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Film Futures Announces FREE Intro to Grip / Basic Lighting Workshop in Putnam County



Hurricane, WV – Aspiring filmmakers and creative enthusiasts in the Kanawaha Valley have an exciting opportunity to enhance their skills, thanks to the Film Futures Foundation’s upcoming “Intro to Grip/Basic Set Lighting Workshop.” The nonprofit organization is committed to democratizing the world of filmmaking by offering accessible education to individuals residing in the Appalachian Region.

The workshop, set to take place on October 9th, 2023, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Valley Park in Hurricane, WV, is designed to empower attendees with insights into the intricate world of grip and set lighting techniques. Notably, this informative event will be both hands-on and illuminating, ensuring participants gain valuable knowledge and experience in the craft. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided, and all participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Justin Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Film Futures Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for the event’s inclusivity: “Our ‘Intro to Grip/Basic Set Lighting Workshop’ is tailored to welcome all individuals, regardless of their prior experience. We’re passionate about sparking an interest in the film industry and equipping participants with the tools they need to excel in this dynamic field.”

Led by the accomplished Matt Napier, owner of Matt Napier Film and Photo as well as Film Forever, the workshop promises a comprehensive exploration of essential grip and lighting equipment. With a background in film, commercial, and music video production, Napier brings valuable insight into the pivotal role lighting plays in crafting captivating cinematic experiences. Participants will gain proficiency in various lighting techniques, learn to create different lighting effects, and understand how lighting contributes to a film’s overall mood and tone.

Film Futures Foundation’s primary objective is to provide education and resources that empower the next generation of filmmakers, regardless of their background. The organization seeks to foster diversity and inclusivity within the filmmaking realm, bringing fresh perspectives to the world of cinema.

Ashley Stinnett, Co-founder of Film Futures Foundation, underscored the importance of hands-on experience and mentorship: “Our workshop not only imparts technical skills but also facilitates networking opportunities with industry professionals and like-minded enthusiasts. This interaction lays the groundwork for future collaborations and personal growth.”

Interested individuals can register for the free workshop on by searching “film futures” or “basic grip and set lighting” under West Virginia venues. As seating is limited to 20 attendees, interested participants are encouraged to secure their spots promptly.

The Film Futures Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicates itself to enabling underserved communities in the Appalachian Region to share their narratives through film. By offering access to filmmaking resources, equipment, and education, the organization nurtures a new generation of storytellers and content creators. With a focus on promoting diverse perspectives, the Foundation aims to cultivate understanding, empathy, and positive change within communities through the powerful medium of film.


For additional information about the Film Futures Foundation and to register for the workshop, please visit


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