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Ghetto Film School, Film Society, Google Present 10 Outstanding Short Films By 2011-2012 Class

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 14, 2011 5:43 AM
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New York, NY (Sept. 13, 2011) - The Ghetto Film School (GFS), Film Society of Lincoln Center and Google announced today GFS’s 12th Annual Public Screening at Lincoln Center, to take place on Monday September 26th. The event will showcase 10 outstanding short films created by the 2011–2012 GFS Fellows. The projects will also be spotlighted on YouTube’s Homepage, allowing viewers from around the globe to watch the films in real time.

The free public screening is an opportunity for the teenage Fellows to showcase their work and compete against their peers for awards; a distinguished panel of judges will award the students who create the top three films $1000 scholarships from Google to advance their artistic pursuits.

This year’s jury includes top film industry talent like Jim Jarmusch (writer/director, The Limits of Control), Rose Kuo (executive director, Film Society of Lincoln Center), Melissa Leo (Academy Award-winning actor, The Fighter), Kevin Proudfoot (Creative Director, Google Creative Lab), and Jay Rabinowitz (editor, The Tree of Life).

"I’m always surprised and inspired by the stories Ghetto Film School students screen at this event. We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with GFS and the opportunity we have to work with the Fellows as they create and share their films with the world,” said Kevin Proudfoot, Executive Creative Director, Google Creative Lab.

The GFS Fellows Program is a rigorous 15-month immersion into cinematic storytelling featuring major industry filmmakers and artists as guest instructors, including Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Amy Adams, Jason Reitman, Lee Daniels, Ed Burns and many more.

“Every year, Ghetto Film School expands the quality and depth of the training and services that we provide our students,” said Derrick Cameron, GFS Program Director. “And this year is no exception. We’ve had outstanding guest instructors, and these new partnerships allow us to deliver great resources to every GFS Fellow – from tickets to exclusive screenings at the Film Society, to customized instruction from Google’s top creatives.”

“As our newest educational partner, Ghetto Film School is raising the bar for talented storytellers in New York City,” said Rose Kuo, Executive Director of the Film Society. “We’re thrilled to be working with them on a variety of projects, and this fall’s screening promises to be a real highlight of the partnership.”

The screening will take place on Monday September 26th at 7:30 PM at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre (165 West 65th Street, Upper Level, between Broadway & Amsterdam). For additional information, please visit www.ghettofilm.org.

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11 Comments

  • urbanautuer | September 20, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    Its sometimes true, that WE ARE what WE EAT..:)

  • Cole | September 20, 2011 2:57 AMReply

    LMAO!

    I must be anything you say I am.

  • urbanauteur | September 16, 2011 9:19 AMReply

    @Cole ...is that Nat Or Slaw..? U sound like a drive-by hunkee...
    @ Blutopaz, i like your quip...:) Jay-Z tried to[flip] da corners, see where it got him, besides on ohrah..ha!

  • Cole | September 15, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    You guys get so upset over a name. lol. It's not even offensive. Get over yourselves.

  • Cynthia | September 15, 2011 2:36 AMReply

    I remember the controversy surrounding the name years ago. It was started by a social worker who had good intentions. The statement below is from NPR:

    "Founded by former social worker Joe Hall, its mission is to teach the art of narrative storytelling to kids in the city.

    As for the school's name, Hall explains that he wanted to take a negative term and turn it into something positive: "Our program is certainly not ghetto, when you think about travel and students interacting with really top-notch industry professionals and filmmakers."

    It would be nice if they could change the name so people can actually concentrate on the actual mission and objective which seems very worthy.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100925595

  • BluTopaz | September 15, 2011 1:42 AMReply

    @ Kia, you are spot on.

    Would they accept Spike Lee putting together a Trailer Park Film School? Long Island Guido/a Trash University? And these look like nice, respectable kids too. There are highly esteemed film people involved with the "school", which makes it more offensive. Seriously, what is going on with some Black and Latino kids (and their parents) nowadays where it's ok to be labeled like this?! What is this constant need to name us and we accept it-shit annoys the hell out of me.

    Now watch someone show up and ask what's wrong with being called ghetto.We need to flip the script, own the name, etc. I give up.

  • Neziah | September 15, 2011 1:21 AMReply

    @ Kia

    Lol, you had me at In Living Color.

    Yeah, it's a stupid name and the person who came up with it is probably a racist scumbag.

  • Kia | September 14, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    @BluTopaz

    I also thought that was a joke or at least my mind couldn't wrap itself around the fact that someone or group would adopt that name. Apparently no one from the list of esteemed filmmakers has a problem with that. I doubt that would be accepted were the foot on the other shoe. You get me?

    I couldn't read the post w/o conjuring up images of In Living Color.

  • BluTopaz | September 14, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    The first time I saw that name i thought it was a joke. The students in the pic don't look 'ghetto' to me, and i would not be surprised if some White liberal closet bigots came up with that ish.

  • BondGirl | September 14, 2011 6:49 AMReply

    Thank you! I was approached to be a part of the project, but the name was a real turn off...even with the big names attached, I had to pass.

  • Theo | September 14, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    Who approved that whack ass name?? Ghetto Film School?!? Smh

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