Talk Back Florida: Florida’s Film Industry

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on March 22, 2014.

It was a red carpet ride on this weeks Talk Back Florida as we talked about Florida’s Film Industry, pending legislation on production incentives, and the impact of film festivals on our economy & reputation as a place for creative productions.

We talked with St. Pete Clearwater Film Commissioner Jennifer Paramore who told us about their budget concerns, competition in other states & their trip to Tallahassee this coming Wed. to protest any cuts to production incentives in our state.

 

The President of the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Elizabeth Fendrick & GIFF Board member, Frank Robertson joined us to talk about weekend events at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, now in it’s 8th year. We talked about the 600 entries, special debuts, stars who are in town promoting their films and the parties & awards celebrations.

 

More with Elizabeth Fendrick & Frank Robertson

 

RJ Mitte, the young star from AMC’s popular TV series, “Breaking Bad” was on the show & we asked him what it was like being “Walter White Jr.”, the show’s (dark) story line, what he’s working on now. RJ talked honestly about having CP & how he makes it a positive by talking to college students about awareness, compassion and against bullying people who may be challenged or different. RJ was in Tampa to receive the “Rising Star Award” at GIFF Saturday night at the US debut of his new feature film “House of Last Things.”

 

The local one-hour documentary “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” (produced by this host) is also among the films being screened at the GIFF. On Saturday’s show we heard excerpts from the documentary & talked to people who were in it about that day in Nov. 1963 when President Kennedy came to Tampa (4 days before Dallas).

Police officer Russell Groover & photo journalist Tony Zappone talk with Lynn.

 

More JFK memories with Police officer Russell Groover & photo journalist Tony Zappone.

 

Larry Wiezycki, editor of “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” joins the show.

 

More with Larry Wiezycki & Frank Robertson rejoins the show to talk about the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

 

It was a great show. Hope you enjoy the podcasts & we’ll talk with you next week on Talk Back Florida!

Talk Back Florida airs Saturday afternoons from 3 – 5 pm on AM 820 News. Also Listen Live on newstalkflorida.com

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