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It was just after the long Fourth of July weekend when the Ghetto Film School assembled its 2010 fellows at its headquarters in the South Bronx, a few floors above offices of the state parole division. Introductions were made, and then the 21 teenage students eagerly took possession of high-definition video cameras and began learning how to make movies.

Founded in 2000, the nonprofit, not-for-credit Ghetto Film School aims, among other things, to broaden the pool of filmmaking talent and subject matter feeding the entertainment industry by providing opportunities for young people who might otherwise be overlooked. The name, of course, is meant to play with a stereotype. But the program itself is serious, and has won the support of Hollywood and the city government.

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