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Youth Filmmaking Mentor Interns

Southside Filmmaking Youth Initiative (South Side FYI) in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools and John Mossman Films, is seeking mentors for summer 2019, as well as one position that will begin on a very limited basis in April.

Interns will assist the executive producer with the day-to-day duties connected to teaching underserved Chicago high school students the filmmaking process. The program will require travel to University of Chicago on Chicago's South Side, which can be reached by public transportation. Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm, beginning June 27 and ending August 9. (The intern who begins in April will assist with script submission review and selection as well as with organizational duties and communications connected to the program. This position should expect to put in 3 hours per week prior to the official start of the program.) The position is unpaid but a small stipend will be provided for all interns, who upon completion of the film will also receive a producing credit. SSFYI films have screened in numerous festivals worldwide and won two National Emmy Awards in the High School category. Previous films can be found at
Applicants should have knowledge of the filmmaking process. Experience with teaching, editing or photography is a plus. This is a frequently demanding program that culminates with a one-week film shoot written, directed and crewed entirely by a group of 10-12 high school students. The abilities to learn quickly and communicate clearly are required, as is a strong sense of organization and the willingness to improvise when thrown a curveball. The most successful interns possess a strong work ethic, the ability to motivate, and are multi-taskers who enjoy the high energy nature of the program and the relationships they develop with the students.