Briana Gonzales, a graduating senior at the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2017 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program. She is a Seaside resident, originally from Porterville, CA.
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.
MCFC BOARD ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS
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.
The 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.
Reel Vision Award presented to former Supervisor Marc Del Piero pictured below
with MCFC Board President Jeff Clark and Board Chair Gloria Gargiulo
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.