It is getting to be Oscar season in Los Angeles. On a shuttle ride from an auto servicing location, I shared opinions of new movies with one of the other riders, clearly a Hollywood insider from his comments including which films had the best Oscar chances. As he was African-American, I was reminded once again of the lack of diversity in Hollywood as represented by the awareness campaign #OscarsSoWhite.
The diversity issues cover two important areas:
- More opportunities for diverse actors, writers, directors, producers, make-up artists, set designers, etc.
- More opportunities for portrayal of diverse stories on screen, which can foster understanding among different communities.
In the CBC News article “For a more diverse Oscars, Hollywood must go back to high school” by Kim Brunhuber posted February 26, 2017, then 17-year-old Kimberly Villaseñor talked about her mentoring experience at an LA inner-city high school.
Till now, she imagined that few successful directors of photography were regularly jolted awake by gunshots. But now she feels that her background isn’t a drawback, it’s an asset.
“Because then I have a connection, I have a story to tell,” Villaseñor says. “Everything in movies is fake, but when you see, these (mentors) are real people, you see these are actually jobs that I can do myself.”
The CBC news article also talks about Film2Future, a nonprofit program mentoring LA inner-city high school students interested in the entertainment industry and founded by Rachel Miller (full disclosure: she’s my older daughter). Film2Future has now run two summer programs and is working on funding for future programs.
If you want to help inner-city high school students have a possible future in the entertainment industry, consider donating to Film2Future.
Click here to learn more about the Film2Future.com program.
Click here to read the entire CBC article about mentoring inner-city high school students.
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