Savannah Film Alliance Announces Eight Honorees for Upcoming Inaugural Ga

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Savannah Film Alliance Announces Eight Honorees for Upcoming Inaugural Gala

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) has chosen eight outstanding local professionals from Savannah’s thriving film and television community to be honored at the inaugural SFA Honors Gala, slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, at Victory North, 2603 Whitaker St. The star-studded event has a theme of “Old Hollywood” and is open to the public. Attendees can expect a night of “Lights! Camera! Action!” at the gala, intended as a glamorous and high-profile new event on Savannah’s social calendar. The entertainment community will pull out all the stops that evening, evoking classic Hollywood with lights, a red carpet, live music – even paparazzi.

The honorees being recognized that night include:

  • Nora Clark, a production coordinator with credits on at least six film and television projects, now at work on a documentary about the life of Chicago tap dance legend Bril Barrett;
  • John Grace, who has worked as director of photography and camera operator on theatrical features and commercials, including work for ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, ESPN, PBS and Walt Disney Studios, among many others. He is also a faculty member of the Georgia Film Academy and teaches technical production classes at Savannah Technical College;
  • Genevieve Hawkins, with credits as a production and location coordinator, has worked on such Savannah-filmed projects as “Lizzie,” “Peanut Butter Falcon,” “The Act,” and “Council of Dads”;
  • Amanda Kulkoski, documentarian, cinematographer, and film professor at Savannah College of Art and Design;
  • Witt Lacy is an assistant director who has worked with a variety of productions before setting up base in Savannah to work on “Underground,” “Poison Rose,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “The Glorias,” among others;
  • William Martin, documentarian, cinematographer, and educator, has 15 years of production experience in television news;
  • Buck Meeks, location services and period actor, first worked in period costume locally 30 years ago in the filming of “Glory”;
  • Anthony Paderewski, whose background includes a wide array of roles in the film industry, including photographer, acting coach, producer, location scout, location manager and actor.
Honoree, Nora Clark

Honoree, Nora Clark

Honoree, John Grace

Honoree, John Grace

Honoree, Genevieve Hawkins

Honoree, Genevieve Hawkins

Honoree, Amanda Kulkoski

Honoree, Amanda Kulkoski

Honoree, Witt Lacy

Honoree, Witt Lacy

Honoree, William Martin

Honoree, William Martin

Honoree, Buck  Meeks

Honoree, Buck Meeks

Honoree, Anthony Paderewski

Honoree, Anthony Paderewski

“The local entertainment industry adds so much to Savannah, enriching our culture and tremendously boosting our economy,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the SFA. “Yet many of the people who work so hard in the field are laboring under the radar, unrecognized and unheralded. The Savannah Film Alliance chose to remedy that by starting a tradition of recognizing our local talent.”

The event also offers an opportunity to offset the negative attention that has been spurred by Georgia’s adoption of anti-abortion legislation and the resulting threat that the entertainment industry will boycott the state should that legislation be enforced, Bowen said. “This is a chance to put the focus back onto all of the positive and fun aspects of the movie and television industry,” he said.

A cross-section of the local entertainment industry selected the inaugural class of honorees, each of whom will receive beautiful trophies at the event. Their accomplishments and the recognition of the breadth and health of Savannah’s professional film community will be at the core of the upcoming celebration. Victory North, where the gala will be held, is a distinctive new event space in Savannah’s charming Starland District.

In addition to saluting these honorees, the event will showcase the best of the local entertainment scene and will celebrate its role in our local economy. Last year, the entertainment industry was responsible for $120 million in direct spending in the Savannah Area, according to the Savannah Regional Film Commission.

Tickets to the inaugural gala are $75 for general admission or $150 for VIP admission. To learn more and buy tickets, please visit www.savannahfilmalliance.org.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

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Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah chiropractor Michael Vaughn focused on the facts and fictions of CBD oil during the third presentation of the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, held at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Union Mission received the nonprofit grant, which is awarded at each Encourage Health lecture. A healthy lunch was provided to all attendees by Enmarket before the lecture.

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation
Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD, is a heavily trending product derived from non-intoxicating elements of marijuana or hemp and sold over the counter for the treatment of a variety of health problems. In his talk, Dr. Vaughn covered the history of the cannabis plant and gave a brief overview of the human endocannabinoid system before providing examples of the believed benefits of CBD: improved sleep, anxiety reduction, and relief from musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and epilepsy.

Dr. Vaughn also discussed CBD’s legal status, safety and marketing. Studies on long-term effects have yet to be completed, but he shared some insights on this developing field.

“This is a fascinating subject that holds the potential to be of great benefit to many people, but the jury is still out on many aspects of CBD oil,” Vaughn said. “I believe many people can find relief through CBD products, but I realize it is poorly understood by the public and that many in the medical field are skeptical.”

Dr. Vaughn has practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia for decades. A product of Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Armstrong State College, he graduated from a chiropractic program at Parker College in Dallas, Texas. He completed post-grad work leading to diplomat status with the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He has worked with world-class competitive athletes, including serving with the USA Weightlifting Federation and serving as treating chiropractor for the Greece Olympic track team during the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is currently in private practice at Savannah Chiropractic Center, where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation. In addition, he continues to serve in a variety of educational and regulatory roles in his profession.

The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series is a wide-ranging presentation of diverse health topics. Previous subjects this year included meditation for stress relief and food insecurity issues in Savannah. The upcoming October presentation will focus on the value of strength training at any age. The popular free series is presented in a lunch-and-learn format, with each session offering the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.

This marks the sixth year for the series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, St. Joseph’s/Candler and WRHQ.

For more information, visit healthysavannah.org/encourage-health-education-series-august-27-2019/

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

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State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Blazers’ track and field team celebrated their state championship victory during a ring ceremony held at Bethesda Academy.

Thirteen state championship rings were presented to the athletes on the 2018-2019 team which won the state honor in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A/AA competition at the end of last school year. Several private schools along the South Carolina/Georgia border, including Bethesda Academy, are members of SCISA.

Two graduated seniors from the team returned to their alma mater to accept their rings. Five coaches led by the athletic director Antwain Turner watched as the seniors along with the rest of the track and field team were honored.

“I can’t express how proud of these young men I am,” said head track coach Clevan Thompson. “It’s an honor to hold this title and to coach these outstanding athletes. I’ve watched this team make tremendous strides physically and personally to get to this point, and I can’t think of a more deserving team.”

For more information on Bethesda Academy, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

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A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah

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A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

When it comes to the movie industry, Savannah is no Hollywood. Why? Because it is far better! For the past two years, the state of Georgia has been the world’s most popular filming destination (as evidenced by the ever-present Georgia Peach logo at the end of so many films and television shows). While the majority of these productions film in the Atlanta area, Savannah is the second-most popular destination in the state.

That’s right. Move over Los Angeles and New York. Over the past decade, Savannah has enjoyed record-breaking year after record-breaking year as a location for some of the most well-known productions in the film and television industry.

In 2018, more than 200 professional movie and television productions and 147 student projects were filmed in the Savannah area. According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in FY 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

It would seem a celebration of Savannah’s rightful place in the television and film industry is long overdue.

As if right on cue, enter a glitzy new event on Savannah’s social calendar with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. Developed to recognize and honor several key local professionals for their invaluable contributions to the Savannah film and television industry, the event will make its debut this September.

The Gala will be open to the public so that everyone in town has the opportunity to experience an evening of Hollywood glamour right here in the Hostess City of the South. It also affords a chance for local businesses to show their support for an industry that is now intrinsic to our area’s present economy and financial future. It will honor Savannah’s rightful place as a key player in today’s film and television world while also giving a fun nod to the industry’s history through its theme of “Old Hollywood.”

The people who are doing great things to ensure Savannah’s rightful place in the film industry will be recognized and honored for their contributions. The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars (not to mention economic drivers) in our community.

The Gala will also feature an immersive theater experience whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. There will be amazing food and drinks, special guests, live musical performances, and many other surprises. The goal is to give every attendee an experience they will remember for a long time.

Unfortunately, threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently. It’s time to wipe away the negativity. The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala aims to shift the focus to all of the entertaining, fun, and positive aspects of the local entertainment industry.

The inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. All of the details can be found at savannahfilmalliance.org.

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

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Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Then consider entering Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”, aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.

Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. It will be free and open to the public.

The five judges are:

“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:

The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.

The competition rules and online application are available at https://bizpitchsavannah.com. For more information, visit the website or contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

About SCORE  SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year”. To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.

Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

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Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s calendar of social events gets a glamorous new entry this year with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. The Gala will recognize and honor several key professionals for their invaluable contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” and will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street.

 

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala

 

Entertainment will be the focal point of this red carpet event. The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) will invite its membership of filmmakers, musicians, and actors to show off their talents throughout the night.

There is also an immersive theater experience planned for the event, whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. “The immersive experience is designed to transport event attendees back in time into a glamorous alternate reality,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the SFA. “This is the cutting edge of live theater and I think people will remember this night for a long time.”

The entertainment industry is a force to be reckoned with in Georgia as it has grown in the last decade from $240 million in 2007 to almost $10 billion in 2018 with 30 to 40 productions underway in the state at any given time. In Savannah alone, the economic impact from motion picture and television productions has risen from $26 million in 2012 to $254.6 million in 2018.

While threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently, the SFA Honors Gala aims to shift the focus instead to all of the positive aspects of the local entertainment industry. “I am especially excited for the opportunity to recognize and reward all of the hard-working professionals that have transformed Savannah into one of the most sought-after filming destinations in the world,” said Bowen. “The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars – not to mention economic drivers – in our community.”

VIP tickets to the Gala are $150 and will include valet parking, early entry at 6:30 p.m., private performances and meet and greets, a professional photo on the red carpet, a special award, and a VIP swag bag.

General admission tickets are $75 and will allow entry when the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

All attendees will enjoy live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. The honors ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. and an onsite after party will last from 9:30 until 11 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities, including the title sponsorship, are available at several levels.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit www.SavannahFilmAlliance.org.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
www.thebowenlawgroup.com

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Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

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Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala was held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala was Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

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Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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