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Student Filmmakers with a Cause

October 12, 2008


For the third year in a row, Westphal Film & Video students will participate in The Tripod Initiative, a program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office that funds students to produce videos for nonprofit organizations. These student films highlight important non-profit organizations and tell their stories in compelling ways. This year, our students' video was for the Open Arms Adoption Network, an organization that offers a progressive approach to building healthy families through adoption. Produced by Film & Video students Josh Sgarlata, Eric Stalzer, Angelina Zak, Megan Ramsey, Alexandra Hanes and Noelle Kandigan, you can see their film here. Last year, our students' spot was for Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park. The Smith Playground and Playhouse has provided an extraordinary play space for over 10 million visitors in the past 100 years. Our students' video for the Playhouse can be seen here.

The Tripod Initiative provides students with an ample budget to support their production and matches them with film making professionals who serve as mentors. To learn more about the Tripod Initiative, click here.