In his article “A Bronx Film School Tale”, the Times’ Larry Rohter offers his take on the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx. While some see it as a parallel to the City’s storied High School for the Performing Arts, the school’s name directly appropriates a term that was once a slur—perhaps to both acknowledge how far the kids must travel even while taking on the slur to lessen it’s power.
The folks at the Ghetto Film School also helped with founding the Cinema School in the Soundview section of the Bronx: it’s the first such NYC public high school.
The Mayor’s Office for Film, Television and Broadcasting, here after affectionately referred to as MOFTB, is a good place to check for updated news on these and other available newbie schools, classes, and jobs.
We’re well into what some would label the digital media age. At least some folks in academia are thinking hard enough to give kids a grounding in their real world environment.