LOS ANGELES — Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico have partnered with mitú, the leading Latino media brand aimed at elevating and celebrating Latino youth through mainstream media, to discover and fund the projects of 10 talented Latino filmmakers. The partnership is part of mitú's ACCELERATOR, an ongoing mentorship and fellowship program for digital content creators, filmmakers, writers and animators.
The five-week intensive ACCELERATOR program will give Latino filmmakers senior-level mentorship opportunities, hands-on training, and technical and creative resources from mitú's production team. Nearly all of the filmmakers attend school in Southern California. Their projects will tell stories on the power of travel:
- Melissa Carmona, a student at CSU Fullerton, will travel to New Orleans to tell the story of her struggle with depression and PTSD, and explain her belief that young people can be inspired to use travel as a method of healing and self-discovery.
- David Zepeda, a film and digital media graduate from UC Santa Cruz, wants to investigate the whereabouts of his uncle, whom his family hasn't seen since 1980. His mother believes his uncle may have passed away, while his grandfather, a devout religious man, believes he is still alive with a family. David feels he owes it to his family to search for his uncle one last time.
- Another filmmaker graduate from CSU Fullerton, Brenda Saucedo, plays instruments made from garbage to show how the band gives back to their poverty-stricken community.
These are a few of the stories that will come to life through Delta and Aeromexico's support of the ACCELERATOR program.
Beatriz Acevedo, co-founder and President of mitú, said, "We're incredibly excited to partner with Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico to give a voice to the next generation of Latino filmmakers. Together we're committed to supporting them in telling their stories."
Participants will fly with Delta or Aeroméxico to their destination of choice within the U.S. or Mexico to produce their projects. The five-week intensive program will end with a screening of the videos at a premiere event at United Talent Agency in January 2018. The filmmakers will then be able to use the video they created in their portfolio.
Delta and Aeromexico are the latest partners to join mitú's ACCELERATOR. Other mitú partners have included Sony Pictures Animation, The Annenberg Foundation, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bixel Exchange, Los Angeles' Center for Innovation and Technology.
As part of their partnership, Delta and Aeromexico work together on engagement projects such as the ACCELERATOR program, focusing on organizations that support the Latino communities the airlines serve.
For more information, visit https://www.mituaccelerator.com/delta-accelerator-program/.