Reel Voices

Reel Voices

Since 2005, Pacific Arts Movement has empowered local high school students to learn the art of documentary filmmaking through the Reel Voices program. This intense, 12-week summer internship helps students become socially-conscious storytellers, learn Final Cut Pro editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production.

Students receive a $500 scholarship for their work, which premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in November. The films are also packaged into a DVD and travel to other film festivals around the world including Youngcuts Film Festival (Montreal), Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle), and Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (New York). Their films have won awards including PBS’s Project VoiceScape Audience Award. Previous Reel Voices students have used their works to earn scholarships to film school.

See The Impact

Mentors

One of the benefits of the Reel Voices program is the invaluable access to mentors. Each student is paired up with an experienced filmmaker throughout the course of the program for guidance and moral support. This provides a rare opportunity for high school students to hold one-on-one conversations with industry professionals while gaining valuable insight and confidence. Thanks to technology, mentors connect with their mentees via Skype, Google Hangout, email, and sometimes in person.

Reel Voices: Class of 2016

Reel Voices Class of 2016
Alex Contreras
Alex Contreras
Amy Loeber
Amy Loeber
Brittany Schotsch
Brittany Schotsch
Cianna Platt
Cianna Platt
Daniel Perea
Daniel Perea
Evan Nguyen
Evan Nguyen
Fabricio Duarte
Fabricio Duarte
Justin Wellington
Justin Wellington
Nolan Fitzmaurice
Nolan Fitzmaurice
Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee

Reagan Yorke
Sienna DiMuro
Sienna DiMuro
Winter Smiley
Winter Smiley

Reel Voices: 2016 Staff

Frank Howley
Frank Howley

Reel Voices Coordinator
fhowley@pacarts.org
Rizzhel Javier
Rizzhel Javier

Reel Voices Instructor
rizzhel@pacarts.org

Reel Voices Students and Project Archive

Get to know past Reel Voices students, view their works, and celebrate their awards. Click below to see the Reel Voices Project Archive.

Alumni Memories

“I came into Reel Voices knowing that I wanted to be a filmmaker, and I left with more confidence in my decision. Reel Voices allowed me to give a voice to someone who always felt like they didn’t have one.”  – Melissa Ruegg, Reel Voices Class of 2014

“Reel Voices does a great job of fostering a creative learning environment through its talented, super-nice instructors and passionate students.” – Rebecca Liu, Reel Voices Class of 2014

“Reel Voices really cemented my goal of being a filmmaker because while my school has given me opportunities to make videos, I think Reel Voices gave me the closest experience to what filmmaking is like.”   – Kristal Salazar, Reel Voices Class of 2013, Student at NYU

“It was an eye opener to all things possible in film as a career and I know that if I do decide to pursue film, Reel Voices will be have been the great first step!” – Angeleena Tiaokhiao, Reel Voices Class of 2013

” As a child, I had a hard time figuring out my identity and did not really have a figure to look up to that reflected me in American pop culture…  With Reel Voices, I have received a clear example of the need to act upon something to make a change.”   – Emily Johnson, Reel Voices Class of 2012, Student of Film and TV at UCLA

“Making this film has been so rewarding and I hope that people can learn something from my film and try to make a difference in our world today.”
– Angel Gatus, Reel Voices Class of 2010, Winner of PBS’s Project VoiceScape Audience Award

“Reel Voices opened the light to my dark world allowing me to find myself as an individual, giving me the opportunity to use media to communicate my message. This program has been one of the biggest challenges that I had to go through.”
– Joska Charles, Reel Voices Class of 2008

“Reel Voices made my dream to become a filmmaker more realistic and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to tell stories through film.”
-Harrison Tong, Reel Voices Class of 2008

“This internship cemented my passion to become a filmmaker and was one of the major reasons I got into film school.”
– Adam Lee, Reel Voices Class of 2007, A graduate of Loyola Marymount University; Cinematographer

Donors and Sponsors

Reel Voices is made possible by the generous support of the following funders:

Farrell Family Foundation
 

David C. Copley Foundation
 

Union Bank

SDG&E

Wells Fargo