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About The Digital Storytelling Initiative



With an endowment from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center serves as a sponsor of media arts training, a presenter of new artistic work, and a creative hub for University- and community-based practitioners through its Digital Storytelling Initiative.

The Digital Storytelling Initiative (DSI), a joint project of the Jonathan Logan Media Center and Logan Community Arts, partners with organizations on campus, on the South Side, and throughout Chicago, extending the Media Center’s reach and impact to fill community needs in access and training in digital production. Through workshops, summer camps, workforce development programs, feature presentations and more, DSI sponsors media arts training, showcases digital media work by emerging and established practitioners, and equips communities with the tools, resources and experience to tell their stories across borders and barriers

DSI 2021 Production Institute

Presented in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, the Production Institute makes high-quality digital production training accessible to emerging media makers from South Side communities. This program addresses the lack of affordable, intensive courses available to South Side filmmakers and media artists, particularly for those outside the 18-24 age range. Through a hands-on film production course taught by experienced instructors, the Production Institute offers participants the opportunity to advance digital production skills and build a professional portfolio. 


• 19 years of age or older 
• South Side resident

• Not currently enrolled in a school or college program

• Demonstrate skills in camera operation

• Must have previous video experience

• Must pass a proficiency test

• Attend all Film Aesthetics screenings

• Make make a $200 deposit for program participation 

Once enrolled, you will:

• Be trained in a range media production skills
• Work towards completing a five- minute short film or portion of larger project of your choice
• Participate in the #MadeAtLogan Docuseries

How to apply:

Participants must attend four (4) consecutive Film Aesthetics screenings (mandatory) and submit an application with at least one (1) work sample.

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