Monterey County Film Commission Blog

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Cibo dining to benefit MCFC on Oct. 25

In a salute to the past 30 years of filmmaking in Monterey County, the Monterey County Film Commission will be the honored nonprofit organization on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Monterey’s Cibo Ristorante Italiano at 301 Alvarado St.  The restaurant will donate 20% of dinner and drink sales that night to the film commission if diners mention the MCFC when arriving or making reservations ahead.

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the community is welcomed to come by, enjoy a meal out with friends and family, and celebrate the fact that more than $104 million has come into Monterey County communities from film productions since the film commission was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987.  Diners will receive a complimentary Monterey Movie Map, meet film commission board members, and enter to win door prizes.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the band “Andrea’s Fault,” a light jazz group, will perform.  Also Cibo’s $3 Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Each year an average economic boost of $4 million comes to the area due to the commission’s efforts to attract and assist a variety of productions from fashion shoots to commercials and feature films.  The Emmy Award-winning HBO limited series, “Big Little Lies” filmed for four weeks on Monterey Peninsula last year, leaving an estimated $2.5 million in support of local hotels, restaurants, purchases, location rentals and hiring of crew and 300 extras.

To reserve, call Cibo at 831-649-8151 and mention the Monterey County Film Commission. For more information call 831-646-0910, email info@filmmonterey.org.

Daniel Cardenas joins MCFC Board

The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Daniel Cardenas of Carmel to serve on the board for a three-year term.

Cardenas is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Carmel. Prior to moving to Monterey County he lived in Long Beach, and worked with Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank for 20 years. There he held positions in human resources, post-production, consumer products, and production operations distribution of theatrical for Latin America and Asia Pacific. He also managed 12 worldwide theatrical film distribution releases for New Line Cinema Worldwide.

As director of international sales and acquisitions for In-Focus Entertainment, Cardenas distributed feature films to over 50 airlines worldwide and negotiated film acquisition contracts.

While with Warner Bros., he served as director of professional development for a career development program, Warner Bros. Latinos Unidos, participated in the Warner Bros. mentor program Big Brother, and volunteered with MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) and Wheels for Humanity, providing wheelchairs for Third World countries.

The nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission was established by and is funded in part by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.  It works to attract and facilitate on-location film production for economic development, with an annual average of $4 million direct spend coming to local communities from the film business.

Monterey’s Summer of Love kicked off with “Monterey Pop” film

In May, the Monterey County Film Commission took nearly 800 movie-goers back in time to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It happened via a special screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s
documentary Monterey Pop, the ground-breaking film which blended music and film 50 years ago. Held at Monterey’s historic Golden State Theatre, the event included a talk by Carmel’s professional photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, who shared behind-the-scenes insights on the festival and those who were capturing its action on film.

Sandi Austin and Carol Crocker join Monterey County Film Commission Board

MCFC BOARD ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS

Sandi Austin
Carol Crocker

The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Sandi Austin of Aromas and Carol Crocker of Salinas to serve on the nonprofit’s board for three-year terms.

Austin is a business operations professional at Cisco Systems in San Jose, working to improve data access for peers and partners. Previously she worked in finance for six years, including senior auditor/accountant. She started her career at Seagate Technology in accounting, and has a BS degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. She has volunteered for organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Women’s Crisis Line in Salinas, and the Human Rights Commission in San Jose.

“Big Little Lies” – Filmed in Monterey County – Named Finalist for COLA Award

Big Little Lies TV SeriesFinalists for COLAs were selected from nearly 150 submissions, with winners determined in voting by members of Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), past COLA winners, and a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members. The invitation-only COLA event has grown to become the largest awards program and industry event.

The Monterey County Film Commission is a member of FLICS, a statewide nonprofit corporation with more than 40 member film commissions benefiting from the organization’s development of standards, guidelines, education and marketing resources.