Robert De Niro Honored at the Ghetto Film School’s Benefit Gala

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by Adel Manoukian

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Last week, Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro was honored at a benefit gala hosted by the (). The annual event, held this year at , celebrated cinematic education by handing out scholarships to some of the kids involved in ’s not-for-profit program.

Founded in 2000, GHS is the nation’s first film high school. Located in the , their programs reach out to teens in all five boroughs, teaching the art of filmmaking to inspire future generations.

De Niro praised the school in his acceptance speech, calling it “progressive.” , the founder and president of the school, was also in attendance and gave a speech.

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