There are many organizations and non-profits created by African-Americans. Make A Film Foundation is one particular organization that uses the film industry in it's work.
Make A Film Foundation was created by myself, Tamika Lamison, as a way to use my filmmaking talents and skills to give back. I wanted to provide a space for the Hollywood community to offer service and philanthropy in a way that was specific to their interest, skills and talents and also to introduce my passion for filmmaking to children who would not normally have this unique opportunity.
Make A Film Foundation (MAFF) grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions and helps them create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors.
Make A Film Foundation believes the art of filmmaking is not only healing and therapeutic, but it offers hope and builds self-esteem.
MAFF has two main programs. In the short narrative program, children have the opportunity to write and star in their own short film with the help of noted actors, writers and directors.
In the VIDZ 4 KIDZ program, children get to create and star in their own videos with hand-held video cameras and help from professional film mentors.
Many noted industry professionals who have contributed their time and talent to Make A Film Foundation including: Kerry Washington, Michael Ealy, Elijah Wood, Rodrigo Garcia, Sean Astin, Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, Diablo Cody, Ernie Hudson, Bennett Miller and Marc Forster who helped create a music video for a young lady suffering from Arthritis which will also screen on Saturday.
Make A Film Foundation is about giving children with life-threatening medical conditions the opportunity to use filmmaking to give themselves a voice and raise awareness about what they go through. I also think it is important that philanthropic work by African-Americans is highlighted to off-set some of the images and stereo-types that are rampant in media.
There are scores of African-Americans doing service-oriented work. Make A Film Foundation is just one example.
Make A Film Foundation will be having a red carpet screening of films created by children who have various medical conditions and health issues on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
WHO: Make A Film Foundation
WHAT: VIDZ 4 KIDZ ‘COACHART’ SCREENING
WHERE: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood, Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:00 pm
For more information about the foundation, please visit our website at: www.makeafilmfoundation.org.