ArtPower Film Festival!

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In the following three minute films, students capture amazing true stories from, and about, the adults in their lives. Humor, pain and human endurance color these stories that describe the various, unpredictable journeys of life. Watch and, we promise, you will laugh, cry, wince, or say “awwww.”

This semester-long project has been a collaboration of students’ multimedia and English classes. This project began with each student conducting one 45-minute interview with an adult whom they admired or about whom they wanted to know more. Then, as part of the story building process, each student transcribed their own 45-minute interview. Using their own transcription as a guide, students then edited their sound work into a seven minute story. Lastly, and after many rounds of critiques, each seven minute story became a beautiful and concise three minute piece. Through this process, students learned to carefully find and craft a meaningful story. The classes nominated their final 10 selections (out of 25 total) for cinematic production. An archive of all their sound narratives is here.

Next, students moved into visual production through an extensive film practicum program with UCSD’s ArtPower! program. ArtPower! recognizes that creative learners make creative teachers, and teaching and learning go both ways. In spring 2012, ArtPower! Film, Sixth College, and the Department of Visual Arts, along with our 12th grade students at High Tech High Media Arts, embarked on a ten-week creative mentorship program where UCSD students collaborated with and mentored our 12th grade students in order to produce these very special short films. This project was also facilitated by UCSD’s Visual Arts Department faculty member Michael Trigilio, ArtPower!’s Curator Rebecca Webb and Associate Director for the Practicum, Diane A. Forbes Berthoud.

These final films culminate into the following ten projects and were shown at the 5th Annual Artpower! Student Film Festival at The Loft on UCSD’s campus during the spring of 2012.

We hope you enjoy their work.

-Margaret Noble, Media Arts Instructor
-Rachel Nichols, English Instructor

 

In the Pit of Your Stomach

One man’s tale of waiting at the alter.

Watch: http://youtu.be/-TXi7Xx5Ru0

HTHMA Student Team: 
Brandi Coley, Noah Schlottman,
Shaila Simpson and Anapaula Garciabueno.
UCSD Mentor: Phoenix Lawton
Process Blog: http://in-the-pit-of-your-stomach.tumblr.com/

 

 

Duct Tape Ninja

A quirky story about men, women, and duct tape.

Watch: http://youtu.be/wF9Zl9polJM

HTHMA Student Team: 
Shoshannah Michaelsen,Allyson M Moder,
Austin Clapp and Morgan Barrett.
UCSD Mentor: Duy Nguyen
Process Blog: http://ducttapedninja.wordpress.com/

 

Caged Dreams

Trapped in a concrete box.

Watch: http://youtu.be/IByCkVGfFz8

HTHMA Student Team: 
Kadija Grant, Adam Sutherlin,
Alvaro Chagollan and Annalisa Madruga.
UCSD Mentor: Kristen M Hastings
Process Blog: http://juvibreak.tumblr.com/

 

Signs of Love

One man’s perspective on love and communication.

Watch: http://youtu.be/tdjw1ruAxm0

HTHMA Student Team: 
Rachael Dickey, Stephanie Barria,
Nia Gamboa, Carli Anderson and Jacqueline Lira
UCSD Mentor: Emma Robertson
Process Blog: http://signsoflove-rscnj.tumblr.com/

 

Through a Father’s Eyes

A father speaks on living through two wars with his family.

Watch: http://youtu.be/_BzOxcJF9ng

HTHMA Student Team: 
Valeh Aboonour, Alex Ford, David Resendiz,
Shaelyn Washburn and Miriam Mwanga
UCSD Mentor: Gabriela Sanchez
Process Blog: http://hthmawarzone.tumblr.com/

  

Playa Sola

 The choice and challenge presented to a young girl in an extremely difficult position.

Watch: http://youtu.be/LIADR_xiBiE

HTHMA Student Team: 
James Armenta, Evanglyn Bighames,
Katya Beatty, Jana Arguelles and Stephanie Sanchez.
UCSD Mentor: Christopher Nguyen
Process Blog: http://playasola.wordpress.com/

 

Extinguish

Extinguish tells the story of Joel E. Bowdan, one of the first African-American firefighters in San Diego, California.

Watch: http://youtu.be/j5a1FlbFQ4w

HTHMA Student Team: 
Siarah Loyd, Pascal Reyes, Tristan Macaraeg,
Marla Villamar and Iberia Dunning
UCSD Mentor: Cameron Wilson
Process Blog: http://black-fighter.tumblr.com/

 

Rail Road Tunnel

 A dramatic re-creation of Mathew Pena’s police chase that has unsuspected results.

Watch: http://youtu.be/pqzEeYgXNmg

HTHMA Student Team: 
Erica Snider, Brandy Bussell, Megan Bailey
Alexander K Machado,  and Tomas Pena.
UCSD Mentor: Angela Colgan 
Process Blog: http://railroadtunnel.wordpress.com/


Nascent

The story of revealing oneself in the face of adversity.

Watch: http://youtu.be/Ifd-CurPkFQ

HTHMA Student Team: 
Louis Tabalon, Claire Ann Brand, 
Maleaja Cokes, Sara Ramos and Robin Siref.
UCSD Mentor: Lauren Egge
Process Blog: http://nas-cent.tumblr.com/


Trapped Ethics

An honest tale of fur trapping in the 1940s.

Watch: http://youtu.be/hEdQQ0MdaFw

HTHMA Student Team: 
Spencer Scott, Jonathon Silva,
Christian Cota and Alex Aguilar
UCSD Mentor: Alana Thomson
Process Blog: http://trapped-ethics.tumblr.com/

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