S.C. Film Institute finds new location, reopens after last year's flood damage

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The South Carolina Film Institute will host a grand reopening at their new location, 1016 Woodrow St. in downtown Columbia, Saturday following the loss of their previous location during the severe flooding experienced statewide in October.
October's flood damage forced SCFI to find a new location in Columbia. - PROVIDED
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  • October's flood damage forced SCFI to find a new location in Columbia.

We reported in October that the nonprofit, which has been making films in the state since 2014, sustained approximately $30,000 in damages following the flood. Their office space on Devine Street was completely flooded and the institute lost valuable equipment as well as the space.

Since then, the institute has been working at getting back to work. A gofundme was started to help, but according to co-owner Marcus McCall, much of the funding to secure the location and equipment came from within the organization.

“We did get some support with gofundme,” McCall said. “But we decided pretty much to spend our own money and reinvest back into our business to get it back rolling.”

According to McCall, SCFI was impacted severely by the setback, but kept working anyway. McCall said Saturday’s event is to let the community know they’re back at full capacity.

“We want to let people know that we’re here,” McCall said. “We want to remain a staple in the film industry in South Carolina, Columbia especially, and we’re not going anywhere.”

According to McCall, the new location has office space, a studio for talk shows, and a film photography studio. Saturday’s event will include free food, painting stations for adults and kids, and a discounted member rate of $20, as opposed to the usual $70 fee, McCall said. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will continue through the  afternoon, ending around 4 p.m.

McCall said the institute plans to continue to make full-length feature films and documentaries for the community and let members gain experience in the film industry.

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