HUMANITAS Winner David O. Russell Joins Board of Ghetto Film School


David-O-MainWhile thousands were welcoming Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Los Angeles on Monday, not far away others were celebrating the arrival of a new city addition.

Students, teachers, board members — including a prominent Hollywood director — and sponsors gathered near MacArthur Park on the patio of the Heart of Los Angeles building to celebrate the first day of class for the Los Angeles branch of the Ghetto Film School.

The educational organization from the Bronx opened its doors for the first day of class here. Created through a partnership with 21st Century Fox, the nonprofit program hopes to attract a diverse group of film students who have a passion for storytelling.

Through the college level pre-professional program, students get hands-on training in filmmaking, from animation to features to documentaries.

The school has upgraded its board as well. One of its members is Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook") who brings in guest lecturers like Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Lee Daniels ("Precious").

To Russell, connecting actors, directors, and executives with the program gives students the chance to learn from accomplished professionals. Serving on the board and participating in the school allows him to reflect upon his good fortune.

“I think that it’s good to never be cynical, to remember that we’re all very fortunate to be working in the storytelling business and to treat it as a special thing," Russell said at the event.

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