Ryan Reynolds to recruit interns from BIPOC for a new shoot

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VICTORIA – British Columbia-born Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds helps run a new program that will see Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and people from marginalized communities train with professional film staff during an upcoming shoot. The program, called the Group Effort Initiative, hopes to provide an opportunity for BIPOC and marginalized people to learn from experienced film crews and enter an industry that has “systematically excluded blacks, aboriginals, people of color and many other marginalized communities ”.

“This is a global problem that won’t be solved overnight, but change can begin locally and immediately,” read a post from Reynolds on the recently launched Group Effort Initiative website.

Reynolds says he will pay out of pocket between 10 and 20 interns to join the film set and learn from industry professionals.

“These new hires will be paid and hosted on my paycheck and spend their days on set learning from the professionals and gaining real-life experience that they can then use for another job and job and hopefully , a career in the film industry, ”he said.

While the exact planning and preparation for filming the film is still being finalized, anyone looking to apply for the Group Effort Initiative can do so now here.

“With COVID, we’re going to start a movie this fall,” Reynolds said.

While the actor didn’t say what the upcoming film project will be, he thanked Netflix and Skydance for letting him kick off the initiative while filming the film.

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