Curtain Falls on Frederick Film Office

Saturday, May 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:00 PM EDT
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Curtain Falls on Frederick Film Office

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The story of the Frederick Film Office was more a student short than a feature-length epic.

After four short months, the curtain fell on the offshoot of the Frederick Arts Council.

"This decision is based on staffing considerations, as well as the need to focus at the current time on other programs and activities," the Arts Council said in a statement on their website.  "We want to make it clear that any individual, group, or organization operating as a local film office or "Frederick Film Office" is not affiliated in any way with FAC."

The group said that it will continue to support film as an art medium, and still will be a partner on a film project with the Weinberg Center on the Arts.

“We see this as an opportunity to cultivate and support a segment of the local arts community,” said Shaun Butcher, executive director, when the launch of the film office was announced. “There is a lot of potential here,” he said.

The closure of the regional office does not mean that local film makers are left unsupported.  There is still the state-wide Maryland Film Office, which offers an array of resources for both local and national film projects.

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