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Josephson, who was instrumental in beginning the program, pointed to the districts’ low college admissions record and a lack of funding for extracurricular activities as the reason why this program is vital for the community and ultimately the nation. While money is dwindling for activities outside of the classroom, Dreammakers will provide a real-world experience for students who have a desire to get into the film industry. The BHUSD Board of Education has also signed a letter of support, citing the programs to be beneficial for students. Chief Engineer for the Lennon Bus, Jeff Sobel is acting as a producer of the program, overseeing all aspects of it and interacting with the students to help them achieve their goals. He said the Dreammakers program, which is an afterschool and weekend program, gives students opportunities they can’t find in the classroom. “It’s a real world project,” Sobel said. “They are actually going to produce something that has a potential place in the real world, which means dealing with real-world problems.” Another important aspect of the program, Sobel noted, is the nation-wide collaboration.

So far, the program has brought together students from Beverly High, Lou Dantzler High, the Success Through the Arts and Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology in Virginia, the #1 school in the country from 2007 - 2011. Thomas Jefferson students will be responsible for the online components. “I think the inter-district collaboration is an extremely powerful aspect (of the program),” Sobel said. “If it were just kids from one school, they would be in their comfort zones.” Kristiane Forrer’s daughter Quinn will participate in Dreammakers. Although Forrer initially had apprehensions, after learning about the program she said she’s excited. “I think it’s an amazing opportunity,” Forrer said. “Ideally the program will do really well and she was part of the beginning of it. (Dreammakers) is a cool legacy not just for the school, but for the kids.” Having a job for every interest, Zoe said the program will be inspiring for participants. It will help those struggling in school find a niche. “This program will push everyone to experiment and see what they’re good at. That is going to open up so many doors for everyone later on in life,” Zoe said. The students will be responsible for creating a pilot

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television episode from forming a production company to casting to developing the show to shooting to editing. But they won’t have to do it alone. Part of the program will be providing professional mentors for the students. “Usually you have to get an internship or be lucky to find that mentorship and we’re building it into the program,” Sobel said. The Dreammakers group has already met twice at Frederick Douglas High School, which is in a church. They created a rough sketch for the show. The first round of casting, to find other interested students, will take place on Oct. 22 in the Salter Theater at BHHS. The kids will be video conferencing every Monday with students from Thomas Jefferson. Josephson said the group plans to begin shooting in March or April, after everyone is trained. “We want to start doing things as fast as possible but with the best quality possible,” She said. “I don’t want to go to school tomorrow, I just want to keep doing this.” For more information on Dreammakers or casting, visit

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wearing the “beaux bijoux” and debuting fashion designer Kevan Hall's “drop-dead glamorous” evening gowns. French DJ Diamond will perform under the floating, Murano chandeliers and Aqua Creations by Unici. Proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation's Juvenile Arthritis programs. The evening will inaugurate a spectacular three-day trunk show, which will showcase seven jewelers who embody French expertise, quality and craftsmanship. This trunk show will be launched at Jewels by Nasrin Imani. The closing night reception on Oct. 20, 5 to 8 p.m., will be

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proximately $100,000. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Alex Cherniss said the money is going to come from the current unrestricted reserve. The district will face midyear and end-of-the-year cuts. Cherniss said the district will face a $3 million fair share reduction, which has already been budgeted for, and there could be additional cuts of up to $600,000. However, Cherniss said these cuts will not affect the li-

BEVERLY HILLS held at Perrin Paris, a boutique offering luxury leather goods in Beverly Hills. Executive Chef Mark Kearney will be saluting France with his signature hors d'oeuvres and savoir-faire, with Maine lobster blinis and blood orange champagne jus, and filet mignon tartare on a crispy purple fingerling potato. While living in Paris, Chef Mark studied French cuisine and haute couture with his friends Giorgio Armani and Patrick Demarchelier, and the House of Dior. The trunk show, at Jewels by Nasrin Imani, 9777 Wilshire Blvd, is open to the public by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 310-2757515. For more information, visit

brary media teachers. Board President Lisa Korbatov, who has continued to push for the addition of library media teachers back to the BHUSD, said many BHUSD children including her own, have never seen a librarian in a BHUSD library. “I hope this will be the beginning of growth and thriving for all curriculum,” Korbatov said. “I hope this is the beginning of turning a corner. There is Arts for All and Literacy for All, anything to safeguard growth for children in all areas is important.

BHC 10-14-2011  

Beverly Hills Courier October 14, 2011 Edition

BHC 10-14-2011  

Beverly Hills Courier October 14, 2011 Edition