Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement


The Granada Theatre Multimedia Workshop provides high school students from all walks of life the skills they need to create media through their unique lens. Offering affordable, hands-on 12 weeks sessions, 4 times a year, in all aspects of digital filmmaking and media arts, from basic video production techniques and music selection to final editing. This workshop is one-of-a kind!

About the class

Film. Edit. Create. Students learn video production skills! Projects include commercials, stop-motion animation, mini-documentaries and more. Film at various non-profit organizations and learn from industry professionals.

Go behind the scenes

We film for a variety of local organizations, so many times we get the chance to see things the public never gets to see. This is a chance to see things in Santa Barbara that you’ve never seen – or maybe something familiar in a new and different way.

Accommodate your schedule

It can be tough to have a lot of work in school and then come to an after-school program. We’ve got your back. If you are super busy for a few weeks, you can pair up with another student and work together. Miss a field trip? We will share the video we filmed with you so you can edit your own project.  Or you can edit with another student.  We make it as easy as possible to be a part of the program!

Learn from Industry Professionals

Our community is fortunate to have major filmmaking talent residing here and students get the chance to hear from many of them speak about their career paths and the art of filmmaking.

Learn in a relaxed fun environment

This is a ‘workshop’ rather than a class. We collaborate. We laugh a lot and we watch each others projects come to life. We explore creative ideas, share videos we have discovered and then create videos of our own.

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Make new friends

Available to all teens in the Santa Barbara area. You get the chance to meet and work with new people, create friendships and collaborate on great videos.

Community Service hours

Field trips to local non-profits allow students to film and create projects to be used by the organizations they work with such as living histories or promotional/instructional videos. And because the Jurkowitz Center is a s501(c)3, high school students can earn community hours as a result of the contribution they make to the non-profit community in our region.

About the instructor

Instructor Jennie Reinish has over 20 years experience in the film/tv/entertainment industry and holds a masters degree in secondary education. She has worked for CNBC, the Montecito Picture Company, UCSB video services and has run her own production company for over 10 years. Having produced award winning documentary films, she works with local clients to create content for their websites or presentations. Jennie has a passion for teaching and working with students with the goal to give them the tools to go out and succeed in film or whatever field interests them the most.

Video project samples

Student testimonials

“This class has given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. I’ve been able to learn about cinematography as well as refine my photography skills, and improve my communication with people. I love it because it’s an exciting way to get community service while doing something I’m passionate about.”

– Rebecca P.

“I’ve been taking this class for a year and I love it. It helped me realize that I wanted to go to college and major in film. It has helped me find a passion.”

– Amanda A.

“This class has given me not just community service, but has given me a lot of opportunities to enhance my filming and editing techniques. It also allows me to get more involved in the local community by working with different organizations.

– Katia Q

“I really like this class because of the people that I’ve met and the friendships that I’ve made. It’s nice learning about the non-profits around town and more about our community. I also really enjoy learning more about filming and editing and about the industry.”

Sonja O.