Women From Ghetto Film School
WOMEN FROM GHETTO FILM SCHOOL
Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. With locations in New York City, Los Angeles and London, GFS is the most elite and inclusive film academy in the world, equipping students for top universities and careers in the creative industries through two tracks: an introductory education program for high school students and early-career support for alumni and young professionals. GFS annually serves over 6,000 individuals, 14-34 years of age.
This selection of films highlights young women in GFS’ fellowship. These films speak to topics of identity formation, complex relationships and acceptance of our mortality. Written through the lens of young women, this screening represents some of the best new voices of the next generation.
CASSANDRA DIR. NILE GARCIA and WRITTEN by ALEXANDRA FAYE FRIEDMAN
2018 / 7mins / Quicktime
An unlikely friendship between a pregnant woman and a homeless lady takes an unexpected turn. Alexandra Faye Friedman is a second year Fellow at the Ghetto Film School. Additionally, she is a senior at Millennium High School working to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma. She is also eagerly looking forward to college! Between 2018-2020, Alexandra has been, and continues to be working to complete her time as a Ghetto Film School Fellow. In this program, she enjoys screenwriting and working with new people to collaborate and create. Alexandra is also a volunteer at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in the KidZoneTV Department, which utilizes innovative art therapy to use television to help patients. She hosts, provides technical direction, and is in the process of creating her own show.
COMO LAS CIGARRAS DIR. LOLA KENET and PRODUCED/WRITTEN BY ANES OLLIVIER-YAMIN
2018 / 7mins / Quicktime
A Hispanic family faces an economical and emotional challenge. Añes Ollivier-Yamin is a Mexican-Lebanese student filmmaker and freshman at the New School studying Global Studies where she also hopes to get a BAMA degree. She grew up in the UAE and moved to NYC 5 years ago where she began studying photography and photojournalism at institutions like the Bronx Documentary Center and ICP. Her pieces from the Bronx Documentary Center have been shown for 2 consecutive years at Photoville and both her projects at ICP were selected to be a part of ICP’s permanent collection. Most recently her interest in media expanded to include film as she was a fellow at NYU’s Future Filmmakers spring 2018 class and is currently a 2nd year fellow at The Ghetto Film School. At The Ghetto Film School, she has written scripts that have been selected to be made into shorts, most recently she wrote and produced a short in partnership with the Frick Collection.
HOW TO CURE CANCER DIR. CHELSEA BRITO
2018 / 15mins / Quicktime
A young man faces cancer while trying to keep it together for her mum. Chelsea Brito, 20, is currently in University working towards her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics, holding a spot on the dean's list with a 3.9 Grade Point Average. Graduating from The Cinema School in 2017, Chelsea went on to join The Fellowship program with The Ghetto Film School (2017-2019) where she has gone on to receive The Gordon Parks/ HBO Fellowship Award, a scholarship aimed to help those pursuing a career in the arts, create content for Sprite through Weiden Kennedy, screen her work at The SAGAFTRA Robin Williams Center, and Assistant Direct a short film shot on location in Italy, sponsored by National Geographic with a working budget of one-hundred thousand dollars. Chelsea has interned with Hiltzik Strategies, a reputable strategic communications firm who represent influential persons and companies like James Charles, Drakes clothing brand OVO and Usain Bolt, as well as is a brand ambassador for The Palmpe Brand.
JULIE DIR. JULIE LOZANO
2018 / 2mins / Quicktime
Julie Lozano reflects on her life as a Mexican American artist. A 2018 highschool graduate, Julie Lozano, is studying Film and TV at NYU Tisch. In 2017, Julie's documentary photography was published on Vice and the NYT. Julie also became a fellow at the Ghetto Film School that same year. In 2018 she photographed for an international project curated by the New York Times called “This is 18”. In 2019 she was the head of the sound department for the Ghetto Film School thesis which took place in Rome, Italy.
Presented by Ghetto Film School
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early as screenings & panels will start on time.
34 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011