Earlier this month, Kids In The Spotlight Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) shot Scripted and Run, its first productions
of the 2022 Script-to-Screen program. Scripted was written and performed by teens (12-17)
enrolled in the KITS Script-to-Screen cohort at Inglewood’s Legacy Arts Connection (LAC) Legacy Arts Connection (LAC)
in partnership with Silver Screen Pictures Silver Screen Pictures. Run was written and performed by our
transitional age youth (18-22), including interns from She Ready Foundation She Ready Foundation, also enrolled
in the cohort at LAC.
Directed by Julia Verdin Julia Verdin, Scripted tells the story of a group of film students who set out to
produce a movie for a class—then discover the film they’re shooting has started to mirror
their lives, and that one of them might be killed.
Verdin also directed Brown, a 2019 KITS
film. KITS alumnus Joseph Roa Joseph Roa, Brown
co-writer and co-star, reunited with his
former director on the Scripted set,
working behind the scenes as a grip.
“Joseph has a great future ahead of him,”
Verdin said about Roa, who is currently
working in production full time after
completing the Streetlights Streetlights Production
Assistant Training program and
subsequent grip training they offered at
Radford Studio Center Radford Studio Center.
KITS youth Daniel Williams Daniel Williams also worked
on the Scripted set as a PA. KITS acting
mentor Antonio D. Charity Antonio D. Charity joined the
set to provide support for the cast.
Directed by Brandon Broady Brandon Broady, Run hones in on a unique and authentic story about mental
health, addressing the stigmas that cause people to hide their issues and/or prevent them
from not getting the mental health care help they need.
Run is the seventh film Broady has directed with Kids In The Spotlight. Returning with him
was Director of Photography Sam Akinyele Sam Akinyele, who has shot KITS films with both Broady and
Abdul Malik Abbott Abdul Malik Abbott.
“For many of the foster
youth, this is the 9rst 9lm
they’ve ever acted in. I
was really proud of them
because they really
brought the emotion,”
Broady shared, “It feels
really good to make such
a moving piece.”
Supporting the youth, She Ready Foundation founder and actress Tiffany Haddish Tiffany Haddish made a
cameo appearance in their film. Two youth served behind the camera as Script Supervisor
and Boom Operator on their film. Kayla Young Kayla Young, producer on The Kelly Clarkson Show The Kelly Clarkson Show,
joined as a volunteer on set. And LAC’s own Kristina Bolden served as both costume and set
KITS thanks The Camera Division The Camera Division for providing the Scripted production with an in-kind
camera package. Huge thanks to Radford Studio Center Radford Studio Center and MBS Equipment MBS Equipment
Company Company for providing a grip/lighting package in-kind on both sets and to Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
Property Department Property Department for the in-kind props for both productions. Thanks also go out to
Impeccable Taste Catering Impeccable Taste Catering for delivering breakfast, lunch, and craft services; Make-up Make-up
Designory (MUD) Designory (MUD) for providing makeup volunteers on both sets; and Ke from Komé Beauty
for doing hair on the set of Run. It takes a village!