In celebration of the third year of the AT&T Filmmaker Mentorship Program, the black carpet was rolled out on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
The event premiered five short films written and directed by 10 of the programâ€™s mentees at Hollywoodâ€™s NeueHouse. Notable attendees included screenwriter, producer and actress Lena Waithe, who served as this yearâ€™s lead program mentor, Waitheâ€™s producing partner Rishi Rajani, actress Storm Reid, who is a supporter of the program, and many more.
Under the Waitheâ€™s creative support and guidance, the collection of work presented followed the theme of â€œgrowing pains.â€� This yearâ€™s mentees were Cierra GlaudÃ©, Mechi Parada Lakatos, Alison-Eve Hammersley, Brittany Menjivar, Jessica Siqueiros, Jasmine Johnson, Vishnu Vallabhaneni, Malik Aziz, Malakai, and Angela Wong Carbone.
For the first time in the programâ€™s history, the entire process was captured during a docu-series called â€œThe New Creative Class with Lena Waithe,â€� which can be found on YouTube.
Founded in 2017, this program aims to discover, incubate and empower emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Since its inception, the AT&T Filmmaker Mentorship Program has produced and launched 15 films from 20 mentees and had seven celebrity mentors.
The films will debut on the AT&T Hello Lab YouTube channel, on Friday, Nov. 8, and on DirecTV and AT&T TV Now on Tuesday, Dec. 10. To learn more and to watch the films, visit www.att-hellolab.com/the-mentorship-program-year-three/.