The Los Angeles River Clean-Up is ‘Thirty and Thriving’ Thanks to FoLAR

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The largest organized river clean-up in the United States turned 30 this April, as Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) celebrated with clean-up events spanning the length of the 51-mile Los Angeles River. FoLAR’s ‘La Gran Limpieza’ invited thousands of Angelenos to come together and remove tons of trash and debris from the river.  Organizers divided the river into … Read More

FilmL.A.’s Board of Directors Includes New Leaders for 2017

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Last December, acting on the recommendation of its nominating committee, the FilmL.A. board of directors voted unanimously to extend the service terms of thirteen of its members, name four new members to the board and appoint a new slate of officers and executive committee. FilmL.A. is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, which includes entertainment industry executives, labor and … Read More

FilmL.A. Participates in the ‘Angel Tree’ Drive, 4 Years and Counting

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This holiday season, FilmL.A. staffers teamed up with local production companies and locations pros to take part in a holiday toy and basic needs drive for residents of the Five Acres Orphanage and Foster Home in Altadena.  Five Acres houses around 80 children between the ages of 5 to 13 years of age, but the drive included 230 program residents … Read More

City of San Dimas Partners with FilmL.A. for Permits

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The City of San Dimas has approved an agreement with FilmL.A. establishing the not-for-profit as the film permit coordinator for the area.  FilmL.A. will now accept applications for permits to film within the San Dimas city limits. Located twenty-five minutes east of Los Angeles in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, San Dimas is known for its blend of … Read More

FilmL.A. Honored as Outstanding Film Commission at LMGI Awards

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On April 23, the locations community gathered at the Alex Theatre in Glendale for the third annual Location Managers Guild International Awards.  Awards were bestowed in six categories including Outstanding Locations in a Period Film, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film, Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Commercial. … Read More

FilmL.A. Welcomes BFA/MFA Students, Others, to Hollywood Headquarters

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In the last edition of FilmL.A. eNEWS, we discussed the availability of FilmL.A.’s offices for filming at low cost.  But use of FilmL.A.’s office as a community supportive space runs deeper, as FilmL.A. regularly makes its Hollywood office available to industry and community partners for board and association meetings, production meetings, table reads, and creative writing sessions. FilmL.A.’s conference rooms … Read More

FilmL.A. Accounting Team Invested in Company Mission

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Back in 1995, FilmL.A.’s founders envisioned a Greater Los Angeles served by a one-stop film permit office. Eliminating duplication of services across government jurisdictions, the creation of FilmL.A. made it possible for local filmmakers to quickly and easily obtain dozens of filming permissions, while minimizing the burden of making multiple payments for service. Today, a lean team of seven accounting … Read More

FilmL.A. Supports Filming Close to Home

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Each year, hundreds of Los Angeles area filmmakers avail themselves of low-cost access to a variety of publicly owned film locations. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Los Angeles, use fees are waived for filming at most city-owned properties, making access to these facilities very affordable. A lesser-known perk of filming in Los Angeles is that FilmL.A.’s Hollywood … Read More

FilmL.A. Notifications Department Canvasses L.A. Region

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Films, television shows, and commercials are created on streets where others live and work.  As such, balancing the needs of filmmakers, residents and businesses is key to FilmL.A.’s mission.  FilmL.A.’s Field Services Representatives (FSRs) provide community stakeholders and production companies with personal, ground level-support before production starts. In 1996, FilmL.A. introduced its Notification service to the public. The purpose of … Read More

Emerging Leaders: FilmL.A.’s Joshua Mingo

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Joshua Mingo, FilmL.A.’s recently appointed Director of Permit Operations, this year celebrates 11 years of service to the organization. A California native hailing from Oakland, Josh originally came to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University, seeking immersion in L.A.’s arts and media-focused culture. Josh’s unusual path to FilmL.A. began with a nationwide tour with his bandmates (Josh is an … Read More