Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun and Natasha Lyonne were honored at the Ghetto Film School’s annual fall benefit in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
The ceremony honored all three actors for their dedication to the program and their overall contribution to the entertainment industry. It raises funds to help GFS recognize, teach and continue the work of the next generation of storytellers.
“I’m very grateful for this recognition tonight, primarily because what Ghetto Film School stands for is exactly what I stand for,” Palmer said. “Growing up in Illinois, with two parents who loved the entertainment industry and left it behind – they instilled that love in me and their belief that I could do everything I’m doing today. It is my sincere hope that I can carry this passion forward and help other young children who may not know the way.”
Other celebrities including Christian Bale, David O’Russell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Rooney Mara, Chloe Zhao, Joaquin Phoenix and Carlos Lopez Estrada attended the benefit, which was held at the home of Veronica and Brian Grazer.
“It’s been my experience that by consistently having a diverse team in front of and behind the camera, the work only gets better,” Levin said of his honor. “This award and being a part of this community of change really means a lot to me. I am so honored to be honored by the Ghetto Film School.
Last year’s GFS Fall Benefit raised $1.4 million for the program, enough to cover its entire three-year fellowship program and provide college preparatory services for more than 40 students.
“I’ve been very fortunate to meet all the students and alumni before, and it’s really great to see you all,” Yoon said Wednesday. “I see that sparkle in your eyes. I see that you want to say what you want to say, your truth. And I encourage you — don’t give up on your story, don’t give up on yourself. Leave, don’t leave each other. This is a beautiful world we can create.”