County of Los Angeles
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, California 90020
Board of Supervisors MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS DON KNABE
Board of Supervisors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2010
Contact: Neil Zanville
DCFS Public Affairs
(213) 351-5886, Cell (213) 471-6302
Movies by Kids for Kids Film Festival Showcases Amazing Films by Foster Youth
Creative process of filmmaking proves cathartic for abused youth
(LOS ANGELES-October 26)
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, there will be yet another Hollywood red carpet film festival and awards ceremony but this time it will be foster youth who are the celebrities screening their own films at the Movies by Kids for Kids Film Festival. Hosting the inaugural event will be The View's Sherri Shepherd and actor Harry J. Lennix from the television series "Doll House" and "Commander In Chief" at the Raleigh Studios located at 5300 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.
Kids in the Spotlight is the non-profit organization that exposes at-risk and foster youth to the art of filmmaking. But more importantly, it provides the youth a creative outlet to process what has been a difficult experience-their removal from their families and subsequent journey through foster care. Executive Director and Founder, Tige Charity has noticed, "At the beginning of the program, the youth are typically withdrawn, barely able to express themselves. Week by week, working with out team, they become more animated, confident and eager to tell their stories." The teamwork, creativity and discipline required to complete their films helps the youth develop self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.
Over a 10-week period the youth are schooled in screenwriting, acting, casting, and filming from industry professionals to create and star in their own films that are five to 10 minutes in length. Their finished scripts are registered with the Writer's Guild of America and the youth all receive a packaged DVD copy of their films. Their films will be screened in an Oscar-like ceremony at which awards will be presented for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Screenplay and Best Film. The youth will be on hand to discuss their films and perhaps learn the next phase of filmmaking-the art of making the deal!
Youth filmmakers are available for interviews.
A V.I.P. Reception from 2 - 3 p.m. precedes the Awards Ceremony which starts at 3:30.