Transforming Lives through the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Our mission is to educate students of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds about films and filmmaking, utilizing a world-class faculty in a conservatory setting.  MFI brings emerging artists, local families, and our surrounding community together in year-round programs and initiatives illuminating the storytelling process.  
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MFI Gold Program

July 5 – 17

EVENTS

Faculty

Tony Spiridakis
Tony Spiridakis

Currently writing the feature film, “Mike’s Place” for Todd Komarnicki and Antoine Fuqua.

Shannon Goldman
Shannon Goldman

Keeps getting awards for “Greenport The Show,” which he directed, edited and produced. 

Bob Krakower
Bob Krakower

Our acclaimed acting coach is now also teaching at The Yale School of Drama and Julliard.

Wendy Makkena
Wendy Makkena

Just wrapped on “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” with Tom Hanks.

Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri

Academy Award Nominee, recently on Broadway with “A Bronx Tale.” 

Joe Pantoleano
Joe Pantoleano

Emmy winning actor for The Sopranos. Currently filming “Bad Boys for Life” with Will Smith. 

Guest Mentors

 

Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn

Recently on Broadway in “Network” and a lifetime member of the Manhattan Film Institute family.

Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden

Academy Award winning actress and one of our best guest artists and someone who continues to support us every year.

Chris Wedge
Chris Wedge

Academy Award winning director, and founder of Blue Sky Studios. An incredible storyteller who comes year after year to share his knowledge with our filmmakers.

Giancarlo Esposito
Giancarlo Esposito

Emmy nominated actor for Breaking Bad, Giancarlo provided insight and inspiration for our young artists. 

Goeffrey Owens
Goeffrey Owens

Actor known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show. Geoffrey is the founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Shakespeare Company.

William Finkelstein
William Finkelstein

Screenwriter, television producer, actor and television director. Credits include: Law & Order, L.A. Law, and NYPD Blue.

Alumni News

Martin Henderson

lands recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy.

Ariel Eliaz

books acting roles on Homeland, Blue Bloods, Gotham and Limitless.

YANI MARIN

lands recurring role on Empire.

Elise Hudson

Cast in Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman and Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It

Jamal Thomas

appeared in Billions, The Blacklist and NBC’s The Enemy Within.

Kate Udall

landed recurring role on Netflix series Daredevil.

Erica Camarano

was cast in a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU

Testimonials

I attended my first festival where Drained played at the Scout Film Festival and I had an amazing time there. I’ve been liking my first year at Syracuse a lot too! I’m definitely significantly ahead of the curve with all my experience from MFI in the entire process, from pre to post production. 

Cole Maute

Director

Thank you for the life-changing experience you guys gave me at MFI last summer.You gave me a home and one of the best opportunities I could have ever had.  This week, I am signing my first contract with an agency.  I wanted to let you know because MFI has played such an important part in my life.

Denzel Rodriguez

Actor

I would love to come every year. Spending 2 weeks creating with you, Shannon, Lisa and whoever else is there is pretty much an artists dream.  To me, MFI is a magical bubble where for 2 weeks, we get to forget the outside world and create a little bit of magic ourselves. 

Angela Oh

Actor

Press

Manhattan Film Institute’s Founders Named People of the year 

Manhattan Film Institute’s Life Changing Summer Program Kicks Off On the North Fork

Greenport’s Manhattan Film Institute gives aspiring filmmakers and actors the opportunity of a lifetime

It’s A Wrap: MFI Honors Chazz Palminteri; Stars Fete Film Program

After ‘Packed House,’ More Movie Nights At Greenport Theater

A touch of Tinsel Town on the North Fork this summer

Fundraising

 

MFI is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, organization that relies on people like you to spread the word about its course offerings and curated events. Please consider making a donation to support MFI and our mission to promote education and awareness for creative expression in the art of filmmaking on a local level. Donations are greatly appreciated!

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