There is so much good news to share about YouthFX, as usual, that we don’t know where to start. It needs its own newsletter! Its own website. Its own organization.
That’s the biggest news. YouthFX is “graduating.” This season, Bhawin Suchak is beginning to build a distinct foundation for YouthFX’s unique, inspiring and successful mission. After January 1st, YouthFX will be an independent, fiscally-sponsored project of Grand Street Community Arts for a one-year transition period.
We’re all excited for this. As YouthFX’s founder and mentor, Bhawin Suchak, has said: “GSCA has been such an incredible support in incubating the Youth FX program and we will continue to have a strong relationship as we strike out on our own.” And, as our Board President, Victoria Kereszi has said: “Grand Street Community Arts has been proud to support Youth FX for almost a decade. We are excited to see what big things they will do over the next decade! As a result of this program we have seen young people grow into seasoned filmmakers making their own feature films and being hired by local companies to produce commercials!”
And companies from out of town, we would add! For example, the company that has been shooting As You Are, a new indy feature, for the past few months. Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is himself a graduate of YouthFX, and his producers hired other YouthFX students and alums to work alongside industry professionals on the film As Miles remembers: “When you’re 10, 11, 12, and the whole filmmaking thing does seem so foreign, does seem so big, somebody giving you a camera and telling you, ‘You can do that,’ is all you really need. … And Youth FX — that’s what they’re doing. It’s incredible.” [Times Union]
YouthFX was also recently honored with a $10,000 gift from Hannaford Supermarkets. As Bhawin Suchak told the Times Union, this gift will help YouthFX make the transition from a summer program to a year round program.