I like this quote from William Deresiewicz:
Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer […] but the entrepreneur.
Deresiewicz’ comment is all the more poignant when one encounters creative and artistic entrepreneurs — like the Eastern Ontario Filmmaker’s Co-operative in Napanee, Ontario.
Housed on the 2nd floor of Doghouse Studio –a beautifully re-claimed warehouse space at 99 Dairy Ave. in Napanee — EOCO brings professional film production and development to the Ontario East Region. It’s a space for the area’s existing filmmakers to use equipment, edit and produce films, and is a tool to attract filmmakers outside the region to the Greater Napanee area.
There’s space to shoot:
Space for editing and post-production (with editing suites on the way):
And space for screenings and events:
The studio itself combines design elements that bring to mind industry, play, noir and comedy.
Perhaps most importantly, the studio demonstrates how serious the region’s filmmakers are about establishing Eastern Ontario as a go-to destination for filmmakers, and how serious they are about being the region’s culture heroes.