Iowaâ€™s Auditor of State David A. Vaudt today released a report on a special investigation of the Iowa Department of Economic Development Film Office and the Film, Television and Video Production Promotion Program (Program) for the period May 17, 2007 through September 21, 2009. See the report below. Vaudt reported the special investigation identified $25,576,300.50 of tax credit certificates which were improperly issued for the 22 projects. Of this amount, expenditure tax credit certificates totaled $15,155,399.06 and investment tax credit certificates totaled $10,420,901.44. See report
Archives for October 2010
KANSAS CITY, MO – CinemaKC, a newly formed not-for-profit organization connecting film related groups in Kansas and Missouri, will salute the University of Missouri-Kansas City Film Department on Thursday, October 28 with a screening at the Screenland Crown Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by an informal mixer at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will include screening of a variety of student media work â€“ animation, documentary, fiction and promotional from every level of experience. Talk with faculty from the department, as well as current students and recent graduates, to find out more about whatâ€™s happening in Film & Media Arts at UMKC and the special opportunities that our position in the urban core provides our students and others in the metro area. Work made as a part of our extensive internship program will be featured as will opportunities for local media producers to work with and mentor students.
The films will conclude with a Q&A from the several filmmakers who will be in attendance.
A donation of $10.00 for general public and $5 for students and IFC members with ID is suggested. UMKC Students are free with ID.
Founder of CinemaKC, John Shipp comments, “The last event we did at CinemaKC with our partner organization the IFC-KC, was proof that our local industry is coming together in a very visible way. There were people sharing great ideas â€“ it was incredible.”
“Our students coming out of some our local institutes teaching film and video craft are the future of the industry in this city,” says Shipp. “We want to help set up a structure in which our emerging filmmakers are encouraged to stay in this area, and to that end we’re providing them a showcase where their hard work can be seen and appreciated.”
As well as the periodic showcases at Screenland Crown Center, CinemaKC will encourage alliances between area filmmakers at its website, cinemakc.org. The organization will be heavily reliant on social networking to connect the various film and related associations by hosting space on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.â€¨Future showcase screenings will include other strategic partners of CinemaKC (see below for a current list). The list is expected to grow as more organizations get involved.
CinemaKC is an initiative of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City, connecting with movie lovers since 1991.â€¨â€¨For more information contact John Shipp at 816-718-4337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nadine Mummaw of Lake Tapawingo, Mo, a Kansas City suburb, was elected and installed as President of the Women of the Motion Picture Industry, International (WOMPI) on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Clubâ€™s annual convention in Charlotte, NC.
Mrs. Mummaw, as an employee of Durwood Theatres (aka AMC Entertainment), became a member of WOMPI in March, 1973 and has served at the local level as President for three terms, as well as serving multiple times as Vice-President and Treasurer, and as Chairperson of both the Community and Industry Service committees. She also has served for two terms as International Treasurer and two terms as International Secretary, as well as served on various International committees.
In Kansas City, Mrs. Mummaw keeps active in the motion picture industry by volunteering and serving on several industry related organizations. She is currently serving as Vice-President of WOMPI KC, is on the board of CinemaKC, the KC Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest, the Film Society of Greater Kansas City, and is a member/or volunteers for Movie Bunch Group, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the Fringe Festival. She is also a member of Variety of Greater Kansas City, and the Lake Tapawingo Womenâ€™s Club.
The primary objective of WOMPI is Service and the Promotion of Good Will for the Motion Picture Industry. WOMPI, International is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-partisan organization founded in 1952 in Dallas, Tx by a group of women employed in the motion picture industry. The first WOMPI convention was held in Dallas, Tx with four clubs in attendance: Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Memphis. Through the years the Club grew to a total of 22 clubs, with one club in Toronto, Canada which make up WOMPI International. At that time, to be a WOMPI, one had to be actively employed in the motion picture industry. Today, with the withdrawal of the industry from most markets, to become a member, you must be, or have been, actively employed in the motion picture industry or affiliated industries which are related to the film industry. Currently WOMPI International consists of 6 clubs; Charlotte, NC – Dallas, TX â€“ Hollywood/Los Angeles, CA – Kansas City, MO â€“ Memphis, TN â€“ and New Orleans, LA. In addition, WOMPI has members-at-large in Des Moines, Jacksonville, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.
WOMPI KC Community Service projects have included MDA, American Heart Assoc., Kansas School for the Blind, bingo parties and watermelon feasts for the VA Hospital, adopted needy families for holidays; Thanksgiving & Christmas, and hosted movie parties for Kansas Cityâ€™s underprivileged children. Today, the KC Club continues that program through donations of service, funds and food to childrenâ€™s camps and holiday parties for The Salvation Army Childrenâ€™s Crisis Center, The City Union Mission, Rose Brooks and local hospitals and nursing homes. Through the Clubâ€™s Industry Service program, members volunteer at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Movie Bunch Group luncheon, Kansas City FilmFest, Variety the Childrenâ€™s Charity, and the Fringe Festival.
October 17, 2010 (St. Louis, Mo) – St Louis native Andy W. Meyer of Aunt Max Entertainment, whose previous job as a flight attendant took him high into the sky, is now reaching for the stars, winning this years INTERCOM Best of Education-Youth Certificate of Merit Award for his pilot television show Tracking Andy at this years 46th Chicago International Film Festival. Andy traveled to Chicago to attend the 46th Chicago International Film Festival’s Awards Night Ceremony on October 16, 2010 at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel. Also present was the show’s Cinematographer Jordan Lundy. Present were the local industry representatives, the film festival jury and International filmmakers. One thing that the Chicago Film Festival has is a proven track record of future Academy Award winners! As a winner in the Intercom category for educational-youth, a portion of Tracking Andy will screen at the AMC River East 21 on October 20th as part of Chicago International Film Festival’s Best of INTERCOM presentation. And if things couldn’t get any better for Aunt Max Entertainment’s Producer Andy W. Meyer, Tracking Andy will not only be distributed to all entrants, but also to the festival’s list of distributors, educators, potential clients and the press!
Chicago International Film Festival category INTERCOM strives to give recognition of achievement in the corporate, educational, interactive and sponsored productions.
Meyer came up with his idea for Tracking Andy while traveling all over the US serving as a flight attendant. Each time he landed in a new city, he would discover the most unique and fun attractions of that city. You can also log on to TrackingAndy.com and visit the shows mock up interactive website. The website also is a great tool that teachers can use with their students by uploading and downloading lesson plans to teach in their classrooms.
Catch up on industry news from around the state. MOMMA’s fall newsletter is a product of MOMMA’s Communications committee chaired by Joni Tackette. Marla Stoker, one of MOMMA’s newest members, writes the newsletter. We welcome Marla and thank her for her contributions to MOMMA and the industry!