SEATTLE - Students in the Film & Video Communications program at Seattle Central Community College likes to make movies. But now they face rolling the credits on a 26-year-old program that's produced graduates who have even played their part at the Oscars.
First year student Jenna Pool is worried she won't be able to finish the two year program, as attempts to save the program from the budget axe have failed so far.
"It's been incredibly challenging," said Pool. "It would be a lovely reward to be able to finish it."
Pool, along with other students, aren't giving up their efforts to have the administration's position reversed. They are wrapping up production of three small movies to try to change minds. The 30 and 60 second spots will run in some theaters and at a public forum at the Broadway Theater on campus.
"If you look at the last 20 permitted films in this town, our graduates are all over them," said film instructor and filmaker Sandy Cioffi about movies filmed in Washington. She's concerned about the future of film production here if the steady stream of graduates is cut off.
"Perhaps this is a mistake. But I can't let that happen without a larger story being told," said Cioffi.
A notice posted on the colleges website last summer says that they will attempt to help second year students finish their programs at another school. But students here say there's nothing like SCCC's program.