Brooklyn Young Filmmakers is a volunteer-run, community-based
501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our mission is help low-income and working-class adults and teens become part of Brooklyn and New York City’s expansive media industry growth, by using low/no budget filmmaking as a hands-on initiation to the diverse careers in film and related arts, and as introduction to the beginning pathways in. Our Community Filmmaking model is also a boot camp to promote: literacy; social skills; professional work ethics; intergenerational collaborations; cultural exchange; multi-tiered mentoring; research techniques; and an initiation to the creative process and art appreciation.
(1999 – 2000)
Trayce Gardner, a developing filmmaker with a previous career in community work, is invited by the Media Studies teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School to give a presentation to the seniors. The teacher then invites Ms. Gardner to take on interns and offers class meeting space. Ms. Gardner brainstorms with the students on how to create broad base community education on the film industry.
Ms. Gardner, with several of her Tech interns (then Tech graduates), forms Brooklyn Young Filmmakers and secures Project Teen Aid (now Brooklyn Child & Family www.bcafs.org ) as its non-profit fiscal conduit and is given in-kind meeting space.
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Film Salon Series debuts, first at St Francis College www.sfc.edu, then at Long Island University , featuring film screenings and case studies by teen, college and indie filmmakers.
Ms. Gardner offers and develops the curriculum for an Intro to Scriptwriting Class for community members.
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers founds the Fort Greene Information Exchange, a network of over 50 arts, social, educational, business, neighborhood, and government organizations, and the tenant associations from local public housing. In 2006 the network evolves into the independent Fort Greene Connection (which continues today).
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers organizes a public forum to discuss the need for a community filmmaking training district to complement the growth of the film industry in the neighborhood with the soon-to-open Steiner Studios. Over 40 organizations from the Fort Greene Information Exchange attend, as well as the CEO of Steiner Studios, the Mayor’s Office of Film , and elected officials. The forum is hosted by A.R.T. NY .
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
(2005 – 2008)
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers has an in-kind office in the Whitman Community Center in Fort Greene public housing until the center closes.
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers produces a Careers in Film Salon Series at LIU featuring union level film professionals from all the different crafts.
(2006 – present )
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers begins offering a Getting Started in Film Class on how to organize a low-no budget film shoot and be a good production assistant.
(2007 – 2008)
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers is approached by developing filmmaker Adonis Williams to help his produce his under-grad senior thesis film for the School of Visual Arts www.sva.edu . (Adonis had been taking classes and volunteering with BYFC since his junior year at Benjamin Banneker High School . Brooklyn Young Filmmakers becomes the Executive Producer of BACK STREETS and puts students from its class to work on the film production.
(2008 – present)
Ms. Gardner, with Mr. Williams as a consultant overseeing the camera/lighting departments, creates the 3-class, 4 month, MAKE A FILM Class Series, offered twice a year in collaboration with NYC College of Tech’s Continuing Ed, to provide a hands-on introduction to the film diverse careers in film.
(2008 – 2012)
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers produces 10 short films in its MAKE A FILM classes. Students go on to make their own films, work as production assistants, and become core BYFC volunteers. Ms. Gardner continues to work with emerging filmmakers and film professionals to develop curriculum and educational formats.
(May 2012 – present)
BYFC opens an office in the Trilok Arts Center www.trilokfusion.com and begins establishing a Careers in Film Learning Center and a People’s Hollywood Campaign
t a time when New York City, big businesses, and foundations are investing millions to create an East Coast media and cultural mecca in our neighborhood, it is important to also invest in introductory education and training for those who might otherwise be left behind.
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers is working to establish a Careers in Film Learning Center that will be a hub where community members and college, high school, and indie filmmakers meet up to network, share resources, and collaborate on low/no budget films. We want to oversee a coordinated minor league of filmmaking that is also a teaching league, with different tiers of peer and professional teachers.
Our current projects include:
Monthly Careers in Film Salon Series
Online Crew Board
Make A Film Class Series
Scriptwriting Classes and Script Consultation
Storyboard Artist Apprentice Project
Production Assistant Seminar
Production Coordinator Seminar
Wardrobe Stylist/Technician Seminar
Projects in Development Assistance
Last Tuesday Film Club
Life Skills for Filmmakers
Help Brooklyn Young Filmmakers grow its vision for a People’s Hollywood:
If you are a film professional, talk with us about teaching a class or consulting
Be a Location Scout and help us register your business or home as a possible shoot location for a short film
Sign up help us with our Scavenger Hunts for set and props materials
Become a Film Producer! Invest in a film project supported by BYFC
Take A class or pay for a scholarship for a community member
Visit the BYFC Store and support our Fundraising Campaign