Georgia’s $7 billion film industry continues to grow, but who’s training young filmmakers and how does the industry get connected to the local community? re:imagine/ATL has been working with high school students, studios, and other nonprofits to use film for social change while training youth for a career on-set.
Over the course of re:imagine/ATL’s in-school film career development program, students from three Dekalb Schools learned about mental illness, domestic violence, and local farming from their nonprofit clients, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, and Global Growers. Students produced short videos about the different social causes to help raise awareness about these issues and inspire others to take action.
Guests from Adult Swim, CNN, independent filmmakers, improv actors and storyboard artists assisted in the production process and exposed students to different elements of the industry. This program is financially supported by funding from State Farm and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. re:imagine/ATL is one of 63 community organizations nationally to receive a youth-led service learning grant from State Farm.
On Saturday, May 6 the student’s videos will be screened for the public at Avondale Towne Cinema. Doors at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. Teens from Towers High School, Miller Grove, and Dekalb School of the Arts will host the night and lead a panel discussion. The young filmmakers will discuss how the community can get involved in each of the topics they address in their video content for their nonprofit clients. Space is limited so reserve your ticket to the free screening and discussion: http://bit.ly/2q1ym7X or watch on re:imagine/ATL’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/reimagineatl).
In addition to the students’ film screenings, attendees were invited to participate in a virtual reality demonstration. Teens at the schools learned how to use 360 technology as part of the program and experimented with 360 storytelling.
The videos will be available to watch on re:imagine/ATL’s YouTube Channel after the event.
This fall, re:imagine/ATL will be expanding the program to new high schools throughout the city and is currently recruiting schools with established AV programs. Please contact Program Director, Julie Foster-Straw, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.