Alison Fibben is a project manager at the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The office is charged with advancing Georgia as a film location to local, national and international film, television and commercial companies as well as promoting the growth of indigenous entertainment production. The office serves as a liaison between production representatives, the local film community and service companies. A seventeen year veteran of the office, Ms. Fibben oversees and administers the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act incentive program, the divisional budget and marketing efforts of the office.
As Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Mary Ellen McClanahan helps find solutions and effective ways to build an entrepreneurial environment to support small business through mentoring, professional development, strategic planning and resource awareness. She also connects with Georgia’s business and community associations so that thousands of businesses, local leaders and practitioners are aware of resources and opportunities. She also directs any size businesses to the specific resources they need. Mary Ellen is also an Existing Industry Project Manager within the Metro Atlanta region. She calls on expanding companies making them aware of state resources and incentives and provides assistance with their growth plans and decision-making process. She also works closely with the local economic developers with their existing industry support efforts. During her 20 years with the department, she helped develop and grow its regional economic development program, the “Entrepreneur Friendly” Initiative and acted as legislative liaison. Prior to that, Mary Ellen was the economic developer and president of two rural South Georgia chambers of commerce in Dodge and Sumter Counties. Originally from Erie, PA and in Georgia since 1973, Mary Ellen serves on the boards of GEDA (Georgia Economic Developers Association), GACCE (GA Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives), Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, the DeKalb Workforce Investment Board and Sandy Springs Economic Development Advisory Council. She is a 1997 graduate of Institute for Organization Management, Leadership Georgia and a 2000 graduate of EDI (Economic Development Institute).
Craig Dominey is the Creator and Manager of the State of Georgia’s Camera Ready Program, a groundbreaking initiative enabling county representatives to promote their unique shooting locations and other production assets directly to film and television producers. Craig oversees a network of 159 Georgia counties, manages the state’s location photo database, and trains Camera Ready county liaisons on how to work with the entertainment industry. Craig also serves as the Senior Film Location Specialist for the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. For over sixteen years, his primary job has been to promote the state to production companies as a shooting location for feature films, television shows and other media productions. Craig scouts and photographs a wide variety of shooting locations throughout Georgia based on the scene requirements of a particular screenplay. Craig is the founder and producer of The Moonlit Road.com, a Southern storytelling website, podcast and radio show recently broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Craig graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Speech Communication – Radio/TV/Film. He has served on the board of directors of Atlanta Film Festival 365, a media arts center devoted to independent film, and worked as a scriptwriter for numerous commercials and corporate videos. Craig has also served as a contributing writer for regional websites, magazines and newspapers.
Ready to budget your next project? Need help actualizing your current television show or film?
Women in Film & Television Atlanta is proud to announce a series of webinars and classes designed to help you learn two of the most popular budgeting software programs around!
Learn How to Use Movie Magic Budgeting
With Production Accountant, Cheryl Jenkins & UPM, Dominic Cancilla
Cheryl Jenkins, Production Accountant
Cheryl Jenkins is the principal and founding partner of Atlanta-based Production Accounting and Crew Services (PACS). Founded in 2010, PACS was launched by Jenkins to fill a growing need in the burgeoning film and television industry throughout the state of Georgia – sourcing and placing qualified production accountants with entertainment production companies doing business locally.
PACS is able to bill itself as “Atlanta-based, Hollywood-trained” because of Jenkins’ wealth of experience and leading the production accounting units of major Los Angeles-area based television and film production companies and studios, including OWN, NBC/Universal, New Line Television, VH-1, MTV, BET, Fox Television, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, CW Affiliates, IFC and others in top markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and New York.
Dominic Cancilla, Producer/Unit Production Manager
Producer/Unit Production Manager Dominic Cancilla began his career in 1989 as a producer/ director of medical marketing and teaching videos. Segueing through news magazine programs and commercial production, he eventually landed in the feature film world following his passion. He rose quickly through the ranks as a production coordinator, supervisor, and eventually UPM, line producer and producer. Dominic is credited with over 30 films, ranging from studio hits to Sundance Festival independents. Some of his credits include Robert Rodriguez’s actioner “Machete”, starring Danny Trejo, Robert DeNiro, and Jessica Alba, and it’s sequel, “Machete Kills”, with Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, and Amber Heard; “Get The Gringo”, a dark action comedy starring Mel Gibson; “Angels Sing”, a Christmas holiday movie with Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson; the Emmy nominated Lifetime re- make of Horton Foote’s Academy Award winning “Trip To Bountiful”; and the soon to be released “Steel Country”, from Academy Award winning producer Gareth Unwin (“The King’s Speech”). Currently, Dominic is working as the UPM on the new SYFY Channel series “Superstition”, starring Mario Van Peebles and Robinne Lee.
Ever find yourself struggling to make and commit to choices in auditions? On stage? In life? Learn how to say yes to yourself using the tools of improv comedy. Plus, find out how to apply these same techniques to support the choices of your scene partners. No improv experience necessary–just a willingness to say “Yes, And…”
Sarah Zureick-Brown is an Atlanta based writer and performer. She is graduate of the Meisner program at The Robert Mello Studio. Sarah performs regularly at Highwire Comedy Co. where she also teaches and coaches.
Highwire Comedy Co. is Atlanta’s source for improv, sketch, and standup comedy shows and classes. At Highwire, we train actors, writers, and people curious about comedy using a performance-centered approach. We empower our community of artists to create comedy in their own style on stage, script, and screen, and in turn, we entertain audiences with original scripted and improvised works. Find out more at www.highwirecomedy.com.
Guest teacher, Ken Feinberg, will be teaching this week.
Congratulations, you have a callback! Doing romantic comedy? What do you do? How can you make the most of your call back, while at the same time creating comedy and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and romantic?
In this class, you will receive sides ahead of time. Come in prepared to work. Actors might be paired with a partner or work alone. The first 14 actors to RSVP will be guaranteed to work. The rest will be dependent on time. Click here to register.
Award-winning director, master teacher and acting mentor Ken Feinberg will run the class as a film directors call back. Dress appropriately for a call back.