Archive for Author Rachel Fusco

Fellowship Program for Future Filmmakers

Hi Families,

Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. We identify young talent from local communities and provide them with the access, opportunity and resources to pursue creative careers, always free of charge. THE LOS ANGELES FELLOWS PROGRAM is a visual storytelling course for high school students. Fellows receive more than 1,000 hours of immersive, college-level training, learning both the art and business of cinematic storytelling and production training while getting the preparation and guidance to advance their education at top universities. The program is free of charge for all students.

  • 30-month filmmaking immersion
  • Instruction from leading filmmakers and industry experts
  • Students visit live sets and studios
  • International travel
  • Students screen their films at prestigious venues
  • College application advising and test prep support
  • Paid internships at top media and creative companies
  • Transport and meals are covered

THE STUDENTS
Must be ages 14-18 at the time of application
Passionate about film, tv and media
No prior experience necessary

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 16, 2018. Speak with your counselor if you are interested in applying. LEARN MORE: GFS Flyer and GFS Website

THE REQUIREMENTS
The Fellows Program is an intensive and challenging program requiring an exceptionally high level of commitment from all participants. In addition to the 30-month class schedule, students and instructors oftentimes spend weekends and evenings at Ghetto Film School when additional time is necessary. Do not apply to this program if you are bound to any prior summer engagements. Perfect attendance is mandatory. The value of your experience depends on maintaining great dedication to our program and your fellow filmmakers.

Qualifying students will participate in a 30-minute professional interview session at our McArthur Park training space at Heart of Los Angeles (2701 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, 90057, between LaFayette Park Place & Rampart Blvd). Required Orientation & Information Session for all accepted applicants will also take place at HOLA. Each prospective student must attend this meeting accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CSF Application for Fall 2017 Grades

Dear DVD Families,

Congratulations on completing Semester 1. Now that your Fall 2017 grades are finalized, it’s time to apply for California Scholarship Federation (CSF) membership. CSF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California.” CSF is an academic honor that can be added to college applications and resumes.

Students who have above a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. To apply, download an application (or get an application from your counselor) and submit an application by 2/9/18 to RACHEL FUSCO, CSF Advisor.

For students who want help with their application, we will be hosting a CSF Application Workshops for students during their Advisory classes on 2/7/18 and 2/8/18.

Warning: Potential Cal Grant Phone Call Scam

Dear Families,

It has been brought to our attention that a student was notified via phone that they were awarded a Cal Grant. The student was directed to call another number and provide more information. Please note that this is NOT how the Cal Grant Awards are distributed to students. If you have any questions, please review the information provided from the California Student Aid Commission website:

“If you qualify [for a Cal Grant], you’ll receive an email or letter notification to complete the online Cal Grant C Supplement in Web Grants for Students by the deadline. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you’re still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.”

Read more about the Cal Grant here: http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=905

College Application season is a prime time for financial fraud situations. If you receive a phone call that feels suspicious, please do NOT provide personal information. If you need help determining if an opportunity is legitimate, please contact your counselor.

Counselor for Last Names A-GL: Pamela Baker (pbaker@davincischools.org)
Counselor for Last Names GO-O: Rachel Fusco (rfusco@davincischools.org)
Counselor for Last Names P-Z: Erin Knott (eknott@davincischools.org)