A Commitment to Diversity, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema

The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is transforming the film and TV industries. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Steiner Studio Lot, two-year-old Feirstein is already grabbing attention with its commitment to elevating diverse voices that are often left out of the traditional Hollywood world.

Feirstein is the first public graduate film school in New York City and the only film school in the country built on a working film lot. It currently has 170 students enrolled, of which 50% are women and 45% are from underrepresented groups. Another 130 students are expected to enroll in fall 2017 with the first class graduating in 2018.

GZ&A placed a feature story showcasing the school’s diversity efforts in the New York Times.

 “We want to turn on the Academy Awards and see one of those films written by one of our graduates, directed by one of our graduates,” said Jonathan Wacks, founding director of Feirstein. “I want to see our people making socially relevant and politically powerful statements because there’s important work to be done.”

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