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For Immediate Release (02-16)
Date: April 5, 2002 
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College, American Film Institute Earn Partnership Award From Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce

Montgomery College and the American Film Institute (AFI) have been named joint recipients of the 2002 Business/Education Partnership Award from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.

The partnership began in 1998 when the two organizations introduced programs designed to bring professional film education to the national capital region—short professional training workshops taught at the Takoma Park Campus of Montgomery College by faculty from AFI’s Professional Training Division in Los Angeles, Ca. The College and AFI also launched an intensive three-week summer film camp for students of all ages.

In anticipation of the AFI’s arrival in Silver Spring, Montgomery College officials and representatives from AFI initiated discussions about possible educational partnerships that would involve the entire community. In its role as America’s national arts organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of film, television, and other forms of moving image, AFI presented an obvious possibility for partnering in this arts-centered community.

Subsequent to this successful venture, Montgomery College Professor Perry Schwartz, with advice from AFI representatives, introduced four new Montgomery College credit courses in film: Introduction to Film, History of International Film to 1950, Screenwriting, and Basic Movie Production. These courses are open to students for both credit and non-credit.

"Montgomery College's partnership with AFI has provided tremendous opportunities for our students and for the entire community," said Professor Schwartz, who, along with his AFI counterpart Raymond Barry, will accept the award at a Silver Spring Chamber dinner on Friday, April 13, at the Holiday Inn in Silver Spring. "We're very honored to receive this joint recognition."

Both institutions expect the partnership's programs will continue to grow during the next few years, as AFI prepares to move into its new east-coast headquarters at the historic Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring, and as the College's Takoma Park Campus begins its expansion into south Silver Spring. The third of three phases of the campus expansion will feature construction of a new cultural arts center, complete with a 500-seat auditorium and other facilities. The Silver Theatre, currently undergoing its restoration, will soon be reopened by AFI with several new screening theaters, where AFI will present classic films, and host film festivals and other special events.

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