Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.

We are excited to invite you to the Fifth Annual Cherokee Film Summit on March 14, 2024
from 5 to 9 p.m. at the YANMAR EVO//CENTER – 5889 Old Alabama Rd, Acworth, GA 30102.

Reel. Community. Connection.

The Cherokee Film Summit was launched five years ago by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development as a bold initiative to provide ‘reel community connection’ between film professionals, businesses creatives and students.

Join us for this year’s fifth anniversary event! Celebrate success, acknowledge present challenges and provide a vision for the future.

Read more about COED’s involvement in the film community here.

check out last year's event!

faqs

Anyone!

Whether you have a background in the industry or are curious about the local film community, we welcome you to join us!

The Cherokee Film Summit provides the community the opportunity to learn more about the film industry, ways to get involved, and hear from experts in the field. 

There will be opening and closing presentations, with breakout sessions in between, so you can explore topics of your choosing!

Film professionals work long hours and sometimes with unpredictable scheduling.

We make every effort to announce our presenters four weeks prior to the event. However, please note that changes to the lineup may occur after that date.

Access to expert knowledge, the opportunity to network with peers in the industry, heavy Hors d’Oeuvrs and drinks!

There will be “Additional Event Parking” signage throughout the premises. Please park in these designated areas. Carpooling is strongly encouraged!

Yes! Our caterers provide delicious hors d’oeuvres to meet a variety of dietary needs. Not sure which items meet your needs? Just ask a team members when you arrive!

The Cherokee Office of Economic Development is a certified Camera Ready community and official Film Liaison for Cherokee County.

To learn more about film opportunities in Cherokee, receive complimentary location scouting assistance, list your property as a film location or learn more about Cherokee’s thriving film scene reach out to Film Project Manager Molly Mercer at mmercer@cherokeega.org.

Programming

Check back as we add feature and panel speakers!

Feature panel

Lee Thomas is the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, responsible for developing the state’s film, television, and commercial production industries through marketing, scouting, and coordinating the filming needs of companies with other state agencies, local governments, and residents. The Office is responsible for developing the industry’s infrastructure and workforce, certifying projects under the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, and engaging municipalities throughout Georgia through the Camera Ready program.

A native Atlantan, Lee attended the Tisch School of the Arts Doctoral Program in Cinema Studies at New York University and worked at the Brooklyn Arts Council before returning to Georgia as a in 1996 to work for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager.

Lee has worked with hundreds of Georgia-lensed films and TV, including “Ozark,” “Wakanda Forever,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Lee graduated from Marist School before earning her undergraduate degree in radio, TV and film at the University of Georgia’s Grady College and master’s degree in film studies from Georgia State University. Lee splits her time between her home in Atlanta and on Lake Seed and enjoys tennis when she’s not watching Georgia-lensed productions.

Greg Torre began his career at the state’s lead economic development agency in the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office where he served as Director from 1998 to 2006.  In addition to recruiting television and motion picture projects to the state, he developed and helped pass the state’s first film industry-specific incentives, including the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. 

Later, within the Global Commerce Division, Torre served as the division director for the agency’s Small Business & Innovation team, with oversight of the Governor’s Entrepreneur & Small Business Office, the state’s Innovation & Technology Office and the Georgia Centers of Innovation.  

From 2009 through his retirement in early 2020, Torre served as Deputy Commissioner of Marketing & Communications for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The award-winning team of marketing creatives and public relations professionals handled all aspects of the department’s B2B and B2C advertising and marketing needs through print, direct, outdoor, experiential, digital, and social media platforms.

  Currently, Torre provides economic development focused consulting in the areas of marketing, film industry and incentives development. 

Breakout sessions

Stella’s acting bug came at a young age gathering her brothers to put on skits of I Love Lucy and other shows for her parents. Life took its twists and turns that crushed the bug, so she thought, for the time being. Working the agricultural fields of California into her adult years, she later married a Navy Seal, had 2 wonderful sons and then joined the LAPD where she patrolled the streets of Los Angeles. A stroke of opportunity to work her acting chops came to be as Stella worked on numerous LAPD training videos, including one on the actual set of Star Trek. During her time with LAPD Stella earned her Sergeant’s badge.

The desire to continue with her second career came to fruition, with Stella working on numerous television and film projects opposite A-list talent; The Red Road (Jason Mamoa, Lisa Bonet), Black Lightning, The Conjuring 3, Instant Family (Mark Wahlberg), Powder Blue (Forest Whitaker), Story Ave (Asante Blackk and Luis Gusman) and many others. In addition, she has amassed a long list of credits for commercials, industrials and lifestyle projects.

Stella resides with her larger than life dogs Brooks, Cookie & Skippy. She continues her love of the craft and her journey traveling from New York to Los Angeles and any point in-between. 

Recognized for her roles in “WandaVision,” “Candy,” and many more shows and films, Selena Anduze is not just your average actress – her mastery as an Acting & Essence Coach empowers you to fine tune your unique artistic frequency to radiate genuine charisma that leaves the audience and casting directors saying, “Wow!” 

If you’re ready to grad your career by its roots and to weed, fertilize, and nurture the soil surrounding your talent, then join Selena for a session so you can grab the reins and no longer block how you show up to the table, both professionally and personally. 

Contact her via www.cinechistudio.com for your individual career consultation.

Michael’s recent credits include They Cloned Tyrone, opposite Jamie Foxx, Dark Matter opposite Joel Edgerton and Season 2 of American Rust.

Michael can also be seen as a Chef in The Menu directed by Mark Mylod (Succession) opposite Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor Joy and Nicholas Hoult.

Other credits include: The Trial of the Chicago Seven (*Winner – Screen Actors Guild Award Recipient of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), Chicago Fire, Empire, Chicago PD & The Game.

Barbara Divisek started Casting June 7, 1975 and has cast over 4200 projects. Barbara was one of the most sought-after and well-regarded casting directors in LA. Divisek has earned a reputation for efficiency, effectiveness and forthrightness taking her work seriously, but never herself- choosing instead to embrace every new task with passion, integrity, and a profound respect for others.

January 2020 Barbara Divisek joined Jessica Talley as a partner with Aligned Stars Talent Agency. Barbara and Jessica have built an agency that stands as a beacon for exceptionally skilled actors, dancers, choreographers, vocalists, digital creators, and clients who are differently abled. Aligned Stars Agency has five specialized departments. Theatrical (TV/Film), Commercial/VO, Dance, New Media, and Special Abilities.

Barbara’s 45 years in casting has given her an uncanny ability to recognize star quality. Her skills are diverse and effective, which is obvious in her extensive body of work. 

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