Low Hanging Fruit From A Very Tall Tree

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Half the battle is won. Through persistence and necessity, through compromise and trust, through the acquisition and allocation of generous seed funding, the Arizona Office of Film & Media has become a reality! Heading this, our new and improved state film office, is Matthew Earl Jones, a gentleman whom I’ve known for over a decade, […]

Welcome, Studio 48! So Now What?

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Yesterday (Dec. 1st), I waited impatiently for the expected public announcement of the newly-formed Arizona Office of Film and Media, a.k.a. Studio 48. I was impatient because, one of my responsibilities on the Arizona Film & Media Coalition (AFMC) is to keep the website up-to-date. Not knowing what the announcement would specifically say — it […]

Transforming the AZ Film Industry, One Movie at a Time

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Does anyone know if Transformers: The Last Knight wrapped production? I admit, I don’t. Michael Bay’s newest blockbuster, and second edition of the second Transformer trilogy (the Mark Wahlberg one) did spend a few weeks filming in Arizona, and honestly, that’s the only aspect of the movie that has interested me so far. Call me selfish. My […]

A Changing of the Guard (2016 edition)

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Thursday night’s Arizona Film & Media Coalition board meeting marked the end of our 2015-2016 cycle, and the start of our 2016-2017 cycle. This is the time when we assess the results of our efforts of the previous 12 months and we look forward to the challenges before us. It’s not the intent of this […]

Meeting With Indies, Generating New Ideas

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On December 8th, I was invited to the AZ TABLE meeting chaired by Jon Bonnell. This is a meeting of indie filmmakers whose primary purpose is to help each other advance their careers and passions by leveraging the broad range of talents of the participating individuals. Jon accommodated my request to speak with the group […]

Let’s Hit The Ground Running!

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[This board member blog is by Joe Gruberman, representing the interests of independent filmmakers on the Arizona Film & Media Coalition (AFMC). Any viewpoints expressed in this blog are expressed by the blogger as an individual and may or may not be the viewpoints of the AFMC Board as a whole.]   My summarized notes on […]

Film, TV production workers call for return of state film office

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Members of Arizona’s film and television community are joining forces with Arizona businesses that benefit from movies, TV shows and commercials in an effort to bring back the Arizona State Film Office. Fall signals the start of the production season, and the goal of the Arizona Production Association, (APA) and the Arizona Film & Media […]

Find your Representatives

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Here is a link to find your representatives in the House and Senate: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/ Districts shifted and and there was an election since last year’s session, so yours may have changed. Please look up this information now so when the bill goes for a full vote, you’ll know who you need to write and call […]