Governor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Holds New York Loves Film Roadshow At North Country Universities
The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development held New York Loves Film workshops at St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam yesterday in a focused effort to support a future generation of New York filmmakers. The workshops featured 60-minute face-to-face conversations with film students, senior faculty and New York State government representatives discussing film production practices and resources across the state.
“The latest effort by Governor Cuomo and the entire team to promote film and television in New York State, the New York Loves Film Road show was met with interest and enthusiasm by local filmmakers in Woodstock in October and will be offered in all ten regions of the state moving forward," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “The workshops’ one-on-one approach, where filmmakers meet with state representatives to learn about film production in the state, is a testament to our commitment to the industry and its growth.”
“Workshops at the Universities send the message to aspiring filmmakers that there are programs and policies in place that support their efforts to realize their projects in New York State," said Gigi Semone, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development. “From the tax credit, to location scouting assists to liasing with various State agencies, these students were unaware of the range of resources the Governor's film office makes available to them."
The more than two dozen workshop attendees came to the table with a range of questions and ambitions, many of whom aspire to stay in New York State as they pursue their careers in the industry.
“The success of the New York State tax credit program is good for the economic health of the state, of which we are a part. But it is promising in another way, one closer to the work that we do. More film production in New York means increasing numbers of jobs in all areas of the business, and that's good for students being trained by the many excellent film and media studies programs in this state, including, in a modest way, St. Lawrence University. People think of California as the nexus of serious film programs but what you are seeing on your workshop tour is that New York is increasingly involved in preparing talented and skilled professionals that an expanding film industry will need,” said St. Lawrence University professor Richard Jenseth.
“One of the most valuable things to come out of the workshop was the idea of an active collaboration between film students at the North Country schools to build dynamic working relationships on their projects, much as we currently do on the exhibition side with the cooperative Cinema 10 organization for showing of locally made and other independent films. Also we talked about engaging more actively with regional film festivals like the Lake Placid Film Forum. Further, the Governor's film team brought a new sense of enthusiasm and possible shared identity with other film enthusiasts in the area. The students were pretty impressed that the state is available to help them with their projects," said SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor Victoria Levitt
"I got a lot out of this workshop, not just in terms of information but in the feeling of encouragement and support from the state film office people," said senior student Dylan Rattigan. "They made it clear they are there to help us as individuals with our film projects and as a North Country film region working together. They definitely gave me feedback about pursuing a career in film."
This is the eighth Roadshow workshop to be held since the program’s inception, with six additional planned before year’s end.
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/> and < a href="www.esd.ny.gov">www.esd.ny.gov.