Digital Dove is a unique and award-winning video-arts program headquartered at Covenant House California, a youth homeless shelter in Hollywood. The program began in 2004 as a one-time HBO-sponsored filmmaking workshop for young people interested in the film industry. The outpouring of remarkable, unique stories coupled with the incredible enthusiasm of Covenant House’s residents led HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, to provide a seed grant for the creation of an onsite video-arts program. Built on the philosophy that creativity is a valuable personal and professional asset, Digital Dove now offers year-round classes in video arts and media advocacy, and employment training and sponsorship.
Over 350 students have participated in classes, lectures, and field trips, and have together created 25 original films. Digital Dove films have screened at numerous youth film festivals, HBO’s west coast offices, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, as well as LA County training seminars and high schools. Graduates have gone on to train in industry vocational programs, obtain college film degrees, and find full-time employment in the entertainment industry.