A film director from Los Angeles traveled miles to see his film air in the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Jordan Roberts’ movie “Burn Your Maps,” was selected to be the first film shown during the kick off night of the festival.
The movie is centered around an 8-year-old boy that realized he does not belong in an American society but rather in a Mongolian one. He goes to extreme measures to travel to Mongolia to reach, what he believes, is his true home.
“It’s based on a short story,” Roberts said. “It’s only about seventeen pages and I think the short story takes us about 15 minutes into the movie and then everything after that was invented.”
The movies shown in the Gasparilla International Film Festival are all selected by its president, Rachel Feinman. This is her third year as president and each year she spends hours watching movies that have the potential to be shown in the festival.
The Gasparilla International Film Festival has launched into eight full days of film and festivities for the first time in its existence.
“This is our eleventh year for the film festival,” Feinman said. “It’s something that brings unique films to the community and also supports our local filmmakers in the community.”
Education panels for the film industry also launched for this year’s Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Nielsen is a widely known company, one that is constantly looking for new candidates to represent them. Nielsen studies consumer habits in more than 100 countries.
Jennifer Hurst is a manager with Nielsen, as well as a leader in the business-improving organization.
“Nielsen is a market research company,” said Hurst. “We are the science behind what’s next, so we measure what people watch and what people buy.”
Nielsen visits USF and surrounding communities every year, according to Hurst. The USF campus is one of the communities Nielsen enjoys visiting because of the type of candidates they receive.
The candidates chosen to work with Nielsen all have three key things in common: leadership skills, community service and passion.
Steve Filus, majoring in computer science at USF, cites the work environment at Nielsen as a major draw for him. Many potential candidates, like Filus, are excited to have the opportunity to get one-on-one time with a company of their dreams.
“So the work-life balance that they have there is the biggest piece for me,” said Filus. “They also are involved in the community. That’s one of the most important things for me for a place of work.”
The closest Nielsen in the Tampa Bay Area is in Oldsmar, Florida. However, the distance does not prevent the candidates and Nielsen from connecting.
Both parties know exactly what they want to gain from the other.