A still from director Nathan Pfaff’s documentary, ‘Film School Africa.’

What would inspire someone who has a quickly growing career in the film industry in Hollywood to give up everything to move to Africa? The power to create an environment that allows students learn the true impact of storytelling was a lucrative enough reason for casting director Katie Taylor.

The casting director understood the importance of leaving her lucrative career in Los Angeles behind in order to instead teach filmmaking to youth in an impoverished community in South Africa. Her battle to overturn an environment that was resistant towards art and film is showcased in the upcoming documentary, ‘Film School Africa.’

In honor of Global Digital Releasing distributing ‘Film School Africa’ On Demand this Friday, January 17, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from the movie. The clip follows Taylor as she chronicles her experience interviewing the students in the new filmmaking program in the South African community. She notes that their growing bond allowed the students to share their vulnerabilities, including their feelings over losing loved ones.

Global Digital Releasing has unveiled the following synopsis for ‘Film School Africa,’ which was directed by Nathan Pfaff:

Katie Taylor leaves a quickly growing career in the film industry in LA in order to teach film to youth in an impoverished township in South Africa. Thinking it will mainly help give the students skills and knowledge towards employment, she quickly realizes the students use their films as a means of self-expression and as art-therapy. The story follow the students of FSA as they experience the joy and hardships of filming in the most unlikely of places, and learn the power of story and how film can transcend culture and color.

ShockYa's Exclusive 'Film School Africa' Clip
ShockYa's Exclusive 'Film School Africa' Clip

ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from director Nathan Pfaff's documentary, 'Film School Africa.'

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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