TXMPA Meeting Tonight


Update: I've now heard that anyone is welcome to attend the meeting -- it's just that you have to be a paid TXMPA member if you want to vote on any of the meeting issues/elections.

I just received a press release about the Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) meeting that's taking place tonight. This is a meeting of the TXMPA Central Region Caucus, and it will be held at Mother Egan's (on 715 6th Street) from 6:15 to 8 pm. Admission is for dues-paying TXMPA members only and tonight's agenda is focused on nominations and elections. If this interests you, visit the TXMPA website to join online. (They won't be able to take credit cards at the venue tonight.)

If you don't know why TXMPA is important right now, check out the cover story in this week's Austin Chronicle, about the dismal lack of film productions shooting in Texas these days. Or you can read last Sunday's Austin American-Statesman article about how Shreveport, Louisiana -- of all places -- is surpassing Austin in film production.

I've posted the rest of the press release after the jump. (Thanks to Janet Pierson for the heads-up on this.)

TXMPA Central Region Caucus Meeting
Thursday, May 22, 2008
6:15- 8 pm
Deck at Mother Egan’s Pub
715 W 6th St, 4 blocks east of Lamar, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-7747

Membership dues are now required to support the operation of the
Alliance. Please visit www.txmpa.org and join now. You may join at the door, however, it will help us considerably if you join online in advance. No credit cards accepted at the door - we are just not set up for it. We urge you to please join in advance on-line. Basic membership is $50.

The purpose of the meeting is three-fold:

1. To elect a Central Texas Regional Alternate Representative to the board of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. (The Alternate Rep stands in for the Regional Rep when the Regional Rep is unavailable to attend a board meeting.) The term is two years.

2. To nominate up to three candidates from our region who will then run for the three at-large positions open on the TXMPA board. Each term is two years. Our nominees will participate in the state-wide election June 28, 2008 in Austin and run against nominees from all the other Texas regions for those three director-at-large seats.

3. To get to know each other a little better & hone our focus.

Qualifications for above positions:

1. Must be a dues-paying member of TXMPA (go to www.txmpa.org to join. Membership dues are now required to support the operation of the Alliance.)

2. Must live in the Central Texas Region. (For a state map showing all Texas regions go to www.txmpa.org).

3. TXMPA is serious about bringing more production business to Texas. The persons elected to the board must be serious about TXMPA. This is a working board. At-large board members and the Regional Representative and Alternate must have some time and a willingness to participate in some or all of the necessary functions: serving on committees, raising money, donating money, making calls, finding sponsors, enlisting new members, speaking to groups, planning awareness events and fund raisers, etc.

TXMPA board positions are not for resume builders, but for those willing to work to increase moving image production in Texas. Board meetings are by conference call and can be twice a month or every week. No one can do all of these things, but you must be willing to be a working participant.

We've already made history in our short two years of existence. Texas at last has production incentives; now we must work to keep them and increase them!

Candidates interested in the above positions, please join our organization and attend our caucus on May 22. Anyone who wants to can
stand up and speak for themselves.

I know there are professionals in our region willing to come forward and work towards improving our industry for all Texans. We need your help!