WASHINGTON, D.C. – Full-Time Art Director – SALARIED

ISO: Full-time Art Director
O’Keefe Communications (www.okeefecom.com), has an Immediate opening for an experienced, fulltime ART DIRECTOR with great design ideas and excellent management and production skills. This is a unique opportunity to be the lead creative, designing and creating  graphics for video, multimedia, live events, stage sets, and print.

Position Description:
The art director is responsible for the operations and management of the work and personnel of the art department and for ensuring the artistic quality and creativity of each project that is produced at O’Keefe Communications. The art director develops creative looks and drives the production of all elements. He/she is expert at Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote, Powerpoint, and Cinema 4D.

The art director will work with the video director and producers to determine the overall creative approach for projects and set milestones and completion dates into project schedules. He/she is responsible for supervising the creative team, making creative decisions, and pushing for higher quality. He/she is responsible for daily internal communication between departments and friendly, open communication with clients.

The art director must be technically savvy and keep abreast of the latest technologies to be able to drive new ideas and resources. He/she should be able to work in various screen size formats from live event wide screens to standard video format to mobile to print.

Expert in Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Keynote, PowerPoint, Cinema 4D, Pages, and Word. Web design and social media knowledge a plus. A natural born leader, able to juggle multiple projects and mange a team of creatives.
At least 7 years experience and an awesome portfolio is a must.

Commensurate with experience, with full benefits package.

How to Apply:
Send email with a note saying why we should hire you, resume, salary expectations, and link to your online portfolio to artdirector@okeefecom.com. No phone calls.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Full-Time Graphic Designer – SALARIED

O’Keefe Communications (www.okeefecom.com) has an Immediate opening for an experienced, fulltime graphic designer with great design ideas and strong production skills. This is a unique opportunity to employ your creativity in designing  graphics for video, multimedia, print, and live events.

Position Description:

As a  graphic designer, you will work with a talented team of professionals (art director, video director and editors, lead animator, producers, freelancers) to determine the overall creative approach for projects and execute the necessary graphics. You must be technically savvy and keep abreast of the latest technologies to be able to suggest new ideas and resources. You should have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable interacting with clients and vendors. Additionally, this position requires travel, since the designer will occasionally act as an on-site computer operator for live events.


Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Keynote, PowerPoint, Pages, and Word. Web design and social media knowledge a plus. Exceptional design and production skills. Detail oriented, with a strong work ethic and ability to handle multiple projects daily with grace and humor. At least 3 years experience and an awesome portfolio is a must.


Commensurate with experience, with full benefits package.

How to Apply:

Send email with a note saying why we should hire you, resume, salary expectations, and link to your online portfolio to graphicartist@okeefecom.com . No phone calls.


RICHMOND – Sound Mastering Needed – PAID

“A woman goes for her morning jog only to find out that, if she stops running, she will die…”

RUN, a independent feature film shot in Richmond and to be released this fall, is in need of a good sound person to master the film.  This is a paid position and will have a tight deadline.  Please send your resume, complete with reel, references, and rates, to jjmcmoon@gmail.com

Please put “Sound Mastering God” in your subject line to get past our spam filters.  Thanks and good luck!

Think big!

JJ McMoon

Writer / Producer / Director




HAMPTON ROADS – Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting and Monologue Contest – July 7th

**District General Meeting**

Our next general district meeting will be held on July 7th and we are happy to welcome actress and talent agent Sylvia Hutson as our guest speaker!

With over 40 years of experience as an actress for stage and film, her talent agency has been running 9 years strong. Sylvia will be speaking to our actors in the VPA giving them advice on whether or not an agent is the right decidion for them, how to go about selecting an agent and how to steer clear of agency scams.

But not to leave out those behind the camera, Sylvia will be speaking to our new directors and producers about the role of agent and how they should go about working with a talent agencies in order to maximize the casting process of their productions.

And lastly– don’t miss out on our open monologue competition! The competition is open  to all competitors with a 2 minute monologue to perform so please contact us either on our facebook page or email our Chairman, Tom White, directly at submissions.channel757@gmail.com to secure your slot as space is limited. And yes… There will be prizes!
The Details

Tuesday July 7th
Regent University Communications Building
Screening Room A
6:30 Meet and Greet
7:00 Meeting

**Meeting free to all VPA members, $5 for non-members.**


WASHINGTON, D.C. – TIVA-DC Peer Awards – November 14th

C’est Cine-Magnifique!! Celebrating Excellence in Multi-Media Production

Embassy of France
Nov. 14, 2015

TIVA is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted, tickets can be purchased, and information is now on line regarding the 2015 TIVA Peer Awards at

This highly anticipated annual awards event recognizes excellence in achievement within the Television, Video and Internet production community. This year’s awards ceremony promises to raise the bar across the board for what is destined to become a memorable evening of celebration, networking, recognition and fun!

Refining, streamlining and offering the addition of brand new categories that reflect the latest cutting edge horizons of current production activity and carefully vetting judges and structuring an intensive judging process, promises to bring excitement within the industry and distinction across the entire DMV community.

Along with introducing several new categories for submission, including:
WEB SERIES/DIGITAL STORYTELLING and INTERACTIVE MEDIA (comprised of complementary productions: Museums/Exhibits, Special Features, Meetings/ Conferences), we are also planning to bring a unique, creative style and production value to the Awards event itself on Nov. 14, 2015.

TIVA continues to raise the caliber of this annual event and strengthen the meaningful value of the PEER award.

The elegant atmosphere and unique aesthetic of the Embassy of France promises an evening of sophisticated fun, along with an enhanced reception and socializing time that promises the familiar camaraderie and excitement of seeing old friends, meeting new colleagues, and connecting with past winners. Above all else, the TIVA Peer Awards are about recognizing and celebrating outstanding achievement within our uniquely talented production community.

Be a part of making the 2015 Peer Awards an evening of excellence and fun!!


Check out our Peer Awards Sizzle Reel, made by Roland Millman

Submit your entries soon.
Take advantage of early bird ticket pricing.


CAPE CHARLES AT EYRE HALL CREEK – Art in a Barn – July 5th @ 6:30pm – Free Event

“Art in a Barn, July 5, 2015, beginning at 6:30 pm, where the lively tradition of gathering in barns is continued, transforming the space into a stage for dance, music, projection, community, and good food and drink. Held at Mimosa Barn, an ESLAND property, this innovative experience offers a stunning Eastern Shore sunset, dazzling guests with a night that unravels in a series of site-specific, live performance ‘events’ and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery with friends and family

FREE EVENT. Dinner and Cash Bar beginning at 6:30 pm. Performances beginning at 7:30 pm. Perfect event for all ages. Special screening of dance films by COORPI, Italia with performance and music by the Experimental Film Virginia artists” (Experimental Film Virginia).

Directions to Mimosa Barn will be provided soon on the Experimental Film Virginia website.


RICHMOND – 48HFP Happy Hour – June 29th

RICHMOND – RVA 48 Hour Film Project

Lots of exciting things coming up at the RVA 48HFP!  Register now: http://www.48hourfilm.com/richmond/

Meet and Greet  – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for a Happy Hour at Sine Irish Pub, Monday June 29th from 5-7pm.  This is open to everyone – filmmakers, actors, crew, film fans, etc!  It’s your chance to get onto a team, or for filmmakers to find cast and crew for their film.

Filmmaker Freebies from Pond5

Thanks to our partnership with Pond5, we are offering our filmmakers access to a special 48HFP library of 100 music and sound effect tracks.  All available at no cost!  Team leaders will get an email one week before kickoff with the details.

Filmmakers will also receive an email after the competition offering them a $25 coupon good for any stock media for use on any future project.

AND… the top 3 RVA films will receive a $100 prize coupon to Pond5!


48HFP Happy Hour!

Monday, June 29
Siné Irish Pub

Regular Fee Deadline

Monday, July 6
Register Online

Filmmaking Kickoff

Friday, July 17
6:00 – 7:00pm
The Camel

Film Dropoff

Sunday, July 19
Staring at 6:00pm
The Camel

Premiere Screenings

July 25th & 26th
The Byrd Theatre

Best Of Screening

Sunday, August 2
The Byrd Theatre



RICHMOND – Screening of “Won’t Pipe Down” – July 16th

“Won’t Pipe Down” Film Screening

“Won’t Pipe Down” is a short documentary presenting the definitive David versus Goliath battle between the residents of Nelson County, Virginia and the Dominion Power company. The inside look at the community and their fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions about environmental justice, property rights, and individual rights.

To help awareness of the issue, the screening will be donation based!

To learn more about “Won’t Pipe” Down, visit the film’s official website.

The screening will be held on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00PM at Gallery 5 Shows (200 W. Marshall Street Richmond, VA 23220).


RICHMOND – James River Short Films Call for Entries – Deadline: September 20th

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 (postmarked)

$2,000 IN PRIZES!


(From the James River Film Society website)


James River Short Films is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling.


James River Short Films is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.


For pre-screening purposes, send DVDs or URLs for online content. Please do not send film prints for pre-screening. During the festival works can be screened on Quicktime, Blu-ray or standard DVD.


Please do not send promotional materials (posters, stills, postcards, etc.) at this time.


Virginia Residents: $15, Non-Virginia Residents: $25

Checks or money orders made payable to James River Film Society should be mailed to James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221.

To pay with credit card, click on Network for Good located under Give Now on all JRFS pages. Please type “James River Shorts” as the “gift” Designation.


Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes. International entries must be marked “For Cultural Purposes Only — No Commercial Value.” The festival will not pay for import duty or taxes. All entries should be sent to James River Shorts, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221. If shipping with courier services that will not deliver to post office boxes, send to James River Film Society @ Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Each entry must be accompanied by check or electronic payment ($25 out-of-state; $15 VA residents) payable to: James River Film Society


Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.


Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 20th will be notified by October 30, 2015. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:30 pm James River Short Films Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.


Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places, and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.


DVD screeners will not be returned.



MCLEAN – Job Opportunity for Stock Footage Researcher – Contracted

Stock Footage Researcher

Cortina Productions is seeking a stock footage researcher to assist with stock footage and image research for video and interactive productions. This is a contract position for 4 weeks. Must be available to start immediately. Must have the ability to work independently, take direction, and communicate with team members in a fast-paced environment.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of stock footage/still image resources, and stock vendors.
  • Basic knowledge of copyright laws and licensing.  Experience with rights and clearances (preferred not required).
  • Must be proficient doing research online, using archives and databases, and keyword or tag searches. Prior research experience a must (or strongly preferred).
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize needs on a daily basis.
  • Must have prior video production experience, or related research experience.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft excel.


Please send cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three professional  references to jobs@cortinaproductions.com.  Please include the position in the subject line. No phone calls please.


MCLEAN – Job Opportunity for Senior Producer/Writer

Senior Producer / Writer

Cortina Productions – McLean, VA

Cortina Productions is seeking a Senior Producer / Writer as the lead creative and managing producer for video and multimedia projects. Must have exceptional storytelling and writing skills, be tightly organized, and show demonstrated experience managing and coordinating all aspects of production for video and multimedia projects. All applicants must possess artistic, technical, and storytelling capabilities. Must be fluent in Hebrew, and have fluency/knowledge of Arabic. Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time in the Middle East.

Please send cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three professional references to jobs@cortinaproductions.com.  Please include the position in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities: 

  • Creative writing and storytelling of video and multimedia projects from concept to completion
  • Responsible for maintaining the overall creative vision across multiple videos / multimedia exhibits.
  • Project management including acting as main point person for a project(s), including all communication with vendors, production companies, and internal stakeholders, etc.
  • Manage project scope, schedules, budgets, and client deliverables
  • Oversee and manage implementation of creative vision as idea moves through production process.
  • Coordination with the Production Manager and department Directors to understand resource availability and plan resources effectively
  • Oversee and assign tasks to production staff while maintaining the overall project schedule
  • Collaborative work with Design, Editing/Animation, or Programming departments



  • College education: Bachelors and/or advanced degree in the study of Film
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with the media production, including writing and scripting
  • Exceptional writing and story skills
  • Portfolio that demonstrate a variety of video projects
  • Must be fluent in Hebrew, knowledge/fluency in Arabic is a plus
  • Established communication, people, presentation and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with current audio/video editing hardware and software, such as: Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects
  • Organized and self-motived


Compensation and benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefit plan are included.


RICHMOND – “Won’t Pipe Down” documentary screening – July 16

“Won’t Pipe Down” is a short documentary presenting the definitive David versus Goliath battle between the residents of Nelson County, Virginia and the Dominion Power company. This inside look at the community and their fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions about environmental justice, property rights, and individual rights.

The film will screen July 16th, 7:00 PM at Gallery 5 Shows. 200 W Marshall St., Richmond VA 23220.

To help awareness of the issue this will be a donation based screening!




FAIRFAX – Screening of “The Rangers” – July 23rd – TICKETED

The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, shot in Virginia (Rappahannock!), is screening in Fairfax July 23rd!

The Rangers: A Shadow Rising is an action adventure fantasy series being produced by The Forge, set for release Summer 2015. In this epic tale of good vs. evil, Brander Noke, “Wolf”, and his band of  elite Rangers, pick up the trail of mysterious events and begin to investigate. What they can only sense, but not yet see to report, is a shadow of great evil rising in the region they patrol, the Borderlands, a northern province that is the gateway to the kingdom they are sworn to protect.” (The Forge Studios)

The screening will be held at the Angelika Film Center on July 23rd from 7-9PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on The Rangers’ website.

Angelika Film Center
2911 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

More on the filming: http://www.rappnews.com/2014/08/28/the-rangers-rove-into-rappahannock/135983/


NORTHERN VIRGINIA – Workshop w/ NY Casting Director and DC Agent – $99-149

Commercial Casting Director Barry Shapiro is coming from New York City to the National Capital Area for a one-day only special event! Barry has been with Herman & Lipson Casting for over 30 years and cast over 8,000 commercials for top clients such as Toys R Us, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Verizon, Advil, Nintendo, and many more.

Barry auditioned Britney Spears (age 9), Miley Cyrus (age 9), Whitney Houston (age 22), Jennifer Lopez (age 22), and Denzel Washington (age 28). Act in a Commercial Showcase directed by Barry filled with hilarious commercial improv, scenes with a partner, and even group sketches and jingles, AS SEEN ON T.V.!

PLUS, meet a local DC Talent Agent/Manager and learn about representation for Acting & Modeling in your area.

The Agent/Manager will also be sent a recording of your showcase performance to review after the event with your contact info.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: register before Friday, July 24 and save!

Youth ages 7-15: $99 ($129 after July 24; extra $30 off for siblings)
Adults ages 16 and up: $149 ($179 after July 24)

Location: Providence RECenter (7525 Marc Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042)

Visit the website for more information–you can also register for the event through the website.


NEWPORT NEWS – Acting Intensive Workshop – July 17th-19th

*Updated with new event registration link*


Learn what if takes to break into the business!!!

Workshops for all ages: Classes consist of fabulously fun ways to hone your skills, and gain confidence as well as making long lasting actor friends of all ages here in Virginia and elsewhere. Sheri Lahris has served as an on-set teacher for such actors as Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Melissa Joan Hart, and Keri Russell for such studios as MGM, Universal, Disney, Imagine, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon Studios. Sheri is also an actress and can be seen on FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies and will soon be starring in a new TV series called Coney Island.

What will I be learning in the Workshop?

Learn what it takes to have a successful acting career. We will have you get right into performing scenes with other actors and teach you what you need to be a professional actor.

These classes are for both the beginner and intermediate students.

  • Friday night improv
  • Saturday improv/scene work
  • Sunday audition technique

“After I took Sheri’s class I felt so good about myself. I knew that I had acting talent, but Sheri and her staff brought it out of me in ways that I never dreamed of.” (Susan age 14)

“In the 3 day workshop Sheri makes you feel like you are the only actor in the room. I was hesitant to take these type of workshops as I thought everyone would know more than I did, yet I found that every actor, at every stage in their acting journey or career, or even age, at the end of the 3 days emerged from dull stones to brilliant shining actor diamonds. Shining brilliantly!!!!  All students had new found confidence in themselves and what they could offer of themselves to an audience. I highly recommend this class!!!!” (Tom age 25)

Location: Arts Ballet Academy, Newport News, VA

RegistrationLink:   https://sheri-lahris-acting-workshop-weekend2.eventbrite.com

Contact: sherilahris@gmail.com – www.sherilahris.comlisa@sherilahris.net