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Local Independent Film Industry Seeks National Attention

The Springfield Independent Filmmakers Association has plans to make Springfield the epicenter of the independent film industry in the United States. KSMU’s Katie Easley has this story.

The Springfield Independent Filmmakers Association has teamed up with the Missouri Film Alliance of Springfield, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council to launch its new initiative.“What we have started here is what we are referring to as the Missouri Film Initiative. Which is not only an initiative to bring bigger budget films into town, but also to get the community behind our local filmmakers here, so that we can make a positive impact,” says Newman.That’s Steve Newman, Spokesman for the Springfield Independent Filmmakers Association. Newman says SIFA is starting a series of fundraisers to promote Springfield’s independent film industry nationally. “Our view is the fact that we have a lot of talented film makers here in town, award winners. We have a great program at MSU, Evangel has a great film program, and Drury has a great film program. Our mission here is of course keeping those film makers in town instead of shipping them off to California and the like," says Newman.Newman says revenue from the fundraisers will go towards edit-bays for local independent film makers, and a new website he says could bring national attention to Springfield. Diana Botsford, a media, journalism, and film professor at Missouri State, says the internet makes the idea of one epicenter for independent films outdated.“I think that the whole point of where we’re going in the 21st century with film making is there is not going to be an epicenter any longer. Which is exciting and good for Missouri,” says Botsford.Information on SIFA is available at 417-368-1438.For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley