This past January, we said goodbye to our RV, nicknamed Iris. While we still believe in the integral role of mobile vehicles in delivering film education to underserved communities, we haven’t been able to update and keep up with bus repairs. Unfortunately, MFC’s 1989 RV became increasingly outdated, with old versions of iMacs from 2008, as well as the usual vehicle repairs. Furthermore, our work with LAUSD and other school districts increased to providing programs during the school day, where class sizes were simply too big to fit all of the students on the bus. Over the past 2 years, we have realized that we need to rethink and redesign how we deliver our filmmaking programs to maximize their sustainability, growth, and potential for impact for LA’s young creative minds.
Watch the video below for MFC's 1989 RV (Iris) on its' trip to her new home at Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church in Leimert Park. After sitting for months at a storage facility in Azusa, Iris's batteries were drained (someone forgot to turn the kill switch), so had to be towed. It's a bittersweet farewell because she has been a vessel for so many kids' creativity, yet we know she is going to continue serving that function in her new community. Thank you for the 10 years of great stories!