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"I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera." -Gordon Parks


How it all began...

Focused.Arts.Media.eDucation. was founded in 2013 by filmmaker and educator, Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop. Carter-Bishop utilizes a hands-on approach and her extensive background in education to teach young people the art or making media that matters in their communities. She has developed in-school residencies as well as summer documentary workshops for youth. Projects produced by students have screened in international film festivals and in local screenings at schools, libraries, and community events. Her curriculm is based the concepts of Media Literacy Educationon and the theory of Design Thinking where film is used as a solution to real-world issues in communities. Youth that have participated in FAMe programming have gone on to colleges to major in film production and studies. FAMe is currently based in North Texas in the DFW area but has roots in Cleveland, Ohio where it all began. 


Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop is a filmmaker and teacher of film to people of all ages. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she received her BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Chicago and her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has spent more than a decade teaching various community groups how to make documentaries that promote social change and using media as a tool for activism. She has worked with non-profits across the country teaching film as well as in academia including Temple University, Oberlin College, and currently at the University of North Texas.

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