Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to enriching the lives in our community. One way we make an impact is through our Community workshops and Events!
We've successfully conducted three student film camps to date, and our fourth is just on the horizon! This year, we're adopting a fresh perspective by focusing on teaching and refining skills in advertising media. And these are skills sought after by the business sector and will add value to your resume as a film maker.
Coming January 3rd
ART OF THE START: LAUNCHING YOUR STORY
Attention all those with a heart for story telling! The Art of the Start: Launching Your Story workshop will be taught by John Fornof (writer of over 250 episodes of audio drama, including Adventures in Odyssey and Lamplighter Theatre). In this workshop you will learn how to break through writer's block, feed your creativity, and get your story on the page!
BACKGROUND ACTOR BOOTCAMP
Have you ever dreamed of being in a movie? Here is an opportunity for you to learn from experienced actors how to qualify for roles in live film productions!
Experienced actors AVA PALOMA, TIM GOINS, STEVE MCCURDY, & EMERSON RADOS will be the facilitators of the Background Actor Bootcamp. These seasoned instructors have experience in Film & Television, Broadway & Theatre, Production & Casting.
During this bootcamp, you will learn on-set protocol, create an actor's portfolio which includes a professional headshot and resume development, and be added to the local talent database for future projects and productions.
Hundreds of background actors will be needed for upcoming productions.
PhilanthroFilms hosted a "Train the Trainers" workshop for Audio Video Technical/Film educators. Instructors from Lowndes County, Valwood, Valdosta, Clinch County, Colquitt County, Brooks County, and The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta participated. They will take this practical hands-on training back to the classroom and prepare students for jobs in the film industry.
"I currently have 90 students and over 300 students on the waiting list for AVT/Film pathway. Now I have a practical way to train my students on how to operate on a live film set."
Our Film Camps create an environment for students to learn the variety of skills needed to create a film.
Our student filmmakers dove into industry training which included everything from story development, to set etiquette, camera operation, directing, lighting, production design, editing and much more. The Summer Film Camp continues to educate students on the many opportunities available in the film industry.
The student filmmakers learned from the best!
Jamal Hodge of New York is a multi-award winning filmmaker and writer. He loved visiting South Georgia and cares deeply about training up the next generation of filmmakers. Although this was his first visit to South Georgia, it appears to have inspired him as he co-directed and produced his PBS docu-series SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS (2022).
Award-winning Writer/Director John Fornof instructed the students on story development in the classrooms at the Boys & Girls Club Brooks County Campus.
The buzz for The Buick Special called for three additional showings at the Valdosta cinemas. Lead Actor, Marcus McGhee was thrilled to share the movie with his fellow Valdosta State University theatre arts classmates.
During the South Georgia Film Festival, The Buick Special received its first film festival award as the judges recognized it for Excellence in Production Value! The Buick Special was considered for this award next to the hundreds of total films submitted to the festival (feature length, shorts, documentaries, etc.).
“Coming out of Georgia’s Foster Care System, I knew that helping others was something I wanted to do. I was unsure what my occupation would be. By working with PhilanthroFilms and the Boys & Girls Club during summer film camp, my eyes opened to the many opportunities available with film
production. I have now had the opportunity to be Employed as a crew member for three film productions, and I love it!”
Our first film camp brought students together from all over Brooks County to learn about the filmmaking process from start to finish.
The students wrote, produced, and shot their own short film while simultaneously learning the basics of what it takes to work on a professional film set.
"I aspire to be someone who wants to teach younger kids about my experience or open up my own film building one day"