• Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:59 AM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

    Article By: Amelia Addor
    PAFIA Writer

    Imagine you’ve rented a high-rise apartment for four weeks to live in. You just dragged three bags of luggage from the train station to your AirBnB, through a lobby, inside and out of the elevator, and down a long hall. You’re exhausted and ready to relax after a long day. And the first thing you walk into is an apartment with no directions on how to use the facilities. Or worse, there are so many directions taped to the apartment walls that you don’t know what color the wallpaper is. Enter Coral, a Philadelphia-based company that was created to make AirBnB your second choice.

    Long-term travel isn’t easy for anyone, especially not a high-profile client or busy business-person. Ken Myers, the fresh-faced and cheerful Co-founder & President of Coral described it best by citing his own experiences living and working in Germany.

    “I was on the road a lot. Four to five days a week traveling from country to country­: France, England, all over Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Italy. So I was living in a hotel four or five days a week using different hotel brands, so I was experiencing … what it was like to be an extended traveler on the road, and to have hotels be an extension of your apartment-living experience.”

    As anybody who has traveled using AirBnB, hotel, or a hostel knows, walking into a room covered in an array of color-coded post-its is not an ideal situation. And those issues magnify when you are living with a highly demanding schedule. Andrew Carlone of Philadelphia found a solution and in 2015, Coral was created. Coral began as a digital guidebook meant to eliminate the clunky paper guidebooks found in rental units to be made available to guests as a download. And this was just the beginning for Coral. Once Ken Myers came along, things headed into new and rewarding territory.

    With his personal experience, Ken helped shift Coral into an experience unlike any other. He and Andrew met through a common business mentor. Together, they melded and molded Coral away from a software business model, heading towards something he described as “next generation luxury accommodations provider”. Imagine a five-star hotel with personalized amenities, tailored local experiences, and ready-to-use facilities fit for a celebrity, which was their goal all along.

    These rentals managed by Ken and Andrew cater specifically to high profile clients in the film and television production industry and can be found in Philadelphia, PA. But Ken believes it’s only a matter of time and planning before they expand their scope to the rest of Pennsylvania. Coral has set its sights on expanding into Pittsburgh thanks to its growing popularity with television and movie productions. Actors, actresses, and entertainers are beginning to realize the potential Pennsylvania has for becoming a television and film industry hot-spot.

    With the help of PAFIA (Pennsylvania Film Industry Association) who actively supports and promotes the Film Tax Credit (FTC), the film industry has been making its way into the Keystone State since the FTC was signed into law in 2007. Pennsylvania offers a 25% tax credit to film and television productions that spend at least 60% of their total budget in Pennsylvania. The FTC has brought over 155 feature productions to the Keystone State, with over six of them happening this year.

    The interview continued with questions about advocating for the FTC in Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg with other PAFIA members. Ken Myers has consistently recognized the positive impact on many people’s lives throughout Pennsylvania with this growth in media-based economy.

    “Andrew and I have benefited directly from the film and television production industry as a business and we’ve realized the direct, positive impact of the industry’s introduction not only on the state but local business owners who have nothing to do with production itself. For Coral it’s quite clear: we’ve seen our revenue grow ten-fold from last year just because of the film and television production increase that we’ve had here. That impacted us directly as far as direct bookings are concerned, and as our partners are concerned.”

    Lastly, he made it clear that Pennsylvania locals weren’t the only ones benefitting from PAFIA’s hard work, and the work of members like Ken and Andrew.

    “It’s good for the guests on a personal level because it enriches their experience. We work with a lot of businesses from around the area since one of our unique added options is that we ‘plug our guests’ into the city they’re located in. If there are a couple actors or actresses here or some individuals from the crew, we really want to expose them to the best of this city because they’re going to be here for sometimes up to six months. The tax credit enriches the lives and experiences of the guests as well as the local businesses. Everyone gets excited to see the small mom and pop shops and experience authentic travel and the shops get to expose their brand, their products, or their services to a new, influential audience.”

    Coral is just one of hundreds of businesses that have adapted to the growing film and television industry here in Pennsylvania. PAFIA has hundreds of members who want to share their story and success just like Ken Myers and Coral. Follow Coral’s journey on Instagram and website to see their elite guests, and all that they offer in glossy, enviable photos. And when you visit Philadelphia next, think of how nice it would be to have all your needs and desires taken care of by one fantastic brand catering to the luxury and sparkle of Pennsylvania’s growing glamour.

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 1:04 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

     Katie Shenot is a 2003 graduate of Point Park University with a degree in Musical Theater. Upon graduation, Katie began working with Nancy Mosser Casting in Pittsburgh and is still with the company under the title of Casting Director. Her work includes Film and Television projects such as "Downward Dog", "Love the Coopers", "The Dark Knight Rises", "Perks of Being a Wallflower", "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl", "Banshee; Season 4", "The Fault in Our Stars", "She's Out of My League" and many more. She has also cast hundreds of commercials both locally and nationally. She is a proud member of PAFIA as well as Women in Film and Media.

    What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it? 
    On the Amazon feature film, I’m Your Woman, we had to cast a 1970s nightclub scene with hundreds of background. Finding hundreds of people for period scenes can be extremely difficult because it requires that they have the right hair, no tattoos and be able to fit the costumes, which are real vintage clothing from the 70s. We also don’t reuse people who’ve been in other scenes so it was all new faces.  Seeing it come together on film was exhilarating and worth the weeks of hard work! 

    How did you get started in the film industry?
    I majored in Musical Theater but knew by the time I graduated that I wanted to have a career in Casting.  I called Nancy Mosser about an internship and the rest is history!

    Why do you choose to work in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania? 
    I love that the crew is family here across both sides of the state. We are amongst the hardest working and most professional in the industry and this is coming from the many Executive Producers and Directors who have filmed here.  Pennsylvania has a myriad of filming locations and can play any time period.  I feel like there is heart here and a true passion for filmmaking.

    What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    I have great memories of shooting the entire end fight sequence of Dark Knight Rises on the steps of the Mellon Institute.  A remote location in North Park for the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was probably my most magical on-set experience.  I also loved filming at Kennywood for Adventureland because it’s an iconic location and it brought it back full-circle for me since I worked there in college in the stage shows.

    What do you love the most about your job?
    It’s never the same! I am very fortunate to not have a typical 9-5 job and I get to be creative.  Giving someone news that they’ve been cast is also a highlight. You’ve never seen someone be happier than being told that they got the part!

    What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    Awkward! I remember during Jack Reacher, I was at the Production office for a meeting with the ADs and had to run to the restroom. When coming back, I strode through a door I thought was the room I had just been in and had my head down and walked straight into a mat where Tom Cruise and Jae Courtney were rehearsing an intense fight scene with the Stunt Coordinator and Director. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me.  I was mortified.

    What are some of the challenges of being a female filmmaker?
    I think that we have to validate ourselves more. That exists even for those of us who have been doing our jobs for years.

    What is your advice for other women in film?
    Keep your head in the game. Try to remember that just because something really stressful is happening, you have to pick yourself up and find a solution because there will be another fire around the corner. This is a fast-moving industry and not everyone is cut out for it but you have a lot of sisters around you to talk to and approach for advice.  We are always willing to help.

    Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects? 
    We will be working on an Indie project in the next couple of months and are staying busy with our Commercial clients.

    PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    Without the film tax credit, the film industry in PA will virtually disappear.

     That incentive is the reason that productions continue to bring projects of all sizes here.  I’m a proud Pennsylvania Film Industry Association board member and I believe in our mission to spread awareness of the crucial benefits of the credit.  It brings young people to live, work and raise families here, which is something that the state desperately needs. Because so much of the budget needs to be spent in Pennsylvania, the boost in business is something that many local vendors have come to rely upon.  I would have to move if the credit went away.

    What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    Take classes and workshops!  Mingle and get to know people from all facets of the film industry. Connections are so important so you want to build solid relationships with reputable business professionals.  Lean on your local film office!  They are always willing to let you know if something or someone isn’t legit and they likely will have updates on current projects that are filming.  Join groups like PAFIA that help connect you with a community. If you’re an actor, watch what you post on social media.  Best bet, have a public actor page and a private personal page.  You never know who you may be offending if you like to post about hot button issues which could cost you work.

    What are some good strategies to find more gigs?
    Find the reputable Casting Directors in your region.  I’m a big believer in being involved in the theater community to stay sharp with your acting skills.   For crew members, make sure you are listed with the Film office for when productions are looking for crew. 

    What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    Don’t gossip. Everyone knows everyone.  My motto is to be kind to everyone. You never know who could be hiring you in the future!

    What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    I’m actually going to say a series. Downward Dog!  It’s a shame that it was a critical darling but didn’t have time to land a big audience before it was canceled.  Working on that show never felt like work. We’ve been working with Animal, Inc for many years so that was an added bonus to shoot with dear friends.

    What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It was an extremely special project and I will always hold that film close.

    What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    I’d love to see Casting become a category at the Oscars! It’s a long time coming.  As a member of the Casting Society of America, we are all hopeful that this is something that will come to pass soon.  What would a movie be without Casting? 

    What would be the best way for our local PA cast and crew to submit to your upcoming projects?
    Anyone who wants to be on file with us can go to www.mossercasting.com under “For Talent” and create a free talent profile.  That puts them in our database and they’ll start to receive emails from us when we have casting needs.  Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

  • Monday, December 16, 2019 4:31 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

    As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to start off by thanking all of our loyal and dedicated PAFIA members, whose passion for film has propelled our fight for the PA Film Tax Credit into new territory. Your hard work in spreading the news about PAFIA and our mission has convinced the legislators to raise the PA Film Tax Credit from $65 million to $70 million.

    YOU made this happen. 

    This year was a great year for film in the state of Pennsylvania. We were

     able to celebrate the filming of Mare of Easttown, 21 Bridges, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sweet Girl, I’m Your Woman, Concrete Cowboys, Mindhunter Season 2, Queer Eye Season 5, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, and Dispatches from Elsewhere. 

    Our organization currently has 787 due paying members; 241 individual members and 546 corporate members/sponsors. We have 28 board members, all of whom have been extremely active in raising money and spreading the word about PAFIA to their sets, crew members, production staff, agencies and beyond. As of November 2019, PAFIA has raised $81,935.

    PAFIA’s social media footprint has grown exponentially in 2019 – bringing film related news and events to individuals throughout the entire state and nationwide. We have recently begun a #PAFIAPAFeaturedFilmmaker series, filmmakers from all over PA are interviewed and share their answers and insights with our followers.  This year we introduced ‘Where are we Wednesday,’ where photos are posted from different filming locations throughout the state, tagging the legislators and encouraging them to see what is happening in their district and how they can be positively impacted by the PA Film Tax Credit. Our goal is to increase our presence on social media even further and reach even more people in Pennsylvania. We have more articles planned that will feature different projects, people, local businesses, companies and more – all to show the positive impact of the PA Film Tax Credit.

    In the upcoming year, PAFIA’s goal is to build more connections and foster growth within the Independent Film community. We recognize that Independent Film is the future for crew workers in Pennsylvania. In 2019, PAFIA participated in the inaugural Red Rose Film Festival in Lancaster, PA.  Making connections in Lancaster was only the beginning, as we hope to network between all 5 areas of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Erie, South Central, the Poconos and Pittsburgh in 2020.

    While we consider the PA Film Tax Credit $5 million increase a win, Pennsylvania still has much more work to do. In 2020, we want to have the PA Film Tax Credit increased to $140 million – meaning 15-25 more productions in the state per year. This translates to more jobs, more productions, more tourists – more of everything we need to keep film in PA.

    We are asking you, members of PAFIA, to continue to spread awareness and positivity of the PA Film Tax Credit, through word of mouth, social media, phone calls to legislators, or any way that you see fit. Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to consider becoming members of PAFIA. The more support from our membership numbers we can show to the legislators, the better. Click here for more information about PAFIA membership. 

    Thank you, again, for your dedication to PAFIA's mission and unwavering support for the film industry in Pennsylvania. Happy Holidays!

    Sincerely,


    David Haddad
    Chairman, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association

       

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 4:16 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

    Article By: Maria Shamkalian
    PAFIA Vice-Chair

    Introduce yourself!
    I am an award-winning filmmaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have directed multiple short films and have shot others including a documentary in Finland. My biggest personal achievement is working full time as a freelance filmmaker with various productions around town, both commercial and narrative.

    What is your  most  recent  success  and  how  did  you  accomplish  it? It may sound strange but as stated above, I am able to financially comfortable working as a freelance filmmaker!

    How did you get started in the film industry?
    I started as an intern for a small (two person) production company my junior year of college and those connections lead to more connections which lead to even more connections!

    Why do you choose to work in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania?
    Pennsylvania native here! I like it because it feels almost punk in a way. We never were an industry (film industry) town but have since kind of evolved into our own little film community that outputs some serious quality. Most of the locals feel like true salt of the earth people.

    What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    I don’t think I have a favorite location because I think Pennsylvania has so much to offer in regards to location shooting. I appreciate shooting in Pittsburgh but also enjoy going anywhere outside of the big cities for something more rustic or outdoorsy.

    What do you love the most about your job?
    I love that my job is always different. Different locations, scenarios, times.

    What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    The early call times are awful but typically make for surreal moments of sunrise over whatever location we might be shooting that day. Just taking a minute to sip on some warm tea and appreciate the moment is probably some of my most memorable experiences on set.

    Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
    I am currently in post-production on a short film I directed in the Pittsburgh area and am working with some buddies on a feature slated for next fall (2020).

    PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    I am a little biased because I work in the industry and see the direct result of the tax credits and I will admit I do not know the full scope of what all the tax credit does but I like to think that anything that brings productions to town is not a bad thing, especially with the seemingly increasing number of streaming services that are looking for content and are producing it themselves. I mean, Netflix has been in the Pittsburgh area consistently for the past 4 years and Amazon for the last two.

    What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    The biggest hurdle I had to get over as a fimmaker/collaborator was to not taking things personally. Everyone has their own thing going on and we all want the end product to be the best possible thing so it might frustrate us at times when someone messes up or mistakes. That person potentially scolding you is working towards the same objective as you. Everyone is everyone’s best friend at wrap.

    What are some good strategies to find more gigs?
    Work hard. People notice.

    What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    Stop whatever you are doing and get on a set.

    What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    The Deer Hunter.

    What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    Whatever project I am working on now.

    What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    I would love to be able to travel and tell stories in any capacity through the medium of cinema.

    What would be the best way for our local PA cast and crew to submit to your upcoming projects?
    Reach out any time! I have nothing personal in the chamber right now but am always looking to collaborate!

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 4:50 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

      Article By: Maria Shamkalian
    PAFIA Vice-Chair





    Our first featured PA Actor is Lyman Chen, based in Philadelphia. He has worked on the following PA projects:

    • The Happening (2008), Mark Wahlbrerg
    • Tenure (2008) Luke Wilson, Dave Koechner
    • No Boardaries (2009)
    • Badges (2010)
    • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2011) Danny DeVito
    • Safe (2012) Jason Statham
    • Creed (2015) Michael B. Jordan
    • How to Get Girls (2017)
    • The Upside (2017) Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman
    • Servant (2019), Rupert Grint
    • Dispatches From Elsewhere (2020) Sally Field

    What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it?
    I just completed 3 different television series in the same month (CBS, HBO, & AMC).  By having representation in different markets throughout the country, I’ve always had different opportunities at all times.  This was amazing because it all lined up at the same time.

    How did you get started in the film industry? 
    In 2002, at 30 years of age, wanted to explore film acting.  I had never had any acting experience whatsoever, but had spent my entire life enamored with watching TV and Movies.  I found an intro to Film Acting class at Mike Lemon Casting in Philadelphia.  He was the prominent casting director at the time, and was casting for the CBS Drama Series, Hack.  I found out that I filled a very rare niche (Asian American Male) and started working immediately in various commercials, industrials, and used being a Background Actor in Hack for a year to learn to realm of Film Acting. 

    If you are union, how did you become one?
    I got my SAG Eligibility through background work on CBS' Hack in 2002. I did not join until 2004 when I booked my first national commercial which actually filmed in Philly.

    What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    The Rocky Statue at The Art Museum for Creed was amazing and got to meet Sylvester Stallone and of course Michael B. Jordan.  My entire family was in the scene too, so it was great to give them a taste of what it’s like to film on a movie set.  Filming on the Schuylkill River on a River Boat for It

    What do you love the most about your job? 
    I love to watch the process of a TV show or a film being made.  From the different styles of actors I work with, to the crew that works on them.  Getting to know them and their unique stories and journey is so intriguing to me.

    What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story? 
    My very first day on a set was as a Background Actor on Hack.  One of the stars, Andre Braugher came up to me and asked me to run lines with him and handed me his sides. I had never seen a script or sides in my life and had no idea what to do. After fumbling about, and reading his lines, the other dialogue, and everything else wrong, he grabbed the sides out of my hand and politely said, “I’m gonna relieve you of the burden…” and walked off.  The other background actors (who are now my dear friends) just laughed their asses off and couldn’t believe I blew it so bad.  I said my career was over before it started….

    Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects? 
    Yes. Had the pleasure of working on AMC’s Dispatches From Elsewhere with a small multi-day player role.

    PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life? 
    I would not have EVER EVER EVER decided to pursue a career in Acting if Hack was not filming in Philadelphia.  The opportunity to work Background my first year was instrumental in giving me the experience to take it to the next level. 

    What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    This is truly a lottery and you need to have your stuff together, but you need a lot of luck also.  Enjoy the journey and the moment.  Treat every person on a set, from the director, to the background actor, to the caterer like they way you would want to be treated.  Good Karma is your friend. 

    What are some good strategies to find more gigs? 
    I audition a great deal and make sure casting directors know what I’m up to and what I’ve been working on.  Casting Workshops have been very beneficial for me, such as Actor’s Green Room in NYC.

    What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier? 
    Don’t ever write or post anything negative about anyone or any project on social media.  It WILL get back to that person!

    What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    I’m a huge Trading Places fan! 

    What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    The Departed was the greatest and first principal role I had.  The success of the film was my break and opened the doors for every job I have worked since.

    What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    Would love to be a series regular on a series.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 9:40 AM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

     Turkey’s Done” is an award-winning short film that was shot in South Philadelphia back in July of 2016.  It’s the collaboration of four women who wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film: Jennifer Tini, Monique Impagliazzo, Krystal Tini (also key hair & makeup artist and wardrobe stylist), and of course, Cheri Oteri, who were all born and raised in the Philadelphia area!
    The crew consisted of about 30 people (all local hires) who worked incredibly hard to capture our vision. The film would not be what it is today without Charles Bouril-Director of Photography, John White-1st AC, Kevin Howley-1st AD, Roseanne Mangoni-2nd AD, Johnny Baum Baum-Gaffer, Brigid Squilla-Prop Master, Dale Pavinski-Editor, Sam Nuttle and Sean Hamilton-Sound, Josh Clarke-Locations Manager, Richard Chiarantona-Production Manager, Julianna Pinto, Production Coordinator, Danielle Teta-Craft Service, Jennifer Condo-Set Photographer and Jennifer "Bok" Barkowitz-Publicity. A very special thank you to Kathleen Kearney and Nicole Agostino for being there during every step of the Production process.

    1) How did you come up with the idea and how did you get it going?
    Monique Impagliazzo, Jennifer Tini snd Krystal Tini had moved to Los Angeles after working on a feature film being shot in and around Philadelphia and the Jersey shore. Once together in our tiny apartment we all collaborated on a script to be brought to life based on real life “characters” from our very own neighborhood! From the start, we KNEW we wanted Cheri Oteri for the lead not only because she is a Philly native, but also because she is our favorite comedic actress that we fell in love with in every film! We knew we wanted to create something that embodied the typical and very colorful Italian family. How close we are- too close most times- our loud, yet welcoming and warm ways, and also to tell the story of true tradition, PHILLY tradition.

    2) What were some challenges that you have encountered?
    Some challenges were in post-production and finding a really good editor. With only two days of shooting we weren’t able to make many corrections or have the luxury of getting many takes. Our friend Dale Pavinski carefully put it all together and even offered to do some extra shooting of Cheri (all of her scenes at the makeup table). It came out better than we ever expected!

    3) The burning question: how did you arrange the budget?
    The budget! Well, with past experience and having the script broken down, we knew we needed as close to a full crew as possible. The biggest help though, was shooting in Philly! We were able to pay our crew, provide great craft services (ALWAYS feed your crew well), and obtain the best equipment because SO many people and businesses were willing to donate their time, food for our whole team, and even their homes as shooting locations! It’s something we’ll never forget and it’s why we want to bring the feature script back to shoot in Philly!

    4) What are the plans for distribution?
    Right now Turkey’s Done is on Amazon Prime Video and we are in conversation with Shorts TV, a new platform just for short films! We feel so blessed with these outlets, as years past there was nowhere for them to be seen.

    5) Care to share all the amazing accomplishments, awards and selections?
    We were quite shocked at how well received this film has been across North America! We were an official selection of Vancouver’s Just For Laughs Film Festival and to our surprise, came home winning 3rd place for Best Comedy out of hundreds of films! We now realized this film resonated with people everywhere- not just on the East Coast! This was followed by winning Best Comedy at The Philadelphia’s Women’s Film Festival and The Golden Door Film Festival, Best First Time Directors at The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and Cheri won Best Actress at The Burbank International Film Festival!

    6) Which film festivals do you suggest submitting to?
    Film Freeway is a great resource for researching film festivals.  We would suggest reading all the rules especially with the bigger film festivals like Sundance, Toronto and Cannes.  Then you can focus more on ones that fit your film, either by genre, shooting location, etc. We highly suggest submitting to festivals in your hometown and make sure to include that in your cover letter. Speaking of cover letters, they are very important, make sure to personalize each one. 

    7) Why did you choose to film in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania?
    When you have a script based in South Philly, created by 3 South Philly women, and your executive producer is Cheri Oteri, also a Philly native, there really wasn’t another option in our opinion!

    8) What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    Shooting in South Philly is always a treat, it’s a way of letting the rest of the world get a glimpse of our world! However, if we had to shoot outdoors we’d love to capture Valley Forge Park or some hidden roads along the river, even Fairmount Park would be beautiful!

    9) How did you all get started in the film industry?
    To make a long story short, Monique worked for the Mary Anne Claro Talent Agency, which represented actors from Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. Jennifer was hired as an assistant to producer Diane Kirman after she was recommended by Mary Anne Claro, a close friend whom she met through her sister, Krystal, who was one of those talents Mary Anne represented. Talk about a small world... This was our first taste of the film industry!

    10) What do you love the most about your job?
    We love the freedom of filmmaking- choosing a story to tell, assembling the perfect cast, bringing people together, never knowing how it’s all going to work out but then it somehow does- it’s all about the journey!

    11) What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    Dino's character drove a Classic Cadillac in which we rented for the weekend.  During the wrap celebration, the crew couldn't get the car started and tried to give it a hot shot.  When they did there was a loud BOOM and the car caught on fire! Shortly after, the police and fire department showed up.  We can honestly say we went out with a bang!

    12) What are some of the challenges of being a female filmmaker?
    In all honesty, we don’t feel there are challenges being female. We all believe in ourselves. We all believe in the law of attraction and that our thoughts become things. There are too many obstacles to overcome when making a film, that being a female doesn’t really factor into our consciousness when we are in work mode. We work hard, we know what we want, we figure out how to get it.

    13) What is your advice for other women in film?
    The advice we would give women film makers is go out there and create your own projects and tell your own stories.  No time like the present.

    14) Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
    We would like to bring our feature script, from which Turkey’s Done was based, to shoot in Philadelphia again. The way the community came together to help us is something we’ll never forget, and we would like to return the favor by spending our budget there!

    15) PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    No matter where you are in the world, everyone likes a piece of Hollywood in their town! Shooting films not only brings work, but it boosts local economies, communities come together with excitement, and it helps people who want to get into the film business gain a bit of experience they won’t otherwise get unless moving to LA, NYC or Atlanta. Philly has some of the most beautiful locations and rich history that the city shouldn’t think twice about offering incentives! There’s no downside!

    16) What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    Some helpful tips include getting involved anyway you can! Become an intern or a production assistant - get that coffee -it's where you gain experience and learn.  Make yourself useful on set and always be on time.  Producers love hiring people they can rely on and they will then take you with them on other projects. And be POSITIVE!

    17) What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    The most valuable lesson we all learned is always do what’s best for the project, never do what’s best for yourself. This is one of the first things we were told in film class, however, it’s not always easy to follow when there are three or four people at the helm of a project and each has their own opinion and vision. Just always remember it’s about the project and never about the individual.

    18) What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    Right now our biggest aspiration is getting our feature film “in the can” -with a full budget to shoot everything we want, how we want and where we want, and then having a platform for it to reach the masses! Ideally a theatrical release would be awesome but we are also open to a Netflix release or another similar platform.

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  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:48 PM | Jennifer Iams (Administrator)

    On Thursday, October 31, the House Democratic Policy Committee hosted a hearing on the Film Tax Credit at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Representative Maria Donatucci and Joe Ciresi were the local “hosts” of the hearing.

    The Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PAFIA) was invited to testify, and PAFIA’s very own Mike McCann was part of a panel. M. Night Shyamalan also provided testimony and spoke to how the decisions are being made about filming locations. He shared information about programs in Georgia and other states.

    Mike McCann was fantastic and the hearing went well. Mike advocated for more certainty and predictability, which an increase to the annual allocation to the program would provide.  The House Democratic members who attended were very enthusiastic about increasing the cap.

    The following House members attended:

    Rep. Maria Donatucci
    Rep. Joe Ciresi
    Rep. Mike Sturla
    Rep. Tim Briggs
    Rep. Mark Longietti
    Rep. Dan Williams
    Rep. Steve McCarter
    Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell
    Rep. Margo Davidson
    Rep. Mary Jo Daley
    Rep. Steve Malagari
    Rep. Kristine Howard
    Rep. Mike Driscoll

    In addition to M. Night and Mike McCann, Carrie Lepore from the Pennsylvania Film Office, the Motion Picture Association of America, and others testified in favor of the credit and the economic benefits to the state and local communities where productions are shot.

    The House and Senate returned to Harrisburg on Monday, November 18th for the week. Both chambers are then scheduled to reconvene in December. The House and Senate have not been in session very much this Fall, so things have been fairly quiet.


  • Friday, November 15, 2019 11:00 AM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

     Written by: Maria Shamkalian
    PAFIA Vice-Chair

    Born and bred in Philly, Jozef Jozefowski never ventured far from Broad Street, whether going to Temple University or to the Mummers. For the past nine years he has been working as a grip in the film industry, cranking out commercials and the occasional feature. His biggest achievements are in the day to day trenches, teaching green technicians and helping build camaraderie among crew.

    1) What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it?
    My wife and I recently had an addition to our family. Now we have two kids!

    2) How did you get started in the film industry?
    I went to Temple University, and out of a long list of majors, I decided to go with Film and Media Arts. It wasn’t until my last semester, that I discovered grip and electric (G&E).

    Working on a senior project, I was the only one who knew how to use power tools, so they made me the key grip. From there it was basically working for free or earning little pay as a production assistant (PA), but preferably a Grip PA. I would scour Craigslist or the film office job list, and eventually I started forming a small work circle. Things really took off two years into the trade, when I was taken in by a few great technicians and key grips. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the knowledge and help of Nic Reader, Zac Rubino, Jimmy Madison, Francisco “Sonic” Kim, and Dave Greenplate. These guys took the time to teach me and they pushed me to become a better technician.

    3) Why do you choose to work in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania?
    Family and Philly

    4)  What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    Philly of course! I especially enjoy tech scouts— it’s like going on a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting locations you have never been to or places you never thought you would gain access.

    5) What do you love the most about your job?
    I love explaining to non-industry folks what a “grip” is. All kidding aside, gripping is an excellent combination of both manual labor and creativity. It’s that combination that keeps me coming back for more!

    6)  What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    All the jobs seem to run in together, with each awkward or funny story overriding the next. The most memorable moments come on the last day of working a feature. For me it’s always an overnight in the rain. But as the sun rises and they call, “that’s a wrap,” it is a truly fulfilling and magical moment. It lasts only a moment though, because then you have to start breaking down and loading the trucks.

    7) Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
    I never know when my next job is coming. It could be tomorrow or it could be next month. That’s why you gotta make sure your phone is on you when you get the call!

    8)  PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    There are so many people who are a part of the creative economy. We have a thriving local film community that works together on both passion projects and paid projects. Tax credits help ensure that our community can grow and impact other industries. In the end everyone benefits from tax credits.


    9) What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    If you want to get into G&E, go stop by a rental house. Ask them if you can sweep the floors for free, and while you’re there you can learn about the gear. Now, although I tried doing this same thing and was told, “no” at the first rental house, it didn’t stop me from going on to the next one, which is where I learned a lot.

    9) What are some good strategies to find more gigs?
    Network. You never know where your next break is going to happen. And while networking, treat everyone — I’m talking about every person from way below the line to the highest person above the line — with equal dignity and respect. People will notice, and they will want to work with you on the next job.

    10) What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    Don’t get angry with the people who block the one door, or the one set of steps, or the only entrance onto set. They’re not intending to be rude, they’re focusing on their job. Understand that there are a whole lot of people and departments all working together to create one great movie, commercial, or late-night infomercial.

    11) What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    I’m a fan of Silver Linings Playbook.

    12) What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    I really enjoyed working on the History Making Productions, “Philadelphia the Great Experiment” series. I love Philly and dig history, so it was a great experience bringing the history of our city to life.

    13) What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    I’m content working as a key grip. I don’t need acclaim or awards— not that those are bad things, they are pretty good things! My focus is to work every job (whether big or small) to the best of my abilities, to make sure I can support my family, and to drive home safely at the end of a very long day.

    15) What would be the best way for our local PA cast and crew to submit to your upcoming projects?
    Well I just checked my calendar, I have no upcoming gigs. But if any body else does, feel free to reach out and email me at jozefowski.jozef@gmail.com and I will make sure you get a first class G&E crew.

  • Friday, November 08, 2019 12:46 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

     Article By: Maria Shamkalian
    PAFIA Vice-Chair

    Tony Savant, Director of Playhouse West-Philadelphia, Acting School and Theater, is one of the foremost respected acting teachers in the country.  During the last 30 years, Mr. Savant has been integral to Playhouse West achieving its top reputation throughout the industry and being considered one of the finest acting schools in the world.  Mr. Savant helped train some of the most successful actors in film and television, including Ashley Judd, James Franco, Scott Caan, Scott Wolf, Scott Haze, Tessa Thompson, Jim Parrack, Alain Uy, Wentworth Miller, Heather Morris, Kathryn Morris, Charisma Carpenter and hundreds of other working actors.  He has directed five films, and is also a producer, writer and actor.


    1)  What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it?
    Most recent success as far as filmmaking is concerned?  I guess that would be my short film titled, Red, which ended up winning around 16 film festival awards.  It’s tough to get a 39 minute short into festivals, but we managed to get into some good ones.  I’m very proud of that film, it’s definitely the best film I made to date.  It was about two young musicians who try to escape their dysfunctional home-lives by playing music together.  It’s a little love story starring Evangeline Young, who’s got a recurring role on the ABC show “Emergence”,  Luke Eddy, and Jim Parrack, from “True Blood” fame.  Jim was shooting Suicide Squad in Toronto at the time and flew down for a weekend from that $200 million movie to shoot our $10,000 film.  He was terrific, it’s one of the best things he’s done, I really believe that.  Vange and Luke were students of mine at the time, and Jim had studied with me in L.A., that’s how I cast the actors.  I knew their work and wrote it with them in mind.  We raised the money threw IndieGogo, and the campaign went really well.  We met our budget in thirty days.  Lots of old students of mine in L.A. contributed, which I was grateful for.  To succeed with any film you’ve got to begin with a good, well-constructed script.  So, I worked very hard on the outline, I like to outline everything in great detail before writing the script.  I had been thinking about the story for almost a year, taking notes here and there, before getting down to the real work on it.  Then, the outline and designing the characters took about eight months, and then the script pretty much wrote itself within a matter of weeks.  Re-writes were minimal, but I kept tinkering for the next seven months during pre-production and rehearsing it.  Early on, before I even gave them a script, I told Vange and Luke to begin writing songs together, which we were to use in the film.  All the music is original, and Vange’s mother, Wendy Young, she wrote some songs and arranged all the music, which was vital to the film.  We had some excellent musicians play on the soundtrack, which I think is terrific, high quality for a short film.  I also told the actors to work on specific southern accents, because the film is set in the rural south, even though we filmed it all in PA, mostly in the Pottstown area, northern Chester County.  So, you work on the script till it’s solid and constructed well, you cast it well, you get the right actors, that is so important.  This was easy because, again, I was writing it with these actors in mind.  Thank God they loved the script and wanted to do it, or I wouldn’t have done the film.  I was also able to get other great technical people on board.  My producer, ShaunPaul Costello introduced me to a terrific DP, Charlie Anderson, who was working on the HBO show, “Vinyl”, at the time.  Charlie and I hit it off and he was just terrific to work with.  The whole shoot, we did 10 days, I think, was just a wonderful experience.  We were well prepared, had great weather, all the locations worked out.  We were blessed.  On the last day or shooting, the cast and crew didn’t want leave, they didn’t want it to end.

    2) How did you get started in the film industry?
    I was in L.A, training to be an actor, studying at Playhouse West.  While doing that I began directing and writing plays, eventually was asked to teach, which led to me directing more and more.  I had been in a few films, small parts, here and there.  But was becoming more interested in directing.  In 1999 I decided I needed to make a film, I wanted to direct one so I could speak and teach with more authority about the whole process.  My wife and I wrote a film called Letter From Home, a feature, which we shot mostly back here in PA.  We shot a 90 page script, on 16mm film, in 15 days, 12 days here in PA, 3 in L.A.  We flew the actors and some crew from LA, but got most of our crew through leads from the PA Film Office, the DP, AC’s, gaffer, grips, script supervisor… they were all from the Philly area.   I love making films.  I always say that every day on a set is like Christmas morning for a kid to me.  I wish I could make more, but my teaching obligations and running an acting school make it difficult.  So, I mentor a lot of filmmakers.  I’ve also been the director of the Playhouse West Film Festival, for 19 years in LA and now for 6 years in Philly.  And I’ve helped all my sons make films, so I get my fill.  I’m on sets a lot.  And I will make more myself.

    3) Why do you choose to work in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania?
    It’s not entirely by choice now, as I live in PA now, but my preference would be to shoot here in the state as much as I can in the future.  I’ve made several films in Los Angeles, and it’s expensive and can be a hassle.  There’s certainly more resources available, but it’s not easy.  Making films in PA is wonderful because everywhere you go most people are so helpful and willing to pitch in, lend locations, whatever.  In L.A. everyone has a hand out and they want something; a part in the film, a part for their girlfriend, or lots of money.  Hollywood is the film capital, but a lot of people there, perhaps, are so used to it, it’s not a novelty, and unless there are stars around I guess it’s just a pain to have a film crew around.  In PA, in my experiences, people are so willing to help and they are happy you are filming something.  I’ve had strangers volunteer to direct traffic, offer food, offer their vehicles, homes and ask to help.  And many places in PA you don’t need permits.  It’s just so filmmaker friendly.  And there are so many great locations in eastern PA, plus the architecture, the history, we’ve got a great city and also very rural areas all within an hour’s drive.  PA, especially the Philly area, has everything a filmmaker needs.

    4) What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    Oh, boy… that’s hard to answer.  Again, I think the city of Philadelphia has a lot to offer.  You’ve got so much history and great architecture, wonderful old buildings with so much character, combined with a modern skyline.  You’ve got two large, beautiful rivers, parks, lots of rural areas and woods… I love shooting in the woods and outdoors, even though there’s a chance you’ll get rained on.  PA is so scenic.  I love it.

    5)    What do you love the most about your job?
    The job of director?  I like being the captain of the ship.  I love telling stories, and I guess what drew me to directing from acting is that I like to tell it my way.  I think all directors have to think they know the best way to tell the story.  It’s not arrogance, it’s that you have to find what’s personal to you about the story and it kind of demands that you have a vision and idea of how it should be told, from your point of view.  I also love bringing creative people together, collaborating and setting up an arena for them to play and creatively express themselves.  It gives me great pleasure to be a part of that.  But to me, it’s about loving to tell stories, wanting to move people.  Making movies is a very noble endeavor.

    6) What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    Hard to say.  I guess if you’re asking about any on set story, my most memorable overall would be getting to be on set all week with Eli Wallach and Martin Landau many years ago, on a movie called Mistress.  I had a small part, was mostly completely cut out of the film, but being on set with them for five days, picking their brains, listening to them tell stories and talk about acting.  They were legends and worked with the best of the best, had amazing careers and a million stories.  And they were great story tellers.   What a special treat to be around them.  There were other big stars in the film too, and it was very instructive to watch them work.  But getting to know Eli and Martin, being in scenes with them was great, but the off screen part was what I treasured and will never forget.  And they were just lovely and giving people. 

    As a director, I think the best moment for me was on the set of Red, watching Jim Parrack and Evangeline Young do a scene, and have it turn out so different than what I had imagined, yet so much better.  There was a scene where Jim, as Vange’s dad, is drunk and she puts him to bed.  And we rehearsed it and it was very, very good.  But when we shot the scene, on the first take, it just organically and instinctively came out so different.  Perhaps intuitively it was the way it was meant to be all along, but we didn’t see it before.  I was just beautiful and better than what any of us imagined.  It was one take.  I just knew it would never be better than that.  I ended up doing no coverage, that first and only take is what’s in the film.  Jim’s work is so deep and sensitively and vulnerable, and so full of pain, and Vange just works off him so beautifully.    It was magical to watch it happen in that moment.  I think, as a director, and as an actor, I live for moments when you can be surprised like that.

    7) Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
    I do.  I have several I’ve been mulling around and working on, in my mind, for several years now.  I will make one of them in the next year or two.  I’m slow.  Because of my other obligations I don’t get to do it as often as I want, so when I do I have to make it count.

    8)    PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    We could have a thriving and fruitful film community here, not that we don’t now, but I mean it could be more fruitful and even more thriving, bringing bigger films and TV shows, if we could compete with some of the tax-friendly states like Georgia and Louisiana, or North Carolina.  The politicians and officials of those states seem to recognize that.  The local crew, the hotels, locations, merchants and other vendors, would all win out if we had more film shoots here, which will off-set the tax breaks to the production companies and studios because the local people would make more money and pay more in taxes.  It would contribute to the economy in the long run.  So, it would be a win-win for everyone.  Entertainment is such an important part of our lives.  Imagine a world without movies, without plays… it would be a bleak world.   It enriches all our lives.

    9)    What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    For actors, please, please learn your craft, study it, work at it daily like musicians and dancers and the artists.   Work to become the kind of actor everyone would be dying to work with.  This means not only being great at your craft, but being a complete professional in every sense of the word.  It takes years of continual study and work to be excellent at it.  Take it seriously, become excellent at it so you can contribute effectively on any project you are a part of.  It’s hard work, but it should be joyful work if you love it.  If you don’t love it and want to be great at it, then disqualify yourself and do something else.  As a filmmaker, producer or technical person, learn through doing.  Get on as many sets as possible to do it a lot.  And, for both actors and behind the scenes folks, read, continue to educate yourselves, watch and study films, study all the best films, understand what works, then go and do it.  Begin with short films, five minutes.  If you can tell a great five minute story, then make a ten minute, then fifteen, and so on.  Actors, make your own films, don’t wait to get hired.  But, perhaps before that, educate yourself.  Everyone should read “The Art of Dramatic Writing” by Lajos Egri, so you understand the anatomy of a story and it’s proper construction.  It’s the best book on writing ever.  And it all begins with the script.  If you don’t understand story construction or what makes a good script, forget it.  Read “Making Movies” by Sidney Lumet.  Read “On Directing” by Elia Kazan, and “Kazan: The Master Director Discusses His Films”, with Jeff Young.  It’s a series of interviews with the greatest director of all time.  Read every book by and about Kazan.  Watch YouTube interviews with all the finest directors and filmmakers and actors.  Directors, study some acting so you understand that process and so you can help actors and speak to them intelligently.  For everyone, help out on sets.  Get on as many sets as you can and learn as many jobs on set as you can so you are knowledgeable and also appreciate that making a film is a collaborative effort and all jobs are to be valued.

    10) What are some good strategies to find more gigs?
    Help out on sets as many as you can.  Again, become the kind of person that everyone would die to work with.  Show up early, do more than what is required of you.  Go above and beyond the call of duty.  Be nice, courteous and dependable.  These things go such a long way.  And while doing this, learn and become excellent at what you do.  Man, it’s all about working hard and being dependable.  That’s the ticket.  And be nice.  No one wants to work with a self-indulgent jerk.

    11) What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    Hmm… I think the value of studying movies and knowing them.  I mean really knowing them, knowing about the people who made them. I wish I’d been told early on that it’s important to become an expert on the literature of your profession, which in this case is movies.  Read, watch and study all the great films, film directors, etc.  It seems so obvious.

    12) What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    Oh, so many of them.  My God, there’s Philadelphia.  There’s Rocky, of course.  WitnessThe Deer Hunter… it was set in PA, don’t know if was shot out in western PA or not.  The Sixth Sense.  But, I guess I’ll go with Rocky!  Who doesn’t love Rocky?

    13) What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    I’d have to say my film, Red.  It was a special experience.

    14) What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    Oh, just to keep helping young filmmakers, and get to keep learning and making films every few years.  It’s such a joy to be in this industry and do what you love.

    15) What would be the best way for our local PA cast and crew to submit to your upcoming projects?
    Best way is to keep working, build up contacts. If someone sees that I’m doing a project they can message me.  Like most filmmakers, you mostly work with people through contacts with others.  Go to film festival and screenings, meet filmmakers and exchange emails.  You can’t get hired from someone who doesn’t know you exist.  And be the kind of person everyone would die to work with.  If you do, you will have more work than you can imagine.  With me, come to events we have at Playhouse West, like our annual film festival in June, and introduce yourself.

  • Friday, November 01, 2019 12:13 PM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

     Written by: Maria Shamkalian
    PAFIA Vice-Chair

    Wendy is a veteran film and media professional. Along with an amazing Philly documentary team (SHOUT OUT to Andrew Ferrett, Rachel Stewart, Paul Van Haute, Monique Impagliazzo, Jon Kohl, Sila Sherman, Dan La Porta, Katie Arnold et al), she recently won two Mid Atlantic Emmy awards for best Documentary (Sisters in Freedom as Director/Producer) and for Historical/Cultural Special (Philadelphia: The Great Experiment as Segment Producer). Wendy started out in film as a Production Coordinator on the features Dumb and Dumber (the original!), Se7en, American History X and Blade II, to name a few.

    She’s a graduate of Penn State with a degree in theater management, the perfect launching pad to an successful career as a Production Stage Manager before her switch to film.

    1) What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it?
    Produced the Philly portion of two episodes for the NBC television series THIS IS US.  Accomplished with the assistance of The Greater Philadelphia Film Office. We would not have been successful without their help!

    2) How did you get started in the film industry?
    After working freelance on a New Line produced feature film I got a staff job as an in-house coordinator. There were a lot of people who helped me along the way and it’s my great pleasure to now do the same for young filmmakers.

    3) Why do you choose to work in PA and what do you love the most about working in Pennsylvania?
    I’m so happy to be back after many decades away – this is a fabulously lively and photogenic city with a growing crew base and amazing home grown acting talent.

    4) What are some of your favorite shooting locations in Pennsylvania?
    In my documentary work I have been so lucky to film in amazing colonial era buildings and 19th century estates. Anywhere along the Schuylkill or the Delaware is pretty fantastic too.

    5) What do you love the most about your job?
    Facilitating the creation of interesting and important media.

    6) What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on set story?
    Being in a small room with Pope Francis with just a handful of other people at St Charles Seminary in Wynnewood. And – I’m usually not star struck but I had a hard time catching my breath while I stood shoulder to shoulder with Robert DeNiro, showing him how to use a satellite phone.

    7) What are some of the challenges of being a female filmmaker?
    If you are strong, forthright and decisive, you’re considered a "b****". Whereas a man would be considered a leader.

    8) What is your advice for other women in film?
    Let your voice be heard. Do the work, don’t be discouraged. BE KIND. Help others.

    9) Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
    I have a few things in the works that aren’t yet greenlit – I’m available!

    10) PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
    Please look at the last 5 years and how much Pennsylvania film production has exploded. Film and television projects will only consider filming in the state if we have a healthy tax incentive program. Thanks to PaFIA, elected officials have the real data on how the tax incentive program continues to expand what is now a thriving media production industry in PA

    11) What is your advice for the aspiring actors and filmmakers? Some steps to take? Some mistakes to avoid?
    Work, work work. Create you own opportunities. Check out PhillyCam and learn some behind the camera skills! Go see theater, opera, ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as film.  Support other artists!

    12) What are some good strategies to find more gigs?
    Always be learning a new skill. Reach out to industry professionals – you’ll be surprised at their willingness to share their knowledge.

    13) What are some of the most valuable lessons that you have learned about this industry and wish you knew earlier?
    Move on quickly from disappointments – try not to spend too much time stressing about the job you didn’t get. Focus on the next opportunity.

    14) What is your favorite film shot in Pennsylvania?
    Philadelphia directed by Jonathan Demme

    15) What is your favorite project that you worked on?
    In Philadelphia it’s all the documentary work I did with History Making Productions . In my career it was- the year I spent working on Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan. We shot in Thailand and Germany. I met so many fantastic people on that job who remain friends to this day.

    16) What is your biggest aspiration in this industry?
    To help bring great jobs to Philly! (and finish that script that is banging around in my head!)

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