ICF takes center stage

Graduates to march statuettes down red carpet

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has its Golden Globes girls, the Academy its gold men marching.

On Saturday graduates from the Inner-City Filmmakers program will parade statuettes down the red carpet in preparation for Sunday night’s kudocast, where fellow alum Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) is up for an award. Org is the first ever granted the honor of toting the precious cargo down the red carpet, which it will be doing for the second year in a row.

Fifty-two ICF graduates will be escorted by a rep from R.S. Owens, the Chicago company that creates the coveted statuettes. The Oscars will then remain backstage overnight under close watch.

ICF is a nonprofit org created in the aftermath of the L.A. riots to train and mentor low-income high school seniors and recent grads for showbiz careers. Its eight-week summer program provides intensive training in a range of activities from writing and prep work to doing lighting and editing on an Avid.

Students receive year-round mentoring and travel to Sundance, among other places, through the org.

Kenan is the first graduate of the program to be nominated. He directed “Monster House,” which is vying with “Cars” and “Happy Feet” for animated film honors.

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