Friday, June 5, 2009

A Night with Reel Voices

The San Diego Film Foundation does not just put on the best and biggest film festival in San Diego County; the Foundation also has an amazing program called Reel Voices. This competitive film program allows a very select few students from high schools all over San Diego to create their own stories and tell the world through film. Their shorts are traditionally a feature of the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the young filmmakers about how to critically analyze and enjoy film. What really surprised me was their film knowledge and how engaged and interested they were in the art of film criticism.

I played two different films for them, one, was a poor narrative short which allowed them to see what not to do technically and from a story-telling perspective, and an amazing documentary feature which gave the students a look at how to do it right.

Before my presentation, the students pitched different ideas for their documentaries, and I was absolutely impressed with how deep they dug to find some truly interesting and exciting themes. This crop of Reel Voices students may be the best yet, and I am looking forward to seeing their progress as Mike Watson and Akira Chan guide these fresh faces through the film-making process.

For more information on Reel Voices go to the page on our website.

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