Press Releases

Film Commission honors Karen Seppa Nordstrand for 30th Year Anniversary

(Jan. 11, 2021–Monterey, Calif.)  — The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors recognized Karen Seppa Nordstrand with a Hollywood “Walk of Fame Star” replica plaque in 2020, in honor of her 30th anniversary year of working for the nonprofit organization. Nordstrand, the Monterey County Film Commissioner, was hired in 1990 by the original executive […]

8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Ventana Wilderness Alliance is presenting its 8th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on October 8, 2020. This year, the event will be completely virtual. Event attendees will have access to the films until October 12.for five days after the festival. Since 2013, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been the Ventana Wilderness […]

“Ratched” debuts with Monterey County locations

Two seasons of the Netflix series “Ratched” premiered Sept. 18.  It’s a prequel of sorts to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” with insights as to what made Nurse Ratched become the cruel nurse character in that film.  It’s rated TV-MA, with outbursts of violence.  You may see our local settings that were used—Lucia Lodge, […]

Film Commission elects new board officers

(July 16, 2020–Monterey, Calif.)  — The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected officers for the next fiscal year.   Gary Bolen will serve as president, with Cheryl Savage as vice president, Julia Avery-Shapiro as secretary, and Sandi Austin, treasurer.  Former board president Garland Thompson will serve as the board chairperson. Bolen, a SAG […]

California Covid-19 Details

The Monterey County Film Commission wanted to provide a helpful link to California’s statewide industry guidance to reduce risk for COVID-19. This outlines what a business needs to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules.