Florida Film Works!

The Florida Film Works Program Series is Presented in Partnership With:

Enzian Theater

UPCOMING EVENTS

Love Your Shorts Education Day
How Filmmakers Get Their Start

Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:00PM. At The Wayne Densch Theater in Sanford.

Join us for the screening of several short films produced by local Independent Filmmakers. The screening will be followed by a panel of four area filmmakers who will tell their story and how they got their start in the field. The conversation continues with a live Q&A session from the audience at the end of the presentations.

Love Your Shorts Film Festival Promo Graphic

Short Films To be Screened

Men Are Dogs Short Film Poster
Men Are Dogs by Tracey Jane
Speak Poster
Speak by Robin Hofmann
Persistence of Time Poster
The Persistence of Time by Dustin Weible
Betrayed by Dale Metz
Campfire Tales Short Film Poster
Campfire Tales by Michael Carey
It Whispers by Trent Duncan

Panelists

DUSTIN WEIBLE<br><br>Filmmaker, Writer, Storyteller<br><br>When Dustin first saw Jurassic Park at the age of three, he knew he<br>wanted to make movies. Armed with his Hot Wheels camcorder, he'd<br>record scenes with his action figures and friends.<br>Dustin studied Media Arts at the University of South Carolina with a focus<br>on cinematography and writing. After graduating, he made the move down<br>to Florida, where he is currently working with Living Frames, a commercial<br>production company, while pursuing his passion for narrative filmmaking.
DUSTIN WEIBLE

Filmmaker, Writer, Storyteller

When Dustin first saw Jurassic Park at the age of three, he knew he
wanted to make movies. Armed with his Hot Wheels camcorder, he’d
record scenes with his action figures and friends.
Dustin studied Media Arts at the University of South Carolina with a focus
on cinematography and writing. After graduating, he made the move down
to Florida, where he is currently working with Living Frames, a commercial
production company, while pursuing his passion for narrative filmmaking.



ROBIN HOFMANN
ROBIN HOFMANN

Award-winning writer, director and producer.

ROBIN HOFMANN started producing content to spread awareness and highlight individuals who may not have had a voice otherwise. Prior to getting into film, Robin earned her degree in Psychology and spent 27 years working with individuals with disabilities. Her film journey began with an online baking show focusing on gluten free recipes and spreading awareness on disabilities. Shortly after, she began interviewing “ordinary people with extraordinary stories” on her online talk show, Chat with Me. These experiences brought her to the art of filmmaking where she began writing, producing and directing independent films.

TRACEY JANE<br><br>Filmmaker, Writer, Director<br><br><strong>TRACEY JANE</strong> found her way to films through her passion for storytelling. As Copy Director for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Tracey leads a team of a dozen creative copywriters. As an award-winning playwright, her comedic short plays (together, <em>QUICKIES by Tracey Jane</em>) have been produced from Orlando, Miami, and LA to New York, London and, later this year, Paris. In 2022, Tracey was challenged to enter the magical world of movies. Thanks to her team of co-collaborators, her first two short films, <em>Men Are Dogs </em>and <em>Build-a-Bob</em>—which she wrote, directed, and produced—received 14 awards (28 total nominations), including Best Film each for comedy and sci-fi categories, respectively, by the Orlando Independent Filmmakers. A brand-new musical Tracey wrote (book, music, and lyrics), "A Halloween Carol," gave a sold-out workshop performance at Orlando's Renaissance Theatre in preparation for a full production this coming Halloween. She's looking forward to the next Equal Play Production, co-written with Stephen Lewis: <em>Love Eternal</em>, a short comedy about mortality, inspiration, and love.
TRACEY JANE

Filmmaker, Writer, Director

TRACEY JANE found her way to films through her passion for storytelling. As Copy Director for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Tracey leads a team of a dozen creative copywriters. As an award-winning playwright, her comedic short plays (together, QUICKIES by Tracey Jane) have been produced from Orlando, Miami, and LA to New York, London and, later this year, Paris. In 2022, Tracey was challenged to enter the magical world of movies. Thanks to her team of co-collaborators, her first two short films, Men Are Dogs and Build-a-Bob—which she wrote, directed, and produced—received 14 awards (28 total nominations), including Best Film each for comedy and sci-fi categories, respectively, by the Orlando Independent Filmmakers. A brand-new musical Tracey wrote (book, music, and lyrics), “A Halloween Carol,” gave a sold-out workshop performance at Orlando’s Renaissance Theatre in preparation for a full production this coming Halloween. She’s looking forward to the next Equal Play Production, co-written with Stephen Lewis: Love Eternal, a short comedy about mortality, inspiration, and love.



DALE METZ<br>Filmmaker, Producer, Director<br><br>Dale Metz has been a photo and film enthusiast for years though he began a more formal study of photography in 1998. In early 2010, upon retiring from a career in the<br>fire/EMS service, he developed a passion for film-making. The ability to use knowledge learned as a still photographer when creating a story through film has opened a new dimension of expression. He enjoys collaboration, project development and working with actors and crew.<br>Born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida, he received a Bachelor degree from Florida State and has studied photography through Seminole State College and various workshops.<br>His professional photographic experience includes wedding, portrait, fine art and commercial work. He has produced product advertisements and composite work for promotional publications. Dale's short films have screened at festivals around the globe<br>and have received numerous recognitions.
DALE METZ
Filmmaker, Producer, Director

Dale Metz has been a photo and film enthusiast for years though he began a more formal study of photography in 1998. In early 2010, upon retiring from a career in the
fire/EMS service, he developed a passion for film-making. The ability to use knowledge learned as a still photographer when creating a story through film has opened a new dimension of expression. He enjoys collaboration, project development and working with actors and crew.
Born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida, he received a Bachelor degree from Florida State and has studied photography through Seminole State College and various workshops.
His professional photographic experience includes wedding, portrait, fine art and commercial work. He has produced product advertisements and composite work for promotional publications. Dale’s short films have screened at festivals around the globe
and have received numerous recognitions.



Moderator

JASON GREGORY, MFA
JASON GREGORY, MFA

Screenwriting Lecturer, English Department, University of Central Florida

Jason Gregory is a board member of the Organization of Independent Filmmakers and former President of Orlando Urban Film Festival as well as a current UCF Screenwriting Lecturer.
Jason will moderate the panel and host the audience’s Q&A sessions.

OIF Ambassador

CHRIS BALLINGER
CHRIS BALLINGER

Writer, Director

Chris Ballinger resides in Orlando for the past 25 years. Chris started as an actor but realized he loved being behind the camera; now, he’s an award-winning indie short filmmaker and screenwriter. His award-winning short film Little Z now turned into a series called Saving Little Z. Along with the pilot, he turned the series into a comic book. Chris continues to create plans with an audio drama podcast and two more short films coming out this year. He enjoys getting out, meeting people, and talking about his passion as a creator.

Open to the Public. Registration is not required for this event. General audience seating is not assigned or reserved and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped seating is available upon request.


Promoting Yourself and Your Film

Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 11:00AM. At The Enzian Theater in Maitland. More details to follow.

This workshop can help actors and others learn how to best promote themselves in the film industry. Discussions on how to best promote your film projects will also be presented.

Open to the Public. Registration is Required. Donations Appreciated.

Click on the button for more information and to register via enventbrite.com. $5.00 minimum donation is suggested so we can keep bringing quality programs to you. Thank you for your support.

Note the event may be videotaped. By attending, you hereby acknowledge that your likeness may be recorded and release the use of any such recordings to the producers.


The Florida Film Works! Workshop series is an educational program that also showcases new as well as seasoned filmmakers, cast, and crew members. Our programs show that Florida Film works!

Panelists

There will be food and beverage available for purchase at the venue. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start to ensure your order will be ready by the time the session begins.

Tim Anderson will speak about Film Festivals, how to promote your film via Festivals and what the judges look for so you can increase your chances of having your film selected.

Will Covington will cover how your music can be attached to a film and gain exposure.

Marco Di George will provide pointers for actors so they better promote themselves during casting calls.

TIM ANDERSON
TIM ANDERSON

Programming Coordinator for the Florida Film Festival and the Enzian Theater

TIM ANDERSON has worked in the entertainment industry since 1996. Currently he is the Programming Coordinator for the Florida Film Festival and the Enzian Theater—which was named the “Coolest Movie Theater in Florida” by Cosmopolitan Magazine. The Florida Film Festival is accredited as a qualifying festival for the Oscars® in the Live Action, Documentary, and Animated Short film categories and was named one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2022 and one of the “40 Great Festivals to Find Your Film a Home (October 2022) by Moviemaker Magazine. Prior to his work with Enzian and the FFF, he produced award-winning shorts and music videos, co-hosted and co-produced the Indie Cinema Showcase for Orange TV, and was a freelance writer for Tribune Co., Amazon.com, Film Threat, Fangoria, and for 8-years at Bloody-Disgusting.com

JORDAN WOODS-ROBINSON<br>Award-Winning Actor, Musician, and Coach
JORDAN WOODS-ROBINSON
Award-Winning Actor, Musician, and Coach

 
As an actor, Jordan is best known for The Walking Dead, Homeland, Nashville, and as a member of the prestigious Blue Man Group. With a BFA with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jordan’s physically-based theatrical training has to led to chameleon-like Film and TV roles opposite Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Clare Danes, Donald Sutherland, Andrew Lincoln, Connie Britton, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Dockery, Colin O’Donoghue, and more. (All of which were cast from the Book From Tape studios.)
 
As an Acting Coach, Jordan translates his theatrical training for Film and TV actors, empowering them to get into their bodies and out of their heads. He trains his actors (ages 6-76) to harness impulse as a tool, to trust their guts, to work on their feet, to break rules, and, overall, to make bold choices that make a lasting impression through tape. Actors who work with Jordan are taught techniques by Jerzy Grotowski, Laban, Viewpoints, Harold Guskin, and others from his personal Actor’s Tool Box.

MARCO DiGEORGE<br>Co-Owner, Program Director, Truthful Acting Studios<br><br>Marco DiGeorge’s love for teaching and the arts has led him to the various endeavors he is involved with today, including Co-Founder and Teacher at Truthful Acting Studios, Adjunct Professor with the UCF Film Program, Producer at Doctrine Creative, and Artistic Director of Theater On The Edge, where he has implemented his unique style of Cinematic Theater. Marco is an acclaimed actor and director in the central Florida community, and he works in both theater and film.
MARCO DiGEORGE
Co-Owner, Program Director, Truthful Acting Studios

Marco DiGeorge’s love for teaching and the arts has led him to the various endeavors he is involved with today, including Co-Founder and Teacher at Truthful Acting Studios, Adjunct Professor with the UCF Film Program, Producer at Doctrine Creative, and Artistic Director of Theater On The Edge, where he has implemented his unique style of Cinematic Theater. Marco is an acclaimed actor and director in the central Florida community, and he works in both theater and film.



WILL COVINGTON
WILL COVINGTON

Grammy-Award winning drummer, Inferno Music Group CEO, record producer, and music publisher.

WILL COVINGTON is currently Chairperson of Orange Technical College Music Department Advisory Board; Founder of So You Want Your Name In Lights Youth Mentoring Program (501c3 non-profit organization); and since 2011, member of Valencia College Sound & Music Technology Program Advisory Committee in Orlando, Florida. Over his 50+ year music career, Will began as a freelance professional drummer/performer with the Ink Spots, James Brown, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Betty Wright, Raw Soul Express, and toured with The Commodores, The Chi-Lites, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Roy Ayers, and more. He organized and was drummer with Miami’s OMARi Band when he produced their first international hit single, “After Loving You” in 1983. Then in 1985, his drumming skills gained the attention of Blues icon, B B King; who hired him to record Kings’ entire 50th Anniversary album, the Grammy-Award “Six Silver Strings’ project for MCA Records. Afterwards, Will spent many studio hours producing for scores of clients who include Russian famous artist Li Li; Country music artist Chris Martin; Rock music artists Zeg, Petey & Ravins, and Scott Vervill; hip/hop artists Omeez and Peezy & LaLa, Pastor Joan Brightharp (New York), Poet Alonzo McClain (Miami), Deadbolt Revival (Leesburg), R&B artists Nina Skyy and Ariee, and Orlando-based Gospel artists Darwin “D-Brass” Brascomb, Minister Ed Brown, Jr (Notorious Praise), Gospel Daytonaires, Deadbolt Revival (Leesburg,FL), Gwen Covington; and three So You Want Your Name In Lights Gospel Showcase Winners: Jamarien Moore (who subsequently became BET Sunday’s Best Finalist/Season 5), Titus Lennon (Lakeland, FL), and Bernardette Miles (Deland, FL). Will’s film song credits include the movies, Clarinet (“Get Up, Get Freaky”); Lucky (“Funk Track Instrumental”); and HBO/TV series, Winning Line (“Get Up, Get Freaky”). His numerous accolades include recipient of “We Care” gold-record plaque for co-producing this song that generated sales over 500,000 units and raised funds for Ethiopian refugees support; City of Orlando Police Citizen Service Award, President Barack Obama Community Service Award, Underground Music Association Worldwide 2020 “Micheal Robinson Leadership Award”, and Orlando Urban Film Festival (2022) Life & Legacy Award. His 43- year marriage to Gwen (Realtor/Gospel Recording Artist/Events Specialist) procreated one son, Omari, (artist/composer/music producer) and three grandchildren.


Moderator

JASON GREGORY, MFA
JASON GREGORY, MFA

Screenwriting Lecturer, English Department, University of Central Florida

Jason Gregory is a board member of the Organization of Independent Filmmakers and former President of Orlando Urban Film Festival as well as a current UCF Screenwriting Lecturer.
Jason will moderate the panel and host the audience’s Q&A sessions.

Empowering the people that bring stories to life.