Michael B. Jordan and Robert De Niro were among the many stars that turned up for this year’s annual Ghetto Film School Fall Gala.The benefit, which took place at James Murdoch’s LA home on Monday, helped raise money for the Los Angeles- and Bronx-based nonprofit that supports young filmmakers.
Film titans honored at the event included Jordan, “Insecure” director Melina Matsoukas and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe.“You guys are giving the communities a purpose, you’re giving the communities confidence, and most importantly opportunity — opportunity to be whoever you want to be,” the “Black Panther” actor told the audience.
According to the Ghetto Film School’s website, the nonprofit was founded in 2000 to “educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. GFS identifies young talent from local communities … providing them with the access, opportunity, and resources to pursue creative careers.”
“We exist because there are extraordinary, wildly creative teenagers living in local communities who have authentic perspectives and want to share their stories with the world,” the organization’s CEO, Stosh Mintek, said. “That’s what we’re here for.”Also there to support the cause were A-listers Solange, Tina Knowles Lawson, Lena Waithe, Christian Slater and David O. Russell.