Updated: Nov 6, 2019

In the age of LinkedIn, online job applications, social media, internet networking, and particularly in the entertainment industry, a high quality headshot can mean the difference between having a job or being unemployed. But for those who have recently come home from a period of incarceration, a lack of financial means and resources can make this service unattainable.

Bromont Program decided to meet this need by hosting a day-long, free headshot clinic for our members. We provided professional hair and makeup, styling consultations, refreshments, and a team of two professional photographers to shoot industry-standard images.

Bromont Program gives system impacted youth and adults a pathway into the creative side of the film industry, allowing them to benefit from the transformative power of telling their stories through screenwriting, the catharsis one gets from acting, while also using the films that they create to change the way the world views the formerly incarcerated.

There's a lot of stigma that comes with being formerly incarcerated, and there is typically a history of trauma and disadvantage that leads up to the incarceration. This clinic was a way for members to see themselves as working professionals, inside an industry that typically portrays them only as monsters. Many of our members are just starting their lives over, so this was a roadblock removed for them.

Here are just a few of the professional headshots we were able to provide for our members:

"This was an incredible experience. It was so much fun and I felt like a star or a model for real. I can use these shots now to submit to agencies, go to castings, or even for my online resume."

Through continued support from the film community, volunteers, and generous donors, Bromont Program can continue to provide housing, training, resources, mentorship and specialized training. A follow-up workshop is in the works with involvement from one of LA's top talent agencies, where these members will receive further guidance on how to start a career in the entertainment industry. Also being hosted this month is a screenwriters workshop where we will be joined by a representative from our sponsor, Final Draft!

For more information on how you can become involved, or to donate to the upcoming member housing fund, please browse our sit and visit our crowdfunding page.

Special thanks to:

Nicole Barton of Nicole Barton Photography

Dylan of Dylan Pierce Photography

David Rosales of Luxe House Media

Shaina Paulson (Hair and Makeup Artist)

Wannisha Harris (Hair and Makeup Artist)

Bishop Donnie Williams of The Family Church International

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We are so excited to announce that we have been officially sponsored by Final Draft!

Used by 95% of film and television productions, Final Draft is the choice of professional screenwriters and filmmakers around the world. In addition to a generous donation, Final Draft is providing us with enough licenses for all of our members, allowing them the opportunity to learn and create on the best screenwriting software that there is!

Final Draft is very literally empowering our members to be heard, facilitating a pathway for them to get their narratives onto the screen, and out into the world. Our next member screenwriting workshop is now in the works, and we are so excited that Final Draft is on this journey with us.

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Updated: May 16, 2019

The ill-conceived film "Loqueesha" asks audiences to accept this premise-and that isn't going over well.

You would think that at some point the use of derogatory and inaccurate ethnic stereotypes would stop being a go-to tactic for filmmakers but, here we are in 2019, and Twitter has spent the day dragging an independent film about a white man who pretends to be a black woman in order to land a radio gig. Complete with a nod to Affirmative Action by way of a shot of a job posting that gives special preference to women and people of color, "Loqueesha" would like us to sympathize with a white man desperate to send his child to private school. Social media is having none of it, leaving the creator scrambling to defend the film.

The truth is that art is going to be reflective of the people who are creating it; Until we make a real shift towards inclusion in the film industry, we will continue to see the same narratives, as people and cultures are misrepresented at the hands of people who have not lived their experience. I don't want to see another movie featuring a white man's version of what a black person is. It's time to give those who are marginalized ownership of their own stories.

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