Since 2005, Pacific Arts Movement has empowered local high school students to learn the art of documentary filmmaking. This 8-week summer class helps students become socially-conscious storytellers, learn video editing, and experience all stages of production. Students choose their own topics ranging from self love, mental health, social issues, cultural identity and more in stories that are both personal and deeply relevant to the broader San Diego community.


Students receive a $500 scholarship for their work, which premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in November. After the films hosted online, and screened at festivals around the world. Previous Reel Voices students have used their works to earn additional scholarships to film school.


Browse all Reel Voices films & awards in the RV Archive.



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.




Hello! My name is Anaheta though I go by Ana, my pronouns are she/her. I am interested in painting, animation, and coding. While growing up, technology and art have significantly influenced me, I enjoy expressing myself through these elements and hope to implement animation into my documentary in the Reel Voices program. Being granted this opportunity is incredible as I would love to learn more about film and how to apply it to animation.

Anaheta Hamzai


Hi, my name is Arwan Shrivastava (he/him/his). I’m a 15 year old rising junior at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. My passion for filmmaking started when I was a toddler in India, and the film Cars (especially Cars 2) were catalysts for my love of the medium. Soon after, I had my own blog devoted to reviewing movies and I continued to pursue this passion. Aside from filmmaking, I’m active in my school and do different extracurriculars like Model UN where I was part of competitions nationally. I am also a part of my school’s Swim team and do other water sports like Sailing. I first heard of the program when my film class attended one of the screenings, and as soon as we left, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I want to provide those who cannot speak a voice and to broaden the role of Asian Americans in Western media. My aim is that by doing so, bridges will be built that will bring understanding and dialogue into all spaces. I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to working with fellow filmmakers!

Arwan Shrivastava


Heyy! My name’s Attila Sharipbek, I was born in Kazakstan and moved to the States while I was in second grade. I go by he/him pronounces, and I will be a junior in Horizon Prep this upcoming school year. I am the founder and president of the art club and I'm on the arts committee chair at my school. I love art and music with all my heart because it lets people express themselves in all the ways that can't be expressed in just words. Reel voices will be my first experience with filmmaking and I'm very excited because I will learn how to express creativity in filmmaking. I'm also excited to learn how to properly film with a camera because I've always been fascinated by the camera work of famous filmmakers. My favorite movies are indie movies because it really shows the creative work put in by people who aren't influenced by a major corporation whose goals are to just make money. My favorite movies are Shutter Island, Whiplash, and Mad God. Outside of arts, a couple of hobbies I have are skating and surfing.

Attila Sharipbek


Hi! My name is Emmanuel Enriquez and I am graduating soon from Sweetwater High School. I am 18 years old and my pronouns are he/him. I love listening to music, reading books, watching movies, drinking iced coffee, and creating friendships over these interests. My interest in movies and shows started when I was a kid. I would cry because the movie Robots ended, I would fall asleep watching Spongebob, and I would tap dance like Mumble in Happy Feet. No matter what I watched, it always made me feel something, which is what I loved the most. I am excited to be part of Reel Voices because of the experience I know I will gain such as learning how to create, inspire, and embrace. I am also excited about being given the opportunity for my voice to be heard by others through film!

Emmanuel Enriquez


Hi! My name is Isabel Kim (she/they). I'm a 17-year-old rising senior at Vivian Webb School, a boarding high school in Claremont, CA. As someone who struggles to express myself through words, different forms of media have been my main outlet. I’ve played the violin since I was six and I love listening to music, having proudly logged 56,000+ Spotify minutes last year. I’m also an avid reader and writer with a preference for fictional stories and experimental poetry. Outside of the arts, I love traveling with my family, surfing, and studying at cafés. At school, I'm co-captain of the swim and water polo team and actively participate in our DEI program. As a Korean-American, I’ve been inspired by recent AAPI movies like Minari and Everything, Everywhere, All at Once to explore my passions and interests through the creative freedom of filmmaking. I am super excited to be a part of Reel Voices, where I can learn how to use film as a creative and emotional outlet while engaging more deeply with the San Diego community.

Isabel Kim


Hii! My name is Jacquelyn Dy (she/her) and I am going to be a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy in the coming school year. In my freetime I enjoy reading mystery and sci-fi books, writing, listening to music, and obsessively playing sudoku on my phone. I also love to paint/draw, take photos, play card games, and attempt baking recipes from time to time. I have always loved watching movies and consuming stories, so I am really excited for Reel Voices since I will have a chance to tell a story myself. Since I was a toddler I have had an obsession with cameras, so I am also looking forward to filming and learning more about documentary filmmaking.

Jacquelyn Dy


Hi my name is Kathryn (KC) Park. I’m 16 and a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School. I’m adopted from South Korea and I moved here as a baby. I’m currently in my high school’s advanced digital media program. From an early age I’ve loved TV and Film and It’s always been my dream to work in the industry. Currently, I enjoy screenwriting, golfing, arts and crafts and studying Italian. My favorite director is Taika Waiti and my favorite movies are Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Bee Movie and Knives Out. My passion grew for TV when I wanted to be every single thing on TV that I saw. A detective, a spy, an intergalactic alien who saves planets. But I realized I loved the stories on TV. They’ve inspired me to be who I am today. So I am very excited to be a part of Reel Voices and further my film career.

Kathryn Park


My name is Leilani Gonzalez-Frayre, I am a junior going into senior year at High Tech High and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I cannot live without art and music, and you can always find me taking videos and pictures of things I find interesting or beautiful. I have a few hobbies, photography, crochet, jewelry making, and I am currently getting into sewing. My favorite movie is La La Land. I love romance and life movies and shows with beautiful cinematography. I am more of a photographer, so I am looking forward to learning things about videography and cinematography.

Leilani Gonzalez


Hello! My name is Nella Sak (she/her), and I’m a rising senior at James Madison High School. I am interested in media arts, make-up, fashion, math, and engineering (software, bio, and web design). I spend most of my time listening to music (I like all sorts of genres but I lean towards classical, bossa nova, and indie). One of my goals in life is to learn as many skills as possible! Many of my friends would describe me as independent, pink-personified, and well-rounded. I’m excited to be a part of Reel Voices because I get to make new friends, improve and gain new skills, and exercise my creativity. I hope I can make a piece that is significant to others.

Nella Sak


Howdy, my name is Paziano and I’m Filipino-American. I go by Paz (he/him), which means peace or happiness. I attend Steele Canyon High School, where I’m super involved in the theater department. I’ll be a junior in 2023-24. When I was 10, I gave a TedX Talk at Petco Park on how kindness is cool (it still is.) My favorite roles I’ve played recently onstage are Gomez in “Addams Family” and Lonny in “Rock of Ages.”

I love theater, films, comedy, music, books, games, gamebooks, all things sci-fi, and I have not outgrown LEGOs. I love enjoying all of these things with family and friends. I love hearing a good joke, but I especially love telling one. I also enjoy cooking. I make delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas, but I want to master some Filipino dishes.

For several years, I’ve known about Reel Voices because my family goes to the San Diego Asian Film Festival. I can’t believe I get to be a part of it now! I’m really excited because I know I’m going to learn a lot about the art of filmmaking, and I can’t wait to meet others who are passionate about telling stories.

Paziano Parel-Sewell


Hello! My name is Patrick Jang (he/him), and I’m a rising junior at Canyon Crest Academy. In my free time you can find me writing poetry, blasting Eminem on my headphones, or scrolling through memes. Since Reel Voices is a film program, it’s worth mentioning that I have cried while watching all of the Shrek movies (except for the third one). I am also a team captain, club officer, and Varsity debater for my school’s Speech and Debate team, where I often travel nationally to compete in tournaments. Additionally, I enjoy publicly displaying my dead sense of humor by running and managing a school Instagram meme page. My film career kicked off with a cringey YouTube channel in fifth grade, and ever since, I have been developing my skills and expanding my interest in film. I am beyond excited to grow as a cinematic storyteller with Reel Voices this summer!

Patrick Jang


Hi! My name is Yezy (she/ her) and I’m going to be a senior at Canyon Crest Academy. I’ve always loved creating whether it’s baking, sewing, collaging, painting, or filmmaking, and I’m excited to be a part of Reel Voices to strengthen my documentary storytelling skills and meet other fellow creatives around San Diego!

Yezy Suh



Originally from Philadelphia, Henry Liu is a filmmaker based out of Southern California. Graduating with a Visual Arts degree from UC San Diego, his body of work includes film productions, commercial projects, client brand work, and live events. Henry has been with the Pacific Arts Movement since 2021 as the Video Production Coordinator and has more recently joined the Reel Voices team as the RV Coordinator. Henry is deeply passionate about making creative, collaborative visual art including working on music videos for the local San Diego music scene and indie film projects, even making his own festival directorial debut with the short film L O C K in 2022. Outside of creative pursuits, Henry also works on client-based brand commercials and videos, particularly with street and urban style clothing brands, restaurants, and cosmetic companies. Some companies he's worked with include anime clothing brands like Umai and Iced Tea Aesthetics, local restaurants such as Bing Haus, Cross Street Chicken, Serbesa, and Common Theory, and cosmetic lines such as Revela, FairyGene, and Mzuri.

Henry Liu

Reel Voices Coordinator

Moriah Hayes is a filmmaker who graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a double minor in Ethnic Studies and Native American & Indigenous Studies. Their interest in film originated from a video production class they took their freshman year of high school and has blossomed into their career today. She has a strong passion for discovering and amplifying truths that have been historically undermined, underrepresented, and pushed aside through the cinematic medium. Moriah has worked on a variety of short narrative and documentary films, a documentary feature: California to Ghana (2018), and is currently finishing up her newest documentary feature: Dear Alaska,. They also co-founded their own production company, Shark House Cinema LLC, named in honor of Moriah’s family: the Tlingit Wooshkeetaan A’akw Kwáan of the Auke Bay region in Southeast Alaska. Her family is Eagle Wolf moiety of Tóos’ Hít, Shark House. With a wide variety of film projects, it’s Moriah’s lifelong goal to create a strong enough ripple in the film industry to inspire, encourage, and amplify the many stories that are longing to be told.

Moriah Hayes

Reel Voices Instructor

I am a first-generation Chicano college graduate. I got my major in Communication and specialized in film. I am from City Heights, San Diego. I went to the Preuss School UCSD. I love watching tv and boxing. I appreciate the different types of tv shows and how they share information or tell stories. I also love to box to stay fit and manage my mental health. I am currently working as a social media manager for UC San Diego. I love my job because it allows me to continue working with video production and storytelling. Using video production to improve marketing and crowdfunding for nonprofits is a job in many parts of society that allows you to practice filmmaking skills in your daily work activities. I wish that growing up, someone encouraged me to pursue my storytelling passion so that I could practice video making more intentionally from childhood. I am excited to be a part of Reel Voices to meet the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers!

Ronnie Moreno

Reel Voices Classroom Assistant


Reel Voices is supported through generous grants from:

Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation

The Conrad Prebys Foundation

Pratt Memorial Fund