This installment focuses on two organizations offering opportunities for exposure and education for the next generation of talent entering the production and post production fields.
Black Girl Film School
Jayda Imanlihen, Founder
Black Girl Film School is a 501(c)3 non profit education foundation that offers quality face to face and online film production programs for females interested in pursuing a career path in TV and film. The goal of our 2020 program development is to introduce learners to non-acting career paths (above the line & below the line) and the skills it takes to work in these roles. Black Girl Film School is a collection of media experts, filmmakers, screenwriters, cinematographers, producers, directors, teachers, instructional designers, and below the line crew – all with one common goal of increasing the number of Black women working in the industry above and below the line.
Ghetto Film School (GFS)
Montea Robinson, Executive Director
GFS is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. With locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, GFS is the most elite and inclusive film academy in the world, equipping students for top universities and careers in the creative industries through two tracks: an introductory education program for high school students and early-career support for alumni and young professionals.
On the third Wednesday of every month, AICP presents webinars highlighting organizations that exist to create opportunities across the spectrum of filmmaking, advertising, and marketing for people of color, specifically the Black community. (To view the participating organizations from previous sessions, please click here.) As a major part of the AICP’s commitment to this mission, we are taking away the perceived barriers for why we can’t find diverse talent to fill our ranks. Every month, you will have an opportunity to invest in an organization that will make your company better and makes good on those pledges to do your part. The webinars will be open to the entire industry, not just the AICP membership. The ultimate goal of these presentations is to facilitate the action required for companies across our industry to move towards lasting change. Consider these sessions your introduction. We are counting on you to dig in, act, and collectively create a more inclusive and equitable commercial industry.
If you there is an organization you would like considered for the monthly Zoom, please email Kristin Wilcha at firstname.lastname@example.org.