Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, TV, and Streaming during Covid-19

The proposed recommendations were developed by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force at the request of and in collaboration with the various unions of the motion picture and television industry and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which collectively exercised final control over their content, based on the input provided.

You can view these guidelines here: Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, TV, and Streaming during Covid-19

These recommendations set forth the consensus of the Task Force and outline guidance regarding protective measures to be used, including regular screening, diagnostic testing, use of personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting work sites, and appropriate response should an employee contract COVID-19 or be exposed to it.



The Georgia Film Office encourages film and television companies to develop strategies to support the health and safety of their cast and crew as production activity restarts. It is advised that before filming commences, all production personnel and suppliers become familiar with potential risks and strategic measures for filming. We encourage individuals to take personal responsibility as well as an active role in maintaining a clean and healthy set.



New Council of Dads Thursday 8PM ET

Don’t miss new episodes of Council of Dads, Thursday nights at 8PM only on NBC.


Council of Dads Fun Facts!

Fun fact about Savannah!? Council of Dads originated as a best selling book by Savannah-native Bruce Feiler and was shot on location here in the Hostess City! Check out these other fun facts from the cast of Council of Dads!


All New Council of Dads Airs Thursday April 30th

Council of Dads will have an encore airing of the premiere episode Thursday April 30th at 9pm ET, after the Parks and Recreation Special. Then stay tuned for for the BRAND NEW Council of Dads episode at 10pm ET tonight! It’s going to be a great night of television!


All New Council of Dads Airs Tomorrow

The Savannah-lensed Council of Dads will have an encore airing of the premiere episode Thursday April 30th at 9pm ET followed by a BRAND NEW Council of Dads episode at 10pm ET tomorrow night!



Closet Raiders Trailer

Test your Fashion Knowledge and the Luck of the Dice!

Check out the trailer for Closet Raiders, the fashion gameshow shot at the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts!


Roy W. Dean Grant Now Accepting Applications

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the 2nd Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications.  Grant winner will receive $3,500 cash as well as $20,000 more in film goods and production services.

Founded in 1993 by  Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit  From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded to filmmakers with a unique film that makes a contribution to society.  It is open to documentaries, features, short films and web series budgeted under $500K.  Students are welcome to apply.

Every filmmaker that applies receives a free consultation on their project

The $3,500 cash prize is supplemented by donations from companies and individuals that support independent filmmakers.  This includes a $1,295.00 scholarship toWriters Boot Camp, a LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle 8TB from Lacie, $600 in closed captioning from NetCaptioning, $500 in expendables from Filmtools, and much more from heartfelt donors.

You can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.

The deadline for the Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30, 2020.

For more information, please email info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call 805-984-0098


An Earth Day Message from the Cast of Council Of Dads

Happy 50th Birthday, Earth Day!

It's #EarthDay and we're getting into the spirit.

Posted by Council of Dads on Wednesday, April 22, 2020



 The 6th SSU Indie Film Festival returns May 6-7 for the Digital Festival; Film Workshop April 23

Due to Covid-19 The Savannah State University Indie Film Fest will hold its 6th annual film festival digitally on May 6 and 7  via SSU Indie Film Festival Facebook page and from its  Youtube Channel. A live festival will be scheduled at a later date for the fall.

Viewers can follow the SSU Indie Film Festival Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2UDH9yd and the YouTube page at https://bit.ly/3bRXfu9. The livestream will start on both pages on May 6 and 7th at 7 p.m.  The awards ceremony will take place following the screenings on Thursday. Each category will honor its winner in drama, documentary, comedy, horror, sci-fi, and music video.

During the festival viewers will see a trailer for the documentary film ‘SEED’, produced Emmy-award winning filmmaker Malena Cunningham Anderson. The film is about one man’s journey to grow food and community through urban farming.

“We are very excited to bring this documentary here to Savannah. With there being a focus right here at home on urban gardening and how they can bring communities together, this subject is very timely,” said Kareem McMichael, co-director of the SSU Indie Film Festival.

The full documentary will be screened at the live festival in the fall, followed by a panel discussion with Anderson, Director of Photography and Editor Mario Eugene Page, and Composer and Music Director Robbie Cunningham.

There will be a film workshop titled “Getting to the End: Tips and Tricks to Making a Fantastic Film Project Without Pulling Out Your Hair,” on Thursday, April 23 at 1 p.m. EST. Find out more information about that workshop here https://bit.ly/2VEVjOP​.

SSU Indie Film Fest’s goal, according to co-founder SSU instructor Tracey Haynes, “is to create a platform for artists to showcase their talents.” As noted on the website, many filmmakers have received notoriety that started at independent film festivals like Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier, Ryan Coogler, and Jane Campion to name a few.

We are also looking for sponsors to help continue this event and to bring more programing and resourcing to out students. You can find more information here https://bit.ly/2VKIiTX and contact Kareem McMichael at mcmichaelk@savannahstate.edu.

Savannah State University department of Journalism and Mass Communication has a concentration program in journalism, public relations & strategic communication, or multimedia & digital communication leading to baccalaureate degree (B.A.). It is one of two Universities in the state of Georgia with a journalism program accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,100 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education.