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History

The Mobile Film Classroom (MFC), was originally an enrichment program of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, dedicated to cultivating awareness of film pioneer Mary Pickford. The first Mobile Film Classroom vehicle debuted in 2006. 

In 2013, MFC expanded with a two year contract from the County of Los Angeles Public Library, to serve four branches in East LA.  The same year, our Executive Director was a finalist in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch program, and the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Leadership Program.

In 2014 we held our first fundraiser at Sunset Bronson Studios and were accepted into Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy+ program. And our students' film, “Surrounded By Art: The Murals of City Terrace,” won Best Youth Documentary at The International Family Film Festival. 

In 2015, we received a $10,000 grant from the Annenberg Foundation, a $10,000 donation and equipment donations from the Cinematographer’s Guild, IATSE Local 600. In 2016, MFC became the first of 27 Community Arts Partners to be provided funding from the LAUSD Arts Education Branch, and our Executive Director, Manon Banta, was awarded a fellowship through the Arts For LA and LA County Department of Cultural Affairs ACTIVATE program.