By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Scorsese Joins The Online “MasterClass” Gig

Academy® Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese’s First Ever Online Class

The filmmaker behind GOODFELLAS, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE DEPARTED talks about film and filmmaking on MasterClass.com

SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will have his first ever online class. The class is open for pre-enrollment starting today.

Before he was the Oscar-winning director of GoodfellasRaging Bull, and Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese was just a kid from New York who spent a lot of time at the movies.  A lifetime of watching great films inspired him to make some of America’s greatest films. Now he’s bringing you into his world to share his insights into the history of film and filmmaking.

With a career that spans more than fifty years, Scorsese is one of the most influential and revered filmmakers working today.  In 1990, he started The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and restoration. The Foundation’s preservation, education, and exhibition programs have helped raise awareness about the importance of film preservation, and in the process has  saved over 750 films.  Scorsese’s passion is renowned and his directorial achievements have received numerous awards, including: Academy Award, Palme d’Or, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, DGA, Silver Lion. In addition, Scorsese has received awards for lifetime achievement from the AFI, BAFTA, DGA, and many more.

“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions, not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way. It was so important for me to have people that passed down their own knowledge when I was young, and MasterClass has given me an opportunity to try it myself,” said Martin Scorsese, MasterClass instructor.

“Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all-time, but he’s also an eternal student. What makes him such a great teacher isn’t just his mastery, but his love of learning. This is a once in a generation opportunity,” said David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.

MasterClass is an online education company which provides classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at www.masterclass.com.

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ABOUT MASTERCLASS

Established in 2015, the San Francisco-based company was founded on the idea that everyone should have “access to genius.” The premier online education platform provides affordable, engaging, and inspirational online classes taught by world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons, interactive exercises, a series of course materials, peer interaction, and more. MasterClass’ current roster of courses includes Christina Aguilera (singing), Kevin Spacey (acting), Usher (performance), Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing), Dustin Hoffman (acting), Werner Herzog (filmmaking), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), Reba McEntire (country music), Deadmau5 (music production), Hans Zimmer (film scoring), Shonda Rhimes (writing for television), Steve Martin (comedy), David Mamet (dramatic writing), and Jane Goodall (conservation). Most recently, the company announced pre-enrollment for Frank Gehry (design and architecture), Diane von Furstenberg (how to build a fashion brand), Garry Kasparov (chess), and Herbie Hancock (jazz). For more information, please visit www.masterclass.com.

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