Screen artists host open house Saturday

James Suttles of Brevard, N.C., shown here on a film set, will teach a 10-week introductory course in filmmaking beginning Feb. 10. Find out more about the course and meet other industry professionals at an open house for Screen Artists Co-op from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Story Point Media.

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Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Screen Artists Co-op will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Story Point Media, 2002 Riverside Drive, Suite 42-P, Asheville.

Screen Artists Co-op is an organization of film industry professionals in Western North Carolina whose mission is to train and mentor actors, content producers, crew and other industry professionals. The open house is for those interested in learning more about training for a career in film production.

The event will provide information on SAC’s film crew training and certification course, which starts Feb. 10.

Co-op founder Jon Menick, a veteran screen actor with recent featured roles in Lifetime’s “The Anna Nicole Smith Story” and the ABC network primetime hit ”Nashville,” will host the open house and provide information on the Screen Artists Co-op and its vision for creating opportunities for qualified professionals in the Southeast region.

SAC’s crew training courses, which aim to provide practical knowledge required for introductory positions on feature films in the grip, electric and camera departments, will be taught by James Suttles of Brevard, whose latest projects include the feature film “Reunion 108” (based on the life of major leaguer Billy Sample) and the upcoming terror thriller “The Manor.”

“James’ years of experience as a producer, director and cinematographer on films with budgets from $250,000 to $8 million will provide a true working knowledge of the fast-paced, in-the-trenches approach to successfully create ‘the vision’ for a film,” Menick stated in a news release. “At the end of the 10-week course, each student will depart with a clear, hands-on understanding of making a film from the bottom up.”

“The way to build a career in the film world is to get yourself hired in any position on a set, and network,” Suttles said. “The Screen Artists Co-op is dedicated to increasing the level of talent in our area so our actors and crew members can compete for the multitude of available major film and TV roles and jobs.” Call 828-808-2468 for more information.

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