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When it was Ashley Perez's turn to play director, she got straight to the point. "You," she told her actor. "Look sad." "And you. You're going to look dead. Like really, really dead." So began the 14-year-old's first attempt at the art of filmmaking. She and 24 other students make up the first class of Los Angeles' Ghetto Film School, a project that gives youths from disadvantaged areas a chance to explore careers in the movie and television industries. Over 30 months, the teenagers from Compton, South L.A. and other neighborhoods will learn about storytelling, shooting and film editing. They will create a six-minute movie, enroll...

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