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Video company gets worldwide exposure

A video documentary produced by a Seminole business, Advanced Media Productions, has been accepted for screening at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in April.

The half-hour documentary, Influences of the Invisible, focuses on the influences of myth, tradition and culture on women in India. It's the first of a three-part documentary on Indian women.

James Mukalel, president of the company that opened its doors this year, is producing the series at the company's studios in the Peacock Professional Park, 8217 113th St. N.

Mukalel said he has been involved in the film industry in India for many years and has maintained his ties with some of the country's noted directors in this genre.

"I like doing this kind of production _ documentary for education," said the 50-year-old Seminole resident and native of Kerala, India.

The documentary was directed by Peter Attipetty, a longtime friend of Mukalel who teaches filmmaking at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Attipetty and his crew videotaped interviews with students and women in the work force during a recent trip to India.

Advanced Media Productions is primarily a commercial production company specializing in marketing and training videos, commercials and infomercials. The documentary has added another dimension to the company's capabilities and targets educational markets and public television.

"We feel it's a major achievement that we're being recognized for our work on a documentary at the same time we're doing business videos," said J.R. Cox, the company's production manager and the documentary's technical director and editor. "We're small but we're diverse and we've found that our strength is our flexibility."

Cox, a 47-year-old Madeira Beach resident with 30 years' experience in the broadcast industry, said the company will continue to be involved in the production of documentary features and programs, "but we certainly are not going to neglect our business videos _ we will stay strong in that."

Hollywood Video store

replaces old gas station

A change is in store for the long-deserted gas station property at the southeast corner of Seminole and Park boulevards. The Sembler Co. is buying the property, in disuse since the early 1990s, from Mobil Oil and plans to build a Hollywood Video store.

"The schedule planned is for an end-of-the-year closing, a construction start after the first of the year and a March opening," said Stan Flack, Sembler vice president of construction.

Flack said a large area of landscaping is to be planted as buffers between the proposed building and the busy intersection. The building will be 6,500 square feet. The store will have parking and will share parking space with Seminole Plaza shopping center.

Charter Health names

associate medical director

Dr. Joseph Adan has been named associate medical director of Charter Behavioral Health System of Tampa Bay, 12891 Seminole Blvd. His work will include expansion of the hospital's treatment programs for children and adolescents.

Adan completed his training at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Staten Island, N.Y., as well as a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has participated in research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for the National Institute of Mental Health. He has a private practice in Clearwater.

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