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 8-week summer class helps students become socially-conscious storytellers, learn Adobe Premiere editing, and experience all stages of 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 2017

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Adrienne Garrett
Adrienne Garrett
AJ Prince
AJ Prince
Alaysja Clark
Alaysja Clark
Baylee Ahrens
Baylee Ahrens
Garrett Seamans
Garrett Seamans
Jake Bulette
Jake Bulette
Kimberly Moreno Chavez
Kimberly Moreno Chavez
Meghan Allison Ibañez
Meghan Allison Ibañez
Nina Pearl Martin
Nina Pearl Martin
Peter Prom
Peter Prom

Saray Aguilar

Reel Voices: 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 found a way of sharing my story—our story—through film. Reel Voices taught me to see film not just as a form of art, but as a way of resistance. To say yes. We exist. Yes, we matter. Our stories matter. And they deserve to be listened to, to be seen.” – Winter Smiley, Reel Voices 2016

“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

“I had a fantastic time with Reel Voices. It opened my eyes to so many different creative platforms. I also learned a lot more about myself and my culture. Getting to choose my topic was awesome because it meant so much to me.” – Alaysja Clark, Reel Voices 2017

“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

“Reel Voices was the most amazing experience I’ve had so far in my lifetime. Reel Voices made me realize that there is a way of putting out my voice out into the world for others to hear and that my voice is still important and it can impact many people.” – Sienna DiMuro, Reel Voices 2016

Donors and Sponsors

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

Farrell Family Foundation
 

Union Bank

SDG&E

Wells Fargo

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