(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance is pleased to announce it will launch an eBook that will be a comprehensive guide specifically designed to boost the film and television industry in Savannah. The publication is intended to provide movie and television producers with all of the information needed when considering the Savannah area as a location for filming, and provides additional resources that address complex questions which routinely arise in the entertainment field. It will be unveiled at the group’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday, August 3.
“One of the pressing needs identified by the Alliance was the lack of a single comprehensive guide containing all of the information required by production companies that are considering Savannah as a location. This eBook was designed to fulfill that role and cover everything from the state and local tax incentives to available locations and resources as well as safety regulations, unions and even funding,” explained business and entertainment attorney Charles Bowen, who spearheaded the development of the Alliance and serves as its ex-officio attorney. “We will also be launching the Alliance’s new logo as we mark our first anniversary at the August meeting.”
Bowen led the formation of the Alliance last summer as an informal way for everyone involved in the coastal Georgia film and television industry to meet each other, communicate and coordinate. Those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to gather together quarterly to discuss their goals and how to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area.
“The mission of the Savannah Film Alliance is to promote the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education outreach and collaboration efforts,” said Bowen. “Our goals include developing awareness and training resources, such as this eBook, as well as events to help those interested in becoming involved in the local filmmaking industry learn more about resources available to them.”
To further those goals, Bowen says the Alliance has spent a lot of time discussing the expansion of the Georgia Film Academy into Savannah. This pilot program was announced by Governor Deal last year to coordinate and support entertainment industry job training in Georgia. As of this summer, classes are now offered at Savannah Technical College with 200 students, seven classes, four sites and a waiting list.
“There is a huge potential for growth in this program,” Bowen added. “There is an intense need right here in Savannah for not only skilled industry trades such as carpenters and camera operators, but also for business owners in almost every other profession that wish to expand into the entertainment industry, such as caterers and dry cleaners.”
The Savannah Film Alliance was also a very big supporter of the Big River Film Festival, held in Savannah in early July, which offered workshops, films and presentations to participants from 44 countries.
The Alliance’s upcoming meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 3 p.m. at Savannah Tech’s main campus, located at 5717 White Bluff Rd. For more information, contact Bowen at 912-544-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE: The Savannah Film Alliance promotes the film community within Savannah, Georgia, and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach, and collaboration efforts.
ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN: Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law. Bowen has his mediation certification from the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1995. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News, and received the Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate Award in 2016 from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. 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. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.