Fourthwall Youth Studios, a filmmaking and digital media program for youth in Junior High and High School. We are located at 1324A Main St. in the heart of Cincinnati’s resurgent OTR district and offer summer and after school programming in filmmaking, digital media and technology.


Fourthwall will be kicking off a new set of online classes the week of June 15th. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the end of June.

Our primary focus will be on helping students develop films for The Civic Life Project Youth Film Challenge and For Democracy Now. Both offer a way for students to have their voices heard…and learn storytelling and digital literacy skills. We will not limit learning to just filmmaking so reach out if you questions or ideas. Our classes are free.



Fourthwall is excited to announce the imminent arrival of our mobile video studio. The 35ft bus will have edit suites and camera equipment and also comes equipped with its own generator, electrical outlets and internet access. If your school or community is interested in booking the Fourthwall film program for your students, please get in touch with us. We’ll come to you!

Our mobile studio is made possible by the generous support of Impact 100 with a supporting grant from the Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation.


Fourthwall received some lovely press recently from Movers and Makers magazine.

The piece centers on our recent acquisition of a bus to develop into a mobile video studio. This will enable Fourthwall to reach students who cannot reach us and bring our award winning program to dozens of communities.

The article also highlights a recent student project, a short film developed for St. Elizabeth Healthcare on the dangers of vaping among teens. This project and grant, administered by Artswave, was part of our “Crews For Hire” initiative.

Enjoy the read here!


Fourthwall will be partnering with Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts again this year to provide summer films camps to students in grades 7 through 12.

Last year was a roaring success and participating students produced some wonderful films followed by a sold out premiere. Speaking of ‘sold out’, last year we also had a waiting list so get in contact with CAPA now!

Dates for the 2 week camp are July 28th –  August 7th.

Go to CAPA’s website now at for more details.

Fourthwall Youth Studio participants will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on, professional style production. All equipment will be provided. We will mentor you through the production process and take you on field trips to companies where creativity is applied on a daily basis. You and your team will expected to complete a finished film, on time and on budget.

You will go through the following production process as you make your film as part of a team.

You will also develop skills you may not have but will need >>>

  • Film Critique
  • Story Development
  • Script Writing
  • Production Planning
  • Script Breakdown/Shot Blocking
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Field Trips
  • Premiere
  • Film Festival Submissions

Parents & Students! ART = 21st CENTURY SKILLS

SKILLS GAP: Percentage of employers who say graduates' 21st Century skills are falling short in these critical areas. The filmmaking discipline can help you develop many of these skills and get you ready for your next adventure.

Working Effectively with Others in Teams — 63%
 Critical/Analytical Thinking — 74%
Being Innovative/Creative — 75%
Written Communication — 73%
Applying Knowledge/Skills To Real World — 77%
Working With People From Different Backgrounds — 82%
Analyzing/Solving Complex Problems — 76%
Organizing/Evaluating Information — 71%

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Falling Short...

Employers give graduates lower scores for preparedness across learning outcomes than current students gives themselves.

The Association For American Colleges and Universities.
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