Brotherhood Crusade launches program for filmmakers
Eighth District Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson addresses local students enrolled in the Media Collective, a new Brotherhood Crusade filmmaker program in collaboration with AT&T is designed to train diverse filmmakers from underserved communities. Photo courtesy
Eighth District Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson addresses local students enrolled in the Media Collective, a new Brotherhood Crusade filmmaker program in collaboration with AT&T is designed to train diverse filmmakers from underserved communities. Photo courtesy of Leroy Hamilton.
AT&T sows $150,000 into Brotherhood Crusade Media Collective encouraging a more inclusive film industry
LOS ANGELES (MNS) – The Brotherhood Crusade in collaboration with AT&T and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, unveiled a new program aimed at creating a more inclusive film industry, training diverse filmmakers from underserved communities.
AT&T contributed $150,000, Feb. 27, to the Brotherhood Crusade’s new Media Collective program, a semi-annual 11-week program designed to provide hands-on opportunities to 15 students to create short films and form creative partnerships to gain industry access, while honing their skills.
Rhonda Johnson, president of AT&T California, said the corporation was deepening its commitment to Brotherhood Crusade – a 50-year-old grassroots organization dedicated to improving quality of life and meeting the needs of low-income, underserved, and disenfranchised individuals in South L.A.
“We’re honored to join with Brotherhood Crusade to help support local emerging filmmakers succeed in the entertainment industry and give back to the South L.A. community,” said Johnson. The launch of this innovative program is perfectly aligned with African American History Month and Black Future Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of the people and organizations [that] strengthen our African American and other diverse communities.”
The contribution is the first step in a larger campaign from AT&T to build a better tomorrow in Los Angeles communities, through its initiative, Believe Los Angeles, a grassroots, employee-driven campaign committed to supporting workforce development, career readiness programs, with a special emphasis on digital media and entertainment employment opportunities for underserved students in L.A. The initiative is an extension of AT&T Believe, a larger company-wide initiative designed to create positive change in local communities.
Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond-Weaver, said, Believe Los Angeles will also help increase the number of diverse storytellers in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera.
“AT&T’s support of Brotherhood Crusade’s Media Collective will help aspiring artists within the local film industry grow their skills and network, as well as make a tremendous difference in their careers,” Bremond-Weaver said.
Metropolis News Service.