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Everyone who has spent any significant time in an edit bay has come across Boris Continuum Complete (BCC). BCC is a staple in the post...

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A BRIEF ARTICLE ABOUT A BRIEF MOMENT – By Duncan B. Putney

I came across a quote from an Eastman College student handbook from 1884 that applies to screenwriting too; “You must walk and you must do...

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Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/104242543 Year Made: 2014 Description: Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen (THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR) and Albert M. Chan (GHOSTS...

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ACMi and the Friends of Robbins Farm Park announce the third annual Arlington Short Animation Film Festival, an evening outdoor festival showcasing local animated work...

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High Output Expands Canton Office with Addition of Two New Hires

CANTON, Mass. (July 15, 2015) – High Output, Inc., New England’s largest supplier of services and equipment for the entertainment industry, announced today the appointment...

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Street Art Deemed Fair Use

In a case that has implications for filmmakers; the Ninth Circuit recently held that the popular band Green Day’s unauthorized use of street artists’ work,...

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AUG2015 In November 2014 IMAGINE featured Elika Portnoy in our issue themed Women Who Work in the Industry. We believed she was a woman to watch, in fact, we were convinced of it. So there is no surprise she is on the cover of this edition with a terrific tale to tell. Elika is an Executive Producer for the film BEAST OF NO NATION that has been acquired by Netflix and will be their first theatrical release. Important for Elika, the film, but perhaps more important to Netflix as they may be demonstrating to future filmmakers for Netflix that it is not just a film streaming company. In addition BEAST OF NO NATION has been selected for screening at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. In our November Article David Kleiler described Elika Portnoy this way: “With brains, beauty, and talent, Elika Portnoy screenwriter actress and producer has embedded herself in the world of filmmaking with fierce determination and a sense of mission. In less than a decade, she has already made her mark in the independent film business with six films to her credit, as executive producer, producer and/or actress. Currently, she has four projects in various stages of development. Her latest films have been featured at Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. “Born in Bulgaria , Elika Trifonova was raised in the capital city Sofia. With a degree in finance and the ability to speak at least four languages, she came to work at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she met Adam Portnoy, the man who would become her husband.” They moved to Boston nine years ago. According to Elika her first film was her “film school.” She says it cost about the same.

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Many of us have been celebrating successfully defending our Film Tax Credits. I could hear huge sighs of relief from all over when Governor Baker signed the FY2016 budget that kept our program in place.

An interesting development has repealed the corporate tax deduction, FAS 109, after lawmakers had agreed to delay it for one year thereby eeking out enough money to fund the Governor’s bill for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families – the one he initially wanted to fund by phasing out film tax credits.

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