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The Media & Film Institute (MFI) at Brackenridge High School is a magnet program for students interested in all types of media. Our students study computer science, television, film, animation, comics, social media, the news, information distribution, and popular culture in addition to the typical high school curriculum.

MFI students explore real-world professional experiences and work alongside highly qualified professionals with industry experience. Students master an array of software tools that are the industry-standard, preparing them for professional success.

At MFI, we challenge the imagination, demand collaboration, foster reflective thinking, and develop disciplined effort along with problem-solving skills. MFI students are tasked with exploring perspectives, creative expression, performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation in order to provide broad, unifying structures to understand our world.

MFI prepares students for many choices, equipping them with the tools, attitudes, and confidence to contribute to our democratic way of life in a rapidly changing world.  MFI students are prepared for success and are ready to lead!  Join us so you too can change the world!

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Are you ready for the Media & Film Institute?

A      Do you have good attendance? 

B        Do you have good behavior?

C      Have you had the right courses?  

             Are you passing your 8th grade courses?  

             Have you had pre-AP courses?  

             Have you passed all your STARR exams?  

             Are you ready to create?

    Sirena Perry

    Sirena Perry graduated from the Art Institute with a Bachelor of Art in Game Art and Design.  Ms. Perry works as a freelance artist in the gaming industry and began teaching for 5 years to share her passion for Anime and Video Games to a new generation.

    Ms. Perry spends her free time with many hobbies.  She is often busy writing new campaigns settings for Dungeons and Dragons and spoiling her four cats. Ms. Perry is also a local cryptid!

    Michael Ramirez

    Hello, My name is Michael Ramirez, Mike for short or if you are a student it’s Mr. Ramirez, Mr. Sir, Boss, or Ramirez, just anything except for hey you. I Attended Brackenridge for class of 2006. No you can’t find a yearbook with me in it. Right after High School I went straight to college to attend UIW here in town. My college experience was very different from my high school experience. College for me was amazing and a great experience that was incredibly different from high school but in the best positive way. I am an avid drummer, I obviously love to design and create and more recently for the last 3 years I have been practicing a martial art in Muay Thai Boxing

    Noah Fortson

    Mr. Fortson is a video production teacher in his third year at Brackenridge High School. His courses focus on teaching students advanced videography skills for documentary film and news production. He is the instructor of Eagle News Network (ENN), an award-winning student video news organization at Brackenridge that documents life on campus and in the greater San Antonio community. Mr. Fortson also coaches the Freshmen Boys Basketball Team.

    Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Fortson was raised by his mother and father who have each had long careers in the television industry. After high school, Mr. Fortson attended the University of Maryland where he graduated with high honors and a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Government & Politics. He has a variety of experience as a multimedia journalist, a freelance photographer, and as a former intern for NPR. 

    Mr. Fortson is a triplet and has a sister and a brother. He is interested in U.S. history and is a passionate fan of the LA Lakers, R&B music, Jeopardy!, and really bad movies.

    Jorge Hernandez

    Mr. Hernandez is a native San Antonian who has been teaching Audio/Video production for 22 years at Brackenridge High School.  Mr. Hernandez attended the prestigious Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied Media Arts and worked in video production prior to teaching.  He coached soccer for 11 years and continues to work with Athletics by running the Video Board Production at Alamo Stadium with students as the crew.   Mr. Hernandez enjoys teaching students video production, video editing, sound design and graphic design.  

    Benjamin Dartez

    My name is Benjamin Dartez. My pronouns are he/him. I was born and raised in Louisiana in a Catholic household and have four siblings. When I reached the age of 18 I wanted to get as far away from home as possible and joined the Air Force where I was stationed in South Korea for my first duty station. Over the next ten years, I learned a wide variety of life skills, including public speaking, team leadership, and for the last four years of my career I was a Military Training Instructor on Lackland AFB. That’s what landed me here in San Antonio. In 2012, I met my (now) wife, Dana. Shortly thereafter, I met all five of my (now) step-children. Leah, the oldest, lives in Arizona with her husband and four year old daughter, Kairi. Jordan is serving on active duty in the Navy and currently spending time overseas in the northern Europe area. The youngest, Shay, Riley and Brenna are currently seniors at Warren high school and share a birthday. My two older siblings went to college straight out of high school and when I visited them I realized that I did not have the discipline to go to college as an 18 year old. That’s why I chose the military. I took college classes on and off during my time in the military, but didn’t get serious about it until I became a civilian. I completed my college degree while working full time at USAA in the automotive insurance side of the company. As an individual, I contain multitudes. I have run marathons, I love photography, and in my free time I enjoy video games and Magic: The Gathering. I am a vocal advocate for students and my classroom is a safe space for all humans. When you step into my classroom you will be treated with respect and my sincere hope is that you will get skills out of my class that you can take with you and use in life.

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