The Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education is a 501c3 non-profit organization who’s mission is to cultivate awareness of film pioneer, Mary Pickford’s legacy of creativity and charity by educating at-risk and underserved youth about filmmaking and film history. Our programs provide a bridge from early cinema to modern filmmaking, empowering students to articulate their experiences utilizing 21st Century digital media tools. In the spirit and legacy of Mary Pickford, we are dedicated to helping all students to have their voices heard, build their self-confidence and skills, empowering them to become producers, not merely consumers of media. Click to vote now
The Mobile Film Classroom is the signature enrichment program that defines the Mary Pickford Institute. It is a production studio-on-wheels that travels throughout Los Angeles County to bring digital media instruction to at-risk and underserved youth who do not have access to technology at their school or home. Our programs provide a bridge from early cinema to modern filmmaking using the tools that engage students the most, digital media. We ask what does it mean to be literate in the 21st Century? “We were pioneers in a brand new medium,” Mary Pickford observed 100 years ago, as a new technology transformed our world. Today’s youth can also be pioneers. By teaching them to use technology responsibly through relevant curriculum that parallels the Silent Era of film history to 21st Century digital media storytelling, we offer students a way to creatively express themselves while giving voice to issues in their community. We believe being literate in film history and knowing how to navigate, use and critique digital media is what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. We offer in-school and after-school workshops as well as professional development for educators. ( To learn more about us: www.marypickford.com )
We recently lost a majority of our funding from The Mary Pickford Foundation, MPI’s Mobile Film Classroom educational outreach program is needed now more than ever to keep already disenfranchised students from being left even further behind in the digital divide, due to deep budget cuts at our schools. We need your support now to keep this program going and expand it throughout California.
How you can help:
Vote for The Mary Pickford Institute in EPIP LA Viva La Art’s challenge for MPI to be
the featured organization for Viva la Art!’s annual fall event, Art, Drinks, and Music.
Our nonprofit’s big impact could be the beneficiary of this big fundraising event!
EPIP LA is part of a national organization that helps develop leadership in the philanthropic sector across the country. Viva La Art! organizes and empowers the arts community to promote education, activism, and fundraising for charitable causes.
- Submissions will be featured on our page and public voting will be open from July 10 to July 19 (noon Pacific Time).
- The winning organization will receive 100% of the net funds raised from, Viva la Art’s annual event, Art, Drinks, and Music, which will be held on or before October 31, 2012.
- In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.