advanced studies

Advanced Studies Filmmaking Students Visit Adaptive Studios

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On Friday, some of our talented Advanced Filmmaking students had the opportunity to take a most extraordinary site visit to Adaptive Studios, an innovative content creation studio and distribution company that is redefining the way that stories are sourced, produced, and shared. The field trip came about because of the generous invitation of Brittany Turner, Vice President of Digital. The students piled into our van and took a trip to Culver City’s Hayden Tract neighborhood, a hub of high-end design, architectural, and media companies. When we arrived, we were received so warmly by the entire Adaptive team. The co-founder of the studio, Perrin Chiles, told us the origin story of Adaptive as an inspired idea that first began to take shape as a proverbial garage-based business, and through innovation and great team-building, has evolved into the media powerhouse that it has so quickly become. We were treated to content across their platforms, from trailers that they’ve produced for the novels they’ve published including the recent Air, television content including Project Greenlight, to excerpts from feature film content that they have released, including the original film Coin Heist. It was such an inspiring and inclusive visit, and the students were delighted to be welcomed by the team, to learn about the cutting edge of content sourcing and distribution, and to share with the executives their own ideas and inspirations. Venice Arts strives to provide exposure to the creative professional world for our young people, and this visit to Adaptive Studios was an unforgettably powerful manifestation of that mission.

A very special thank you to Brittany Turner, Vice President of Digital, who initiated this marvelous visit, and to the entire Adaptive Studios team for their incredible hospitality! Our students are still glowing from the experience!

- Christian

Advanced Studies Students Exhibit at Photo L.A.

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For the fourth year in a row, Venice Arts will participate in the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition photo l.a., with an exhibition showcasing new work by our Advanced Studies photography students.

We're thrilled to be once again be in the company of so many incredible local, national, and international photography galleries and organizations exhibiting at photo l.a., arguably the premiere photographic exposition in the Los Angeles area. This invaluable experience gives our Advanced Studies students the chance to make professional connections with artists, collectors, and gallerists, as well as see their work in the larger context of contemporary photography. This is just one of the many ways that we develop young artists, exposing students to a myriad of creative and professional opportunities in the arts.

This year, Venice Arts is proud to be represented by:
Andrea Abrego | Melissa Alvarez | Rickie Bautista | Silvia Curiel | Lilia Destin | Jane Estrada | Lorraine Gutierrez | Gloria Ortiz | Maia Ramirez | Mark Tomilin

photo l.a. takes place January 12–15, 2017, at The REEF/LA Mart, located at 1933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90007. Visit us at booth #530!

Venice Arts X Winc: Local Flavor Collaboration

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We're thrilled to announce Local Flavor, our new collaboration with Winc, a local wine company that believes in giving back to their community. They made the first three releases of Local Flavor (a Pinot Noir, a rosé, and a Sauvignon Blanc) in collaboration with Venice Arts as a celebration of the Venice community, and made a donation that is providing full scholarships for six children to attend one week of our Summer Media Arts Camp. The bottles feature black-and-white photographs taken by three of our talented Advanced Studies students—Angela F., age 16; Chris R., age 17; and Claude V., age 18.

Learn more about our Local Flavor collaboration with Winc here.

For One Night Only: Venice Arts takes over Culver Studios for Student Screening

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Last Thursday, May 19, we held a screening program showcasing student films from over the years. It also marked the debut of one of this year's Advanced Film projects, "Lotus," which documents a young ballerina's journey towards a life-changing dance competition in New York. Thanks to everyone in the Venice Arts community who could make it out.

Congratulations to all of our students, and to Lead Filmmaker and Mentor extraordinaire Christian!

Advanced Studies Student wins Young Photographer Award from be-Art magazine

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Andrea Abrego is the inaugural winner of the YPA (Young Photographer Award), which recognizes an exemplary portfolio produced by an Advanced Studies Photography student from Venice Arts.

Initiated and organized by Art Critic and be-Art magazine Publisher Beatrice Chassepot, the awardee was chosen by a prestigious jury that included Gallerist Isabelle Mesnil, Photojournalist Barbara Davidson, Photographer Ken Gonzales-Day, and Photographer Sandrine Hermand-Grisel. As part of the prize, one of Andrea’s photographs will be chosen by Mesnil, Judge & Owner of NextLevel Galerie, to be exhibited in a group show in the gallery in Paris, France. The winning portfolio can also be seen online on be-Art magazine and All-About-Photo.com, and will become part of be-Art’s “Emerging Artist” selection.

You can see Andrea's winning portfolio book, Embracing Herself here.

Congratulations, Andrea! And a big thank you to the jury and to Beatrice for spearheading this initiative, and a special thanks to Luis de Jesus, Owner of Luis de Jesus Los Angeles Gallery, and Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH.

Advanced Studies Students Shine at photo l.a. 2016

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For the third year in a row, Venice Arts had a booth at the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition photo l.a., which took place January 21-24, showcasing new work by our Advanced Studies photography students.

This invaluable experience gives our Advanced Studies students the chance to make professional connections with artists, collectors, and gallerists, as well as see their work in the larger context of contemporary photography. This is just one of the many ways that we develop young artists, exposing students to a myriad of creative and professional opportunities in the arts.

This year, Venice Arts is proud to be represented by:
Andrea Abrego | Melissa Alvarez | Rickie Bautista | Silvia Curiel | Jane Estrada | Lorraine Gutierrez | Jarod Mendoza
Rocio Padilla | Ashley Sanchez | Mark Tomilin
 

Pushing Buttons, Pushing Boundaries: Venice Arts’ Debut Web Series Gives Diverse Students a Voice

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What happens when you give a group of diverse, young filmmakers all the tools they need to make a web series? Nothing short of magic. 

Venice Arts is pleased to announce the arrival of Pushing Buttons, the first web series to come out of its media arts workshops for low-income youth, which debuted on 10/13/15. Created by our dedicated Advanced Film students, Pushing Buttons follows the story of a young electronic music producer, Amanda, who finds herself under house arrest with her overbearing mother after a violent, public meltdown. Over the course of the series, Amanda is forced to face herself and her family history in an attempt to come to terms with both. 

With guidance from industry professionals teaching artists in Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring program, the teens wrote, produced, and shot the 8-episode series, learning the ins and outs of script writing, casting, and post-production along the way. What began as an idea in mid-January 2015 has now come to fruition as a result of students’ relentless hard work and dedication.

While the finished project is impressive, Pushing Buttons represents much more than a class project—it is also exemplifies Venice Arts’ mission of igniting impoverished youths’ imaginations through innovative art mentoring and education programs that amplify their creative voices. In making the necessary tools accessible to our participants, and letting them take creative control, Pushing Buttons gives a group of underrepresented youth a platform to make the media they want to see. More importantly, it serves as an entry point for our students—largely, young people of color—into the film and television industry, equipping them with competitive skills and credentials. It is a direct catalyst for diversifying the largely homogenous field, allowing all voices to be heard.

Through projects like Pushing Buttons, students affront the lack of diversity in Hollywood. In proving themselves as worthy, up-and-coming directors, writers, producers, and editors, they not only expand others’ expectations of them, but also broaden their own sense of possibility for their lives.

Subscribe to the Pushing Buttons Youtube Channel for updates and behind-the-scenes footage!

Venice Arts Students Participate in the ALL EYES ON YOU Studio Art Review at LMU

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We’re so proud of the four Venice Arts students who attended Loyola Marymount University’s ALL EYES ON YOU Studio Art review on Sunday, October 20. Arthur Cooke, Mark Tomilin, Angela Francis, and Leo Cerutti worked 1:1 with their Venice Arts mentors to put together their portfolios. At the portfolio review, they received feedback on their art work from LMU faculty, and learned about the Studio Arts program, student services, as well as admission and financial aid processes. ALL EYES ON YOU is part of LMU’s annual open house weekend targeted to interested high school and pre college art students.

Arthur, Mark, Angela, and Leo, are all part of Venice Arts' Advanced Studies Track,- a program that provides intermediate- and advanced-level participants, committed to learning and to developing as artists, with the richest, most varied learning environment possible. 

Good luck to our talented students in their next steps!