New Roads’ Filmmaking Master Class Brings Award-Winning Film Professionals to Moss Theater Sept. 25th and Oct. 22nd

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The public is invited to join students in learning the craft of film from professionals working at the highest levels in production, editing, special effects, camera operation and more.

New Roads School, through a collaboration with the non-profit Live Arts Group, will host a two-part filmmaking master class presented by five industry professionals with credits that include Grey’s Anatomy, Sons’ of Anarchy and Lord of the Rings, to name a few. Open to the general public as well as to students in New Roads’ expanding Media Arts and Film programs, the presentations will be held at New Roads School’s Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica. There is no charge to attend.

This year, more than 100 students are enrolled in various film classes at New Roads Secondary School (grades 6-12). “In addition to exploring the aesthetic, historical and artistic aspects of film, our curriculum exposes students to the full range of behind-the-scenes professions in the movie industry - from camera operation and editing, to production and scoring, to animation and effects,” said Michelle Bernstein, Chair of the Film Department at New Roads Secondary School. “Our collaboration this year with Live Arts Group presents a unique opportunity for our students to learn directly from people working at the highest levels of filmmaking. We are delighted to be able to make the master classes available to the public as well.” A graduate of both the American Film Institute and Chapman Univesity, Michelle has directed dozens of short films and documentaries that have won awards and acclaim in various film festivals.

Michelle will moderate the interactive panel discussions, focusing primarily on pre-production tips for student filmmakers. The sessions will be driven by pre-scripted questions from students and an open-form “Q&A” with audience members. Details and registration information below:

Filmmaker Panel #1, September 25th, 7-9pm
Natan Moss: Visual Effect Editor on Hot Rod, starring Andy Samberg and Evan Almighty starring Steve Carell, 2nd Unit Director for Take the Lead
Polly Morgan: Assistant cameraman for Hairspray and V for Vendetta, camera operator for American Horror Story

Filmmaker Panel #2, October 22nd, 7-9pm
James Parriott: Executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, and Son's of Anarchy.
Karina Buck: Music Video Editor for Prince, Associate Producer for NBC's Fame, and Producer/Editor for behind the scenes creative content for the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Aaron Druckenbrod: Producer/editor of network promos and short-and long form documentaries and television shows

About New Roads School

New Roads School is an innovative, fully-accredited K-12 independent school serving more than 650 students on campuses in West Los Angeles (grades K-5) and Santa Monica (grades 6-12), California. New Roads is committed to nurturing the curiosity of each student while delivering top-quality college preparatory education to a student body representing the broad economic and cultural diversity of Greater Los Angeles. To back up that commitment, New Roads devotes approximately 50% of its tuition dollars to need-based financial aid each year.

About Live Arts Group

Live Arts Group (LAG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to bring free arts enrichment back to high school youth and young adults. Our programming efforts target underserved youth on high school campuses, in juvenile detention facilities and residing in homeless shelters throughout Los Angeles. In addition, Live Arts Group has a bridge program that provides young adults with advanced filmmaking training and entry level employment opportunities within the entertainment industry. Workshops are taught on professional equipment and under the mentorship of accredited filmmakers. Participants learn to explore the exciting crafts involved in music video and film production while acquiring specialized skills needed to pursue a career in the business of entertainment.

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