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Educated Filmmakers 2023 Workshops

Educated Filmmakers 2023 Workshops

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre's

Community Film Initiative


"Educated Filmmakers" 2023


"Educated Filmmakers" is an 8week crash course on filmmaking and the business of filmmaking, consisting of 16 workshops. Classes take place twice a week (Wed. 7pm-9pm, and Sat. 1pm-4pm). April 29th - June 28th.

In This educational series, students learn: 

Film History, Theory, Lighting, Editing, Camera, Screen Play Writing, Story Boarding, Sound Design,the business of film making, and more..

This program culminates with a  finished film short. Classes will be held at Open Mind Studios in  Queens, NY. 

Those interested in Online Classes may choose  "Online" as an option below.

The finished short is screened at the A.P.T.'s annual

Black History Month Film Festival,

hosted by  Museum of the Moving Image.


Here are our Incredible, Esteemed Team of Instructors and Film Educators for the 2023 Semester:


  • Okema T. Moore (Script Writing)

  • Samson Styles (Table Reads)

  • Felicia Harden (The Business Side of Filmmaking)

  • Carrie Leigh (Producing)

  • Vernon "King Smij " Williams (Directing)

  • Montaigne P. Massac ( Indi Film - Post Production)

  • Chuck White (Editing)

  • Lavar "Bully" Grady (Camera/Lights/On Set Sound)

  • Saiku "720" Branch (Post Sound Design/Music Scoring)