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Nonprofit That Received Backing From Stars Like Yara Shahidi And Issa Rae Gains Its First Black Woman CEO

Ghetto Film School (GFS) — the award-winning nonprofit created to help future storytellers by educating, uplifting, and supporting their development — is backed by some of Hollywood’s best including Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi. Now, it plans to amplify its efforts further as Montea Robinson has become the first Black woman CEO. “Whether you know how to write a script or point a camera, we’re going to put a camera in your hands and get you to shoot something with it,” she said in an exclusive interview with Variety. “You’re writing, shooting, directing all of the work…We see filmmaking as a craft that we want to teach our students, but also as a secondary education that helps them understand the agency they have over their own story.” Robinson will be responsible for increasing GFS’s reach and influence while focusing on developing and creating career opportunities for participants. In addition, Robinson plans to make GFS programs more accessible to students while strengthening...

May 20, 2022

Ghetto Film School Aims to Tap Young Creators For Short Film Challenge

As many summer activities have suspended due to COVID-19, companies and brands are pivoting to virtual initiatives in place of in-person enrichment programs. Ghetto Film School — an award-winning nonprofit founded to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers — has launched a new program to encourage creativity amongst teens and young adults in the form of a short film challenge, Variety reports . According to Variety , GFS Film Credits “short film challenge” — sponsored by AT&T and WarnerMedia — targets film creators ages 14 to 21 to create a short film centered around the theme “How Does It Feel to Be Connected, Right Now?” The idea behind the film challenge is to engage young people who would otherwise have summer camp, school, or other activities to keep them busy this summer. “We realize that many young people have had summer plans shifted or completely canceled,” said Sharese Bullock-Bailey, chief strategy and partnership officer for...

Jul 14, 2020