Introducing Girls & Production in collaboration with a/perture cinema

What Is It And Who Is It For?

Girls and Production (GAP) is an after-school program featuring a semester of seminars geared towards films about and made by women, followed by a semester of learning beginning technical filmmaking skills, and culminating in several short student films. An a/perture cinema and Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts program, this course will provide students from ages 14 to 18 with a nuanced understanding of gendered and female representation in film alongside fundamental filmmaking skills that will equip them to actively participate in the growing movement to bring more female filmmakers into the industry of movie-making!


We have launched a crowd-funding campaign and we are asking for support from our community to make this pilot program a reality. Visit our campaign page to see the various ways to make an impact and learn about the fun incentives we have in store for you. Any donation amount will help us reach our goal of $5,000!

Your involvement is critical to launching this program and we are enlisting your help to spread the word with fellow friends and family. We are so thankful for your support!

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The G.A.P Seminar Series, Fall Semester

For the seminar-based portion of the program, we’ll be watching segments and clips from films drawn from a variety of cultures, genres, and female voices in film and will be followed by discussions among the group!

Filmmaking 101, Spring Semester

For the filmmaking-based portion of the program, we’ll be teaching the girls foundational and beginning filmmaking skills, including: shot composition and basic directing terms and techniques, lens use and basic cinematography terms and techniques, sound design, lighting, set design, and post production film editing. The girls will each have an iPhone to practice their skills, as well as a variety of lenses and filmmaking equipment to share. They will each make at least one 3-minute short on their own that they will both write and direct, and will spend the last week working in teams to create two, seven-minute short films that will screen at the culmination of the year-long program.

When And Where?

  • Orientation at a/perture cinema: Wednesday,  9/19, 5:00 PM
  • Fall Semester: 8 Wednesdays 9/26 – 11/14, 4:30-6:30 PM
    a/perture cinema (311 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101)
  • Spring Semester: 10 Wednesdays 1/16 – 3/31, 4:30-6:30 PM
    Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts (251 N. Spruce St, Winston Salem, NC 27101)

How to Apply

We have just started accepting applicants for the program, and can have up to 12 girls from various high schools throughout Winston-Salem. Please use this link to apply.


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