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1971 film class for kids

1971 film class for kids

October 1971: David Almada, 8, focuses movie camera as teacher Lauren Dreiband helps Sandra Morales, 9, in cinema class at Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Park. Children are third-graders from Rowan Avenue School.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Ursula Vils reported in the Oct. 29, 1971,  edition:

Photography–as an educational and vocational tool–should be a natural for Los Angeles, home of Hollywood; but that’s not the way it’s working out.

Frankly, I was disappointed in Los Angeles,” said Mrs. Melinda Bush, who came to town to survey ghetto photo programs for the Photography for Youth Foundation, Inc., a New York-based national foundation of which she is program coordinator.

“The foundation’s goal is to utilize photography as a medium of expression for poverty-area youth, a tool to build self-worth, that also can develop into a rewarding profession.

Such programs, Mrs. Bush said, have blossomed in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Nationally, she estimates there are as many as 400 photography programs for out young people, “but I only found 10 in Los Angeles. I suspect there may be more, because it’s so spread out.”…

In Los Angeles, the foundation has aided the Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Park, she said, and plans to asset it further…

Young filmmakers there range from 9 to 18, and a still photography class includes youngsters from 12 to 17. Photography also is part of art classes from 5 up, including some operated in conjunction with city schools.

Third graders from Rowan Ave. School are making a film version of “Frankenstein.” The children wrote the script, devised costumes, plotted how to film the action and did the performing…

This photo by former staff photographer Mary Frampton accompanied Vils’ article in the Oct. 29, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

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1 Comment

  1. November 13, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Back in the day, when youngsters were challenged to succeed. I still remember Richard Olson's class, at Portola Junior High, when we acquired the use of a SONY reel-to-reel video recorder and camera, in 1970-71. Hot stuff, back then.

    By: Steve M.

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