Outdoor Movie Night: FYI Films screening at Barnsdall Art Park

FYI Films will screen 2 films this Saturday, October 10th at Barnsdall Art Park. This is part of their outdoor movie series. You can pack a picnic and enjoy a great night out.

Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite – HERE
  • $15 for movie tickets
  • $25 for movies plus wine tasting
FYI will screen All For Nothing and Coming Home before the feature film – Stand and Deliver. We will have Board Members and Alumni present to talk about FYI. So come on out for a fun night out!

Barnsdall Art Park

4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
5:00pm9:30pm in PDT
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Films by Youth Inside latest workshop with Native American Youth in Colorado

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Youth Present “ESCAPE”

Subhead: A Native American Youth Short Narrative Film in Partnership with FYI Films

Los Angeles, CA: Imagine you are a young person living in a community where the poverty rate is 40%, where alcoholism, tobacco use and juvenile crime are rampant, and your community is overwhelmed by many other health, social and economic issues. Just for a moment, put yourself in the shoes of that young person trying to grow up in such a community. You might feel hopeless or even depressed thinking about your future. But instead, the youth of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe decided to take a more positive approach by learning filmmaking to tell their stories of life on the reservation to help lift them up and inspire other youth to make different choices. Their first short film, called “Escape”, is scheduled to premiere October 4 in Cortez at the Sunflower Theatre and October 6 in Durango at the Gaslight Theater. The film centers around two misfit teens who are tempted to end their lives in order to escape their harsh and oppressive circumstances. The youth’s courage in telling the story is mind-blowing. They address critical issues that they deal with on a daily basis. “Escape” addresses extremely sensitive topics in a very engaging manner such as teen violence, poverty, substance abuse, bullying, homophobia, and domestic abuse.

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Photo by Anthony Two Moons

During a two week period this summer, seventeen youth participated in a film workshop directed by award-winning filmmaker Alex Munoz, Founder and Creative Director of Films by Youth Inside. While his previous work has focused on incarcerated youth, Munoz agreed to customize the film production workshop for Native American youth on the Reservation and the results were amazing. “I’d put some of these young actors in a Hollywood film in a heartbeat”, said Munoz after seeing their acting performances on the big screen. With no previous experience prior to the workshop, these youth learned to write scripts; perform the roles; design costumes, make-up and movie sets; record sound; photograph and film, and direct a motion picture film using state of the art professional equipment donated by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Seagate Technology. We are grateful for the support of the Sunflower Theatre for sponsoring the Cortez screening.


Photo by Anthony Two Moons

Funding for the project was provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Office of Justice Services, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Center for Rural Outreach & Public Services. Tickets are available by invitation only and can be obtained from the youth of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe or calling Beverly Santicola at 866-843-3493. For more info on FYI films visit www.filmsbyyouthinside.org.

FYI Films Mention in Huffington Post

Earlier this year, FYI Founder, Alex Munoz and Program Director, Leisle Bartley joined other community leaders and organizations at the Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat in Colorado. The retreat was organized to help find solutions to the national crisis facing Native children in the U.S. today.

This very informative article, penned by retreat facilitator Reiner Lomb, highlights the key areas of focus and underscores how much work is required.


ALL FOR NOTHING Screens at Garifuna Film Festival

ALL FOR NOTHING, created by youth at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) will also screen at the Garifuna Film Festival in Venice Memorial Day Weekend.

Join us at the Electric Lodge:

Sunday, May 24th at 1:15pm

Electric Lodge Theater

1416 Electric Avenue

Venice CA 90291

Purchase tickets



FYI Founder, Alex Munoz will be hosting a workshop on Saturday at the film festival – come check it out!

Saturday May 23rd at 10:00am


ALL FOR NOTHING Screens at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

FYI Films debuted the film, ALL FOR NOTHING, created by youth at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), during the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival late last month. The film was a tremendous success with audience members and FYI supporters commenting on the profound, yet humorous message the film conveyed.

Following the screening, FYI hosted a reception for festival goers, supporters and family to learn more, enjoy great food, and engage with those in attendance.

A special thanks to FYI alum and board member Davis Herrera Landeros; Davion FYI alum; and FYI alum and one of the stars in ALL FOR NOTHING, Adrian Kelly, for talking about their experiences while providing highlights of what they are doing now.

Thank you to FYI Advisory Board members Thelma Hechanova (Guam) and Kim Coco Iwamoto (Hawaii) for attending and making remarks.

Finally, much appreciation to all of the FYI supporters that made it out to the festival. Without your continued support, none of this would be possible.

We have several things in the pipeline so stay tuned for more very soon!

FYI Alumni and ALL FOR NOTHING star Adrian Kelly makes remarks during the LAAPFF reception.

FYI Alumni and ALL FOR NOTHING star Adrian Kelly makes remarks during the LAAPFF reception.

(left to right): FYI Advisory Board (Hawaii) member Kim Coco Iwamoto, Māhealani Yamashita, FYI Founder Alex Munoz, and FYI Advisory Board (Guam) member Thelma Hechanova at the FYI LAAPFF reception in LA.

(left to right): FYI Advisory Board (Hawaii) member Kim Coco Iwamoto, Māhealani Yamashita, FYI Founder Alex Munoz, and FYI Advisory Board (Guam) member Thelma Hechanova at the FYI LAAPFF reception in LA.

FYI Alumni and board member Davis Herrera Landeros joins FYI board member Maite Zabala-Alday for a quick picture during a reception following LAAPFF screening of ALL FOR NOTHNG.

FYI Alumni and board member Davis Herrera Landeros joins FYI board member Maite Zabala-Alday for a quick picture during a reception following LAAPFF screening of ALL FOR NOTHNG.

FYI Guam Advisory Board member Thelma Hechanova makes remarks during the FYI LAAPFF reception in LA.

FYI Founder and Creative Director Alex Munoz is joined by Māhealani Yamashita following her Hawaiian blessing to kick off the FYI LAAPFF reception in Los Angeles.

FYI board members, advisory board members, alumni and supports pose for a picture during the FYI LAAPFF reception.

(left to right) FYI alumni Davis, Davion, and Adrian prepare to make remarks during the FYI LAAPFF reception in LA.

All For Nothing At LA Asian Pacific Film Festival – THIS WEEKEND!

This weekend, ALL FOR NOTHING, the film developed by youth at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) will be featured at the 2015 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.


Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 11:45 AM

Location: Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Tickets and Information:

Phone: (213) 380-4462

Email: info@vconline.org

Tickets are FREE, but you do need a printed ticket to attend




RECEPTION TO FOLLOW (walking distance):

Liliya China Bistro

108 West 2nd Street 102

Los Angeles, CA 90012


We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Clifton Morris on the set of REGRET at Camp Afflerbaugh

Clifton Morris on the set of REGRET at Camp Afflerbaugh

Courtney Sauls on the set of REGRET at Camp Afflerbaugh

Courtney Sauls on the set of REGRET at Camp Afflerbaugh

We are putting the final touches on the film REGRET, created by the youth from Camp Afflerbaugh, our latest workshop, which just wrapped. Stay tuned for more details and information on a screening in the coming weeks.

The young people at Camp Afflerbaugh were among the most energetic, eager group of youth we’ve worked with. They are truly an inspiring group of young men and we thank them for their immense enthusiasm on this project. Also, thank you to the team at Camp Afflerbaugh and LA County Probation for helping us to make the workshop happen.

In the meantime, here are a few shots from the set. Courtney Sauls (starred in Dear White People) and Clifton Morris (from Griot’s Lament) joined the youth and made appearances in the film. Thanks Courtney and Clifton for supporting the young people at Camp Afflerbaugh and FYI Films!

More on REGRET and other projects coming very soon!




Next FYI Workshop Begins in LA County

20150128_143158Today, the FYI Films team began its next workshop at Los Angeles County’s Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige in La Verne! We are excited to meet our next class of filmmakers and hope that the skills and experiences they learn along the way will help them moving forward.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days!

Films By Youth Inside Screening Los Angeles

The FYI private screening brought together creative, business, government, and community leaders from Los Angeles to discuss the impact of FYI and the critical importance of empowering incarcerated youth to transform their lives.

The event was the first Los Angeles screening of “All for Nothing”, written and directed by youth at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.

A special thanks to Barbara Rothman and the Rothman Family Foundation for their generous contribution to improving the lives of incarcerated youth.

Learn More and Help FYI Continue to Change the Lives of Incarcerated Youth:

FYI Board of Directors
Alex Munoz, Founder and Artistic Director
Maite Zabala-Alday, Co-Chair
Todd Mendeloff, Co-Chair
Natalie Asawesna, Treasurer
Matt Tecle, Secretary
Fr. Michael D. Gutierrez
Darryll Harrison, Jr.
Kim Parker
Elizabeth Stanley
Davis Herrera
Casey Eiseman


“All For Nothing” Screens in Hawaii

Recently, FYI Films partnered with Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) in Honolulu to screen the latest FYI film, All For Nothing, created by youth at the Hawaii Youth Correction Facility (HYCF).

A few members of the FYI team were joined by the FYI Hawaii Advisory Board, youth film makers from HYCF, as well as other distinguished guests from MOCA, HYCF, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s office, and Hawai’i People’s Fund.

Thank you for all that joined us. A special thank you to Misty Kela’i from MOCA, HYCF Warden Mark Patterson, HYCF PO Mac McMoore, and our outstanding Advisory Board whose guidance and support has not only helped the organization continue to grow, but who without the screening would not have been possible.

Stay tuned for more programming in California in the coming weeks!





FYI Films Gearing Up for Upcoming Workshops

We are gearing up for our next round of workshops in Los Angeles County later this year!
As we prepare, on Thursday, July 17th, FYI Films held a training for new instructors for several upcoming workshops. Founder Alex Munoz, facilitated the session as 13 prospective trainers and 4 board members received a comprehensive deep dive into the process that the youth will experience. We are looking forward to upcoming workshop dates as we have many inspired, eager new instructors!
Stay tuned for more details, coming soon…
Special thanks to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles for the space!
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Two FYI FILMS Screen at Garifuna Film Festival

Two FYI Films will be screened at the 3rd annual Garifuna International Film Festival (GIFF)on Monday, May 26. “Born Fo Bang” and “Struggle”, both projects created as part of FYI workshops at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, will screen beginning at 10:50 a.m. followed by a Q&A with FYI Founder and Creative Director, Alex Munoz.

End your Memorial Day weekend by supporting FYI and taking in many excellent films!

About GIFF
The Garifuna International Film Festival (GIFF) returns to the Los Angeles area Saturday, May 24 for its third annual celebration and to highlight preservation of indigenous cultures. The festival, which will be held at Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center, 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice, will showcase exceptional films, documentaries, music and art that will educate, inspire and entertain attendees of all ages and backgrounds.  For more information, visit www.garifunafilmfestival.com.

Garifuna Film Fest Schedule



BORN FO’ BANG revised is a behind the scenes look at one of FYI Films’ first features.  The short takes an in depth look at the feature, it’s impact on the youth and community, and how it has helped inspire the ongoing work of FYI.

FYI Founder on Top Rated #SWITCHEDON Podcast

In case you missed it, tune into the Ludwina Dautovic’s outstanding interview with FYI Founder, Alex Munoz!#SWITCHEDON
EP:7 OF #SWITCHEDON NOW AVAILABLE FEATURING Alex Munoz, FOUNDER OF Films by Youth Inside – FYI Films AND AWARD WINNING FILM DIRECTORIn this impassioned conversation with award-winning independent film Director Alex Muñoz, you’ll hear how Alex uses film to change the lives of incarcerated youth in Hawaii, LA and Guam. He then explains how, as an independent filmmaker, he is now no longer restricted in the way he can distribute his content globally through the proprietary software developed by Melbourne-based company Spondo.www.SwitchedOniTunes.com

“AYE FOO” Is Now Streaming Exclusively on SPONDO

We are excited to share that film “AYE FOO,” winner of Best Urban Comedy Webisode at UMFF, is now streaming exclusively on SPONDO!

Check out the link below for more.


FYI FILMS Develops Workshop For Young Women

We are excited to announce that in early 2014, FYI FILMS will be conducting a workshop for incarcerated young women at Camp Scudder in LaVerne, CA.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

FYI FILMS returns to Hawaii

We are excited to return to Hawaii for FYI FILMS workshop IV! Due to the success of previous workshops, we are eager to get back to the islands to help impact the lives of incarcerated youth.

A special Mahalo to all of our supporters for helping us to make this happen.

More information coming very soon. Stay tuned for more details!


Film and Community Empowerment – Examining Race Bias

(From left to right): Arizona Judge Penny Whiterich, Alex Munoz,  and rapper RAMPAGE.

(From left to right): Arizona Judge Penny Whiterich, Alex Munoz,
and rapper RAMPAGE.


In August, FYI FILMS Founder Alex Munoz, participated in an important panel, “Racial Profiling: Life to Death,” Arizona.

Hosted by US Supreme Court Attorney Charlene Tarver in Phoenix, the panel brought together community leaders, artists, educators, and members of the community to discuss the question, “are black and brown men under attack?” The panel examined the systemic impact race bias and profiling has on communities of color. Among the topics discussed include illiteracy, unemployment, urban violence, disproportionate incarceration, and premature death.

Munoz was joined on the featured panel by facilitator and author, activist Fatimah Halim; Charlene Tarver, Tarver Law Group; Rick “Freeway” Ross, former trafficker best known for the “drug empire” he presided over in Los Angeles; Dr. Ray Winbush, Scholar/activist and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Roger “Rampage” McNair, multi-platinum rap artist and hip hop mogul.

Other featured guests included Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and Benjamin Crump, Martin family attorney.

Honored to join the panel, Munoz explained how film can be a form of personal and community empowerment, highlighting how organizations like FYI FILMS can help to break the vicious cycle of incarceration.

Healing Through the Arts

We are very excited to announce that FYI FILMS will participate in an important panel discussion regarding healing through the arts. Founder Alex Munoz will be on the breakout discussion panel focussed on the transformational aspect of self expression via the arts. The conference is titled “Healing Inside: Arts Based Intervention as A Reentry Strategy for Youth” at the upcoming Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention Conference on May 6 and 7 at The California Endowment.

Sacramento Presentation Recap

Check out this 3 min doc about Films By Youth Inside recent presentation to California State Legislators in Sacramento last month. Directed by Casey Chin! https://vimeo.com/62383247

Special thanks to Assemblyman Steven Bradford, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblyman Manuel Perez, California Latino Capital Association and Ignacio Hernandez!:

Expanding Inspiration

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Board members Matt, Todd, Davis, Alex, Father Mike, and Kim at the Capital.

FYI had a successful screening in Sacramento earlier this month that lead to a fantastic article being written Cynthia Moreno in Vida en el Valle .

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Senator Loni Hancock with FYI board member Matt Tecle

Here are some highlights:

 “Creating films doesn’t just give the youth a voice, but it also teaches them reading, writing, literacy and critical thinking skills–and it gives them freedom because they have a strong desire to lead happy and productive lives and be contributing members of society. They just want to understand themselves,” said Muñoz.

“It was a journey I was willing to take because I was looking to escape my life situation. Once I started the program, it gave me a certain determination to change for the better,” he [Davis Herrera] said.

Spreading the Hope

FYI FILMS is looking forward to screening the latest FYI FILMS at UCLA next week. The screening will be hosted by UCLA Instructor Keith Camacho for his Social Justice undergrad class.

Christmas Came Early For FYI

FYI FILMS thanks SEAGATE for their generous donation. Seagate will be providing hard drives for all FYI FILMS productions! Thank you Seagate! Happy Holiday Cheer to all!

Sharing the FYI Message

FYI board members at Dick Clark Productions

FYI had a successful screening in July located at Dick Clark Productions in Santa Monica, CA. It was an intimate setting that allowed for quality conversation and sharing of excitement for future FYI workshops. Oh and we can’t forget about the best fresh popcorn in LA. Thanks Dick Clark Productions for your support and hospitality!

Spreading the News

FYI has had some great press recently! Reel Stories had a great spotlight on FYI founder Alex Munoz and Elizabeth Grossman as they talked about how FYI came to work in Hawaii, allowing for Born Fo Bang to be filmed. Check out some behind the scenes material with Alex and the youths in action.

One Step Closer

As we’ve mentioned before “BORN FO BANG ” will screen on May 12 at 12:30 at the CGV Theater as part of the LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL. Detailed information about the screening can be found here: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/born_fo_bang_2012

Film Festival Update

We just got word that Born Fo Bang will be screening on Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. A few FYI board members are planning to attend. We would love to see some of you there as well.

Please visit the film festival’s website for more information.

Exciting Times

FYI is starting the year off running. We recently found out that the film BORN FO BANG will screen at the The 28th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that is taking place May 10 – May 20, 2012.

In addition, the first three FYI FILMS made with youth at Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility will be screened on all the Hawaiian Islands to promote community discussion about social issues facing at-risk youth in Hawaii.

We are so thrilled to be able to share the films with a wider audience and spotlight the youth’s talent and experience.  These are exciting times for FYI with even more activity brewing.

Check back soon for more news.

Happy New Year from FYI!

Support FYI in 2012!

Panel Discussion following premiere of Born Fo Bang at the Hawaii State Capital Auditorium! Moses Haley, Alex Munoz, Jess Cole, Donne Dawson

FYI in Hawaii