March 2, 2007

Teen filmmakers Premiere Work at the 14th Annual Latino Film Festival

The Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project in conjunction with the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 8 - 18) will premiere three short documentaries directed and produced by two teams of local student filmmakers, ages 12-18, from the neighborhoods of Escondido and Barrio Logan.

The premiere will be part of YOUTH VISIONS, the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s exciting youth-media showcase, exhibiting the work of teen filmmakers from across the country. YOUTH VISIONS will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 6 p.m. at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. A FREE special advance screening for local middle and high school students will take place at 10 a.m. the same day. Student filmmakers, media arts instructors, and documentary interviews will be on-site to participate in a Q & A session.

Teen Producers Project participants met twice a week over a period of four months to produce three documentaries about community leadership in San Diego. “Voices of Change” participants interviewed two important leaders from the community: Father Richard Brown, former resident priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and famed Chicano activist and muralist, Victor Ochoa. The “Immigration Stories” project worked with Escondido migrant youth from Orange Glen High School to produce one 8 minute video about Carmen Miranda, who was a candidate for City Council member in fall 2006, and Consuelo Martinez, a young grassroots activist who supported her campaign.

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