Due to the recent storms in Columbia, South Carolina, The South Carolina Film Institute (SCFI) is at risk of closing its doors.
“We are at a pivotal point, we don’t know if we will be able to remain open,” said owner Marcus McCall. SCFI offices have taken roughly $30,000 worth of damages and loss of equipment.
The non-profit provides filmmakers from around the state a place to gain experience in the film industry. Since it opened a year ago, they have shot over 20 productions, including films, commercials and music videos.
SCFI is asking the community for help and has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so they can rebuild their assets and repair or replace damaged property.
“With 90% of our equipment being destroyed (CAMERAS, SOUND EQUIPMENT, LENSES, LIGHTS) our business is essentially destroyed. The equipment alone took us 2 years to accumulate,” reads the GoFundMe page.