S.C. Film Commission Awards 2008 Film Production Fund Grants

June 20, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – June 20, 2008 – The S.C. Film Commission today announced the 2008 Production Fund grant recipients. The S.C. Film Production Fund was created to develop collaborative projects in film, video and multimedia between professionals in motion picture and related industries and South Carolina institutions of higher learning.

The following recipients were chosen for the 2008 grant cycle:

Joe Pinto, from Charleston, will collaborate with Trident Technical College to produce “The Cannon Street Boys,” a short film inspired by the 1955 all-star baseball team from Charleston’s Cannon Street YMCA.

USC will be working with Erik Adolphson, a graduate of the Media Arts program, to create “Civil,” a period film set at the end of the Civil War.

Clemson University is producing a short feature combining live action and computer animation. The film is about a pair of clogging shoes that come to life and dance on their own.  Producer Tim Davis will be working with the Fine Arts Center of Greenville and his Masters Degree students to create “Appalachian Dreams.”

These projects will be produced during the upcoming school year and involve media professionals with students from USC, Clemson and Trident Technical College as crew members, trainees and in journeyman positions.  Students and the independent producers will gain knowledge and skills by working with film professionals brought to South Carolina to help produce the projects.

Furthering the goals of the fund is the South Carolina Film Consortium, a partnership including USC, Clemson University, Trident Technical College and the South Carolina Film Commission.  Independent producers and other professionals in motion picture-related industries partner with Consortium members, working with their students to help South Carolina build its knowledge pool and improve the skills of those already involved in the industry.

For more information about the Production Fund visit www.filmsc.com/ProdFund.html