Young Storytellers Foundation
In 1997, a group of young screenwriters learned that Los Angeles public schools were cutting creative arts programs from the budget. Knowing the value arts-education held in their own lives, they created a volunteer-based creative arts program they could take directly into public schools at no cost to the school. In 2003, this program became a 501c3 Non Profit Organization. Today, we serve students in Elementary, Middle, and High School, and in a Foster Care Center. We also run summer camps, workshops, and other special programming around Los Angeles.
The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, we provide under-served children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance.Our mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.
At the core of our programming are thousands of adult volunteers who donate their time to mentor individual students and perform their works on stage. When individuals from the entertainment industry step into public school classrooms to work with students, a critical gap between communities and the businesses that operate within their borders is bridged.
Each year, we provide programming to approximately 700 students in the greater Los Angeles area. Nearly 4,000 students attended the public performances of the work written by these talented children. 100% of students in our programs complete a finished script and see it performed.
David Guy Levy
Filmmaker David Guy Levy, who has been singled out by Variety for being "on the cusp of a major breakthrough in their careers,” has amassed a number of producing and directing credits that already has him on a trajectory that is trending upward.
In 2011, without a script or crew, David directed the experimental film “A Love Affair of Sorts” using only two Flip cameras. The film found itself a U.S. theatrical release.
Recently, IFC Films/IFC Midnight released David's latest directorial effort, a psychological thriller called “Would You Rather”, which stars Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, and Sasha Grey. After a healthy Theatrical and VOD run, the film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD July 9, 2013.
Since the formation of Periscope Entertainment in 2004, Levy has also helped produce such films as Azazel Jacob's “Terri”, starring John C. Reilly, and Austin Chick's "August", starring Josh Hartnett. He is also co-producing the remake of the seminal 80s film "Monster Squad" along with Michael Bay and his team at Platinum Dunes for Paramount Pictures.
Born in New York, Levy grew up living in between Manhattan and Africa, where his parents made their living as wildlife photographers and filmmakers.
A graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, Jeff has been working as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Comic Book Artist and occasional painter for the past 16 years. Some notable comic book projects he has worked on are covers for Samuel L. Jacksons' 'Cold Space', Top Cows' 'Witchblade' Mark Waids' 'Irredeemable' and now covers and sequentials for the upcoming David Guy Levy's 'Back to Back to the Future'. Jeff currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.