Production Attracts Praise for KITS from High-Profile Staf and Set
Volunteers
In late August 2022, Kids In The Spotlight Kids In The Spotlight Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) produced Rite of Passage, a short film
written by and starring transitional age youth enrolled in KITS’ University of Southern University of Southern University of Southern
California California California-located Script-to-Screen Script-to-Screen Script-to-Screen summer program.
Rite of Passage tells the story of two
brothers in the middle of a fight who get
trapped in a mysterious elevator that
reveals to them blood has nothing to do
with family.
Stunt coordination training for Rite of
Passage was an important part of the
actors’ preparation for filming a fight
scene. Watch this training session with
stunt master Jahlil Wallace Jahlil Wallace Jahlil Wallace (Doom
Patrol, Star Trek: Picard, Rebel Moon) and
KITS youth.
The film, shot at Ideal Sets Ideal Sets Ideal Sets and Kayne Kayne
Eras Center – Exceptional Children’s Eras Center – Exceptional Children’s Eras Center – Exceptional Children’s
Foundation (ECF), Foundation (ECF), Foundation (ECF), was directed by
Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures executive Grant Grant
Housley Housley Housley (Senior Manager Mastering, Worldwide Technical Operations).
“What I love most about Kids In The Spotlight is seeing young
people at such a vital age take on the challenge of creating
and starring in their own Rlms,” Housley said.
Housley has directed six other KITS short
films: Treachery in Boyle Heights (2021),
Exemplary (2019), Hide & Seek (2018), The
Angel of St. Catherine’s Academy (2017),
Fade Away (2016), and Moops Muted Life
(2015). Housley explained what brings him
back to KITS again and again:
“Directing Rite of Passage, it was an
amazing experience for me and for my
crew to watch these young adults change and become not only the characters, but also
change their attitude and understanding of what the world can actually offer them,” Housley
said.
“I look forward to seeing their faces when
they come to the KITS Film Awards KITS Film Awards KITS Film Awards KITS Film Awards and
see their finished work.”
Their finished work will be supported by
Housley’s Paramount team assisting with
color correction, sound mixing, and more!
Emmy Award Emmy Award Emmy Award-winning documentarian
(Defending the Homeland), Disney+ Disney+ Disney+ staff
writer (The Proud Family: Louder and
Prouder) and KITS Film Awards event
producer Tiffany Thomas Muwwakkil Tiffany Thomas Muwwakkil Tiffany Thomas Muwwakkil
served as a producer on Rite of Passage,
as did filmmaker Michele Ly Michele Ly Michele Ly (Jucy, San
Gabriel Valley). Dana Kippel Dana Kippel Dana Kippel (Reflect,
Hellhounds) served as the associate
producer.
The film’s Director of Photography, Snowfall gaffer Justin Dickson Justin Dickson Justin Dickson, brought some of his
crew from the hit FXFX show to help out on the set and mentor young people working behind
the scenes, including Streetlights-certified P.A. Streetlights-certified P.A. Streetlights-certified P.A. and KITS alumnus Joseph Roa Joseph Roa Joseph Roa.
Kayla Young Kayla Young Kayla Young, producer on The The Kelly Clarkson Show Kelly Clarkson Show Kelly Clarkson Show (TKCS), volunteered on the set—and
not for the first time. She also worked on the set of Run, another film premiering this
November. Kayla served as grip alongside Joseph, thanks to the lighting and grip package
provided by MBS Production Services MBS Production Services MBS Production Services and Radford Studio Center Radford Studio Center Radford Studio Center.
Following an in-kind partnership between KITS and the Snap Academy Snap Academy Snap Academy, Snap Inc. Snap Inc. Snap Inc. scholar
Tyler Cooper Tyler Cooper Tyler Cooper volunteered on the 2-day shoot.
In a social media post, Cooper wrote, “This weekend I had the privilege of doing some PA
and background work for Kids In The Spotlight, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps
foster and inner-city youth write and act in their own short films with the help of seasoned
Hollywood veterans. The organization gives youth the hands-on experience they need to
enter careers in film.
“Not only that, but they
create a kind and loving
environment which
makes it easier for the
youth to follow their
direction. I moved from
NY to LA three years ago,
and for the Rrst time, I
felt at home, with KITS.”
She concluded, “I am thankful that I was
able to be a part of this film and I can’t
wait to do some more work.” Cooper will
support social media promotion for the
2022 KITS Film Awards.
Once again, HUGE THANKS to our partners who make this all possible: Radford Studio Radford Studio Radford Studio
Center Center and MBS Equipment Company MBS Equipment Company MBS Equipment Company for providing a grip/lighting package in-kind for
this 2-day shoot, Sam Shot It Sam Shot It Sam Shot It for the camera package, BEN at NBCUniversal BEN at NBCUniversal BEN at NBCUniversal and
Impeccable Taste Catering Impeccable Taste Catering Impeccable Taste Catering for providing meals and craft services and Make-up Make-up Make-up
Designory (MUD) Designory (MUD) Designory (MUD) for providing makeup volunteers