Take 2: September 2022

By Carol Patton

Mick CusimanoIt is with great sorrow and so much sadness that we are saying goodbye to Mick Cusimano. Mick died July 23rd from brain cancer after a courageous four-and-a-half-year battle. He was seventy-one years old and at the top of his creativity. Mick was and always will be IMAGINE’s Professor of Surrealism.

Mick has been the creator of ImagineNation, our production community cartoon set in his world of filmmaking, for over fifteen years. If you work in this industry, you will find his mirth in every cartoon strip.

Mick Cusimano

A celebration of his life will be held in Cambridge in September. You may have noticed that we did not have a cartoon in our summer issue of IMAGINE. To our joy, we have one last cartoon for you in this edition along with Hartley Pleshaw’s “Farewell to the Professor of Surrealism.” IMAGINE will let you know when and where his commemoration will be held. He will be greatly missed.

In August I had the pleasure of attending the Opening Night Gala at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and stayed for their award-winning short program. I have to say it is one of the best short programs in my history of viewing. The fun kicked off Tuesday, August 9th, at the Providence Place Showcase, where co-hosts Michael Drywa, ESQ., RIIFF’s Advisory Board President and Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office were joined by hundreds of filmmakers, cast and crew from across the globe. The theme of the evening was “The Art of the Short Film.” And as I mentioned, it did not disappoint.

Carol Conley & Carol Patton at the RIFF

A special thank you shout out to Carol Conley of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office (we share the same first name and birthday) for picking me up at the train station and returning me there in time to get the last train to Boston. Of course, Carol is an “Imaginnaire.”

This festival has charted eighty-two Oscar® nominations and fourteen wins from its pool of premiere films. It’s little wonder that CHRIS GORE’S Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide praises RIIFF as “the kind of intimate festival experience that will change your life.”

Steven Feinberg, Carol Patton, Elaine Grey, and Chris Sparling

It was a fun week. I also attended the RIIFF Film Forum hosted by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, and another “Imaginnaire.” His guests included filmmakers Tommy DeNucci (also an “Imaginnaire”) and Chris Sparling. Chris was first featured in IMAGINE when he made his very first film AN UZI AT THE ALAMO in 2005. It’s described as a young writer (which he was) searching for his identity, pledges to his dysfunctional family that he will commit suicide on his 25th birthday. As the fateful day approaches, he stumbles upon love and a new sense of self. Fearing family humiliation if he backs out, he prepares for his last birthday with the feigned support of his family.

He wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film himself. Today, he is being hailed as one of the best top ten writers in the business. His break-out film was BURIED. A gripping tale of Paul Conroy, who waking groggy in pitch darkness finds himself trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. He’s an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, and having a really bad day.


With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there’s not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource–himself.

The film starred Ryan Reynolds, who was too, just making a name for himself. It was a great pairing as both of their careers have skyrocketed.

This is just one of the amazing stories to be found at the Film Forum and at RIIFF. Chris has gone on to work with some of the highest and mightiest in the Hollywood set including Matt McConaughey in THE SEA OF TREES, which was partially filmed in Massachusetts. In it a suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out. Locals Chris Palermo and Steve Howitt are among the cast.

Currently Chis Sparling is in preproduction on GREENLAND: MIGRATION and INCIDENT 459. Both are thrillers. It’s no surprise, but most of Chris’ films contain a race against time. His is a career to keep watching.

Carol Patton and Khara Campbell
Carol Patton meeting Khara Campbell, winner of RIFF’s screenwriting competition

At that same event I met Khara Campbell, the winner of the RIIFF Screenwriting Competition with her script SEAHORSE. I read her script and was completely “taken” by her style of writing so much that I asked her to be our cover story for this edition.

She told me, “I was so honored to win the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay for my script, SEAHORSE, at Flickers. It wasn’t until I came back from LA and immersed myself in the New England filmmaking scene, did I learn how esteemed Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival is.


“When we think of the majors, we think Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, or SxSW – as if it’s one of those festivals or nothing. But there is a ton of talent coming from the next level of festivals, and Flickers RIIFF is not only one of the top ten short film festivals in the US, it’s also Oscar-qualifying and BAFTA-qualifying for shorts. The same year my script won, my short film OUTSIDE THE FOX which I wrote, starred in, and directed for a mere $65 was a semi-finalist there. I got a lot of love from Flickers – and after the awards ceremony, screenings, panels, and connections I made, I’ve got a ton of love to give right back. I am forever grateful for this recognition “back home” and I look forward to creating unforgettable films and employment opportunities for all in our great region.”

So, you will meet her today in the pages of IMAGINE and we will follow her closely as we believe she will be another bright star in our New England future. Lucky us!

I didn’t get to see Lew Place this year at RIIFF because he has retired from the Rhode Island Film & Television Office after eighteen years. I asked him about it. This is what he had to say.

“…A big thanks to Steven Feinberg and Carol Conley for putting up with me all these years! I decided to retire because my vision has been degrading over the years, and since my job required me to be on the computer most of the time I felt it was time for me to give my eyes a rest. Photographing locations is rough because driving has become difficult. I will still do my own video projects and photography, so I won’t be away from it completely. Photographing backyard wildlife is always interesting. I never know what is going to show up.”

Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®) and EVP of the trade association, stepped down as of June 30th this year. Wolf, who has led the AFM for twenty-four years, will continue as an advisor through the 2022 AFM, which is set to make its in-person return to Santa Monica for the 43rd edition, November 1-6.

Under Wolf’s leadership, the AFM transformed from its import-export roots to an event that serves and includes the entire independent film production and distribution community. Today, AFM is recognized as a must attend market and, as a part of IFTA, still is the only market controlled by the independent industry itself.

Earlier with the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), among other successes, Jonathon Wolf spearheaded the launch of IFTA Collections TM, the industry’s first centralized service for the collection and distribution of royalties and levies from secondary audio-visual rights for films and television programming. To date, IFTA has collected over $150 million for its clients and continues to distribute more than $5 million annually.

I have attended this event annually since founding IMAGINE in 1998 until the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s the best way I’ve found to take and keep the pulse of the global industry of independent film. It’s where ideas and trends first appear. Recently their LocationExpo has provided space and connections to where you might shoot your next film. Exhibitors will dazzle you with their incentives, which is what every studio and producer is clamoring for.

The AFM is the most efficient film acquisition, development, and networking event in the world. More than US$1 billion in production and distribution deals are closed every year — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production. Over six days in November, 7,000+ professionals from 70+ countries access the entire global catalogue of available films and projects, attend world class conferences, and connect with decision makers.

Steven Feinberg hosting a panel
Steve Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, hosts a Q&A with actress, Karen Allen, actor, William Sadler and director, Sarah T. Schwab after the screening of their premiere film, A STAGE OF TWILIGHT, at this year’s RIIFF. The screening took place at the RISD Museum Auditorium. Photo courtesy of RIIFF.

AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®. IFTA is the global trade association for independent film and television production, finance, distribution, and sales companies. The organization represents the independent sector before governments and international bodies and provides significant entertainment industry services to independent companies from twenty-two countries.

He will be missed. “It’s been a privilege to lead the AFM and work with passionate volunteer Board members for more than twenty years. I was supported by a terrific team that worked tirelessly to produce a world class event; we achieved much together. I’m excited to see what the future holds – for the AFM, IFTA and me,” said Jonathon Wolf.

2022 is proving itself to be the best year for film production in New England. A question I am asking is “Do we have enough studio space for all the productions that want to shoot here?” I’ll have some answers for you in our next edition.

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Take Two: July 2022

I wish this were my July 2020 Take Two, but it isn’t and there isn’t anything I can do about it. I believe everyone has lost so much due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Most of all I’ve missed the camaraderie – that precious time with friends, colleagues and cohorts – the companionship so required to not feel isolated and alone. But it is what it is and I’m going to leave it at that.

It’s catching up time now and the future is looking strong for our industry in our region, a long-held aspiration for IMAGINE Magazine. We envisioned that our industry would be resilient once incentivized and our efforts have paid off brilliantly in the long haul. Most everyone I know is working and while some businesses are scrambling knowing they are going to make it, a fortunate some are doing quite handsomely. And some are thriving.

There is happiness in the world of major film and television productions in New England. The Gilded Age has returned to Newport and Julia has returned to the Greater Boston area for second seasons. One can only imagine what this means to both cities as seasons to come are almost assured.

Carol Patton & Casey Sherman at HellTown partyLast night I had the distinct pleasure of joining New York best-selling author Casey Sherman for a special event at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Massachusetts. We celebrated his novel Hell Town being taken in by the Robert Downey, Jr. team to develop as a TV series. Bringing TV series to New England has been an important goal of IMAGINE and all the New England Film Offices and New England studios. May we have yet another series? Yes, please.

In June I attended National Boston’s summer celebration for the momentous occasion of their 40th Anniversary. Socially known for their summer get-togethers for the industry, National Boston’s Chief Engineer (and Executive), Tom Sprague (also a wonderful party host and supporter of all things industry related), told me that he thought our region’s production was returning to some sense of normalcy, almost. But here is a bright flash in his pan, he and Paul Beck have been working tirelessly over several years to bring up their Museum of Broadcast Technology (MBT) in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It’s an amazing place where they have amassed examples of early television technology. And they are working examples at that. Do you remember two-inch tape? That was back in the day when American brands like RCA and Motorola appeared on equipment in every TV studio; when cameras took three people to operate and move around. Now we have those capabilities in our pocket and there are no American named brands like RCA or Motorola on those objects.

So, here is the good part, their assets have become a new revenue stream for the museum. It began with the movie CHAPPAQUIDICK. The news reporting of the time was 1969. There are no longer TV stations operating with that antiquated equipment. And they needed it, not to just look the part, but to operate in front of a camera operated by a single person.

Carol & Christy Cashman at the screening of BONNIE BLUES: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES
Carol & Christy Cashman at the screening of BONNIE BLUES: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES
Thank goodness this industry is sagacious. It found the Museum of Broadcast Technology and rented their operable equipment for the movie. I bring that up now as the aforementioned Julia TV series has for their second season rented early TV production equipment from MBT! Go Tom and Paul! And National Boston, keep having those wonderful summer BBQs.

The good fortune was mine when I attended the screening of BONNIE BLUES: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES. Many of us have been following this film production produced by Woods Hole Film Festival Executive Director Judy Laster and master of the harmonica James Montgomery and directed by Bestor Cram. It’s interesting to note that the two producers and the director are all “Imaginnaires.”

The film played to a packed house at the Somerville Theatre, and it was better than good to see some of my oldest closest friends there including Christy Cashman, Judy Laster, Angela Peri, Bestor Cram, James Montgomery and more.


LIGHTKEEPERS also attracted my attention with their private screening at the Capital Theatre in Arlington. It’s a wonderful story about two sisters who saved Scituate from an invasion by the British Navy.

It stars actors, Lily Ayotte and Kayla Caulfield, as Rebecca and Abigail Bates. Michele Prude and David Pridemore, play their parents, Rachel and Simeon Bates. New England actors Michael Maggiani, Paul Taft, Paul Kandarian, Bates Wilder, Tony Ionone, Carly Consoletti, Lin Hultgren, Lisa Rinks and Arthur Hiou round out the central characters in the story.

During the war of 1812, a small, yet significant event takes place on the shoreline of Scituate, Massachusetts. It’s September of 1814, as Simeon and Rachel Bates head to town for supplies, the lightkeeper’s daughters, Rebecca and Abigail are tending to their lighthouse duties. The sisters notice a British Frigate, the HMS La Hogue, as it drops anchor outside of Scituate harbor. The girls briefly consider taking up muskets to repel the British longboat, now rowing towards the harbor. Realizing the futility in firing upon the well-armed British navy personnel, they quickly hatch a plan to trick the British into thinking the town’s militia is approaching the shore to intercept them. I will not spoil this ending for you. Watch for it because you do need to see this story on the screen.

New England is well into the New England Festival season now. IMAGINE has included them in this edition. There is a “new kid on the block,” the Manchester International Film Festival. Read about their first annual festival in this edition and here’s the explosive part, Paul Lithgow will be in attendance with “An Evening With.” Imagine spending an evening with the legendary actor where he will share his acting experiences with you. Read the article for times and places.
If you missed BONNIE BLUES: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES at the Boston Independent Film Festival, find it at the Wood Hole Film Festival as their opening night and closing night films. This might seem cheeky of me, but I’m very proud to say that I and IMAGINE have a special notation in their credits. This year’s Woods Hole Film Festival will embrace in person viewing at multiple locations while having online viewing available as well.

The details are in this issue as are all the details of the season’s wonderful festivals.
It’s important that I share my thinking with our readers, advertisers, and supporters about publishing this edition online. Over the past few years, we have raced to keep up with the pace of the internet, where content is delivered faster and more creatively than it was with our monthly presses since 1998. Today, an overwhelming majority of our readers interact with our content online.

Therefore, we have some changes to announce. Going forward, IMAGINE will be a digital, online delivered magazine with several plusses. I need to point out that IMAGINE has two websites, www.imaginenews.com and http://emag.imaginenews.com. Both are important to what we must impart to our industry in New England. The emag will feature our monthly publication and the other will have current looks at what’s happening in our market today. A major change is that our monthly publication will no longer carry our beloved WWW (Works Wrinkles and Wraps). We will are shifting that department to our www.imaginenews.com effort because it is necessary to bring it up to date frequently, sometimes daily, which can’t be done in a monthly publication.

While we have been in hiatus for some time, we are now back in action and ask for your continued support. It is important because IMAGINE does the outreach to the world about what we have to offer here, because we connect the dots of our industry, and we tell the stories of the success of our industry that our legislators incentivized. In our last recession our industry buoyed our economy beyond that of other states. I believe our industry will do it again.

– Carol Patton

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Take 2: November 2020

It is my deepest heartfelt hope that each and every one of you is whole, well and hardy. But, let’s face it, it is what it is, and even though I am eternally optimistic, I fear it’s going to take longer than we’d like before we are safe to resume our normal routines and workpatterns. Meanwhile it will be challenging.

Someone said, “To thrive in life you need three bones: A wish bone, a back bone and a funny bone.” This is especially true right now.

One thing I know for certain is that there is a pent up demand for our industry to work and when safety to work gets better the amount of production will be legendary.

I firmly believe that everyone who is able is working to make it as safe as possible to work; work has already begun to return to New England and especially Massachusetts. More is expected in November. Both a feature film and TV series have booked New England Studios beginning in November. And it appears the major casting companies are auditioning aplenty.

The Lionsgate – HBO Max pilot, Julia, is once again shooting in Malden. I’m grateful for that as I want this story, it’s a drama, about the whole life of Julia Child and I don’t believe it will be centered on cooking…. Joan Cusack stars; Chris Keyser is the Executive Producer.

Return to Work Agreement

This for our back bone, The Covid-19 Return to Work Agreement with DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA and Teamsters/Basic Crafts have come together and signed this basic agreement for best practices as to how to safely get back to work. This agreement took months to hammer out as every entity did its best to insure the safety of its members. And yes, there will be testing. “Prospective employees shall be tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of employment…” There are three methods of testing acceptable. And there will be periodic testing by zone. Zones are established by how safe your job is – the amount of PPE, etc. If you’re working remotely, no test is required. And there will be temperature tests at least once a day. Believe me, this is just a thumbnail with many variables.

The agreement is long, but thorough. If you would like to read the full agreement you can find it here on our website.

MA Film Tax Credit Sunset Date

And so, deep breath, it appears that slowly the production business is beginning its comeback across the U.S. and Canada. Perhaps a bit more quickly in Massachusetts as reported to me by industry participants.

Here in Massachusetts industry workers and supporters have had their eyes on a very important prize and that is the elimination of the state’s film tax credit sunset date. We all know that studios and major producers need to have confidence that when their production is ready to go, a credible film tax credit will be intact.

Our industry plan was to get legislation that would end our Film Tax Credit sunset date earlier this year. But, due to the pandemic, legislative needs exceeded its normal capacity and our bills were not taken up. Perhaps understandably; perhaps not, as I believe a booming film and television production
industry would provide enormous support for a quicker recovery in the Commonwealth. Our burgeoning industry in 2008 genuinely helped Massachusetts weather that depression and we didn’t have near the difficulties that many other states experienced across the country. We will certainly do that again; that is if we can eliminate our sunset date.

Productions are attracted to Massachusetts because of our superior film tax credits. There is no debate about that. It is an actual fact.

Castle Rock Season 1 Study of Economic Impact

shooting Castle Rock in western mass

October 21, 2020, I attended a Zoom session that was an industry briefing for our legislators. Its intention was to refresh our legislators in a very spectacular way about the successes our industry has brought to our region. It reported a new study that supports our interest. This is a first-of-a-kind economic impact study that clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and viability of our industry. The
report covered the first modern episodic TV series shot in Massachusetts in twenty-five years and created 1,026 jobs for starters.

Hulu’s Castle Rock Season 1 study quantified a powerful economic impact of episodic TV and streaming production in Massachusetts. Here are some of the highlights from the study:

“Season 1 of Hulu’s Castle Rock, generated $69 million in economic activity across more than 210 towns and cities in the state, according to an economic impact study released today. With the local film industry poised to be a catalyst for the state’s economic recovery, the study reveals that production of the Warner Brothers series generated approximately $4.73 of in-state economic activity for each dollar of state tax credit anticipated to be issued to the production.”

“After years of growth and development for our local film industry, Castle Rock represents the enormous increase in production for streaming platforms and the future of film and TV production in Massachusetts,” said Chris O’Donnell, Business Manager of IATSE Local 481, the union representing technicians and craftspeople on film sets. ”Episodic series employ more local workers for longer periods of time, use more local businesses, and are the engine of growth for the industry in Massachusetts. In the three years since the filming of Castle Rock Season 1, five other episodic series have already filmed in Massachusetts.”

“Castle Rock illustrates the impact that film, TV, and streaming productions are having in the Commonwealth over and over again,” he continued. “This study quantifies how a single production can provide hundreds of workers with good-paying union jobs and support local businesses all across the state. These are exactly the types of jobs and investments the state needs to grow our economy following
the COVID-19 economic crisis.”

Produced by Warner Bros. Television for the streaming platform Hulu, Castle Rock, a psychological thriller series based on the works of Stephen King, was based at New England Studios in Devens, Massachusetts. The first season of Castle Rock was in production between March 2017 and February 2018 and premiered on Hulu on July 25, 2018. Filming took place in Devens and throughout the state, with major on-location filming occurring in and around the town of Orange, Massachusetts. A second season,
produced at New England Studios in 2018 and 2019, premiered on Hulu on October 23, 2019.

“Our $35 million studio, built eight years ago, has been fully booked for the past few years, and there’s constant demand from the streaming companies for additional space,” said Gary Crossen, General Manager of New England Studios in Devens, which has hosted major TV and streaming productions such as Hulu’s Castle Rock, Netflix’s The Society, and Apple TV+’s Defending Jacob. “Massachusetts needs more state of the art infrastructure, such as our studios. And whether additional studios are built by us or some other investors, it would make no sense to do another multimillion dollar building project for a business that may go away in less than two years.”

“All the major production companies I deal with need clarity about the future of the state’s commitment, as they plan feature films and series several years out,” he continued. “The film and television industry can be the economic infusion our economy needs going forward, but only if legislators eliminate the sunset of the production incentive program and provide certainty to our industry.”

During the legislative briefing, workers who were employed by Season 1 of Castle Rock discussed the impact it had on their lives.

“Without Castle Rock I would have had to be on Massachusetts state health insurance, but due to my employment as a recurring stand-in I was able to earn insurance through my union, SAG-AFTRA,” said Andrea Lyman, New England Local President of SAG-AFTRA, who worked on both seasons of Castle Rock. “Episodic series like Castle Rock help provide hundreds of Massachusetts workers with steady wages and benefits every year.”

Attending legislators lauded the Film & Television Production Incentive program for creating jobs and economic impact across the state, and warned that the sunset needs to be removed to ensure its benefits continue in the future.

“Massachusetts has many tax incentives and programs that primarily benefit highly educated, upper income workers, from biotech and finance to IT and insurance. The film production incentive is an important state investment designed to help working families: people without advanced degrees who work with their hands,” said State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough). “Now more thanever, with so many people out of work or looking for a new career, the film industry is a source of good-paying, family-supporting
union jobs for working families.”

Film Tax Incentive Impact on Our Economy

Since Massachusetts’ Film & Television Production Incentive became law in 2006, over 250 productions have filmed in over 220 cities and towns, together spending more than $2.6 billion in Massachusetts. By
making Massachusetts a leading filmmaking destination, the Production Incentive supports thousands of jobs throughout the state. Film and television productions have a significant impact on a local economy, from buying goods and services from small businesses to donating to local initiatives. Productions have
bought goods and services from thousands of local businesses in over 265 cities and towns – over 75% of all communities in Massachusetts.

But under current law, the program is scheduled to end in December 2022, which would kill this growing local industry and cost thousands of workers their good paying jobs and career opportunities. Pending
infrastructure investors and new multi-year episodic series are making decisions now about investing and where to film in the coming years. The uncertainty created by the approaching end date of the Production
Incentive is affecting business decisions today, and preventing major equipment and infrastructure investments at a time when we need it the most.

114 out of 200 state legislators co-sponsored legislation this session (H.2419 and S.1728) that would eliminate the sunset of the Film & Television Production Incentive program, and protect the jobs and economic benefits it creates.

“Because of the state’s investment over the past decade, Massachusetts has become a leading filmmaking destination. That means thousands of good-paying jobs and millions of dollars in local spending that benefits thousands of local businesses all across the Commonwealth,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), lead sponsor of the Senate legislation. “But if the sunset of the production incentive isn’t eliminated, those jobs and spending will disappear again, and many of my constituents will be forced to move to states like New York or California. We need to eliminate the sunset to protect, and
grow, the jobs and economic benefits created by film production here in Massachusetts.”

“In the past few years, we’ve grown our local film industry to the point where we can now regularly attract episodic series that create more jobs and help more local businesses. And with the growth in demand for streaming content after months of increased home viewership, producers are looking at Massachusetts to film many more projects here,” said State Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy), lead sponsor of the House legislation. “The local film industry is poised to help drive forward our economic recovery, but the sunset of the production incentive stands in the way. It’s time to remove the
uncertainty that’s preventing investments in Massachusetts film production, and let this creative industry create even more jobs.”

By making Massachusetts a leading filmmaking destination, the Production Incentive supports thousands of jobs throughout the state – from the sales representative at a lighting rental company, to the forklift operator at the local lumberyard, to the costumer on the film set. From 2006 to 2016, over 17,500 new jobs were created with an average salary of over $68,000. 70% of those jobs went to Massachusetts residents. The Netflix series The Society employed over 900, and the film LITTLE WOMEN employed over 500.

Hundreds of businesses have expanded and been created to meet the growing demand of the film and television industry. Because of the Film & Television Incentive program and the productions it has attracted, there are now more than fifty high tech post-production and visual effects companies across Massachusetts employing more than 550 highly skilled workers. These local entrepreneurs are building
small businesses that are part of the state’s growing creative and cultural economy.

And this is for our wish bone, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Legislature extended their legislative year to the end of the year. Yes, it was because they had so many new considerations
and community necessities to tend to. Because of that our industry bills were continuously not able to get on the docket. But, we’re still hopeful for this year. We need to do our best to make that happen for all the aforementioned reasons. What we can do is stay in touch with our Senators and Representatives even though they may have already confirmed that they are supporters of our bills. We need to keep our issues top of mind and push to get passage this year. It means so much to give that piece of mind to all the studios and major producers when they are considering locations for their film and TV productions.

Lunch with Matt & Ben

Lunch with Ben & Matt

This is for our funny bone because this would be fun. Massachusetts natives Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are looking to take a lucky fan and their friend out for an action packed lunch in Los Angeles at one of their favorite spots as they try to raise money to help the people of eastern Congo.

People can donate money to the Eastern Congo Initiative, founded by Affleck and Whitney Williams in 2010; you will need to go through the Omaze website to gain entries into the lunch-date contest.

One entry can be submitted without contributing to the initiative, but the more money donated, the more entries a person will receive.

We know these guys grew up together; won an Oscar together for GOOD WILL HUNTING. They’re best pals and lunch with them would be an amazing treat.

The winner and a friend will be flown out to Hollywood when it is safe todo so and join Affleck and Damon for a meal.They will also be put up in a four-star hotel. Whoopee! Visit Omaze for more details.

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Take Two: Spring 2020

Just a few weeks ago many of us were celebrating the beginning of the best year ever for our New England Film Production Industry. There were eight productions in Massachusetts alone along with major commercial productions hiring everyone who was available to work. The New Year of 2020 was promising to be our best ever.

And then, in as little as two weeks, all that activity began to grind to a halt. The coronavirus (Covid-19) came calling, and literally there will be no more martini shots for a while. How did that happen? How were we so blissfully unaware? How do all things change so quickly?

The world’s largest film festival, Cannes, has cancelled. NAB, which hosts almost 100,000 people each year, has cancelled along with Avid Connect attached to the NAB conference. And now the Nantucket Film
Festival has postponed its 25th Anniversary Celebration, but plans to screen later this summer.

As you can imagine, our Spring issue had to be completely retooled, reconfigured as one story after another became moot. However, as one might always suspect, we found replacement stories that we know you will enjoy.

Right now our major role to play is to play it safe and stay heathy. Social distancing, self-isolating, business shut downs, gloves, masks, gowns, hospital beds, more hospitals, ventilators, tests, more tests combined with most everyone out of work is presenting extremely difficult challenges. These situations will require all our strengths,energies and innovations to overcome.

We must use our imaginations to ideate other kinds of creativity that will hold us through this arduous process. We will overcome and we will do it together.

Fortunately our entertainment industry has a gigantic tool chest filled with opportunity for many of its participants. I suspect that a writer or solitary editor experiencing uninterrupted creative time might not be such a bad thing.

“Streaming” is positively the word of the day. Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple, Starz, all the streamers really know their viewing is going way up. Many others will jump on streaming to see what potential it has for them be they a studio to become facilitator or an entity that needs a facilitator or those that need content outlets. To come up to speed on streaming please read our Tech Edge “State of Streaming” by Steve McGrath in this issue.

Many in our industry are very self-entertaining. In addition, there’s enough content out there to not only find something of interest, but, for instance, do like actor/singer Andrea Lyman and take online
dancing classes. The available universe is filled with learning opportunities. If you’re a filmmaker and haven’t found one yet, check out WWW in this issue. We found one for you. It may be time to go back to school online.

Carol Patton with Representative Tackey Chan in his office on Beacon Hill chatting about his bill to end the “sunset date” for the Massachusetts Film Tax Credits. An IMAGINE Photo.

The near term isn’t at all clear right at the moment, but we know that when we are on the other side of this pandemic sweeping our nation and world, the work will be stacked up just waiting for all of us to do it. When that happens we’ll be back in business in no time. As one astute prognosticator I spoke to today speculated, when this is over our industry will be “more important” not “less important.” I dare to say that’s the truth.

Carol Patton and National Boston’s Chief Engineer Tom Sprague with an early celebration
of our New Year. An IMAGINE Photo.

Meanwhile, I’ll take a little time and space to look back at the beginning of what we thought our industry’s best year ever. First of all, the IMAGINE Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala, held this year in the gorgeous Glass Room at the Tuscan Kitchen was amazing. We have a photo review for you in this issue. There was a lot of energy and talent in this room. Hats off to our Master of Ceremonies Erica McDermott.

IMAGINE Publisher Carol Patton with the Gala’s Master of Ceremonies Erica McDermott.
Photo courtesy of Erica McDermott.

And congratulations to all our new “Imaginnaires”, Jan Waldman, Eran Lobel, James Montgomery, Alecia Orsini Lebeda and Massachusetts Representative Tackey Chan.

I had the good fortune to attend a very special evening with James Montgomery, Judy Laster and Bestor Cram. They are, of course, a Blues Legend, Executive Director of the Woods Hole Film Festival and award winning Director, respectively. The James Montgomery Band performed with special guest Grace Kelly on Sax and we were shown scenes from their film JAMES COTTON: THEY ALL STOOD UP. Held in the Regatta Bar at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, it was a fundraiser for the film. A most enjoyable evening.

Carol Patton and Carl Hanson at the Boston
Sci-Fi Festival Shorts program. Carl flew in from LA to see his film I/O, which was very well
received. An IMAGINE Photo.

Good news for all future blockbusters that wish to film in Rhode Island. The law has been changed. When a production spends $20 million dollars in the ocean state, it is no longer required to spend 51% of its budget in the state. Look for a tent pole soon….

We have a terrific story about Worcester, MA writer Caitlin McCarthy. Be sure you read it. She really had a pleasant surprise on Valentine’s Day when she received an email from the Academy (as in Oscars)
stating that she was among the Top Ten highest scoring women in the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Her screenplay WONDER DRUG was among the Top Fifty in that contest out of over 7,000 entries.

“As part of the Academy’s efforts to support women in screenwriting, it has invited me to Los Angeles for the annual WGFestival screenwriting conference in Hollywood this May. The Academy’s Educational
Initiatives and Nicholl Fellowships departments are collaborating to host the WGFestival, a weekend of panels, workshops, and special events focused on the craft and business of writing for film and television.” Caitlin told IMAGINE Magazine.

I want to encourage everyone to follow all the CDC recommendations and those of the state you are in. Use this time creatively – learn, be entertained, practice, reach out to friends and colleagues, and most importantly stay healthy and connected.

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Take 2: January 2020

To say that this has been the best year ever for our New England production industry is the truth and it is to be celebrated. That every year going forward will continue to be the best ever is possible now. The future looks very bright, indeed. Just read our industry leaders predictions in this issue to have your spirits lifted.

So it’s time for us to celebrate and celebrate we will at our annual IMAGINE Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala. Once again we’ll honor five members of our production community in New England and celebrate their work and our good fortune. This event is a grand networking event so bring your business cards and plan to connect with a future collaborator.

Many important film projects and partnerships have resulted by attending this magical evening. Watch for my emails for all the details, but make your reservations now as this event sells out every year. Go here to make your reservation www.imaginenews.com And remember your reservation automatically begins, renews or extends your subscription to IMAGINE for 2020. You don’t want to miss out on receiving each and every edition of IMAGINE delivered to your home or office.

This special party and a subscription to boot, makes a wonderful stocking stuffer or Christmas Gift. It’s thoughtful, filled with a fun evening and the subscription lasts all year. It doesn’t get any better than that. And you will be supporting the publication that supports your industry and supports and promotes our industry jobs and Film Tax Credits.

We are always so tuned into what’s happening right here in our marketplace, but it’s good to remember that our talent here is hired around the world. Case in point, Alexander E. von Richthofen, CEO and Producer at AARI Productions, has hired Elaine M. Rogers of Sennott Williams & Rogers Boston and New York as agent for their movie production RETURN OF THE GOLEM. The idea, conceptualization and screenplay have been written by Aliana Brodmann, renowned writer of numerous novels and contributing
journalist to several newspapers.

Germany’s largest film studio, the Studio Babelsberg in Berlin, has signed on as co-producer to this commanding mega production. Bringing the illustrious GOLEM, historical arch avenger and forerunner of all later super heroes, into the present turmoil as the charismatic and witty supernatural protector envisioned by the writer of this ingenious story. A prequel, THE GOLEM RISES, based on the 16th Century historical GOLEM Legends is also in the works.Fascinating!

Elaine Rogers is a Boston Entertainment Attorney who also has offices in New York. She has produced, executive produced and provided legal services for many films. Coming directly to my mind is SPIN, which I loved. Shot in Tucson (my home town) and southern Arizona it was a feast for my eyes. The story roped you right in and the acting was superb. Catch it if you can. Also, I remember SEARCHDOG, The story of Matthew Zarrella, a Rhode Island State Police Sergeant who rehabilitates “pound dogs” and turns them into Search & Rescue/Recovery Dogs. Through this fi lm, audiences are exposed to a rare and intimate true story about Matthew, his dogs and his students, and they witness extraordinary moments as he trains them to find missing persons. From Matthew’s video diaries, filmmaker interviews and four
years of real-time searches, we understand his motivation to help others, and his empathic methods of finding the lost and missing. Elaine was theProducer and Executive Producer on these two films respectively.

Another Boston based Entertainment Attorney, Vinca Jarrett, tours the world with films she is attached to and goes to most major film events both here at home and abroad. This week she is off to Paris for a surprise birthday party for a dear friend. Read her story in this IMAGINE as it pertains to CRYPSIS, a film made in Gloucester, Massachusetts, opening this week across the United States.

Sara Archambault has announced her new company Sara Arch + Bow, an independent documentary production company compelled by bold artistic vision and dedicated to uncovering vital, untold stories is working
on projects she is deeply passionate about.

After ten years in philanthropy and programming, She’s committing to the adventure of independent documentary film producing. Sara previously was the Program Director of the LEF Foundation and curator
of the award winning series The DocYard, held seasonally at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Abby Sun will replace her as curator for The DocYard spring series.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition’s MASS EXPO was another success again this year. Held once again at WGBH, I did my best to visit every exhibit and attend the live events. I was particularly attracted to Rethinking and Reinventing Content Creation led by Jeff Rosica, President and CEO of Avid Technology.

No matter where you stand in the creative economy, change is the new normal. Chances are you’re challenged with new ways to think about your work, and how you work, on a regular basis. The volume of quality opportunities available, the way people choose to watch content, and shifts in production technology, mean we’re all working harder and faster than ever.

Soon, I think, half the population will be involved in making content. It may not make sense, but content is in very high demand. And here’s something to thinks about. Avid’s Jeff Rosica foretells that faux and fake news is here to stay. They’re not just words to be bandied about. You simply cannot believe what you see and hear as video and sound is exceptionally susceptible to manipulation with the current technology. So as a media consumer, beware. Avid and other companies are working double time to create a technology to provide guidelines and proofs as to whether or not video and/or sound has been tampered with. Wait for it as it is on its way. For now, though, the legendary days of “Walter Cronkite
News” are in the past.

We have such a packed issue that I didn’t have room for a dedicated photo section remembering 2019. I have included a few photos here, but we will post the rest on our website for your viewing pleasure.

It is in my heart to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support of IMAGINE and our important ongoing Industry Goals to maintain success.

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Take 2: October 2019

Paul Boghosian, Carol Patton and Dennis Serpone at the Nantucket Film Festival’s Screenwriters Tribute at the ‘Sconset Casino. Photo by Dennis Serpone.

Industry-wise it’s been an exciting summer for New England. Everybody I know is working! The studios are full, actors are working three, four, and five days a week, rental companies can’t get a day off and whether you are a prop, make-up, grip or electric, costumer, stand-in person (and all the others that make a film set tick), you’ve had a very profitable and demanding summer here in New England and especially in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Most are feeling really great about it and guess what?

It appears as if the deluge of work is going to continue through fall and winter!

Suffice to say, our production industry has heated up and we need it to stay exactly that way. One of our concerns for the good of the industry right now is the looming deadline to our film tax credit incentive program. Otherwise everyone’s doing cartwheels.

Our 25% Film Tax Credit program is the only and I repeat the only reason studios and major producers bring their productions here even though we have everything a producer could hope for in our region. If we modify our film tax credits or if the sunset date is not eliminated, Disney or no other studio will bring work here.

Well, in Massachusetts, all good things don’t need to come to an end and that’s why our industry as a whole is supporting legislation to eliminate the end date to our existing law, which explicitly ends at the end of 2022. We fought so hard for this incentive program back in 2005 when it finally was enacted
to take effect in 2006. The bill wasn’t perfect, but we were able to “fix it in post” the following year and later extended the end date to 2022, actual January 1, 2023, which sounds far away, but it isn’t. Not if you are the bean counter for a major studio or network who plans series to last five to
seven years and blockbuster movies three to four years out. This is our dilemma at this very time! The solution?

Eliminate the sunset date of our existing law. Change nothing else and that’s imperative. Unless, of course, the tax credit could be lifted to 30% so we can compete with other states that have done so including Rhode Island.

I’ve been working at this for a long time I introduced film tax credits in IMAGINE in 2002 and wrote a definitive piece in IMAGINE October 2014 on how to make film tax credits work here. We have defended
them since to establish a new industry for the Commonwealth, no one else could see, but it was as plain as the nose on my face when I arrived here in 1996. We can be a major production center in the world.

I know there is untold amounts of money sitting on the fence to invest in infrastructure in Massachusetts, only to be waiting for the “elimination” of our film tax credits’ end date.

Yes, it’s true, Massachusetts will be examining all film tax credits next year! What does that have to do with our production industry? Nothing, really, if you examine the reasons all tax credits are being looked at. Keep this in mind when you talk to your legislators. Most tax credits are based on an industry or company’s future performance – building so much, hiring so many, etc. That can be “iffy” and many times promises for tax credits are not kept.

Here is what is important to know and remember. Film Tax Credits in Massachusettsare only given after a production has performed, after it has spent their money here and provided an affidavit duly certified by a Massachusetts CPA that the money has been spent. While creating thousands of jobs, a production pays for everything it uses while it’s here; it cleans up after itself once
it’s done. And if a production has anything left over, it donates it to our Massachusetts charities.

I just attended a most worthwhile hearing at the State House. A notable small business panel discussed how the looming film tax credit end date is hurting investment and threatening our local industry. Andrew Farnitano’s coverage is in this issue. Please read it.

Actor Frankie Imbergamo catches up with Popeye at the Encore Boston Harbor. The $28 million purchase raised some eyebrows, but company officials say the cartoon sailor is an invaluable part of the Encore Boston Harbor experience. Photo courtesy of Frankie Imbergamo.

The festivals this summer were outstanding! Woods Hole had over 6,000 visitors for its films. Who knew Woods Hole could hold 6,000 people?

Our IMAGINE House was a terrific success this year and I can hardly wait until next year when the Nantucket Film Festival will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. It’s going to be so big the festival is extending its celebration to a full week. Get ready for it! Read Paul Boghosian’s Nantucket Film
Festival experience in this issue. He gives you the big picture.

Congratulations to Andrea Lyman on her election to President of New England’s SAGAFTRA. I have admired Andrea and her work and industry participation since I first met her and I enjoyed writing this story. Since it is almost Halloween I must tell you this eerie tale she told to me that I didn’t have room to
print in her story.

IMAGINE this: Andrea recalls the time the location assistant on a pilot found a house that was actually a horrible mess instead of a mess that was “created” by the production art department. It smelled, there was a mouse running around and when we moved to another room away from the mouse someone noticed a hole in the ceiling. The make-up artist mentioned that was probably due to bats. We all were freaked out. Everyone left except the stand-ins because they wanted us there for an upcoming scene. One stand-in said, “Well, at least it couldn’t get worse” that’s when a PA came in and turned out the light because they were shooting a scene outside and couldn’t have light coming from the window. So there we
were contemplating our life choices as we sat in a dingy, dirty, dark filled room hoping mice and bats wouldn’t join us. Ah, showbiz is so glamorous?

RUNNER, Worcester, MA native Bill Gallagher’s life-affirming documentary about GUOR MADING MAKER, who ran away from his refugee camp in war-torn Sudan and ended up in New Hampshire when he was only nine years old, eventually becoming a running sensation and qualifying for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, won the Best of the Fest Audience Award. Photo courtesy of WHFF.
IMAGINE first became aware of A FOUR SIDED BED in October of 2012 when we featured it in our AFM Special Edition in an article we titled “A FOUR SIDED BED: Some Love Stories Have More Than Two Sides.”
The purpose of our AFM edition each year is to spotlight film projects in New England in any state of development that are seeking funding, a director, casting, a production company – any of the innumerable things you can find at AFM. However, A FOUR SIDED BED’s journey began even much before then. Read our story in this issue, it’s a story worth examination.

I can’t help but notice that Angel Connell’s EVENING OF THE EVIL EYE script has been accepted at over fifty film festivals and competitions, award-nominated forty times, and has won twenty-seven “Best Screenplay” certificates and prizes. It’s no surprise that Angel is on the lookout for serious investors interested in turning his short horror screenplay into a movie. His success has been global in scale. EVENING OF THE EVIL EYE has won awards in Australia, Canada, England, India, Italy, Japan, Spain and Venezuela among others. The script has also won awards at over a dozen state festival
throughout the United States. Believe me, all hell breaks loose in this script.

I’ve included fun photos from the summer here as well. I hope you enjoy them and this issue of IMAGINE.

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Take 2: April 2019

When we are on our way to the NAB Show in Las Vegas, a really big show, I can’t wait to get there and head to the Lobby between Central and North Hall. There I look for my friends Tom Sprague and Paul Beck at the Museum of Broadcast Technology (MBT) exhibit. It’s a never ending surprise of what they will be displaying and demonstrating. These products were introduced and used during the earliest versions of television as a medium.

As MBT’s website tells us, “In the beginning, this new medium of television was as different from its predecessor, motion picture film, as different could be. Motion pictures formed a permanent record crafted over time with great care. Television was live and immediate, leaving a permanent record only in the minds of the viewers” Imagine that! Television was live and if you missed it – it was gone. Sixty-some years ago that all changed.

In 1956; in twin events, one in Chicago at the predecessor of the modern NAB Convention, and one in Redwood City, California; Ampex Corporation introduced to the world a practical means of recording
television signals on magnetic tape. They called their new product Videotape. What a facilitating ramp up that required the ingenuity of American manufacturers that were up to the tasks of rolling out equipment and devices that would record, playback and transmit videotape!

Well, that vintage equipment in working condition is what you will see at the Museum of Broadcast Technology exhibit at NAB April 6th through 11th. And judging by the crowds I’ve seen around this booth
that old stuff is just as exciting to NAB Show attendees as the latest and the greatest cutting edge stuff embargoed right up until April 6th when NAB Show begins.

NAB Show brings together the entire digital ecosystem and is represented by professionals in advertising, app development, artificial intelligence, audio, augmented reality, broadcast, cable, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, digital video, digital signage, eLearning, esports, film, game development, government and military, houses of worship, in-vehicle entertainment, IOT, IT, live events, mixed reality, mobile, online video, podcasting, post-production, radio, retail, social media, sports, streaming, system integration, television, virtual reality, 5G and more – all there to connect with industry trailblazers advancing the art, science and business of content.

IMAGINE is distributing this magazine there – over 100,000 people attend from all over the world. We’ll cover it for you and bring back all the NAB Show news. We’ll have a keen look at all the exhibitors from New England.

Avid is coming off an amazing year. We have an update in this issue. I had a spirited conversation with Avid President and CEO Jeff Rosica and Avid Vice President of Communications Jim Sheridan. It’s back
to basics for the company founded by Bill Warner and they have surprises instore for their users. Avid changed moviemaking/editing for forever. Read their story in this issue.

IMAGINE Tech Edge writer Steve McGrath looked into new and transplanted high tech New England companies in this issue: 3Play Media, Telestream, Autocue and Zixi. I’ll be visiting Barbizon Lighting, Glidecam
Industries, EditShare, BorisFX, SeaChange, Izotope, Facilis, Broadcast Pix, Sennheiser, and a relatively new arrival from the UK to Connecticut, Take 1. I’ll bring home a full report.

Last month IMAGINE presented the Live Reading of FRANCONIA NOTCH in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental. The audience was mesmerized by this script from the exciting team of Casey Sherman (PATRIOTS DAY, FINEST HOURS) and John Stimpson (GHOST LIGHT, THE LEGEND OF LUCY KEYES). It was standing room only
and all the discussions I overheard after the reading is that people were spellbound. It was so successful, IMAGINE and Casey Sherman have teamed up again for a Live Read performance of the highly anticipated Fort Point Media film TURK before a live audience at the five-star Mandarin Oriental,Boston (Ballroom) on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2pm.

The filmmakers are looking for actors to play Bruins legends Derek Sanderson, Bobby Orr and other members of the Big, Bad Bruins. Slate Casting will be accepting actor submissions for all roles at SlateCastingTurk@gmail.com Actors chosen for the Live Read will also be given consideration for roles in the film. The Filmmakers seek both male and female actors 25 to 50 years of age.

TURK is a film about the wild life of Derek Sanderson, who assisted Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup winning goal in 1970 and later signed the richest contract in professional sports before addiction to alcohol and drugs left him penniless and sleeping on park benches.

Sanderson credits Bobby Orr with saving his life and leading him on a path toward sobriety and redemption. The script was written by Casey Sherman and along with Dave Wedge will co-produce the film with production under their Fort Point Media banner along with co-producer Michael Bassick (BLACK MASS).

IMAGINE supports every element of our production community in New England equally. But, I have to say I am impressed with the writing that springs from this well and gets made into books, then movies and television series. Be sure you read about a new voice who’s first published novel, The River at Night,
has just been optioned by Miramax – Erica Ferencik. Her second book, Into the Jungle, is already being shopped around for motion picture. This book will be released in May.

There was great news from Hollywood when nine members of the cast and crew of SWEENEY KIILING SWEENEY including Star and Producer Steve Sweeney (2019 “Imaginnaire) and Executive Producer Dennis Serpone accompanied the film to its LA premiere. The film sold out. Peter Farrelly was in the audience. He’s fresh from enjoying three Academy Awards for GREEN BOOK including Best Picture, which he directed.

Peter and his brother Bobby Farrelly, of course, have written, produced and directed many films in New England including DUMB AND DUMBER, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, FEVER PITCH and more. Both of them have supported film tax credits for the region and we appreciate that.

Here’s something else I appreciate and that’s Wren Ross’ Annual Success Network Job Fair & Trade Show. Wren is known for her voice over workshops and the Job Fair is for her advanced students. She brings in
producers, casting directors and filmmakers to audition and interview each actor for eight to ten minutes. There are typically twenty to thirty actors and ten to twelve producers in attendance.

Vendors who may offer services helpful to voice over artists are also invited including photographers, graphic artists, web designers, home studio sound equipment providers and social media experts. It’s an all-around win –win opportunity. The Job Fair & Trade Show is Monday, April 29th from 4pm – 8pm at the
First Parish Church in Waltham. IMAGINE will celebrate its 21st Birthday in April 2019. We will have a party. Watch for the details because we want to see you there!

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Take 2: March 2019

Mikhaila Waldman, Director Robert Krzykowski (THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT) and Jan Waldman with Silas Archer Gustav. He had a significant role in the
movie. Photo by Carolyn Ross.

On March 3, 2019, just before we went to print, IMAGINE Magazine hosted a Live Reading of an exciting new script FRANCONIA NOTCH from Casey Sherman (PATRIOTS DAY, FINEST HOURS) and John Stimpson (GHOST LIGHT, THE LEGEND OF LUCY KEYES). Both are prolific writers and both get their stories and scripts made into movies that get seen. It was a wonderful afternoon staged at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

The reading was so well received and appreciated by everyone in the audience that we can’t wait to hear more about what’s instore for this work. Stay tuned, because we will have all the details in our next issue when we feature FRANCONIA NOTCH as our cover story.

This issue is timely as we have endeavored to demonstrate just how mature the Massachusetts production industry has become; which means we are perfectly poised to need more support to fly over that next hurdle. Our legislators are working hard to assist us. I’ve written a Film Tax Credit and Legislative update for this issue – it is our cover story because right now it relates to the most important tasks we have at hand. And those are to keep our incentives competitive and remove the sunset date. Also, we’ve chosen stories for this issue to reflect just how robust our industry has become. I hope you enjoy them.

Carol Patton, Christy Cashman and Dennis Serpone at Christy’s for a Christmas Eve Celebration. Photo by Dennis Serpone.

There are many photos in this issue and that is because we have had many occasions to take them and we wish to share them with you. Photos for our 2019 IMAGINE Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala are on pages 20 and 21. This annual special event was held at The Social Register in the South Boston Seaport District and was filled with great magical moments and a good time was enjoyed by all.

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IMAGINE hosts this event every year of the second Tuesday of the New Year. 2020 will be Tuesday, January 14th – Save the date. Our purpose is to create an opportunity for toasting our industry and the people who work in it. It’s designed to get industry participants together, honor our peers, celebrate our work and enjoy each other’s company. We honor those who give back to our industry and shine a light on the success they share with all of us. Often new friends, new ideas, and new collaborations spring from this festive occasion. I wish to thank everyone who attended and showed their support for our work at IMAGINE Magazine. Thank you!

Next we are looking forward to the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The show’s tagline is “Where Content Comes to Life.” The NAB show is the world’s largest show for media, entertainment and technology. It will be held in April 6-11, 2019.

IMAGINE will distribute at the NAB Show and we can take your advertising message with us. Over 90,000 people attend from all over the world and we’re there to make sure they all know about our great Film Tax Credits in our great New England region.

NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new devices in new ways.

NAB Show is where ground-breaking technology is unveiled, innovative solutions are displayed and game-changing trends are exposed. Prepare to explore aisle after aisle (bring your track shoes) of awesome
tech, cool gear, smart software, capable cloud solutions and limitless ideas and inspiration. Many New England companies will be exhibiting. We’ll bring back their stories for you.

Wishing a great rest of winter. Spring is sounding quite enticing about now.

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