What is the Ghetto Film School (GFS) and how is it related to Headsets and Highballs (H&H)?

Ghetto Film School started in 2000 with the goal of educating and developing the next generation of American storytellers. For the first 8 years, it was the Fellows Program, a 15-month conservatory film program, that culminates with the Fellows working together as a class to make a film in an international locations such as Ukraine, Stockholm, Uganda, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and many more. 

In 2008, GFS expanded to launch The Cinema School (TCS), the country’s first public high school for students who want to explore their creativity through film and new media. Students at TCS get a full, standard NYC department of education curriculum (sciences, math, history, etc.) but the electives and extracurriculars are geared toward film and new media. The honors program at TCS is now the GFS Fellows Program.

GFS also has its own full service, alumni-run production company called Digital Bodega, creating commissioned work for major national brands and generating revenue for GFS’s free programming. In 2014 GFS launched two new initiatives, the first, GFSLA, the Los Angeles branch based in the MacArthur Park and the second, a pre-professional program called Digital Bodega Institute that provides individual training, mentoring and works with early career GFS alumni to help secure meaningful work experiences.

Since 2008, H&H has partnered with GFS on a variety of programs including Industry 101, bringing industry professionals to the South Bronx to guest teach, running a mentoring program and promoting students for jobs and internships.

What is the goal of the H&H/GFS Partnership?

The goal is to broaden the students’ understanding of the creative/business realities and opportunities of the industry. H&H’s mission is to share the experiences of its members — including the earned knowledge, vocabulary, and connections to sustain and build a career. 

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