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Our Programs

The Social Cinema Foundation provides a twelve week program for disadvantaged students to explore all aspects of cinema.  These programs have various components, including in classroom work, seminars, participation in local film projects and one-on-one tutoring in specific film topics of interest.  This curriculum is individually structured.  SFC targets highly motivated high school students to go through the program each year. In addition to cinema specific training, the students will be exposed to life skills such as financial literacy, meditation techniques and career development.

The Social Cinema Foundation summer programs are an intense immersion into the cinema industry.  Each student works with a seasoned professional team on an actual film project.  During the summer, they will be exposed to each aspect of the film process and the various technology components that are required for a film to be made.  State of the art equipment and software is used so the students have hands on learning with the latest equipment. Upon completion of the program, students have been exposed to various careers within the film industry and critiqued on their skill set as it relates to practical employment applications.

Each year, the Social Cinema Foundation participates in creating socially conscious short films with seasoned production veterans.  Our students have the opportunity to shadow these films and participate in the production process.  Again, the goal is to give the students as much hands on exposure to industry professionals so they can learn the day-to-day aspects of the film industry.  These films are targeted toward festivals and broader distribution.  

The Social Cinema Foundation is working to create a local film festival for students and other artists who are developing socially conscious films. The festival will give the students a chance to showcase their work and give them hands on experience within the business of film.  The ultimate goal is to host festivals in each of the cities where programs are implemented.

What the kids are saying

“Mr. Gossett is the coolest teacher on campus. He is well liked by all of his students and he knows how to balance out fun and class work out. He taught me a lot about film making and the kind of the behind the scenes to where I look at movies or videos online in a different perspective. If you're interested in becoming a director or a film maker he should be your go to. I enjoyed his class a lot.”
Richard Brown
“At my time at Maya Angelou, I had the opportunity to be taught by an amazing teacher. He educated me with many skills and information that would help me widen my knowledge as a future Film Director. Prior to entering his class, I wasn’t as driven to create a Film more than I am now. Mr.Gossett became more than a teacher, he became a friend and I am more than grateful to have been taught by him.”
Steve Castro