Atlanta: Industry News 3/5/17

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♦ The 41st Atlanta Film Festival starts and closes with gala red carpet events just 10 days apart, and in between, from March 24 to April 2, the popular annual event presents a busy schedule of more than 190 films, including features, documentaries, animation, shorts, upcoming major studio releases, music videos, pilots and virtual reality at multiple venues across Atlanta… READ MORE

♦ Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville has hosted some of the most recognized movies in the film industry, but none of them had a production budget worth $1 billion… READ MORE

♦ Georgia is probably asked to play another state or country more often than itself these days as film incentives have changed the nature of the industry. Whereas projects used to be location-driven, the savings afforded by our film production tax incentive programs have turned the eye of producers, and now they generally look for the best deals… READ MORE

♦ Many people don’t realize that Georgia has become one of the leading locations for motion picture and television production, not only in the United States, but around the world. Three films produced in Georgia will be represented at this weekend’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures. The state can provide locations for movie makers that can literally look like anywhere in the world, and at any time — as Hidden Figures demonstrates… READ MORE

♦ Georgia Piedmont Technical College president Jabari Simama on Thursday discussed plans in his state of the college speech to offer several new courses, including one scheduled to start next month that offers film set training for students… READ MORE

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♦ The old Coastal Empire Fairground, now City of Savannah property, could host a film production studio. Savannah native and Georgia State Representative J. Craig Gordon has $2.5 million already raised to complete phase one of Aeroscope Studios and buy the 15 acres of land needed for the project… READ MORE

♦ Actor and rapper, Ice Cube, sat down Thursday to talk about his newest project which was filmed in one of his favorite spots: Atlanta. “Fist Fight” stars Ice Cube as the antagonistic teacher, who on the last day of school, challenges a fellow high school teacher, played by Charlie Day, to a duel after school… READ MORE

 

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

 

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