Ever wanted to work on a movie set?

The Handshake Foundation (THF) is proud to announce our latest partnership with Susie Singer Carter (Soul Surfer, Bratz), founder of Go Girl Media on their original short film, My Mom and the Girl. Based on a true story, the film gives an unexpected and joyous snap shot look at Alzheimer’s, diversity and caregiving through music, humor and love. 5 time Emmy Award winning actress, Valerie Harper will star, supported by actress Liz Torres and Harmony Santana. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016.

This new partnership, supports our on-going mission to inspire young talent and career aspirations. Students will be given an opportunity to get practical and hands on experience as a set PA. And anyone will tell you, PA’s on a film set work hard and learn a lot. What could be better?


Students (age 18-21) selected will receive a financial grant through THF to continue their studies. Interested students should complete the application and return it by April 4. Phone or in person interviews will be scheduled.

Applications can be found at:  https://handshakefoundation.orgfinancial-aid/

Donations to support this opportunity can be made at: https://handshakefoundation.orgdonation/

To find out more about the film, go to:  http://igg.me/at/MyMomAndTheGirl/x/7847264

Arts Program Overview

The Handshake Foundation’s Arts program is fast becoming a sought after destination for students with an eye toward performing, production and digital arts.

Young photographers at Carson High School had the opportunity to meet and be mentored by top working professionals including, Chris Polk at Getty Images. With school funding being cut, students learned the basics of photography by using their phones. The program is affectionately called, So Long Selfie, Hello World.

For twelve weeks, kids at the Boys & Girls club got insights and hands on production experience in television and film production from working pros, including: line producer, Jason Kay; Camera Operator, Mark August and Executive Producer, Carl Buehl and Emmy award winner.

For the last three years, our students have been invited to meet and greet Directors of Photography at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in Hollywood. Here, kids chatted face to face with working experts on cameras lighting, production and got great tips on how to break in to the biz. Rubbing elbows with award winners wasn’t too bad either. John Toll; Braveheart & Legends of the Fall.  Dean Cundey; Apollo 13 and Jurassic Park. It’s an experience they don’t offer or teach in school.

Coming up in 2016, The Handshake Foundation is partnered with the Valley Cultural Center and their Emerging Artist Series. THF will coordinate all mentoring to these young and upcoming musical artist who will all perform on stage at the Madrid Theater in Canoga Park.

Scheduled to mentor are: Marc Droubay – Drummer with the group, Survivor; Terry Dexter – Singer, songwriter and vocal coach to the stars including, Patti Labelle; Ronnie Ciago – World renowned Performer, Teacher, Touring Artist, Recording Artist, Producer, Song-Writer, Session Musician, Clinician and Berklee College of Music Graduate; Warren Hill – is a 25 year veteran saxophonist of smooth jazz and adult contemporary music; Gregg Wright; Dig Lewis and six time Grammy winner from Earth Wind & Fire, Larry Dunn.