East End student film program in transition

After five years, the East End Student Film Project that mentored would-be film makers through instruction and competition could soon be folded into the East End Arts Council programs.

Paul Henry, project director, said Tuesday it’s become increasingly difficult to sustain the program financially and logistically as administrative needs grew.

“We are in the advanced stages of discussion” with Pat Snyder of the East End Arts Council on merging the film program into the council’s instructional programs, Mr. Henry said in a letter to supporters.

“Hopefully, there will be a summer student film program somewhere on the North Fork,” he wrote. “More importantly, we are working towards having a year-round program in place that I feel will substantially benefit the community.”

The program started with a student film competition that capped the summer season at the Greenport Theatre five years ago. It later expanded to offer instruction to the young would-be filmmakers.

“I consider the past five years to have been my film school and I am grateful to all the people involved in our program, especially the students, for teaching me so much about so many things, particularly making films,” Mr. Henry wrote.

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