The Stars of Young World

 

Jackson Young

President

Jackson Young is from Dallas, TX. He’s an alumnus of University of North Texas, where he majored in Radio, Television, and Film while minoring in Theatre. Upon graduating he matriculated into the American Film Institute to hone his craft in directing, which he later received his MFA. Early in his first year at AFI he was elected as Class Representative, and was re-elected to serve as the voice of the student body for his second year. His film “Real Nigga,” which he co-wrote and directed his first year was well received by the faculty, and is on exhibition if you choose to tour AFI. Jackson’s thesis film, “Trouble Man,” was awarded the Bridges/Larson grant for excellence in working with actors, and social responsibility. His films tend to be underdog dramas of person vs. organization represented by a diverse cast, layered with comedic beats. He believes that there are demographics that are being unaccounted for in cinema, and his versatility allows him to transform his vision to reach any and all audiences by way of inclusion. Jackson is the most recent recipient of the Directors Guild of America student film award. “Jackson has to be one of the most special, talented, courageous… fellows ever to grace the halls of AFI.” This is what Peter Markham, head of the directing discipline at AFI had to say at the end of Jackson’s AFI career.

 
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Jason Foster

VP of Operations

Jason Foster is from Dallas, TX. He is an alumnus of University of North Texas, where he majored in Management Information Systems. In 2015 Foster was the recipient of the Texas Region Top Volunteer Award logging in over 100 hours of community work and outreach. He has been equipped with the ability to apply Business Analytical & System Analyst skills with a Project Management focus to meet the various needs of internal or external business partners, acting collaboratively across teams and states nationwide to meet or provide the desired deliverables and services required by clients. He has translated projects and applications into funding proposals that range from $25 - $500k.

 
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Emanuel Alphonse

VP of Finance

Emanuel Alphonse is from Dallas, TX. He is an alumnus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. After graduating with a major in mathematics he went back to his hometown to be a teacher in an inner city school to educate the youth on the power of numbers. While continuing to tutor students, he branched out into investment trading where he could utilize his background with algorithms to expand upon financial profitability.