This is very excited news. Variety is reporting that Dev is one of the directors who will direct one of the “Girls in Tech” short films. This is an initiative that pairs to inspire girls in computer sciences
On 50/50 Day, Straight Up Films, in partnership with Google and YouTube, announced an initiative that pairs prominent men and women working together to inspire girls in computer sciences. The short film series will raise awareness towards the need for gender equality in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The first group of directors for the “Girls in Tech” short film series includes Dev Patel, Diane Kruger, John Cho, Ana Brenda Contreras, Norman Reedus, Gina Rodriguez and Octavia Spencer.
Male directors will be paired with a female writing team and female directors will be paired up with a male writing team. Each filmmaker will choose an idea from a talented writer’s room that showcases a variety of diverse voices, genres and writing styles from emerging scribes including Eshom and Ian Nelms, Sofia Passik, Scotty Crowe, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Kim Nuesch and Reilly Smith among others.
Filmmakers will also collaborate with YouTube Creators throughout the entire production to help craft the stories, play significant on and off screen roles and use their expertise to ensure the film series will be engaging and authentic to its audience. There will also be specifically designed opportunities for students from underserved, non-profit organizations to participate and be mentored by filmmakers.
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