12 Week Film School

By Sunscreen Film Festival (other events)

Thu, Aug 15 2019 6:00 PM EDT Thu, Oct 31 2019 9:00 PM EDT

The Sunscreen 12 Week Film School


It is a 12 week- 1 night a week, 3 hours each night course. In the 12 weeks, you will learn how to make a good independent film. You will be taught by working Pros. You will actually be part of an independent film crew and will produce an independent short film that will be eligible for Sunscreen Film Festival admission with priority. COST is $900 per person.

Every Thursday from August 15th to October 31st, 6PM to 9PM.

August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

We will breakdown films and discuss and study what makes a good film.

                             Visual Storytelling


                             Roles in filmmaking

Students will learn Screenwriting structure and techniques.

                            Character Arc


                            Conflict of Characters

Students will be instructed in the technical aspects of filmmaking.





All Students will learn Acting techniques and be involved in Improv exercises.

                             Directing the Actor


                             Acting for Film

Students will form Production teams and pitch their stories to a panel for consideration.

There will be 3 to 4 films produced during the 12 weeks. The actual shooting will be over a weekend.  Camera, Sound, Lighting will be provided or Teams can get their own.

Ages: This course is aimed at working adults but students may be any age from 16 and up.


12 consecutive weeks from August 15th to October 31st, 2019.

Every Thursday in that time period.

3 hours each Thursday night.

6pm to 9pm.

*There are no refunds once the course begins.  If you commit to the class you are committed to the entire course, no partial refunds. No refund for classes missed.


Warehouse Arts District

ArtsXchange in the Tully~Levine Gallery

515 22nd St. S.

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Curtis Graham

Raised in a Photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography.

Curtis has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director Award, Norma Award, National Addys, and Clio Award. His work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, W, Print, and Communication Arts.

His career in Advertising led to doing Commercials for his Clients as a Director/Cameraman. Curtis went on to Attend The American Film Institute. At AFI Curtis received the Mary Pickford Award Scholarship. His Master Thesis film the “The Blue Men” starring Estelle Parsons went on to receive an Emmy, Academy Award and Focus Award. It is listed as one of the most award winning shorts of 1990. This started Curtis to pursue Narrative work as a Director/Director of Photography.

From films such as “ Oneiric”, “Father Eddy”, “ Misconceptions”, “Prime of your Life”, “The Glass Window”, “ The Investigator” to the PBS Documentaries “John & Mable Ringling”, “Silent Majority” and 100s of Commercials for advertising clients around the world, Curtis has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer.

Blood & Oil filmed in Nigeria won The African Oscar for Best Picture in 2016. It will be released internationally in April 2019.  His Documentary as DP “Erroll Barrow Freedom Fighter” filmed in Barbados, won this year’s Pan African Film festival. African Movie Academy Award (AMMA) for Best Diaspora Film.  His new film “The Favorite” opens in June 2019 in theaters

Curtis has been an adjunct professor teaching Cinematography and Directing at the University of Tampa and Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.

Curtis continues to Direct and Shoot Narrative and Commercial projects under his Production Co. GreyHouse Films.

Eugenie Bondurant

Eugenie Bondurant's long and slightly strange career has taken her from the runways of New York and Paris to a featured role as "Tigris" in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

At 6'-1", with knife-blade cheekbones, Bondurant, was "discovered" after a bout with cancer left her looking especially exotic and androgynous. She was soon a working model in the U.S. and Europe. A modeling trip to Los Angeles led to an acting career. She created a string of bizarre characters in TV and film - including Fight Club (with Ed Norton), Saturday Night Live (with Madonna and Mike Myers). She tossed around comedian Gene Wilder while playing Alice Cooper's favorite Dominatrix on the TV series Something Wilder. And on HBO's Arliss, she played a transvestite who lured a strait-laced athlete into a night of sin. In the indie feature, Donald and Dot Clock, her character bonded with a house-full of rodents.

It's a career that prompted her New Orleans' grandmother to ask: "Can't you play a normal person?"

Not likely. When The Hunger Games' director, Francis Lawrence, went looking for an actor to play Tigris, a pivotal character enhanced to be both female and feline, the search led them to Bondurant. Now the good people over at Lionsgate announced that actress Eugenie Bondurant has joined the cast of the fourth and final installment in The Hunger Games film saga The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. She is also a cabaret singer, appearing in the American Songbook Series with Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses and a founder of The Radio Theater Project.

A well-known On-Camera and Meisner acting coach, Bondurant, is a staff member at the prestigious Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Fl. Along with acting, she has a BA in Finance.

Terri Emerson

Terri Emerson is a Florida based screenwriter.  She co-wrote Bernie the Dolphin, which was released by Lionsgate in North America.  The film premiered in theaters in December of 2018. That film has been distributed in over 130 countries around the world.   She is also a co-writer on the sequel Bernie the Dolphin 2, which will be released in the fall of 2019. Terri is one of the founders of the screenwriting group, Screenwriters of Tomorrow. She has been a school teacher for over 20 years and also teaches screenwriting at the Sunscreen Film Festival Summer Camp.


Mailing Address

944 4th St. North, Suite 600 St. Petersburg, FL 33701