Winter has been long. The snow freezing temperatures outside low. Though mother nature hasn’t declared it spring yet, the Pennsylvania Film Industry Association hosted their Spring Fling to warm themselves with libations.
Film industry professionals including actors, crew, filmmakers, etc., gathered at the The Pennsylvania Market to network and raise funds for the PAFIA. The region has attracted several productions over the last five years including series such as Downward Dog, Mindhunter, and films such as Fences, the upcoming Pickle, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Though they may not be house hold names in front of the camera, the attendees work diligently on bringing those productions to the big screen.
Funds raised at the event will contribute to the groups lobbying efforts to expand Pennsylvania’s Film Tax Credit Program. David Haddad, PAFIA president and owner of Haddad’s Inc., stressed the important role the Tax Credits play in bringing productions to the region. Despite his busy schedule, Haddad explained, “I go to Harrisburg once a month knocking on the doors of our representatives.” He’d continue later, “These incentives bring and keep good people in the region.” He pointed towards the crowd as an example.
Katie Shenot, party host and Casting Director at Nancy Mosser Casting, effortlessly mingled among the guests. The diverse crowd wasn’t only seasoned veterans but included many students from local universities beginning their journey in the industry. Shenot stressed the importance of networking; “We treat everyone as family,” She said in between the warm welcomes. “These are the people you’ll work with across sets for years to come.”
And, may I add, the ones that bring parties and film to life.