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Program for the Summer Semester, 2017. This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its work in bridging education with industry.
This Summer Internship Semester runs from May 15th through August 4th, 2017.
I am currently recruiting a select group of students to join our team to directly assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company which consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the motion picture industry, as we market their fall releases throughout the country. You will participate in regularly scheduled marketing calls with industry executives regarding their films. I will be conducting interviews daily Monday-Friday 1p.m. – 7p.m. during April for the remainder of this current semester and during the first week of this summer session drop / add week.
This spring we anticipate marketing approximately 8-10 new independent motion picture feature films through my entrepreneurial marketing company. Our new title lineup for the semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hamptons Int. FF, and Festival de Cannes, among many others.
Once you receive this advisory please contact us to reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email so we may schedule a personal interview as soon as your schedule permits. Be sure to include your mobile # and E-mail contacts.
Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant
Or contact me directly, if you prefer:
Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Selected interns will screen films before they are released to the public and work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival development (Gasparilla International Film Festival) and screenings (Opening Nights Performing Arts Festival or the Equus Film Festival for example).
REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Accepted interns must provide each of the following.
- A laptop is required for the internship
- Transportation to and from the Torchlight Center. (Directions are at the bottom of this email). The Torchlight Center is located approximately 10 miles from the center of Campus just off of Tennessee St. (90 W)
- A minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitment accommodations possible and discussed during the interview.
- Students must be enrolled as an FSU undergraduate or graduate student during the duration of the internship.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 (and/or “a compelling reason why you want this internship”).
This is a non-paying internship, however course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged through your academic adviser. This opportunity is a powerful resume building professional experience for students going on to graduate programs or beginning their careers in their industry.
Examples of a few of the projects we are currently scheduled to begin with for fall:
https://filmfestivalflix.com; the social film festival network that allows filmmakers and audiences to enjoy the opportunity to both present their feature films and/or to view feature independent films that are often just being released.
We will be marketing newly released motion pictures for a variety of distribution companies and producers throughout the semester.
Walk of Fame (http://www.level33entertainment.com); directed by, Jesse Thomas, and starring Scott East Eastwood and Malcolm McDowell.
Good Fortune (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3555216/combined); directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, and featuring Dan Aykroyd, Michelle Phillips and Danny Trejo.
GOOD FORTUNE is the rag to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, “JP” spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP’s motto is “Success unshared is failure.” The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of ‘the 1%’ and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit. John Paul created Padron Tequila among his other corporations.
In partnership with The Equus Film Festival (http://www.equusfilmfestival.net/ ) the Torchlight Program’s spring 2017 interns who are interested may volunteer and have the unique opportunity to promote motion pictures focused on horses and all forms of equine stories, from docs to narrative feature motion pictures.
Interning students will work on films being released for the first time in movie theaters and on VOD across the U.S. during this summer semester. Additionally, we will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog that will be an outstanding resume building credit. The line up for this fall will be discussed during our interview.
Whether you are interested in traditional marketing, graphic design, social media marketing and promotion, developing your professional writing skills for social media platforms, still photography, editing, and distribution, there may be an opportunity to find an appropriate internship through the Torchlight Program and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.
The INTERVIEW Process:
Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a personal interview to secure a spot in the internship. I am interviewing weekday’s this month of April during this spring semester and during the first week of the summer session (drop/add week) , daily 1p.m. until 7p.m. All personal interviews will take place at the Torchlight center, 387 Commerce Boulevard/ Midway, Florida 32343. Driving directions are in the paragraphs below. The Center is approximately 10 miles from campus (90W, Tennessee St., to Commerce Blvd., or take I-10 to Exit 192).
DIRECTIONS to the Torchlight Center: From campus take 90 W to Commerce Blvd in Midway (Gadsden County), which is at the stoplight just after passing under I-10. Turn hard right (almost a U-turn) onto Commerce Blvd and stay right as you proceed around a winding road. After you pass the two new motels on your left, you will see a blue-grey art deco building as you wind past the Peterbilt Motor Co. showroom also on the left side of the road. Pull into the driveway and park in the upper-left parking lot. Take walkway to glass doors located on the north side of the building. Push large brass button under the door pull to open the glass door entranceway. Please contact Gayle directly on her cell (845) 300-0268 if you have any problem locating the Center.
(Note: The Torchlight Center was originally built for the Allman Brothers Band by Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (married to Cher) as their Pegasus Recording Studio.)
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Josh Tickell, the director of the Festival de Cannes Film Festival official selection, The Big Fix, as well as the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary, Audience Award winning movie, FUEL recently offered these words about The Torchlight Program;
– “All of the Torchlight Interns we have worked with on our visits to Florida had been trained to the highest level of professionalism. We could not resist grabbing one and hiring him for our production company, where he has since outperformed many employees who came from “big film schools” or professional film backgrounds. Overall, The Torchlight Program radically accelerates the trainee’s ability to interact with people in one of the most dynamic, challenging social environments – the film industry. Thank you Torchlight for producing such stellar people – and for setting the Gold Standard for Hollywood and beyond.”
– “Your team did a fantastic job spreading the word and it was certainly a pleasure working with everyone.“
The filmography below outlines and represents some of the opportunities students and interns have had while interning in my marketing company and/or through participating in The Torchlight Program presentations. Information may be viewed by clicking the following links:
Some Recent Torchlight Program Events:
This April 2017, our Torchlight Interns had the opportunity to privately screen this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Moonlight and meet and greet the motion picture’s Academy Award Winning director, Barry Jenkins, a College of Motion Picture Arts (CMPA) alumnus. Torchlight is a CMPA Program and our interns were invited at the pleasure of our Dean. Our interning students participated in a Q&A as well as photo session with Barry.
For this 10th Anniversary, 2017, Opening Nights for the Performing Arts series, “A Movie You Haven’t Seen”, the Torchlight interns took part in the presentation of a newly released motion picture, director Mark Webb’s, Gifted, prior to the films opening anywhere in the USA. In 2016 our interns had the opportunity to host the feature film presentation of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump and stars Sam Neil and Julian Dennison. This film was presented at FSU directly from the Sundance FF, where it first premiered.
In 2015 the Opening Nights film we presented was the Sundance hit, Racing Extinction directed by Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Mr. Psihoyos attended the event and did a Q & A after the screening. Several Florida State alumni worked on the film, including Co-Producer Gina Papabeis (’08) and Associate Producer Adrianne Hall (‘13). Both Papabeis and Hall were assistants in The Torchlight Program during their FSU collegiate careers.
This past November 12th 2016 our Torchlight interns welcomed back to FSU; David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud with our 7th Veterans Day presentation, Citizen Soldier. Our Torchlight Program again awarded these visiting filmmakers with the Torchlight Award. In November 2015 the Torchlight interns participated in the 6th annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival by presenting and awarding their feature documentary film, The Hornet’s Nest, and hosting its director and special guests at FSU as we honored them with the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 during the presentation of her latest film.
Torchlight interns had an opportunity to work with a number of film festivals through The Torchlight Program including Jane Fonda’s Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, Georgia this past October. We have also been invited to continue our support of the Silver Springs Film Festival in Ocala, Florida.
The Torchlight Program at the College of Motion Picture Arts was created to educate students in current and emerging motion picture business practices with a focus on marketing, financing, and distribution strategies that have proven to be effective in releasing feature films. Through strategic relationships with industry professionals, The Torchlight Program facilitates unique internship opportunities with industry that provide students with hands-on experience with motion picture production and distribution companies.
The Torchlight Program also works to identify internship opportunities for students to work with members of the esteemed faculty of professionals who teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts, many who are currently working on creative and professional projects in various stages of development, production, and distribution.
I very much look forward to meeting you.
Filmmaker In Residence
The Torchlight Program
The Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts