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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Sheen & Todd Zeile Spend Hours Mentoring Aspiring Filmmakers


Feb. 22 2011, Published 9:14 a.m. ET

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Charlie Sheen and his baseball-great-turned-producer pal Todd Zeile spent their time on Monday mentoring three aspiring filmmakers and has all the details.

In an exclusive interview with, co-founder Delores A. Brown of the Los Angeles Institute of Film Education, says three aspiring film makers, aged 12-16, spent the better part of their day with Sheen and taught them a thing or two of what happens behind the scenes of the camera during a shoot.

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“Charlie was a surprise, a very nice surprise,” Brown says. “Todd and Charlie are very good friends and Charlie spent about three hours giving the kids a private session of what goes on before, during and after a shoot.

“It was great because he can provide real hands-on experience and the kids loved that!”

The Los Angeles Institute of Film Education – aka L.I.F.E. – is a non-profit that was co-founded by Brown and Todd Zeile in 2006 that enables and empowers students to change their community and the world through media education and the arts with hands-on experience.

The aspiring filmmakers - Amber, Kayshawn and Milagro – participated in the mock shoot from 7am until 3pm in Westlake Village at Hipster Kids, a clothing store owned by Zeile’s wife Julianne McNamara-Zeile and her sister Elizabeth McNamara-Thompson.

“The shoot was a mock training session – the focus was to be able to excite and ignite kids about behind the scenes of the camera and Charlie and Todd did just that!”

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“The children worked on a reverse shots, the difference between a shoot and a take and talked about lens’ and digital film.

“We shot about seven minutes worth of training video – it was great!”

Despite Charlie’s latest headline-making antics, Delores wasn’t the least bit worried about the Two and a Half Men star mentoring the children.

“There was no concern having Charlie around the kids at all. He was a gentleman, he really worked well with the kids and they loved it - it was a wonderful experience.”



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