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Film Commission Elects Kathleen Eckerson to Board of Directors

Kathleen Eckerson - Board of DirectorsThe Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Kathleen Eckerson to serve a three-year term on the nonprofit organization’s board.

Eckerson is a wealth management advisor and owner of Suddenly Single Wealth Management® in Pebble Beach. She has a diverse background in economic development from senior management and consultant roles with the City of Fresno and County of Fresno, as well as the County of Monterey. Previously she was senior management analyst for the City and County of Fresno, and an instructor at California State University, Fresno, teaching their capstone course, strategy and policy. She also served as Fiserv, Inc.’s regional vice president of marketing, sales, client services, negotiations and corporate communications in their Fresno regional office.

Monterey County Board of Supervisors Honored By Film Commission

Reel Vision Award presented to former Supervisor Marc Del Piero pictured below
with MCFC Board President Jeff Clark and Board Chair Gloria Gargiulo

Monterey County Film Commission’s Board of Directors honored Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Photos: Robert Stanley

When the idea of creating a Monterey County Film Commission was being considered by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987, it was then Supervisor Marc Del Piero—along with Supervisor Sam Karas—who championed the cause. They hoped the county would benefit from the economic boost that on-location film production could bring to the area. Little did they know that by 2015 film productions would have meant more than $92 million in economic impact for Monterey County’s communities.

Monterey County Film Commission 2015 Student Scholarship Winner

2015 Student Scholarship WinnerChelsea Amarillas, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2015 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department.

Chelsea Amarillas at CameraAmarillas will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis capstone film, “A Father’s Love.” She describes the story as a dark and enchanting tale that illustrates the importance of family. Filming will be begin in the fall, and she has begun looking for locations in Monterey County, including a Victorian-style house. “The stylization of the film is modern but with Victorian elements, and this award will allow me to achieve the level of quality production design that I had hoped to,” Amarillas said.

“Receiving this scholarship is an honor because I was selected from a group of talented peers, and it is encouraging as a young filmmaker to be recognized and rewarded for the craft that I am just beginning,” Amarillas said. “The award will be of great assistance financially in the production of a film that is near to my heart and one that I am very excited to see come to life.”

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship Winner

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship WinnerJessica Moss, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2014 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts Jeff Clark and Jessica Mossand Technology Department at CSUMB.

Jessica will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis project, “The Maw,” an animated film short. She chose the challenge of an animated film, which entails doing frame by frame traditional animation in addition to digital animation. It requires specialized equipment as well as an extended time commitment.

“With animation, I will be drawing approximately 4,000 frames over the course of two semesters and three summer months,” Moss said. “Thanks to this award I can upgrade equipment, purchase light boxes and more.”

Generation Brazil 2014

Filming Generation BrazilBrazilian Telenovela, “Generation Brazil 2014,” was filmed in Monterey County (and San Francisco) in March 2014.

Locals were hired as extras and crew, and locations included Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge and Highway One, a mansion in the Monterey hills, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and more. Bat-winged skydivers, upscale wedding scene, fancy cars…..and much more. — Karen

Below is a link to the Brazilian Telenovela, “Generation Brazil 2014,” which was filmed in Monterey County (and San Francisco) in March 2014:
https://globoplay.globo.com/v/3286769/

Made in Monterey “Big Sur”

It’s another “Made in Monterey County”movie! On Nov. 1 the film “Big Sur,” based on Jack Kerouac’s novel, opens in theaters. It stars Jean-Marc Barr as Jack Kerouac, Kate Bosworth as Billie, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady, Radha Mitchell as Carolyn Casady, and Anthony Edwards as Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Michael Polish directed.