Media Alert: NEA and City National Bank Supports Better Youth Real To Reel Youth Film Festival
NEA and City National Bank Supports Better Youth Inaugural Real To Reel Youth Film Festival at LA Film School Featuring Acclaimed Actor/Director Bill Duke Produced By Youth from Watts and Compton - Saturday, October 10, 2015.
REAL TO REEL is a local competition that honors global youth who make original and unique media projects that address an issue plaguing their local or global community. City National Bank will be this year’s partnering sponsor for the Financial Literacy and Film Financing panel with Karen A. Clark as the moderator. Actor and film director Bill Duke will work with youth participants from local media literacy and media production training programs. The day will include screenings of film and digital works from global youth filmmakers, a discussion with Duke, as well as a closing workshop with the Duke Youth Media Boot Camp staff on financial literacy and film production.
Bill Duke (Actor and film director), Monique Coleman (High School Musical/RTR Artistic Director), Melvin Jackson Jr. (TheWire/EverybodyHates Chris), Brandon Fobbs (The Walking Dead/HBO’s GettingOn/Resident Artist - Youth Film Panel), Karen A. Clark (Sponsor-City National Bank/Moderator of Financial Ed Panel), Beth Casama (Former Sony/Universal Executive - Youth Film Panelist),Carl Gilliard (Actor/Director/
Desreta Jackson (The Color Purple/Sister Act), Dennis White (BET's Changing The Game/Parenthood/
Saturday, October 10, 2015
11:00 am – Media Check-In
11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Red Carpet Arrivals
10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Youth Media Showcase
LA Film School
6363 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Deborah Griffin, publicist
P: (323) 839-4521
For additional information, please visit www.BetterYouth.org
Event Sponsors include: City National Bank, Los Angeles Film School, Final Draft, GirlUp, UN Foundation, Wells Fargo, Trader Joe’s, Duke Media Foundation, Wattstar Cinema & Education Center, FilmFreeway, UpOut, National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) and Volunteer Staff courtesy of Google.
ABOUT BETTER YOUTH
Better Youth is a curriculum based performing and media arts mentoring agency for youth. The youth who participate in our program face challenges such as incarceration, gang violence, teen pregnancy, abuse and deterred educational pursuits. We are committed to developing urban youth by fostering life skills, character development, creativity, and a desire for leadership, advocacy and civic engagement. Our vision is to positively impact a constituency of youth who grow up in impoverished homes and to create a trajectory for personal and professional success. Our objective is to develop a community of global leaders passionate about the arts and community service.
Ninety-five percent of our youth participants are Latino and African-
• According to the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development program (GRYD), under performing schools and lack of community-based organizations contribute significantly to "lack of economic investment" within Watts.
• 90% of youth participating in our program have graduated from high school and are
• enrolled in a college or university and/or gainfully employed.
• 95% of our youth have performed, produced a media project or event in their communities for their peers, parents, teachers and community stakeholders.
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