Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

A short documentary about the students, teachers, and volunteers who run Kindred Spirits Care Farm, a permaculture learning center and non-profit organization affiliated with a continuing education high school in Reseda, CA. By Gray Zeldes, Lilian Tang, Hannah Johnson, and Mishka Caruncho

Exploring the future of the food business through entomophagy, the consumption of insects, in Los Angeles. Featuring Coalo-Valley Farms located in Van Nuys, CA. By Melina Aguilar, Jeremy Figueroa, Audrey Hall and Madison Feldman.

A short documentary that investigates the impact of Coca-Cola’s “pouring rights” contract with UCLA on funding for programs, the built environment, and student health. By Sarah Barukh, Carlos Cabrera, Alexandria Choy


An independent street vendor describes her struggles and motivation to continue her business in the face of gentrification in the neighborhood of Echo Park. By Kimberly Soriano and Janeth Lopez.

Stefani, a single-mother in Pasadena, California, works with other parents to formulate local policies that will protect their children from the adverse effects of food marketing. And then we turn things around. . . A work in progress by Sheela Bhongir, Kayee Liu, and Vanessa Moreno.

This video documents oppositional urban citizenship through the story of Irma (Araceli), a longtime food truck vendor and now the owner and operator of a pink food truck in Central Los Angeles called Panther's Catering. By Diana Valenzuela.