Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or a student learning about video production for the first time, storytelling is a universal part of who we are as people. Often the only thing separating the pros from the beginners is the tools and knowledge at their disposal. Since the very beginning of LumaTouch, we’ve been focused on closing this gap for creators and making pro level post-production tools more accessible to everyone through our apps LumaFusion and LumaFX. 

We recently took this commitment a step further in 2020 by funding the creation of mobile video production studios in communities of under-served children in North America with We Make Movies (WMM) and The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF). Through our initial donation, we contributed iPhones and iPads, copies of LumaFusion, access to the Storyblocks media library, and we paid students for the creation of videos sharing what they’d learned about filmmaking over the course of this year.

Post-Production Literacy Partners in 2020

OSF supports over 15,000 orphans, victims of abuse, survivors of trafficking, indigenous communities, refugees, and at-risk youth in countries all over the world. They do this by providing technology education, building technology centers, and operating training programs so students may transition to higher education and employment opportunities.

WMM is an ecosystem for artists and content creators of all ages dedicated to paving the way to democratizing storytelling and the filmmaking industry.

OSF Gala: An evening filled with stars

This year, OSF has partnered with WMM to hold their annual gala which raises money for the great work OSF does. In addition to the gala, WWM and OSF have also partnered with the We Uplift the World Foundation on The eARTh Project.

“The eARTh Project tells the story of students using mobile filmmaking as a means for creative entrepreneurship,” said Steve LaMorte, a director and producer for WMM and project lead for eARTh.

LumaTouch is honored to be one of the technology partners alongside OWC and others on The eARTh Project. 

“This program is allowing people from any financial situation, and in any location to film, edit and share their stories,” says Terri Morgan, LumaTouch co-founder.

These are communities that have never before been able to share their experience visually. The idea is to allow youth from diverse backgrounds to have access to artistic expression, technology, education, and gainful employment.

The theme of the gala this year is “You Are Not Alone.” The event will be held virtually on Friday, October 23 at 8pm EST. All of the proceeds from the gala will go towards the OSF programming. You can learn more at https://www.osf.org/gala. 

There are four levels of sponsorship—silver, gold, platinum, and diamond. At $50,000, diamond sponsors will have an OSF computer center named after them, in addition to other perks.