Congratulations to Flatbush native SHIYAH TROTMAN, a student at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Downtown Brooklyn. He is one of 14 fellows of the Ghetto Film School (GFS), a South Bronx-based nonprofit that provides the resources young people need to make stellar film, video and multimedia projects.
Now in its seventh year, GFS had its annual public screening at the Lincoln Center earlier this month. All of the fellows go on to complete an industry internship, a group thesis film, and college preparation activities during the remainder of the 15-month course.
“From the time I was in kindergarten, people told me that I had an extraordinary imagination and a gift to make something out of nothing,” said Shiyah. His high school teachers recognized his talent and recommended him to GFS.
He added, “I now feel I’ve found a future profession and goal: to make a movie that everyone can relate to … or at least enjoy enough for me to be remembered for many generations to come.” The Fellows Program receives major support from Parks & Recreation and Department of Cultural Affairs. It was founded by Joe Hall in 2000 and has provided training and career opportunities to hundreds of young filmmakers from the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Shiyah, we expect to see your name in lights soon.