From People: Ansel Elgort and Dakota Johnson put their star power to good use on Tuesday in Los Angeles when they participated in a table read for aspiring filmmakers at the Ghetto Film School.
The Ghetto Film School is a non-profit founded in 2000 by former social worker Joe Hall. Dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of storytellers, the school has locations in the South Bronx in New York City, and L.A..
During the table read (hosted by Amazon’s Jason Ropell, David O. Russell and Brett Ratner), Elgort, 23, and Johnson, 27, brought to life two scripts that won a competition voted on by students.
After the table read, Elgort and Johnson spoke of the importance of programs like the Ghetto Film School that encourage young talents to pursue their filmmaking dreams.
Johnson agreed. “This is the kind of organization, and the kind of environment, that I want to support and see flourish,” she said. “So I was like thrilled to be involved, truly.”
“These kids are really talented, and it makes me feel like I don’t know what I’m doing,” she joked. “And also that there is hope for the future of film because these kids are smart, and they should definitely be given an opportunity. I wish that more people had the opportunity.”