Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Reel Voices 2011 Starts Today!
The ten students for the 2011 Reel Voices met all together for the first time (well, 8 of them met already for the LA Film Festival last Saturday-- which deserves another blog entry by the way!) in the conference room of SDAFF's beautiful new home in Point Loma. We began this first meeting with introductions of ourselves, while we imagined how after the next 8 weeks, we will be introducing our short documentaries to the class, then to a big crowd of audience in October during the San Diego Asian Film Festival...
By the way, this is Jini, the Reel Voices assistant. I keep writing "We, we we!!" as if I am one of the students...
I guess I'm just very excited and feel like I am one of them, and that the documentaries the students will produce are all mine!!!
It's true. I've only met the students twice now but I already feel that they are a sweet and smart bunch, and will love to get to know well every single one of them.
By the way, Brian Hu, SDAFF's new artistic director, was our guest speaker today and discussed about "Film appreciation"-- he shared with us what his "a-ha!" film moments were, and how some films can impact a person on a very personal level. Reel Voices was definitely lucky to have him speak for us; it was a priceless lecture that many would highly enjoy, and now I cannot wait until Jason Low, my fellow assistant's guest lecture next class time.
From Skype interviews with filmmakers, to conversations with filmmaker mentors, and from movie theater field trips to film critiquing sessions... this is all that Reel Voices has to look forward to, and it does not even include the documentary filming and editing part. Our director, Mike Watson, has indeed prepared a lot of enriching filmmaking-goodness for the team.
Anthony, Alex, Asha, Camille, Jesus, Jose, Kaylor, Marissa, Marygian, and Michelle -- these are the lucky high school students of San Diego this summer (and we're lucky to have you!).
Care to share any words of encouragement or advice for us? Even comments green with envy will be accepted. We understand. :)