Liverpool-based film studio American High receives grant to shoot more movies in Central New York
LIVERPOOL — Last August, director Jeremy Garelick announced that he would move his American High film studio and trade school out of Liverpool’s historic Zogg building, but now — after recently receiving a county grant for $250,000 — the cameras continue to roll locally.
American High, has produced 10 feature films locally since he bought the 91-year-old high-school building for an estimated $1 million in 2017 and dubbed it the Academy at Syracuse Studios.
While several of American High’s teen-oriented comedies such as “Big Time Adolescence” and “The Binge” have screened at prestigious festivals and found receptive audiences on video-on-demand services, Garelick said that the high cost of complying with village and state codes prompted last year’s decision to sell the building and its 6.9-acre lot.
Last week Garelick confirmed via email that he has received the grant which was administered by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency and the county’s office of Economic Development.
By: Russ Tarby