Future Filmmakers Workshop


About the Program

Course Number: FMTV-NT 1

The Future Filmmakers Workshop is a FREE, intensive 14-week high school program where all aspects of filmmaking are taught to develop each student's vision, including but not limited to providing a platform to spotlight topics and subject matter underrepresented in the film industry.

An emphasis is placed on personal storytelling and learning how to articulate oneself creatively through an understanding of the technical elements of making a movie.  Students are provided with a DSLR, edit with Adobe Premiere, and will learn how to produce, direct, edit, several short individual and collaborative films between February and May.

The workshop provides exposure to the profession through:

  • Hands-on experience in movie-making techniques
  • Screenings and discussions of important professional works 
  • Discussions with professional filmmakers and Tisch faculty

Program Instructors

Alrick Brown

Alrick Brown is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television. An award winning writer and director, Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  

Education is Alrick’s first calling, but he found his medium, film, after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village, and his overall experiences in West Africa, informed his creative expression. An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. An activist and highly sought public speaker, Alrick’s commitment to social, political and economic justice, and revealing the heart of the world through the craft of storytelling is what draws audiences and peers to his work.  Alrick’s cinematic reach includes credits on the small screen as director, producer and writer on a variety of projects – ABC’s Final Witness, ESPN’s short doc series Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joint, and Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series A Crime Two Remember. His published work has appeared in the Huffington Post as well as the New Jersey English Journal.

Alrick’s collective body of film work has screened in numerous festivals worldwide, earning several honors. Among them is the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons. Alrick’s first feature, Kinyarwanda, was recipient of the prestigious Sundance World Cinema Audience Award.  He has previously taught undergraduate courses on the African American image in cinema at Rutgers University, film production at The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and at Goddard College where he was a faculty advisor for the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program.

Carlos DeJesus

Producer-director of documentaries and drama in film and video. Key participant on the First World Order Project, a long-term telecommunications project that will focus on traditional as well as contemporary expressions of African cultural practice throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, India, and the Pacific Islands. Has conducted photography workshops for children in public schools through the Arts Partners Program; lectured on Puerto Rican and Latino images in the media at Queens College. Invited artist to the Ninth Annual Cultural Festival in Asilah, Morocco; video artist-in-residence at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Experimental Television Center, Owego, N.Y.; and at Global Village, New York City. Has lectured on independent black American film production in Africa under sponsorship of the United States Embassy.

Directed and coproduced The Performed Word, a National Endowment for the Humanities docudrama on the African-American preacher. Documentary producer-director, New Voice (PBS), WGBH, Boston; director, Sonrisas (PBS), KLRN, Austin; producer-director, PBS/NBC series, Watch Your Mouth! for WNET/Thirteen, New York; executive producer-director of Imágenes, for NJN, Trenton. Fellowships: Fulbright (France), John Hay Whitney, New York State Creative Artist Program, New York State Council on the Arts (Media), New York Foundation for the Arts (Film), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Film and video work has been exhibited in New York City at the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and in California and Washington, D.C. His sixth photo-text book is Screen Memories. In 1996, his one-hour long video documentary That Old Gang of Mine was broadcast on Thirteen/WNET; screened at the Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, Port Washington Public Library, and most recently at Cine Latino, San Francisco, and Saybrook College, Yale; it has won the CINE Gold Eagle (1997), and is being distributed by Filmakers Library.

  • Jaiden Thompson

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jaiden Thompson was part of the spring 2016 Future Filmmakers class. He went on to complete the BFA in Undergraduate Film and Television and has been selected for the Television Academy Foundation’s prestigious 2021 Summer Fellows program.

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Qualities of an Ideal Candidate

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Strong previous interest and participation in the arts
  • Academic achievement
  • Ability to work as a team member in producing personal, visually dramatic projects projects
  • A firm commitment to completing the entire workshop, which will be held on 14 Saturdays from February through May


Spring 2024

This program meets weekly on Saturdays, February 3, 2024 through May 11, 2024.

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

Filmmakers at Tisch

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

How to Apply

Please read through the Spring Future Artists Application Requirements page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.

The spring 2024 application is closed. 

Effective May 2023, NYU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations. However, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, remains strongly recommended for the health and safety of the student and the campus community—and students are welcome to wear masks anytime they choose. More information about COVID-19 protocols at NYU, including updates, is available on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at 212.998.1701 or e-mail future.filmmakers@nyu.edu.