Elizabeth English, Martin Sandberg, Jenny Petersson, Austin Fite, Lauren Fite, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall dedicate the new MediaSpace at The Archer School. Photo by Westside People
The Archer School for Girls in Brentwood opened a new high tech media lab for its students this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy.
Kennedy said it was important that more women work in the entertainment industry at all levels.
“Girls are not looking at the business of show business,” she said. “Having a better understanding of what that means is important and will go a long way toward closing the gender gap.”
Head of School Elizabeth English said the lab will provide the students at this all-girl school the opportunities to succeed in media and film. Just 21 percent of filmmakers, 7 percent of directors and 20 percent of writers are women. Just 20 percent of films, too, have a female protagonist, she said.
“The message our daughters are getting on television is depressing,” English said. “And the way you get to change that is to make more women in control of that content.”
Archer School’s MediaSpace has the latest in digital video technology with 12 editing bays, a sound proof recording studio and a lighting studio with an infinity wall and green screen. In the coming years it will serve as the hub for the school’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program and help students to further elevate their submissions to the school’s annual student-run film festival.
The new facility dedicated this week was made possible by generous contributions from the Ahmanson Foundation, Archer parents Martin Sandberg and Jenny Petersson, and Archer alumnae parents Lauren and Austin Fine.
For more about The Archer School for Girls visit Archer.org.
Students at The Archer School for Girls demonstrated their new MediaSpace last week. Photo by Westside People
Anabella Ronson-Benenati, Jordan Albertsone and Ali Kiley show off the new lighting studio at The Archer School for Girls. Photo by Westside People.