Our Mission

The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts’ mission is to educate students in the cinematic arts, empowering them to contribute to and effect change in a world where moving images have the potential to change lives.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a space where Midwest teens can discover a passion for the cinematic arts, sharpen their artistic skills, explore their faith, and hone their ability to tell transforming and transcendent stories that impact and change culture. Though many of us come from a Christian worldview, we believe in the power of all faiths and the role it plays in each student’s personal journey. Specifically, we value:

    • The Power of Stories. We value challenging teens to create impactful, well developed stories without relying on the use of explicit language, violence, drug use, and/or sexual content. Stories have no limits, and every student has a story to tell.
    • Education. We value knowledge, training, and practice. We support both students and educators with curriculum, workshops, and camps in the cinematic arts.
    • The Arts. We value expression and imagination. We believe in encouraging students to push the limits of their creativity and explore the beauty of the cinematic arts to tell their stories.
    • Recognition. We value recognizing and awarding students’ accomplishments. We produce the annual, Midwest film festival and a regional, 72 hour teen film challenge that enable students to create films, see new possibilities, and improve their skills.
    • Community. We value community and enable teens to find a sense of belonging by participating in social experiences with other students in the cinematic arts.