Friday, June 2, 2023

Free Television Training Program in City of Newburgh Receives $10K Grant

“Below the Line Bootcamp,” a free developmental training program for film and television, has received a $10,000 grant from the Newburgh City Council. The program is operated by Choice Films, Inc., an award-winning production company headquartered at Umbra Stages in the City of Newburgh.

The grant will cover transportation and childcare costs for City of Newburgh residents, and provides a trainee stipend. Funding is provided through the City of Newburgh Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Summer Crocket Moore and Tony Glazer, the Co-Managers of Below the Line Bootcamp, issued a joint statement: “We are grateful for the Newburgh City Council’s continued support for Choice Film’s Below the Line Bootcamp. Our program has helped more than a dozen City residents find paying jobs in the growing film and television industry, and we’re excited to welcome a new class of City residents for our Spring 2023 program.”

Newburgh City Manager Todd Venning stated on behalf of the Council: “The City Council is pleased to continue connecting City residents to meaningful employment opportunities in leading local industries, and we are grateful to have community partners like Choice Films, Inc and Umbra Stages that actively invest in the success of our City. We are also grateful for Governor Kathy Hochul’s continued investment in the Hudson Valley’s film industry, and her commitment to strengthening Orange County’s economy.”

Below the Line Bootcamp offers immediate, paid on the job training for technical roles in film and television production including grip and electric; camera; wardrobe, hair and makeup; props and sets; and production assistants. No prior film/television experience or college degree is required, and the program is available to all ages 18 and up. 

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