BRENDA ARTS is a film program geared for POC youth and involves film history, media literacy, and production. Currently being piloted by Black charter school KairosPDX, BRENDA ARTS' goal is to create an outlet for a new Black cinematic expression and boost the voices of marginalized groups. Juxtaposed to the white supremacy built into traditional film school and film industry at large, BRENDA offers a strong alternative. It’s film school with flavor. We speak about how the student’s identity intersect with graphic design, Black high fashion, music, and cinema while leaving room for them to express themselves in the visual arts.
My intention is to teach the philosophies of low and no budget film movements such as Kino and Dogme 95 to bring quality filmmaking out of the ivory tower and give it to youths with unheard/marginalized voices. Beyond that and more importantly, I want students to connect with one another and utilize each other's personal strengths in producing video projects for the class.