Independent Filmmaker Partners with Los Angeles After-School Program to Inspire Kids

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Independent Filmmaker partners with After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles to inspire children with her 'Bringing Cinema 2 Kids' program.

Sabina Shamdasani (center) on the set of her film 'Dada Ji'

Independent filmmaker, Sabina Shamdasani is partnering with After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) on Thursday, October 21 at 5:00 pm as part of her ‘Bringing Cinema 2 Kids’ program with the hope of inspiring Los Angeles youth to follow their dreams.

The event will be held at Gertz High School, Los Angeles, where Sabina Shamdasani will share her knowledge and the ideals that lead her to being able to follow her dreams. Shamdasani is also donating copies of her film ‘Dada Ji’ to each of the attending youth.

“I’m not a big studio or a big Hollywood director, I’m barely out of graduate school. And it wasn’t that long ago that I thought being a filmmaker was an impossible dream. But now I’ve made some films, and I’ve gotten screened at festivals, and I’m really thankful that I’ve had enough encouragement and support around me to push me in the right direction. 'Bringing Cinema 2 Kids' is my way of giving back,” says Shamdasani.

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About Sabina Shamdasani:

Sabina Shamdasani grew up in small community, where a career in the film industry was anything but realistic, even in her own mind. After her film ‘Dada Ji’ had a successful run at the festival circuit, she was inspired to do more with the movie. Setting out on a journey to inspire, Sabina launched a program called ‘Bringing Cinema 2 Kids’ and will be hosting her first event with Los Angeles based After-School All-Stars. Shamdasani hopes by sharing her small town tale and her challenges in getting her film made, she can encourage kids to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles.

About ASAS-LA:

Founded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2002, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) is a leading after-school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of middle and high school students each day. Activities are centered around health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning.


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