AFT partners on film project that will help Miami’s youth

The AFT and its United Teachers of Dade (Fla.) affiliate are working together with members of the Miami community, including the Overtown Youth Center and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to partner with Hollywood filmmaker Robert Townsend and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas in a film production designed to engage young adults and teach them the art of film making.

The upcoming film “Playin’ for Love” is part of a community film initiative that includes a movie production and student training program in which Hollywood artists will teach and mentor young people in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. Local youth will appear as actors in the movie and be trained in all aspects of making a small independent film, including editing, directing, sound design, wardrobe, cinematography and production. Auditions for the film were held earlier this month.

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