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Film industry scouting tour in Suffolk County

Since 1989, the Deepwells Farm estate in St.

Since 1989, the Deepwells Farm estate in St. James has been owned by Suffolk County. Today, with the Greek revival mansion as its centerpiece, Deepwells Farm provides programs and activities for the whole community, including concerts, festivals and outdoor movie nights. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Suffolk County is hosting a two-day tour of the North and South Shore for New York City film industry professionals starting Wednesday to promote the area as ripe for film productions.

The event is beginning at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, after which producers and filmmakers are taking a bus to visit nine Long Island locations Wednesday and more on Thursday.

Those locales include the Scully Estate in Islip, the Deepwells Farm estate in St. James, the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook and the mothballed nuclear power plant in Shoreham. On Thursday, the tour will end at the Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be starting.

The tour will be conducted by Michelle Isabel, director of Suffolk County Film Commission.

This isn’t the first initiative that has tried to increase the Long Island’s role in the film industry. In July, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a into law a bill that provides a 30 percent tax credit for film companies that do their postproduction work in Long Island, New York City or the Lower Hudson Valley.

Photo: Deepwells Estate in St. James.

Tags: Suffolk County , film industry , film producers

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