Joe Hall is the founder and President of Ghetto Film School – an award-winning nonprofit that teaches and empowers the next generation of storytellers. In today’s episode, Joe reveals everything we need to know about his groundbreaking program, talks about how its approach differs from mainstream youth programs, and tells us why we need to stop perpetuating poverty and start cultivating America’s young creative thinkers.

Topics include:

  • Why shaping creative thinkers is in America’s national interest
  • Social control, institutionalized racism, and perceptions of art
  • How to really address the issue of diversity in the U.S.
  • Removing labels like “victim” and “disadvantaged”
  • Why teenagers crave authenticity and not poverty porn
  • Why you can’t teach a child unless you love a child
  • How the skills learned in Ghetto Film School transcend beyond film

In June 2000, Joe Hall founded Ghetto Film School to educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Through his leadership, GFS opened The Cinema School in September 2009 – a select-admissions NYC public institution that is the nation’s first film high school. Both are located in the South Bronx neighborhood where Joe has lived and worked for the last 20 years. In 2005, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented Joe with the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, alongside Wynton Marsalis and Poet, Laureate Billy Collins. Joe is a published writer on youth development and arts education, a documentary film producer, and holds a Master’s degree in social administration from Columbia University.

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