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Film Production Discussed

S.B. City and Film Commission Sponsor Free February 27 Seminar


Just when it was time to come out of the theater after the recent film festival, South Coast businesses owners who want to work with the movie industry are encouraged to attend a film production seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 27 in the San Miguel Room at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort.

Scheduled to speak at the no-cost seminar are California State Film Commissioner Amy Lemisch and Lisa Rich, a producer for the commercial production company Smuggler. They will discuss topics related to media production in the state and local jurisdictions including trends, production company process for bidding, landing and locating jobs, strategies for attracting this business, and obstacles to production.

To attend, RSVP to Geoff@filmsantabarbara.com by February 20. The City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Film Commission are sponsoring the seminar.

More Movies

The Montecito-based business called the Get Happy Zone is sponsoring the only Central Coast screening of the movie Happy at 4 p.m., February 11, at the Marjorie Luke Theater.

Screening sponsors include: Silvergreens; Yoga Soup; DeDominic & Associates; International Women’s Festivals; ParentClick.com; SBCoupons.com; and Eric Roland Photography. For more information, see thehappymovie.com or gethappyzone.com.

To celebrate World Happy Day, the movie, produced through the nonprofit Creative Visions Foundations, will be screened on the heels of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Produced by Academy Award nominee Roko Belic, Happy will be shown at select locations around the country the same day.

“As the owner of Get Happy Zone personal development company, I feel it only fitting to host this extraordinary event, World Happiness Day,” said Montecito resident and author Jackie Ruka.

Happy looks at secrets behind that emotion. Moviemakers interviewed people from a range of socio and economic lifestyles in various countries to find out what makes them happy and discovered money is not the key to happiness, Ruka said. For a $5 donation at the door, it is an alternative for young people and the general public to view an independent film at low cost, she said.

“The current financial crisis and high unemployment have left people feeling more disconnected than ever before,” Ruka said. “As a result it is even more important to learn these important principles and refocus your energy on being positive and happy.”.

Panelists Announced

Panelists have been announced for the next MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast entitled “Effective Startup Management, featuring Paul Orfalea” and set for 5 to 8 p.m. on February 15 at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara.

The South Coast founder of Kinko’s copying service, Orfalea, who is now a philanthropist, will speak prior to a panel, which includes: Kathy O’Dell, president of Annovium Products LLC; Jason Womack, author and founder of the Womack Co.; and Joe Bruzzese, chief executive officer and founder of Sprigeo Inc.

Panel moderator is Jacques Habra, general manager of Noospheric, LLC.

Brand, Expand

“Brand and Expand: The Inspiring Success Story of Edible Communities” is the topic of a presentation by Tracey Ryder and 
Carole Tapalian set for 11:30 a.m. February 22 at the DoubleTree Resort.

The National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO-SB, is sponsoring the presentation. The cost for members is $35
and for nonmembers $50. Registration closes February 15.

Ryder and Tapalian started a magazine called Edible Ojai, which became the basis for a publishing company with 70 titles across North America.

NAWBO-SB also is planning a “Sadie Hawkins 
Mixer” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. February 29 at Senior Planning Services, 1811 State Street. For more information, see nawbo-sb.com.

The South Coast Biz Blog is a roundup of business news in the Santa Barbara area and is written by Ray Estrada, restrada_2001@yahoo.com, who has covered business in the region for numerous publications over the past couple decades. See more at independent.com/biz and southcoastbizblog.

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