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.

Examples of Student Work:

In camera portrait of a space with edited soundscape

A first generation Chicana comes into her identity as a queer mujer and struggles with maintaining different expressions of her identity on campus and back in her hometown in Southeast Los Angeles. By Kayleigh Wade.

What is heritage without a material lineage and how does this inform identity?  This short film explores heritage as a site of identity formation, juxtaposing concepts of richness and emptiness, privilege and trauma, through a distinct narrative evoked by a room.  By Sigin Ojulu.

Exploring Latin@ Echo Park resistance while exposing Rayban wearing, latte sipping, neo-colonialists.  By Kimberly Soriano.

By Sanna Alas, 2014.

An exploration of open streets before, during, and after the CicLAvia event on Wilshire Boulevard in the spring of 2014.  By Libin Toh.

In remembrance of 35mm film, this piece looks at the demise of celluloid and the replacement of movies in digital format. By Anthony Elder.