We had the good fortune of connecting with Jayda Imanlihen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jayda, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In 2018, it was reported that Black women represent just 3% of all faculty at US colleges. That number is probably halved when you consider Black female professors teaching film or film production. Personally, I’ve only ever had one Black female professor teach me film. So I thought what if more girls could learn filmmaking by placing the Black woman at the center of the experience or exchange, and then going from there? To start the pipeline with education, I founded Black Girl Film School and we became a 501c3 non-profit education foundation last year.

What should our readers know about your business?
We are so excited to launch the first BGFS course that will introduce learners to our four core pillars of film production. The course, Black Girl Film School Foundations I  kicks off this fall and will run for 6 weeks. Like all of our curriculum offerings, we are delivering this course completely online. We are accepting applications from top 7th & 8th grade females of color who are passionate about learning filmmaking and working in the industry after college. We will consider admission for up to 24 learners. Applications open August 7th. Each week features a syllabus of learning activities and customized multimedia  plus +live lab sessions. We’re also looking for sponsors to help us offer this experience to more girls. 🙂

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Black Girl Film School tour of Los Angeles:
Visit: The Getty Villa and marvel at the art & the views in Malibu
Tour: The Paramount lot
See: A rooftop or drive- in screening
Eat: Javier’s in Newport Beach and watch the sunset
Shop: The Last bookstore in DTLA
Show: Dance after Dark on the stairs of the Disney Theatre
High end conversation with a view: 71 Above
Late night drinks + Live music: The Freehand Hotel

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our local support network has been invaluable. Thank you to Takara Joseph and Breanna Lang for spending time with me talking about their film journies and connecting me with Black women in film executives working in Los Angeles. Team work makes the dream work.

Website: www.blackgirlfilmschool.com
Instagram: @blackgirlfilmschool
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blackgirlfilmschool
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackgirlfilmschool
Youtube: blackgirlfilmschool

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