MISSION AND OVERVIEW
The Ghetto Film School (GFS) mission is to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers.
A non-profit, independent film organization founded 2000 in the South Bronx section of New York City, GFS annually serves 650 emerging artists through its various pre-professional programs. The Fellows Program is our foundation course, a 15-month extracurricular immersion in cinematic storytelling and digital production culminating in a thesis project shot in a foreign location, followed by an industry internship. The Program alumni have gone on to creative positions in film, television, advertising, non-profit, education, politics and other fields.
In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, GFS helped opened The Cinema School in 2009 as the nation’s first film high school. Digital Bodega, a full-service production company, is led by GFS alumni creating commissioned work for major national brands while generating earned income for GFS free programming.
Our student work has been shot and seen across the globe, with award-winning curricula and workshops available online to 400,000+ registered GFS MasterClass series users. Key supporters include top media industry leaders, and directors such as David O. Russell, Lee Daniels, and Spike Jonze.
- The Cinema School celebrated its first graduating class in June 2013 with a 100% College Acceptance Rate for all seniors.
- Our $3 million industry-grade, post-production facility is the South Bronx Post House, run by Digital Bodega. In 2013, revenue from Digital Bodega projects represented 23% of our total revenue.
- To date, GFS has hosted dozens of public screenings of student work, and organized more than ten international student productions, most recently a Thesis Project shoot in Kiev August 2013.
- A 2012 study found that students who attend GFS’ programs graduate from high school at double the rate of their peers (100% of students, compared with 49% of NYC HS students) and more than 88% of GFS alumni go on to enrol in college (compared with 62% of NYC HS students). Students have been accepted to prominent universities and colleges (recent examples include Columbia University, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and Oberlin College).
THE GHETTO FILM SCHOOL CREATIVE EDUCATION MODEL
GFS is most passionate about cinema – a collaborative industrial art form that unites all other forms of creative expression.
GFS is the best nonprofit organization in the US at teaching young people all aspects of film (development, production, theory, and history).
GFS is a creative product-focused organization, with a pedagogy and approach grounded in real-world business applications.
- GFS LA – Launching June 2014, GFS LA brings our Fellows Program and Digital Bodega operations to Los Angeles. GFSLA will be an industry-wide creative education initiative in the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood. With support from industry partners and film studios, 25 young people will advance through the Fellows Program’s three courses of instruction. The project brings GFS’s educational model to the west coast for the first time, cultivating a group of diverse young storytellers who will complete a free 30-month college-level pre-professional immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training.
- The Honors Program at The Cinema School – Our award-winning Fellows Program was recently incorporated into The Cinema School as a rigorous Honors Course in film studies and production. 20 select juniors and seniors will complete a yearlong immersion into cinematic storytelling that culminates in an international Thesis Project shoot in Stockholm, Sweden and an industry internship during the summer of 2014. Honors Program students are eligible for scholarships awards at our Annual Spring Benefit Dinner June 18th in NYC.
- Film Credits – GFS, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, has been awarded “pre-qualified vendor status” to deliver outstanding services and resources to students of all grade levels. Film Credits brings acclaimed filmmakers, industry-grade equipment, and GFS’ award-winning Creative Education Model into public school classrooms across NYC, challenging students to achieve new levels of understanding through rigorous training and hands-on production experience. Film Credits also provides professional development workshops and training for teachers who can then bring production and cinema studies curricula into their regular lesson planning. The goal in 2014 is to launch Film Credits in ten (10) public schools.
If you have any questions or would like more information on our programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 718-589-5470.