State Film Commissioner Joins Festival Jury

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Florida’s State Film Commissioner, Lucia Fishburne, will help judge entries in the "Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach" festival on Saturday, August 30th.

Artists from as far away as Austria, India, China and Italy will compete against those from as nearby as Seagrove and Seaside for $6,500 in prizes, when their works of art are projected onto the town's trademark white walls.

Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist, Fishburne is Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, where she is responsible for leading Florida's efforts to build, expand and retain the film, TV and digital media entertainment sector.

"Florida's digital media industry is growing at an accelerated rate. Events like Digital Graffiti showcase both the artistic and technical talent involved in the digital arts in a way that everyone can enjoy," said Fishburne. "Having the event at Alys Beach enhances both the art and the location - it's a perfect match."

Other jury members include Alan Hunter, MTV's very first “VJ” and Co-Founder of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival; Terry Slaughter, President of the award-winning Slaughter Group, a strategic design and branding firm based in Birmingham, Alabama; and Brett Phares, a professor of interactive media at Marist College in New York.

Prior to becoming State Film Commissioner, Fishburne served with Workforce Florida and the Department of Education, where she administered the Florida Institute for Film Education. Prior to graduate school, Lucia toured as a professional musician and performer. Highlights of her creative accomplishments include an original composition featured in the Victor Nunez film, "Ruby in Paradise" (the top film at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival), and Composer/Performer/Producer credits for “Algebra TV," winner of the Milia '95 international multimedia conference in Cannes, France.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach will be held on Saturday, August 30, from 7pm until 11pm. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, August 31.

To avoid lines, guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase festival tickets for $10 at or at "Fonville Press" in Alys Beach. For more information, please call 1-866-481-8387 or email

One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle, along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.”

Alys Beach’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, the town will be home to over 600 villas, row houses, courtyard homes and family compound retreats, as well as numerous restaurants, parks, pools and shops. All homes in Alys Beach are built to "Fortified…for safer living"® building standards, as designated by the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and are also built to the Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Coalition. In April, Forbes named Alys Beach America’s “Top Spot for Design-Savvy Home Buyers.”

“Alys Beach may be the most truly innovative community under construction in the United States today, and it will eventually be imitated everywhere,” said Andrés Duany, who was ranked one of the Top 5 most influential people in home building by Builder magazine.

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