24 National Locations.
Over 300 Weekly Participants.
And Growing.

For 20 years, Fresh Films has been transforming the lives of underestimated young people through dynamic skills-building experiences that prepare them for success in the creative economy and beyond, and that facilitate future economic mobility.

Access to hands-on, immersive experiences in the creative industries are often restricted to those with connections to the entertainment sector, and/or those living in proximity to media hubs. Fresh Films is democratizing this access so that career opportunities in high-growth and high-wage fields are equitable and inclusive, as well as for .

How? Students get hands-on experiences working every job involved in video production. Teen participants do not simply receive a camera and get turned loose. Instead they apprentice under the close mentorship of professionals and college interns while working on a set of real Emmy-nominated productions: films, television shows and documentaries. Teens also learn through school or after-school via Fresh Films’ year-long curriculum that meets state and national educational standards.

The relevance of film often sparks an interest in students not triggered by traditional studies and prepares them for internships, further education, and careers in the media and entertainment industry that include film and video production at traditional Hollywood companies as well as social media and video departments at nonprofits and companies like Best Buy.

Our participants are of all ethnicities, genders and backgrounds, are 66% youth of color, 57% female, and 55% from low-income school districts. Youth apply to the program with passion and commitment, no previous experience necessary. The program starts in high-school because research shows us that youth of color and young women do not think they are capable of working in media or entertainment, so we need to engage, mentor and build their skills early-on to build that groundswell of diverse talent.

Fresh Films participants never need previous experience or a particular GPA, just a desire to learn. The program is always free to youth to remove participation barriers. Students engage with hands-on opportunities allowing for self-expression and realization of their capabilities as they are guided by mentors, many of which are program alumni, and supported by peers in a collaborative environment that builds experience in all aspects of film and media, in a rapidly growing high-wage career field needing more diverse representation.

As a production studio and training ground, we provide amazing industry connections, mentorship opportunities, corporate internships, and pathways to college and careers in the ever-growing creative economy that is experiencing an 11% job growth; including by not limited to the film and entertainment industries.

 

Our Program Overview

Through year-round programming, diverse youth build the skills to become the next generation of media-makers, creators and leaders. Industry professionals help build mentorship and connection!

 

 

 

Level 1

Fresh Films Academies Weekly Filmmaking Program

Located in schools and youth clubs, the program engages youth in the fundamentals of production and editing through developing multiple film projects.


New projects every 6 weeks with 50+ pieces of content in every project


Projects can be themed by partners; current social justice project with Roku Channel


Guest speaker and volunteer opportunities to share expertise (i.e. Sony TV team during scripted content)


 

 

 

Level 2

Intensive Workplace Experiences

Youth work on set of TV shows & films gaining 70-100+ hours of intensive, hands-on training as they rotate through every position on the set and/or work in pre-production or editing alongside film pros and mentors.

 

Projects include:


Documentary “Filmmaker Lab” with Reese Witherspoon


Family comedy “The Stream” with Rainn Wilson, Mario Lopez, and Kelly Rutherford (Roku)


Working on-set for “Ghostland” written by Emmy-winning writer Rick Cleveland (summer 2023)


“Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission” starring Steve Guttenberg (Paramount+)


TV show Dearly Departed, which is now in development with Imagine Entertainment


 

 

 

Level 3

Connections, Internships & Jobs

We work with partners to place FF Alumni into paid media internships and jobs. Additional partners bring mentors and speakers to help our future creators get connected to future opportunities. Partners include Lifetime TV, Food Network, Sony, Roku, United Talent Agency, Staff Me Up, Cinespace Studios, Dolby and Array Crew.

 

Our program is offered in 24 locations across the country


Boston (Leominster, Fitchburg, and Dorchester)


Los Angeles (Downey, Monterrey Park, San Pedro, L.A.)


Chicago


Quad Cities


San Antonio


Atlanta (Fulton, Dekalb, and Gwinnett counties)


Knoxville


Minneapolis/St. Paul


St. Louis


Pittsburgh


Detroit


Virtual in 3 time zones


 

Visit our Youth or Parents/Educators pages for more details!

Staff & Contact

Kelli Feigley
Founder, Managing Director / Executive Producer

kellifeigley@freshfilms.org
309-794-8628
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Estlin Feigley
Founder, Film Director & Head of Creative

estlinfeigley@freshfilms.org

Danielle Scott
Marketing Director

daniellescott@freshfilms.org
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Teri Yago-Ryan
National Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships

teriyagoryan@freshfilms.org
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Kelsey Conley
Producer

programs@freshfilms.org
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Michele Santiago
Manager/Producer, Workforce Development Programming

michelesantiago@freshfilms.org
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Leah Crandell
Marketing Coordinator

marketingteam@freshfilms.org
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Amber Mathias
Head Film Editor

ambermathias@freshfilms.org
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Amy Blommer
Production Manager

amyblommer@freshfilms.org
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