Youth FX End of Year Celebration and Fund Raiser Dec 13th at Opalka

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Youth FX is planning an end of year celebration at The Opalka Gallery on December 13th. It will be a fundraiser benefitting the many programs offered by Youth FX.

Come celebrate all that Youth FX has accomplished over the past year as they continue to build an organization dedicated to empowering young people through filmmaking and digital media. Founded and led by people of color and young people, Youth FX strives to elevate the skills and amplify the voices of filmmakers ages 10-24 from marginalized communities and to support their growth by building connections to the broader film industry.

As Youth FX prepares for 2020, they have lots of new ideas and plans to expand programs for young people in the City of Albany, which currently include our 5 week Summer Intensive, Open Lab after-school workshops, and 5 Hour Film Projects. Our national fellowship program, NeXt Doc, continues to build a strong community of emerging documentary filmmakers of color, and the group is in the process of developing exciting new workforce opportunities. Youth FX is also growing their in-house 11production company Rogue FX, hiring former students, and developing a pilot for Krank Park, an Albany-based original TV series inspired by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte! AND will be launching South End Cinema, a new film screening series in the Spring of 2020.

To celebrate, Youth FX is having a party Friday December 13th at Opalka Gallery for a festive evening as we celebrate the young people in our community who have found or amplified their voices through Youth FX programs. This celebration will feature food and drinks from local restaurants, exclusive screening of new works by Youth FX filmmakers, honoring of the 2019 Youth FX Rising Star and Trailblazer Awardees, and music by DJ Trumaster and DJ Intell Hayesfield.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to supporting FREE programming that reaches over 500 young people each year in the City of Albany and beyond! Find out more about Youth FX by visiting the website. Tickets are on sale now here.

**There is plenty of parking behind the gallery and beside the Sage Armory. There is also on street parking available.

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