I get excited about the American Film Market (AFM) every year. We are media partners with AFM and attend bringing our New England outreach to the hotbed of the hottest film market in the Western Hemisphere.

In our next edition we will assemble “pitch articles” for as many New England movie projects that make the cut and will fit in our magazine. The movie can be in any stage of development from concept to completion and whether you need a writer for an idea, a producer or a production company for a completed script, talent, a director, finishing funds, foreign sales and distribution, you may find it at AFM. AFM means unlimited possibilities.

When you experience AFM you get incredible access to more industry players in one week than you could see all year.

Develop. Package. Pitch. Finance. License. Distribute. AFM is a must-attend event. And we will take you and your messages there to Hollywood’s Largest International conference. The AFM conferences deliver tremendous knowledge, insight, access, value and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts.

It is one amazing beach front campus where over 1$billion in deals will be made. Over 400 distribution companies, 1,000 production companies and 8,000 industry professionals from eighty different countries will attend among them the top studio, broadcast and cable network and agency executives in the business. You can, actually, make an elevator pitch at AFM. It has long been IMAGINE’s mission to get “the word” out – to make the outreach for our industry in our region and we do that in part by distributing IMAGINE Magazine’s AFM Special Edition at this prestigious event. We are displayed right next to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety and decision makers from all over the world pick our issues up like hotcakes.

We not only present selected projects but we promote our film tax credits and incentive programs along with
the riches of our region such as crew depth, talent pool, incredible locations, amazing architecture and scores
of looks from the Revolutionary War, 1776, the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, to our awesome educational
institutions and preserved neighborhoods of note and beautiful hills, forests, shoreline and mysterious fishing
villages. We’ve got it all including a 25% Film Tax Credit that bests the rest, including above the line expenditures.

If you have a film project that you are taking to AFM or would like to be considered for our AFM edition, please let me know about your project. You can email me at publisher@imaginenews.com. If you have an advertising message for the attendees of this major industry event, place your advertising now and we’ll deliver your message right to your target audience.

Last week I was a special guest at Women in Film and Video New England’s Annual Meeting and was delighted to share a little history lesson about IMAGINE and our hard work introducing film tax credits and getting them passed. In 2006, I had the good fortune to be a recipient of WIFVNE’s Creative Vision Award for just that work I’ve been doing since the founding of IMAGINE Magazine. I shared the Tribute Video produced by Jennifer Kaplan that was shown the night of the award presentation at WIFVNE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Boston Marriot. It was a wonderful dinner party event. Massachusetts and Rhode Island were recently incentivized, Connecticut was in the process and everyone in the industry was looking forward to all the work that has come our way since. I was very predictive in that video and I’m pleased to say that what I said is playing out very well. I did say that my goal was for our region to be the third largest production area in the United States. We’re still working on that one.

As it would happen, there was only one WIFVNE member in the room that had seen the video before and it was Lynn Weissman who actually shot the video ten years ago. Coincidentally, she also won two major door prizes at the annual meeting taking home rental certificates from both Rule Boston Camera and High Output, Inc. Quite a night for Lynn.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island Film Forum took me to the Ocean State for the festivities. I was stunned at the screening of short film PENITENCE, Carol Conley’s directorial debut featuring Marlyn Mason, Don Martone and Ellen Becker Gray. I won’t tell you a thing about it except to see it. The film won
the Providence Film Festival Grand Prize Award presented annually to a New England Director whose work brings cinematic excellence to an international audience. Key word – stunning. Go out of your way to see it.

At the Rhode Island Film Forum I had the great pleasure of witnessing Steve Feinberg’s onstage interview of Karen Allen (Marion of the INDIANA JONES craze) who was in Providence promoting her starring role in Joan Anderson’s A YEAR BY THE SEA. She is now directing her own movie in western Massachusetts being produced by the Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Executive Director Diane Pearlman and edited in Boston by Engine Room Edit. Also on the program that day was Chis Sparling (BURIED) who wrote recently released THE SEA OF TREES. Both of these “SEA” movies were filmed in Massachusetts.

Last week the Visual Effect Society conducted a wonderful evening at Autodesk. The society is hoping to form a greater Boston/Massachusetts Chapter. Their draw for the evening was a great one, the Berkshire’s own special effects pioneer and director, Douglas Trumbull, Academy Award winner and recipient of an IMAGINE Magazine “Imaginnaire” Award. I can tell you he filled up all the time allowed and the space provided presenting his own history in pioneering special effects beginning with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND (imagine in your twenties working with Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg) through to his new 120fps 4K 3D Magi movie process including the novel Magi Pod theater design destined to change the way movies are made and the way we watch them in the future. Trumbull believes it is time for another great space epic. If you are a Visual Effects specialist, join this organization and help get us a chapter here. Visit www.visualeffectssociety.com for details of how to join.

On September 27th at the Media Resource Expo, I will be moderating a panel on my favorite subject, Film Tax Credits. “The Importance of Film Tax Credits and How to Keep Them Safe.” will take place at 12:30 pm at the Media Resource Expo at the Doubletree Inn by Hilton in Danvers, MA. I have assembled a panel you will want to hear from: Producer Dorothy Aufiero, Casting Director Angela Peri, Massachusetts Representative Anne-Margaret Ferrante, Filmmakers Collaborative Executive Director Laura Azevedo and Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Executive Director Diane Pearlman. The continued success of our production industry depends on defending our Film Tax Credits. The Media Resource Expo cost of admission is $25, but if you are an IMAGINE reader you can register for free and if you do it before September 23rd, you will be eligible for a random drawing and a $1000 prize. See the back page of this IMAGINE to learn how to register and be sure to use our special code of MRE105.

We love this edition that showcases Directors in New England. Next month we have two agendas, presenting New England Film Projects and New England Businesses at AFM and getting the vote right so that we elect supporters of our hard fought for Film Tax Credits.

Carol Patton