MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon middle and high school students interested in filmmaking can take advantage of free after-school programs starting later this month.
Eric Tait Jr., president of EVT Educational Productions, a media production company he originally founded in the city in 1992, is set to launch a new initiative that will offer film training to the city’s young people at the Doles Recreation Center, 250 S. 6th Ave.
Alexis Grier, a video and film producer with a commitment to mentoring, will be providing the training. Computers and dubbing equipment already have been installed to help facilitate the editing needs of the program.
Grier attended UCLA’s screenwriting program and later graduated from the Los Angeles Film School. She has worked on such television shows as MTV's "Super Sweet 16," "Are You Kidding Me," "Once upon a Prom" and the 2008 BET Awards. When she came back to the Mount Vernon area, she founded the Four Squared Film Program specifically to work with young people.
The Four Squared Film Program intends to give students a creative outlet that allows them to express their emotions in a healthy and creative way and aims to teach them the importance of teamwork, leadership, social interactions, the ability of thinking strategically and other important life skills.
The program will offer two-hour sessions, twice per week for 12 weeks. Mount Vernon middle and high school students interested in the art of filming can sign up for the program at the Doles Recreation Center.
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