With the recent massive success of Black Panther, the discussion around diversity in film production has risen to the surface again. Continuity, a non-profit whose mission is to expand diversity in media production, puts action behind this desire.
Continuity is taking applications for their second annual media production training program. This program focuses on helping underrepresented filmmakers gain the skills needed to secure employment in the media production industry. Applications for their new 36-week program are being accepted through May 30th at continuitystl.com.
“Minorities are dramatically underrepresented in media today,” explains Dan Parris, Executive Director of Continuity. “Our free, 36-week hands-on intensive filmmaking course provides skills-based training, mentorship and opportunities for untapped talent in our city.”
Starting August 2018, a group of 10 adults will have the opportunity to join the second annual media training program. Classes will be taught entirely by industry professionals. The program will be broken down into three progressive phases, each of which lasts 12 weeks, one night a week from 6-9pm. Classes will include:
Access to a state of the art media lab & film equipment
Paid stipend for the entire program
Continuity’s past graduates have had their work recognized at both the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and the St. Louis International Film Festival, including an Honorable Mention for Best Local Short. Show Me Democracy, a documentary that Continuity participants helped edit, went on to premiere nationally on Fuse TV.
The Riverfront Times coverage of Chris Hill’s The Wave, a video produced in the Continuity program, led to nearly 6000 video views and the subject of his piece receiving much needed free reconstructive dental surgery. Students from these programs have gone on to start their own businesses, intern at local TV stations and acquire freelance work with production companies in St. Louis upon completing this program.
Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm with a Thursday evening lab from 6-9pm. Programs takes place at St. Louis Artworks in the Delmar Loop from August 15, 2018 – May 22, 2019. A preview of the Continuity program will be held June 1st, 2018, 7-9pm at St. Louis Artworks (5959 Delmar Blvd).
This event will premiere participants’ projects, some of which were a part of their #GiveawayTuesday promotion as a part of Giving Tuesday where short videos were given away to 10 small businesses and nonprofits to help tell their story. For more information, those interested can contact Continuity at http://www.continuitystl.com/call-to-action.
Financial assistance for this upcoming program was funded in part by Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, and St. Louis Philanthropic.