This organization was founded because of our children. We wanted to show them that if one can give back to their community in a way that has an opportunity to enhance the lives of everyone who lives in it, then it’s their duty.
Hence, the 2017 founding of The Shenandoah Film Collaborative, Inc., a 501 (3) c non-profit.
We have two areas of focus:
1) Offer opportunities for residents to experience the wonders of film that cannot be found from Hollywood.
2) Raise funds and awareness for the Shenandoah County Public School System where the money would be used for theater/drama-related programming.
We felt that this county (Shenandoah) that we live in, was ripe for an event to showcase its underground artistic culture. So November 9-11 we will be hosting the first Strasburg Film Festival. This is an annual event within this town that will encourage filmmakers to submit their works of art so that all people will have an opportunity to enjoy their creativity.
All proceeds from our annual event will be donated to the Shenandoah County Public School District. From there, those funds will be distributed to the middle and high schools across the county with the monetary donation focus being on creating or enhancing drama/theater-related programs.
We decided to use the word “Collaborative” in our organization name because it embodies what we aim to achieve – for us to become successful we need multiple parties to work together for producing an excellent product.
The Strasburg Film Festival is just a start. As this event continues to grow, we will look for more opportunities across Shenandoah County to showcase the power of the arts, either it through film, photography, or even visual arts. The sky’s the limit.
We want to show the next generation that there are many ways of expressing one’s interests.
Our organization serves from New Market to Strasburg and everywhere in between.