Film & Digital Entertainment Month
Get Connected hosted its monthly mixer for the film and entertainment industry at The Foundry at the Puritan Mill on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Get Connected is a local mixer in Atlanta, Ga for people in the entertainment and film industry to network and build a connection amongst each other in a relaxed way. Get Connected is held on the last Thursday of every month, in which every month the theme changes. According to the Get Connected website, the $10 admission charged for attendance is used as grants for rising film makers and local charities.
“I wanted to start my own mixer to bring everybody together, as well as give back to the community with the money that we make,” said Autumn Bailey, founder of Get Connected. “I wanted to have a place for the industry to call home, to mingle, to come and feel comfortable with, and be able to help them find jobs, while at the same time giving to the community, in which each month we give to a different charity.”
During the month of May, the theme and focus was Film & Digital Entertainment, in which filmmakers, video gamers, and other forms of entertainment were able to interact with one another, while enjoying food and beverages. Some of the many organizations and businesses in attendance were the Audio Engineering Society (Atlanta Chapter), Georgia Game Developers, Studio Space Atlanta, and Rolling Video Games.
For businesses like Studio Space Atlanta, these businesses were at Get Connected in hopes to gain potential business. Studio Space Atlanta displayed a television with clips of many hip hop artists who have recorded their videos at their studio. The artists that filmed their videos at this studio included: Gucci Mane, B.O.B., Dorrough, Diddy, 8 Ball & MJG, and a list of others.
While many of the adults were on the inside networking, many of the younger attendees were able to enjoy their fun in the Rolling Video Games bus. Rolling Video Games contained four large, flat screen televisions with some of the newest video games to date on Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Due to the fact that all of the games can be linked together, up to 16 players can enjoy the same game at the same time.
As for the creator of Get Connected, Autumn Bailey also serves as producer and panel director of the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Each year, the PVIFF brings in over 5,000 attendees. The PVIFF displays different forms of film and recordings for people to view and enjoy. This year, the PVIFF will be held at the W Hotel Midtown from Augusta 16th-19th.
Autumn Bailey has already announced that the theme for June 2012 will be music, and they are expected to see over 1,000 people in attendance.
Brent Yancy, Contributing Writer