The iVIE Awards are "a San Diego County K-12 student media festival held by the San Diego County Office of Education." I was impressed at the grandeur of the event, the excitement from the crowd, and the quality of films from these young students.
It was the most lively film festival ceremony I've ever attended--lots of younger people, but with so much energy! Congrats to Angel and Calvin (and Lauren, who could not make it) for once again being recognized as amazing filmmakers. Angel and Calvin also shared some "advice" for this year's incoming Reel Voices students... (Watch the video!)
At one point, the MC said to the audience, "When I say go, shout out Thank You and the name of the teacher who helped you with the video project", and of course I simply expected to hear some jumbled bunch o words, (and yes I got exactly that) but I also didn't expect to somehow feel moved by it... because it truly did! The yelling was incomprehensible, but the faces and gestures of the students were filled with so much pride, sincerity, and happiness, that--at the moment I so wished I were a teacher (!) ... was so thankful for the school teachers who probably all have struggled with budget issues these days ... and so glad for the students who experienced the special bond that can build through making a film together.
If anyone's reading this, I want to ask you if you have one or two teachers whose names you'd shout out if you were asked that very same question... and have you told them yet? They'd probably love that, wouldn't they. Hm, *opening Gmail* ...