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MCFC’s 30th Anniversary Reunion – Nov. 19th at Tarpy’s

Reunite with MCFC Board members–past and present–and help us celebrate the lives and contributions of past Presidents Phyllis Decker, Nick Souza, Richard Tyler and our first President, David McIntyre.  There will be hosted wine, a no-host bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

“We are so happy to see the response we are getting from former Film Commission Board Members to our 30th Reunion Event! Do not miss this chance to catch up with old friends…
so much history… so much hard work!  Let’s celebrate together!”
                                                             Teresa Del Piero and Anne Sanchez, Committee Co-Chairs

Please share with your fellow Board members so that everyone will know about the event. MCFC does not have valid email address for all former Board members.  RSVP by November 15, by phone at 831-646-0910 or email Moira@FilmMonterey.org. $50 per person payable to:
Monterey County Film Commission, PO Box 111, Monterey, CA  93942

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.

California Film Commission Filming Incentives

Monterey County Film Commission Directors Chair Point LobosThe new film incentive bill which was passed last fall will mean 20 to 25% savings for production companies shooting in California. Those productions that get money from the program will have it based on economic activity and jobs impact. To implement the law, there are rules and regulations that are being drawn up by the California Film Commission. Once approved, film productions can apply for awards. A 5% uplift is offered to productions that qualify and will film outside the Los Angeles Zone, in places such as Monterey County.

Film Commission Elects Paula MacNab to Board of Directors

Paula MacNab - Board of DirectorsWe welcome Paula MacNab as newly elected member of the MCFC Board of Directors. A realtor and an interior designer, Paula was born and raised in Carmel and has lived in Monterey for three years. She is an author and former radio broadcast host, and has volunteered at past MCFC events.

Use of Drones in Monterey County for Filming

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From the California Film Commission:
The FAA’s permanent regulations regarding the use of drones for commercial use (Unmanned Aircraft Rule – Part 107) will go into effect in August. Until then, the California Film Commission will be reviewing the implications of the new regulations and creating revised guidelines for filming on state-owned and operated properties. Therefore, please check the CFC website at:
Requirements for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) When Filming on State Property or call Eve Honthaner at 323-860-2960, ext. 136, to get the latest information on the State’s policies pertaining to the use of drones. Also note that until further notice, both State Parks and Caltrans will be reviewing requests for the use of drones on a case-by-case basis; and if approved, their own guidelines will apply.

Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine

Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine
Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine

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.