Launching the 2017 Season of Making Movies that Matter
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 13, 2017 at 2:14 PM
The 2nd Annual Mitchell Englander Making Movies that Matter (MMtM) Youth Short Film Festival is off and running for hundreds of young film makers from over 30 elementary, middle, and high school campuses throughout Council District 12 and the San Fernando Valley.
Open to all K-12 students in the west San Fernando Valley, participants will be using the themes of social action and civic engagement to guide their creative process in one of four categories: public service announcement (PSA), documentary, live action, and animation.
What makes this MMtM project unique is that the cadre of over 30 CD 12 sponsored schools are receiving mentoring from award-winning artists-in-residence from the CalArts Community Arts Program (CAP). In addition, the Apple stores of Northridge and Topanga are donating editing training to the students and staff as a gift to the project.
The MMtM Film Festival will culminate in May 2017 with a juried competition and screening at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge. Last year, a standing-room- only crowd over 1,500 attendees celebrated the creativity and I am most proud of the demographic reached through this project. By limiting the technology to smartphones, it ensures equity and access for all.
This year, I am ecstatic to share that we will include a cadre of homeless youth from a community shelter, developmentally disabled youth from a training center and at-risk youth children from the Devonshire PALS Community Center. We live in unprecedented times and there is a growing awareness among our young people about issues affecting the world around us.
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