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Vin Diesel's One Race Org Gives Dominican Film Industry a Boost

Vin Diesel's One Race Org Gives Dominican Film Industry a Boost

Posted by Aimee Flores Jiminian on September 19, 2013

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Eight years ago, Vin Diesel’s quest to make “Hannibal” opened the door to another passion. Searching the world for a place where he could film live elephants, Diesel flew to the Dominican Republic to scout locations. While Diesel was there, then-president Leonel Fernandez asked to meet the American movie star to discuss ways to bring the film industry to the island. “It would be great to open a studio, but it will do no good if you’re not teaching people to work in this industry,” Diesel told Fernandez. Inspired by his own success as a multicultural filmmaker, Diesel developed the One Race Global Film Foundation, hatching a Summer Intensive Institute modeled after the Media Workshop that his stepfather Irving Vincent teaches at New York U.

The program has also made impressive strides since that first year. Under Irving Vincent’s guidance, One Race has trained 210 young filmmakers from both the island nation and abroad, several of whom have also had the chance to study at NYU. “Our biggest priority is putting a camera in their hand on day one,” says Samantha Vincent, Diesel’s sister and a board member at One Race. “Every student comes out a filmmaker.”

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