Hollywood Is A Game And It Changes Everyday — Alex Munoz

Film Courage: Why do people fail in Hollywood?

Alex Munoz, Filmmaker and Founder of FYI Films: I actually think more people fail in Hollywood than succeed because it’s a game and what people don’t understand is the game changes every day.

You have to know how the machine works. If you don’t know how the machine works you’re not going to get your work out there and you will not have doors opening for your success.

Also I think some people stumble and fail because they haven’t taken the time to develop their craft as storytellers and filmmakers. You really have to have it down. You really have to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 


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FYI Films Mission: 

FYI Films empowers youth affected by the juvenile justice system to improve their lives and become self-reliant. Through media literacy and the creative story-telling process, youth find their voice and gain valuable skills that are transferable to all areas of their life. 

About FYI Films:

Founded in 2004, FYI FILMS has produced over thirty-five film workshops with youth in LA County, Guam and Hawaii. In these workshops, youth write, direct and perform their own short narrative films based on their past. By making films informed by their own immediate history, the process of filmmaking helps them to gain perspective on their lives. FYI FILMS regularly screens these films to policy makers, giving them insight into the lives of young people from economically disadvantaged communities, and thus helps inform them as they craft policy regarding juvenile offenders. FYI FILMS is a high impact program, and through a three year study, has proven to put a serious dent into recidivism rates in LA County. 

FYI FILMS continues to change the lives of incarcerated youth. To date, the organization has helped to make over fifty-five films by offering high impact film workshops to a population that is both underserved and marginalized. FYI FILMS believes that every young person deserves a second chance to turn their lives around. Telling stories helps incarcerated youth gain invaluable perspective on their lives. By giving them the tools to make short, dramatic films based on their own personal and immediate history, it renders their past unrepeatable. 


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