Filmmaking Programs

Phyllis lends her expertise to various educational programs. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge as a filmmaker with youth and adults. Here are some of the programs that she’s created:

Red Balloon Playroom

Red Balloon Playroom is a 12-week, one hour per week film boot camp teaches middle school & high school students how to make movies. Students learn the elements of storytelling and then apply their knowledge to writing their own short film as a team. Once the script is complete, auditions and a table read are held, and then the film is shot! On the last day of the program, there’s a screening and a celebration!

See Phyllis speak about her work as a Master Teaching Artist

Kids Movie Fest Film Competition

Kids Movie Fest is a brand new online short film fest and community for young filmmakers 13-19. The competition presents a unique opportunity for participants to practice their filmmaking skills and express their unique stories, while engaging in a bit of friendly competition.

Wicisi: Write It, Crew It & Shoot It!

Write it, Crew it & Shoot, an 8-week online course carefully designed to lay the foundation for turning your story into a short film. In the 8-weeks, participants refine their idea, develop their story and highlight the specific need-to-know tools to help them understand the production process. Along the way, attendees will have the support of fellow classmates who are building their film projects, too.

Phyllite Foundation

Phyllite Foundation

Phyllite Foundation is committed to give voice to motivated, yet underrepresented BIPOC communities through educational film programs and projects. We support creative projects that are not only entertaining, but address social issues through the medium of film.