Who Can Participate in Old School Films?
Anyone who wants to learn how to make a professional documentary, podcast or animation. Age doesn't matter, passion does. We customize programs for individuals, schools, corporations and non-profit organizations. Apply here!
How Much Does it Cost?
To participate as a Storyteller, prices can range from totally free to a modest tuition (far less than film school) depending on the duration of the program and subsidies from partnerships.
What kind of programs do you offer?
We offer classes (typically up to 12 students) and One-on-One intensives (at a cost). The programs are customized to fit the needs of the filmmakers, interview subjects, and the partnering organizations.
Do I need to provide my own equipment?
No. We receive some equipment through grants and we also can use free online tools.
How long does it take to make a film or audio documentary or animation?
Classes and curriculum vary. Our standard program runs for 8-10 weeks, meeting once a week for a 2 hour class. However the program is completely elastic and can adjust to various schedules and needs.
How long are the finished films and stories?
Anywhere from 1-6 minutes, but there's no strict running time. You can check some of them out here.
I'm an experienced filmmaker. How can I get involved?
We're always looking for like-minded mentors who want to volunteer with us. Reach out!
I'm an older adult, or I know someone who has a great story and would be great on-camera.
Great! Reach out!
I'm not a filmmaker but I like this idea and want to help out. What can I do?
We are always looking for people to help build new partnerships, raise funds, improve our social media...Tell us about yourself and let's find a way to work together.
Aaron Lubarsky is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York.
His films have shown on HBO, Showtime, PBS and at film festivals worldwide.
He started Old School Films in 2006 after spending time at his grandmother's senior center.
Old School Films works with talented volunteer storytellers who mentor our apprentice filmmakers. Our mentors are professionals with expertise in all aspects of cinematography, editing and producing.
You can learn more about Aaron at his website: www.aaronlubarsky.com
Behind the Scenes
Check out this making-of" video that shows our intergenerational program in action working with the non-profit organization Dorot, located in Manhattan.