Saturday, November 26, 2011

Looking Back at the Reel Voices 2011--Our Films & Friendship Forever!

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The Reel Voices 2011 premiere was an unforgettable celebration. 
The ten short documentaries produced by our ten talented students were featured on the big screen of the San Diego Asian Film Festival’s 4th day, the 23rd of October. 
The theater was full-house and packed with good energy! Personally, I felt like a proud mama watching the students in front of the stage, receiving a great wave of applause at the end, and answering audience questions like pro filmmakers. Also, thank you very much to the Reel Voices mentors who made it to the screening! (filmmakers David Chien, Sara Newens, Mina Son, and Bao Tran)  The students were happy to be able to finally meet with them face to face. As students took time to sign autographs on the freshly burned Reel Voices DVD, take photos with friends and family, and enjoy delicious catered lunch, the special Sunday afternoon of congrats and cheers came to an end. (by the way, thanks to Kenny Eng for the great performance during the reception)
This year’s Reel Voices was extra special as we had extra number of students (biggest class yet!), a live-TV interview with Fox5 (thank you Nikki!), and a full-on production of the Reel Voices trailer… and more. Plus—how can I not mention Mike Watson- he has once again led another successful year of Reel Voices.  Congratulations!

Some students wrote to me afterwards. Aw so sweet of you!
“It was the highlight of my summer (technically it was my WHOLE summer), and through all the trials and tribulations, it was one of the best summers of my life!”
“The experience was phenomenal and I got to meet so many great people."

Missed our premiere or want to watch the films again? No worries! View them HERE 
And our photos HERE   

We will miss being in class, having fun watching and critiquing each others' films, spending hours on end in the edit bay... but our journey does not end here! We will be submitting our films to various film festivals around the world! Be sure to check back to see where the films go-- what new stories we have--

So proud to have been a part of this. Best wishes to all the students and everyone involved. 


Jini


Send an email to  reelvoices "at" sdaff.org   if interested in applying for next year's Reel Voices. 

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