Venice Arts Creative Conversations on Documentary Film Production Zoom Event

Caitrin Rogers, producer of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” and “20 Feet From Stardom” talks about making documentary films

By Dolores Quintana

Venice Arts is a neighborhood arts center that serves low-income youth and seeks to provide them with arts education and opportunities to learn from industry professionals and a venue for local photographers and filmmakers to exhibit their work. Here is their mission statement on their website: “To ignite, develop and transform the lives of low-income young people in Los Angeles through photography and film education, and use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world. ”

This Friday, February 11, Venice Arts will host one of a series of “Creative Conversations” with documentary producer Caitrin Rogers, whose credits include her most recent film, “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain”, the film Academy Award-winning, “20 Feet From Stardom,” Emmy-winning film “The Tillman Story,” Grammy-nominated The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma, and the Silkroad Ensemble. The Zoom event takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is free, but “priority for in-person training programs and financial stipends, including paid internship opportunities, is given to active participants, ages 18-24 , in Creative Conversations, as well as low-income youth, youth in foster care, homeless…” You can view the event here.

Venice Arts talks about their programs on their website and here is their description of their youth program. “Venice Arts’ largest and longest running Art Mentoring & Education program offers a sequenced program of media arts education, college success programs and creative career development, completely free for low-income youth from all over Los Angeles. Our Center for Creative Workforce Equity targets young people between the ages of 16 and 24, offering a sequenced program – from exposure, education and training to internship placement – ​​that helps to building a more equitable and inclusive creative sector. Priority is given to uplifting those whose lives have been most difficult, including the homeless, foster families, those involved in justice, and LGBTQ youth.

Through all of our programs, we reach over 800 young people every year. Because community demand far exceeds the capacity of our current facilities, we turn away approximately 150 low-income youth each year. 95% of youth served are low income; 53% live in poverty. Just under 50% live in Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, and neighborhoods with high pockets of poverty on the West Side; the rest live throughout Los Angeles County, including Mid-City, South LA and Inglewood, and some travel from as far away as Norwalk and Antelope Valley to participate. Most (85%) are young people of color, the majority children of immigrants, and nearly all attend underperforming public schools and lack access to meaningful creative education.

You can check out programs and other events on their website.

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