• I saw a lot of guest speakers at ICF. There was at least one each week. They were exciting. I mean we got to listen to someone’s experience firsthand in the film industry. However, there were times when we all just wanted to go home. We were exhausted. The guest speaker presentations were usually at…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 20

    Inner city Filmmakers was when I learned about L.A. traffic. I have grown up on Los Angeles but I had no idea that I could sit in traffic for three hours. One day on my way to school, a tree had fallen on Sepulvada Blvd which caused us to be in traffic. What made it…

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  • Stella Alder On our first Tuesday at ICF, we had our first lesson at Mole Richardson and then our first acting course at Stella Adler. After Mole Richardson class in Hollywood, we headed back to Lantana offices aka ICF in Santa Monica. Around 5:30pm, we all headed out to Stella Adler back in Hollywood. I…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 18

    Tuesdays were intense at ICF. On Tuesdays, we would be in Hollywood at Mole Richardson. On the first Tuesday to Mole Richardson, I had no idea I was suppose to be in Hollywood and I didn’t know what Mole Richardson was. Thank God Karla read the schedule. I had no idea what to expect. I…

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  • Other than making a short film on a camcorder and getting lost, ICF was something else. I spent the whole Summer living and breathing filmmaking. I was part of a cohort full of students that had this passion to make movies. We were young and learning to be fearless. The founders of ICF were a…

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  • Our first week was hectic and long. There was a lot of waiting around and just figuring out how the Summer would be played out. The first week of any new adventure is challenging. As I mentioned in previous chapters, my dad showed me how to get to school by taking Sepulveda Blvd since I…

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  • On the first day of Inner-City Filmmakers, we were divided into groups. There were six of us in each group. My group consisted of me, Marlon, and Hector, who I went to high school with, Brian, Arnufol, and Gawby. Our team captain was Allen and our team mentor was Jeffrey Berman. Allen was an alumnus,…

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  • Inner City Filmmakers brought a lot of first-time experiences including my first time driving on the freeway. The week before I was starting school, my father decided to teach me how to drive on the freeway. In general, my dad is a nervous man but teaching his youngest daughter how to drive on the freeway…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 13

    I couldn’t believe I got into Inner-City Filmmakers aka ICF. At first, I was scared out of my mind. I just turned nineteen when I was accepted to the program. I hesitate to leave my job at the toy store because I loved it. I thought if I left for two months, they would fire…

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  • I was about to finish my first year of college and managed to keep my seasonal job. Summer was around the corner and I wondered how I should spend my Summer. Another life-altering moment that Ani was involved in was deciding what I plan to do during the Summer of 2011. She had spent the…

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