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Old 02-27-2008, 06:45 PM
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I currently live in Port St. Lucie,FL. and have for a few years. I was raised in West Palm and lived in Orlando. I'm a single 37 yr. old male looking for a city to live in for four nights a week. The other three will be spent working in the Lucie. Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce area doesn't have the culture or type of people I'm drawn to. Tampa or St. Pete seems like a good option. It would be a 3 hour drive twice a week. I figured I'd explore the area and hopefully meet some artistic or culturally-minded people. It would be about a six-month adventure which I'd extend if I made many friends or found a lovely single girl.

I know the Tampa film festival is currently happening, but is it HAPPENING? I want to write a screenplay and make a film this year. Do you feel Tampa or St. Pete would be a good place to meet fellow filmmakers or people who might want to assist on an independent production? Would you recommend Hyde Park/South Tampa area over St. Pete? I can't spend over $700 a month for rent. I may get a part-time job somewhere, but probably won't have to deal with many rush hour commutes so location for work isn't an issue. I'm not sure which city I should lean into or if I should just stand straight and endure further yawns of the Treasure Coast and its lackluster inhabitants. Hopefully I'll be persuaded by your helpful comments.

Thanks and take care.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Regarding the Film Industry in the Tampa Bay area, I would contact the Tampa Bay Film Commission which is VERY strong for this area..

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Tampa has many Film Festivals and Events throughout the Year(currently Gasparilla Film Festival - 81 films, very happening according to ticket sales, sponsors, and the number of outside people coming to town to review the 20 films that have local ties, next month is the Tampa Jewish Film Festival, and Tampa is also home to the third largest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival(called Clip Festival), there is a large network that many do not know exist about the local film industry. ALot of local small theaters show screenings of local film, one place in Ybor City , International Bazaar, even has a local film night for local screenwriters, directors, etc. to showcase their work.

Check this site for some contacts: Tampa Film Fan
She list's all the film events in the Bay area and also contacts

Also this site for Artists and Cultural - CreativeTampaBay.com

Regarding $700/month, look at Craigslist.com, tbo.com, local realtor sopecializing in rentals, or just asking around the people you meet. There are provately owned studio's and one bedrooms in the South Tampa area you may be able to find.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:06 PM
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Tampaguy, thank you very much for taking the time to reply and for the great info. and links.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:37 AM
Location: Florida
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I work with the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the top ten in the United States. We had our press party kick-off last night on Longboat Key and if you really want to get involved in the culture of film, this is the festival to get with...go to either bradentonherald.com and/or sarasotaherald.com (click on "entertainment" and you will get a brief synopsis of what we have going this year. William H. Macy has joined forces with our film festival and well, you can read the rest at either of those newspapers. From what I heard at the party last night , if you're in Florida, this is the festival to be involved with....Sarasota will be adding the Waldorf Astoria to our list of fine accomodations even though we just welcomed the Ritz Carlton a few years back....Not sure if it works with your St. Lucie gig, but it's worth a look!
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