Ghetto Film School (GFS) was founded to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Based in the South Bronx, New York and MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, 650 students and alumni are annually engaged in the organization’s programming, always free of charge.
In 2009, GFS led a partnership with the NYC Department of Education to open The Cinema School (TCS) in the Bronx, the nation’s first and only film high school offering students a rigorous liberal arts curriculum grounded in creativity. The Fellows Program is an intense, 15-month, after school honors course for TCS juniors and seniors who show incredible potential or skill in different areas of filmmaking. GFS LA, started in 2014 with partners 21st Century Fox and nonprofit Heart of Los Angeles, is a 30-month rigorous immersion in cinematic storytelling for Southern California teens.
By emphasizing storytelling at the intersection of art, business and education, talented young artists learn the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and live a creative life in the 21st century. We demonstrate this commitment to the education-to-industry transition through two arms of programming:
Digital Bodega, a full-service boutique production company based in the South Bronx.
The Roster, a network advancing diverse young professionals in New York City’s media and entertainment industries.