Fresh Films uses the fun of film to connect with teens to build their technical skills as well as their ability to problem solve, work-hard, communicate and be a leader.

53% of our participants are female and 55% are youth of color.

Mission & History

Fresh Films creates films, TV shows and documentaries while training future filmmakers in all aspects of film. Youth collaborate on-set rotating through every film position – from camera and sound, to editing and effects – gaining technical and workplace skills. Our productions have been seen on DIRECTV, PBS, IFC, iTunes, Amazon, Redbox, in theatres and in twelve international countries. Productions include the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab with Reese Witherspoon that brought 21 female filmmakers to Los Angeles to create a documentary about women in film and “The Stream” starring Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and Mario Lopez (“Extra”)!

Fresh Films is headquartered on the campus of Augustana College, a top-tier liberal arts college located on the beautiful Mississippi River in Rock Island, IL. The Entertainment & Media program at Augustana offers academic courses in film and TV and gives Augustana students an opportunity to work with Fresh Films all-year long in production, editing, marketing and business. (Hint, hint – check us out when you’re looking at colleges!)

Fresh Films and Augustana College also collaborate with educators to bring the program into schools as part of interactive assemblies, workshops and grants that expose teens to the many art and STEAM careers in the $720 billion dollar entertainment industry.

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