The Digg Site Productions, as a concept, began in 2000. Stacy Heatherly had a successful career in the film industry and was at a point in her life where she wanted a change. She took some personal time away to reflect and gather her thoughts. She contemplated other careers and even offshoots of careers in the film industry. Ultimately, she decided to form a production company and focus on documentaries. Almost immediately after making the decision, she received an email from a woman with a personal story that begged to be told.
While Stacy was doing the paperwork to incorporate the company, a thought hit her: What if the company would do something different with the revenue it would receive from selling its films?
She did quite a bit of research and discovered an organization in New York that taught college students how to make documentary films. It was a college-length course. This organization also sold its curriculum. She purchased the curriculum and began the work to change our company into a nonprofit. Our programs are designed to teach high school youth, but we are evolving to incorporate more younger age groups in the near future.
Stacy developed a plan whereby we could use the revenue from the sale of our films to cover tuition for the students. She knew it would take us a few years to become self-sustaining because we first would have to produce and sell our films to realize the dream. During those years, we would ask for donations and apply for grants.
Since 2009, we have gotten the program up and running. We partnered with Fremont Public Schools and Metropolitan Community College and now offer our students dual credit for the course. We have successfully doubled attendance and continue to build programs such as internships for the students.
Each year we see the students excel. We receive calls and emails from our students’ family members expressing their deepest gratitude for the opportunity we have offered their students.
Please watch testimonials from our students to see what they’ve done with the opportunity.
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