By Darrell Vanterpool
Twelve years ago, was “nothing more than an old storefront on Longwood Avenue in the South Bronx.” says James Calinda, an alumni of the program. “We worked with consumer hand-held cameras like the kinds you’d see at your aunt’s wedding.”
Today, Ghetto Film School houses two Avid editing suites and is the only post-production house in the Bronx. The 15-month program begins with students learning the barebones of filmmaking and culminates in them shooting a short film in a foreign country. I was the camera operator for my class’ thesis film, which we shot in Shanghai. You can view the film here. These kinds of unique opportunities are what the film school prides itself on creating for students.