Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation Scholarship (Florida)

 







Dr. Harkins believed in equal opportunity and education for all students. After recognizing the flaws and lack of caring for these students in the school system, Dr. Harkins knew a change had to be made. Dr. Harkins devoted her life to the Dade County Public Schools and bettering the conditions in the schools, as well as, bettering the lives of the students. 

This year a $250 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior from the South Dade area. The student must meet the following criteria:

 A cumulative 2.5 or above grade point average. 
• Have been accepted by a junior college or four-year university. 
• An active member of their community, volunteer, involved in church activities. 

If you meet the criteria above, please visit our website to download the application.
https://barbaraseniorsharkinsfoundation.org/programs/#scholarship

Monday, April 19, 2021

Dr. BSH Foundation Welcomes Entertainment Experts To a Lunch and Chat- Filmmaking Workshop with our Young Teens

 








There is no doubt that within this past year we have spent most of our time watching movies and tv shows. We thought, there is no better way to build off of what most of our students have spent their time doing during quarantine, than to introduce them to those filmmakers themselves. The Dr. BSH Foundation, held a virtual filmmaking workshop on April 17th and heard from experts that work as Directors of Photography and Cinematographers of film, television and commercials. 

This past Saturday our students were able to have lunch, hangout and ask questions with our panelists over Zoom. We believe in maintaining safety and following protocols when it comes to our workshops, so our Zoom breakout rooms give the students the opportunity to make the workshop more personal! The panelists spent the day talking about how they got started in their career, upcoming projects and the creative challenges they have faced during the pandemic. 

Like many, our panelists expressed their hardships of finding ways to be creative and still create films or documentaries during the pandemic. With restrictions and social distancing it became hard to be out in the field filming and doing what you love. One panelist gave tips to our student’s on how he kept creativity alive while being safe and following Covid protocols. 

Whether it was discussing the challenges that the pandemic brought or how to persevere through the challenges a career in the arts can bring. The students and our staff did keep it fun and lighthearted! The Dr. BSH Foundation strives to go above and beyond for our students, but all are welcome to join our virtual workshops and get the opportunity to meet experts in the arts. 

Thank you again to our panelists and staff members for making this event such a success. To our students, thank you and we look forward to seeing you again at our next workshop! For more information please email us at Programs@barbaraseniorsharkingfoundation.org We must invest in our children. 

 “We know better. Make time. Do better.” -Dr. Barbara Harkins

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April Film Workshop: Spotlighting Cinematographers!!!!!

 

This month’s workshop will spotlight: Director of Photographers/Cinematographers from: Television, Film, Music Videos and Commercials. Our workshop will be on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10:00am-12:00pm. We will announce the panelists at a later date. This workshop is open to youth ages, 11-17. This is a free event that we will be presenting once a month online. If you are interested in attending, please do the following: Register at: https://forms.gle/rDxdbGanianv6hLt6 We will be giving our Ten Starbucks Giftcards to the First Ten Students that sign-up!!!!!!! For More Information, email the foundation.

Monday, March 29, 2021

March Film Workshop A “BIG,”SUCCESS!’



March Film Screening brought back an “Oldie but Goodie film,” “The Goonies.” Over 40 young filmmakers had the opportunity to attend the special screening of the film. Since this was the Film Program’s one year anniversary, GameStop Gift Cards were awarded to: five filmmakers who signed-up early to attend the screening, plus there were Target Gift-Cards awarded to the winners of the Film Trivia! For more info about our workshops, events, programs and camps visit our website www.barbaraseniorsharkinsfoundation.org

The Dr. Barbara Senior Harkins Foundation Held Fifth Annual Filmmaking Workshop for Young Teens (March 2021)

Here at the Dr. BSH Foundation strives to educate and motivate our students to pursue a level of higher education after high school. Our foundation goes beyond the traditional classroom learning. Educating our young teens through experiences, even during the time of Covid-19 is what is most important to us. That is why we brought our annual filmmaking workshop virtual. On Saturday, March 20 our organization welcomed industry professionals from the entertainment community to speak with young individuals with a passion for casting! 

We were joined by experts in television writing, producing, directing and film editing. The virtual workshop allowed for our students and young teens to be broken up into various breakout rooms on Zoom to have smaller group discussions with our industry experts. 

In the various rooms our panelists discussed how they began their careers, what they’ve accomplished and tips for the students to work on in the upcoming years so they too can be successful in the entertainment industry. 

The afternoon was filled with helpful tips and tricks for our students but it wasn’t all serious! Our guest speakers talked TikToK with our teens and how different social media apps can be helpful when it comes to casting or getting practice with directing and film editing. 

We had yet another successful Filmmaking Workshop and from everyone at Dr. BSH Foundation we want to thank our students and panelists for joining us! Below you will see the list of our panelist and short background of the many accomplishments they have within the industry. 




GUEST SPEAKERS:    

Music Supervisors & Composers: 

 ● Alex Kovacs: Emmy nominated composer has worked on various projects throughout Los Angeles, CA. His work can be heard throughout projects in connections with Marvel, Disney, Universal, Netflix, OWN and HBO. Alex’s most recent work can be heard in the hit Marvel series WandaVision airing on Disney+. 
● Jermaine Stegall: With over 50 projects to his credit, Stegall is a versatile and accomplished composer and director. He conducted a live orchestra alongside singer Tori Kelly at the 2019 ESPY Awards and the orchestra for Camilla Cabello’s performance at the American Music Awards a year prior. 
 ● Rob Lowry: Los Angeles Music Supervisor for Film, Television and Advertising. As one of the top tier supervisors for music and shows he was nominated for a Guild of Music Supervisors Award for his music supervision work on The Intervention in 2017. 

 ● Joe Wong: As a composer, his projects range from Emmy-winning series Russian Doll and Master Of None; to critically lauded The Midnight Gospel, beloved hit YA film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Joe’s debut solo album, the psychedelic, orchestral Nite Creatures, was released to acclaim by Decca/Universal in 2020. 

● Ryan Leach: An award-winning composer for Film and TV, his music has been heard on every major network and clients include Disney, The California Lottery, MTV, Lowe’s and Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake. 

Television  Editing: 

 ● Felicia Mignon Livingston: While working as a Post Production Assistant, she gained experience and technical skills about the filmmaking process. This led to working on the Disney channel show, Lizzie McGuire, that Felicia got the opportunity to join the Motion Picture Editors Guild as an assistant editor. From there, she expanded her on-the-job education working as an assistant editor on various shows such as Smallville, Hawaii Five-0, American Crime, and Supergirl. 

● Jacqueline Basse: As an editor in New York City, her eight year career in post production has had her working for Netflix, HBO, Travel Channel, and Investigation Discovery. She has worked as an assistant editor on Spike Lee’s Netflix series adaptation of his first film, She’s Gotta Have It, Joris-Peyrafitte’s feature film Dreamland, and is currently assisting on Gossip Girl for HBOMax. 

 Film Editing: 

 ● Michelle Harrison: most recently known for To All the Boys: Always and Forever, and You Get Me on Netflix, as well as AFTER, which was the winner of the People’s Choice Awards for Best Drama and Teen Choice Award for Best Drama in 2019. TV series she has worked on include Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access, Channel Zero on SyFy, Fishing Pono on PBS, and 14 Women on the Sundance Channel. 

 Director/Producer: 
 ● Sarah El Khawand: now a Director and Senior Producer for Mamag Studios which was celebrated as 2019’s Fourth Fastest Growing Agency by Adweek and one of the Top Storytellers to Watch in 2020 by Variety Magazine. She recently produced XZBIT’s music video WAR. And directed two music videos for Rapper and Instagrammer CANDY KEN. 

 Actor/Director: 
 ● Jillian Clare: Miss Clare produced her first short film, Advent, which she is also starred in. Advent will be the first in a series of short and feature films that Jillian plans to produce under her production company, Whimsical Entertainment. The film was a Finalist at the 2016 USA Film Festival Short Film Competition and an Official Selection at the 2016 Great Lakes International Film Festival. Most recently, Jillian stepped behind the camera for her directorial debut on the feature film To The Beat! Jillian once again stepped behind the camera for the sequel To The Beat! Back 2 School, making her one of the only women to direct both films in a series. The film was released in March 2020. 
● Sade Clacken Joseph: As a writer, director, shooter and editor she is a genuine storyteller with a dedication for shining a light on underrepresented groups. Her film Knight (2018) was the first narrative film produced by Spotify via their Black Girl Magic platform. Her documentary work on Common’s Hope and Redemption Prison Tour has been featured on VICE, Variety, and Rolling Stone. Her short film Ponyboi, which she produced and directed with River Gallo, recently premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where it was named one of the “Five not to be missed short films” by Forbes. 

 Writer: 
● Benjamin Kasulke: an award-winning Director and Director of Photography, whose work has screened at multiple film festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, and Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight. His feature film work has been released by A24, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, Film District, and The Criterion Collection. He is also a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cinematography branch, having worked with filmmakers including Lynn Shelton, Guy Maddin, Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, and The Duplass Brothers. 
 ● Kyle Lau: A director, writer and producer in Los Angeles, CA, he has projects featured in the indie film festival circuit, as well as content for RedBull, Jack Daniel’s, 20th Century Fox, UCLA and more. He currently writes on Comedy Central’s AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS. 
 Foley Artist: 
● Alex Ulrich: He feels lucky to have been working in a field that allows him to utilize his skills and talents in a wide variety of genres: feature films, short films, TV, commercials and animation. Alex is known for his work on The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Oz the great and Powerful (2013) and San Andreas (2015).

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Film Workshop With Film and Television Director's A Successful Event

We decided to devote this month to Film, Directing for film, Television, Music Videos and Creative Contracts. The aim of the film workshop was to enable young filmmakers to learn more about Film and Television directing. Young and prospective filmmakers from around the world had the chance to take part in the discussion and they also had the opportunity to learn more about their passion from respected professionals from this branch. This film workshop was virtual and it was held through the conference service Zoom. We had the honor to learn from the knowledge and the experience from well – known icons in the film industry. The panel presentations were held by Film and Music Video Directors: Meredith Alloway Christina Xing, and Kristian Mercado Television Directors: Eric Dean Seaton and Marta Cunningham Creative Director: Charlotte Baker. The workshop was of entertaining and educational nature. The aim was to learn more about film directing and film as an art in an interesting and understandable way. Over 50 children took part in the workshop and they all had the chance to join the discussion, ask questions and share their personal opinion about film directing. Our workshop was successful and we are delighted that as an organization, we managed to put a smile on the kid’s faces and to promote the film as an art. For more info about our workshops, events, programs and camps, visit our website www.barbaraseniorsharkinsfoundation.org

February Film Screening Was A Success!!!!







Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation managed to find a way to bring some joy in children’s lives during these hard times. Our workshops provide a fun way for children and teens to learn something new in a way which is fun and entertaining for them. Our recent events were workshops devoted to the seventh art and that is the film. The participants in this event were able to attend the film screening of “Caroline”which was held on 20th of February, 2021. The participants were members of the Foundation Organization’s Youth aged 11 to 17. There was a huge interest for the workshop. Over 50 kids had the opportunity to attend the special screening of the film Caroline. The workshop was held online through Zoom. Special thanks to the moderator of the event Eric Guzman. A special presentation before the film screening was given from the film’s Voice-Over Casting Directors, Mr. & Mrs. Kalmenson of Kalmenson & Kalmenson, Casting. After the film screening, the participants in this workshop could enjoy the appearance of Mrs. Katy Moore-Kozachik - Set Dresser and Ms. Kristen Millette – Compositor. To a surprise for the audience, there was a special video message from the respected Mr. Tony Candelaria, who was a Model Maker on the film about his role in the film. At the end, each of the kids were able to win a gift card for Starbucks and GameStop. Our workshop was successful and we are delighted that as an organization we managed to put a smile on the kid’s faces and to promote the film as an art. For more info about our workshops, events, programs and camps visit our website www.barbaraseniorsharkinsfoundation.org