DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber will host Lee Thomas, Georgia deputy commissioner of the Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office at a membership luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The luncheon will be at 11 a.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. During her address, Thomas will discuss the role of the film industry on business growth in Georgia.

A native Atlantan, Lee graduated from Marist School and went into the radio, TV and film program at the University of Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she returned to Atlanta to earn a master’s in film studies from Georgia State University. 

In 1992, she entered the Tisch School of the Arts Doctoral Program in Cinema Studios at New York University, then began a job at the Brooklyn Arts Council. She returned to Atlanta in 1996 to work for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager, and then became a location specialist for the office in 1998.

After finding locations for film and television projects for 12 years, Lee became director of the film division in 2010, and was then promoted to director of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in 2011. 

Films that Lee has worked with include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Blind Side,”

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Footloose,” “Fast 5,” “The Conspirator” and “Zombieland.”

“As a student at Marist, I spent quite a lot of time in Dunwoody — I am looking forward to joining the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber to talk about Georgia’s exciting role in the film industry,” Thomas said.

Advance registration for the event is required. The cost of registration for members is $40 and $50 for prospective members. Advance registration ends Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Payment is required by credit card at the time of registration and includes the program and a plated lunch provided by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

No walk-ins will be permitted. No refunds will be given for cancellations or no-shows. The event is sponsored by the DeKalb Entertainment Commission and the City of Dunwoody.

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