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Pam Cole, Editor
Oct. 21, 2005, 6:26 a.m.

Here we go....

I'm a middle-aged, middle-class, white woman, born and raised in Atlanta, GA, who left corporate America several years ago to pursue an interest in film. This is where that interest has lead me, to date. I've made a few shorts, written several screenplays (one was a semi-finalist in the now defunct Chesterfield competition). But I find filmmakers and the process of filmmaking so fascinating, that I pulled out my credit card and created a publication where I could legitimately ask questions that were really none of my business. "Where did you get the idea for that film? How did you pay for it? What were you really trying to say about those rats in the sewer?"

I'm discovering that film people are the nicest people. I so enjoy meeting them and getting to ask my questions. Some are brave souls like me who quit the cushy corporate world to be more creative; some are young film students, not yet caught by the financial lure of security, fueled by the passion of their vision. Some are successfully plying their craft, long-time entrepreneurs in the film world. I love them all. They inspire me to tell their stories.

So, I've been busy planning the second edition. So much going on, so little time. Space in the publication is limited (because of print costs), so I've decided to use the website to post items that won't make it into the print version. It also lets me keep a more timely update. Several people have asked if they can subscribe to Southern Screen Report, and I'm working out the .html details to make that happen. $24 per year, mailed to your door.

Speaking of websites, has anyone noticed that the Georgia Film, Video and Music website has been down? Or is it just my connection. Hmmmm. I have to say, the coolest website I've seen in a while is the Louisiana Film commission site: www.lafilm.org. Check it.

I spent a terrific day at the Urban Media Maker's Film Festival on Oct.15, 2005. (This is where I get to personalize, I guess, not be so journalistic.) It rocked! The people were the best! I had so much fun! And I didn't even see any of the films, though they looked great from afar. My new associate editor, Carletta S. Hurt, joined me at UMFF to hand out copies of Southern Screen Report. Thanks, Carletta.

I guess that's enough. Surely, no one has read this far. I've added a Donation button to the website. If everyone who reads Southern Screen Report would donate just one dollar, I'd be golden. Think about it.



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