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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Photo: Geoff Juckes

Pretty as a picture: World-famous McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur. Vista photography is possible from a trail only, but no access above or below the waterfall. Photo: Geoff Juckes

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Film Commission elects board officers

The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected officers for the next fiscal year. Alán Vasquez, location scout and producer with, will serve as president. Also elected were Troy Kingshaven, vice president; Kathy Eckerson, secretary; Garland Thompson, treasurer; and Jeff Clark, chairperson.

The film commission works to boost the economy throughout Monterey County by attracting and assisting on-location film production. Each year an average of $4 million in revenue comes to local communities from the film business.

The board is seeking additional volunteer board members from all parts of Monterey County, especially the Salinas Valley and South County.

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Brianna Beavers, Jeff Clark, Rose Mercurio

Monterey County Film Commission Selects Two $1,500 Film Student Winners for 2016

Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio, both seniors in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay, were each named winners of a scholarship in the 2016 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.


Carmel Magazine Spread

Monterey County Film Commission is the featured story in the latest Carmel Magazine edition. The publication highlights the HBO shoot, “Big Little Lies,” which filmed earlier in the year in Monterey and Pacific Grove, and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. And the story puts the spotlight on the economic impact filming has had since the film commission was begun—more than $92 million impact.

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The Monterey County Film Commission was
created in 1987 and is funded in part by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors

Mission Statement

The Monterey County Film Commission is a non-profit organization proactively marketing Monterey County as a destination for the motion picture, television, and related industries, for the purpose of stimulating economic development, creating jobs, providing and supporting educational opportunities in these areas.