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The money is also paying for upgraded equipment and sound stages at the film school, which will help attract more students.
CSUN can be a model for the future of a more diverse film industry,” Thomas says.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recently donated million to the California State University, Northridge Cinema and Television Arts program.
“I don't think there's one person of color in Hollywood who can greenlight a film," Guy Aoki of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans recently said. film “Selma,” that was snubbed at last year’s Oscars, took nearly a decade to get the greenlight in Hollywood.
He, like many other film students who go on to become successful, got a break from someone in the industry.
“I don’t know how I feel about this now, but Bill Cosby is credited with giving a lot of people of color their breaks into the film industry,” Thomas said.
USC is the number one film program in the world but also ranks lowest in diversity.
Diversity in the Academy Awards: Yes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association believes in diversity, but it’s a small group of 80-90 people.
Another solution for diversifying Hollywood: mentorships. When Thomas went to USC in the late 80’s there were a lot of students whose parents were famous actors and these people had no problem finding jobs.