In June 2000, Joe Hall founded Ghetto Film School (GFS) to educate, develop
and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Through his
leadership, GFS opened The Cinema School in September 2009 -- a select-
admissions NYC public institution that is the nation’s first film high school. Both
are located in the South Bronx neighborhood where Joe has lived and worked for
the last 20 years.
In 2005, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented Joe with the Mayor’s
Award for Arts and Culture, alongside Wynton Marsalis and Poet Laureate Billy
Collins. Joe is a published writer on youth development and arts education, a
documentary film producer, and holds a master’s degree in social administration from Columbia University.