THE 2020 FRICK FILM PROJECT
About Ghetto Film School
Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning non-profit whose mission is to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers. Over the past 20 years, we've served more than 10,000 young storytellers, with outstanding education services. In addition, we've provided entry-level career support for over 5,000 GFS Roster young professionals and alumni.
GFS teaches young filmmakers to develop their voices and gives them a platform to tell their stories to the world. We’ve been able to equip them with the professional opportunities they need to build a career from their art. We partner with industry leaders to
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About The Frick Collection
Housed in one of New York City’s last great Gilded Age mansions, The Frick Collection provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity for intimate encounters with one of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts. The collection originated with Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), who bequeathed his home, paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts to the public for their enjoyment. The institution’s holdings, which encompass masterworks from the Renaissance through the early modern period, have grown over the decades, more than doubling in size since the opening of the museum in 1935. Among these complementary acquisitions are many public favorites. A critical component of the institution is the Frick Art Reference Library, founded one hundred years ago by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of the museum’s founder. Recognized as one of the top resources of its kind in the world, it is open to researchers and the public alike.
The 2020 Frick Film Project
On January 25, 2021, Ghetto Film School and The Frick Collection hosted a screening of the original short film, INVISIBLE MAN. As part of The Frick Film Project, the film was entirely written and produced by GFS Fellows.
INVISIBLE MAN, tells the story of Isaiah, a museum security guard who encounters an opportunistic performance artist, whose piece progresses into a series of disturbing discoveries that lead to tremendous reflection on our society.
For the fifth consecutive year, The Frick Film Project has provided GFS Fellows with the rare opportunity to experience The Frick Collection alongside the museum’s Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon. During the one-of-a-kind seminars led by Salomon, the students gain an in-depth history on the collection and identify the many, universal themes represented within the artwork. Once the research and discovery phases are complete, students are tasked with creating a short film inspired by the world-renowned collection.
For each year-long program, students write the screenplay, cast the talent, and assign roles for director, producer, and more in order to assemble a full film crew. Once the film is ready to be shot, students are given the opportunity to use The Frick Collection as their backdrop.
The Frick Film Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners at The Frick Collection, Robert Lehman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For those interested in learning more about The Frick Film Project, you can watch past projects here.
GFS NY Student Panelists
Discussing Invisible Man
Complete Crew List
INVISIBLE MAN, GFS NY
Añes Ollivier-Yamin // Producer and Screenwriter
Ravi Vietro // Director
Janitzy Soriano // Assistant Director
Khalani Miller // Director of Photography
Elisabeth Viel // 1st Asst Camera & Production Designer
Nile Garcia // Script Supervisor and Editor
Elias Benitz-Gadda // Gaffer
Alex Friedman // Boom Operator