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

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Chazz Palminteri, Grace Hightower, Robert De Niro

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 Ghetto Film School (GHS). The annual event, held this year at The Standard Hotel, celebrated cinematic education by handing out scholarships to some of the kids involved in GHS’s not-for-profit program.

Founded in 2000, GHS is the nation’s first film high school. Located in the Bronx, 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.” Joe Hall, the founder and president of the school, was also in attendance and gave a speech.

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Fran Lebowitz

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