The Ghetto Film School of the South Bronx

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The South Bronx’s Ghetto Film School connects young New Yorkers to careers in the world of film and video. GFS students Alma Osorio and George Velez, accompanied by filmmaker Maurice Marable, just returned from shooting a narrative film in Kampala, Uganda.


Maurice Marable, Alma Osorio and George Velez

Comments [2]

Alison from Midtown

I think the name is great… it’s a play on the word “ghetto.” I first heard about this school when I read a piece on it in the Times last year. Here is a little history:

When The Ghetto Film School was conceived, the school’s founder Joe Hall had asked a group of neighborhood students what they sought in a free film school. The overwhelming answer was that they wanted to be challenged. The students he spoke to felt that many non-profit organizations in their area, tended to focus on stereotypical “problems” that reinforce negative perceptions about teenagers. One student said “I want to be challenged, it’s not like I want some ghetto film School,” and with that, the name was born.

Also, it stands out…you won’t ever forget the name.

Jul. 10 2008 01:36 PM
John from UES

That name really sucks. This trivializes these people.

Jul. 10 2008 12:14 PM

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