AT&T and Hello Sunshine team up again for second year of filmmaker lab

15 Aug 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

AT&T and Hello Sunshine, in partnership with Fresh Films, teamed up again for its second year of the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, an immersive, eight-day skills-building and mentorship program committed to developing diverse talent behind the camera and addressing the gender imbalance in the entertainment industry. Working with AT&T’s family of WarnerMedia companies, including Warner Bros. and HBO, the Filmmaker Lab focuses on finding and fostering the next generation of young women who have a passion for storytelling and content creation.

The 20 participants, ages 16-19, selected for the 2019 class traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the Filmmaker Lab, which focuses on driving positive change within their communities and beyond with the original content they create. This year’s program, which ran from July 13-20, equipped participants with tools and skills in production, directing, audio and camera as they worked together to shoot a documentary short film to add to their work folios and ignite their career in filmmaking. Participants also gained unforgettable advice and made connections with female industry powerhouses.

By empowering these aspiring female filmmakers and investing in their futures, AT&T and the family of WarnerMedia companies continue to support underrepresented voices.

The short, airing on AT&T social channels, DirecTV and DirecTV Now platforms, showcases the students’ development and film content that features personal stories and expertise from female entertainment leaders such as Pam Lifford (President, Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences), Chantal Nong (VP, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures/DC), Afnahn Khan (SVP, Post Production, Warner Bros. Pictures), Kat McCaffrey (VP, Drama Programming, HBO), and producer, actress and founder of Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon.

Check out the 2019 lab here.