Job Development Center to create over 500 jobs for Southwest Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia December 29th 2011
Presently in Atlanta, you can scarcely traverse a city block without running into a television or movie project underway. Feature films are being shot in several communities and a slew of made-in-Atlanta films are due for 2012 release.
Generous tax incentives passed by the state legislature in 2008 explain the booming film industry, putting scads of people to work. But under all this glitz and glamour is an indigenous film industry known as LANTAWOOD, growing with opportunities as indigenous production companies are springing up everywhere. One of the major catalysts to the growth of this independent movie industry is the assistance offered by the Association of Southern Movie Workers Inc (ASMW Inc.) to local producers and actors to launch their careers in the film business.
According to a statement by Jenee Woodley, the Job Development Director for the organization, “we shall focus our efforts in the first quarter of 2012 to the establishment of a Job Development Center in Southwest Atlanta. With this center in operation, over 500 local jobs can be created utilizing the system our non profit organization has developed over the last 4 years.”
The services offered by ASMW Inc are carried out by over 60 partners/volunteers and a hardworking staff of 5 Coordinators. The Coordinators provide management to the various units which collectively drive the growth of Lantawood, while the partners provide the talent and workforce. “Smart Budget” movie projects are being produced on a daily basis with about 11 Producers currently making feature films.
According to Jenee Woodley, the Job Development Center is a vital community initiative developed by ASMW Inc. “Presently; producers, talent, crew and support workers meet at various parks and recreation centers all around Atlanta to discuss their productions, audition new talent and also interview for job and entrepreneurial opportunities. With the government’s intention to start charging non profits for the use of public space beginning January 2012, local producers, actors and crew will soon have no place to work. This heightens the urgency for us to develop a dedicated facility within our community.”
With this major issue at hand the Association set off to meet with the community, and the community came to the rescue. “Though this building is in a state of disrepair, it has been donated by a prominent Atlanta family” said Jenee. “This project aims to renovate this building and make it useable as the nucleus of Atlanta's own film industry. It will provide a physical location for recruiting and training the local workforce. Opportunities include acting, marketing, distribution, production and unlimited industry support work.”
According to Bridget Chapel, the Community Affairs Coordinator for the Association, “this facility would eliminate the usual uncertainties and improve all not for profit programs that we offer. Currently, the productivity among the producer, crew, talent and support workers who participate in ASMW programs is hampered because the meeting and rehearsal facilities at the public libraries and recreation centers at times are not available for use.”
The Job Development Center building will house a cinema designed to showcase independent films produced locally, auditions, training, meeting space, food service, and administrative offices for our organization. It will also house a production and editing studio, marketing & publishing services and a community focused internet TV Service.
“Not only will this facility aid our ability to create an unlimited volume of jobs both locally and beyond, it will also benefit the community as it would provide a new source of quality entertainment, information and education” said Bridget.
Understanding that the "film industry" or the effect of the movies we watch permeates through all facets of our daily living, the "communal based" LANTAWOOD system could also encourage networking and resource sharing among our communities. This is the outcome anticipated by Jenee Woodley who heads the job creating mission of the organization.
“We have launched our campaign to reach out and knock on doors throughout our communities for help on this renovation project. The 10,000 square foot building, located at the corner of Metropolitan Parkway and Northside Drive in Atlanta, sat as an eye sore unused for the last 14 years. This is an important move in revitalizing the community. We must come together, fix up this building, and put it to work for the community with the focus of creating over 500 jobs in 2012”, said Jenee.”
ASMW Inc. is a non profit organization focused on developing viable film industry opportunities here in the South eastern USA. The organization helps talents establish themselves in all aspects of the indigenous film industry. This includes:
• Conducting public relations programs to enhance and improve the image of the indigenous film industry.
• Seeking improvements in the sustainability of the indigenous film industry by researching, investigating, drafting, and recommending new ways to expedite production and distribution.
• Consulting with Producers on the economics of running efficient film production businesses.
• Creating and directing other programs toward making the practice of film production more profitable for "independents" in Atlanta and the South.
• Sponsor Film projects, also coordinating physical DVD distribution and revenue management for indigenous production companies.
All ASMW services are funded entirely from its partnerships and donations from the public.
For more info on Lantawood and the movie industry of the South, visit http://www.lantawood.org
Job Development Director
Association of Southern Movie Workers Inc.
Direct-678 362 6415
Office- 678 754 5438
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