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.
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
Kimberly Moreno Chavez
Meghan Allison Ibañez
Nina Pearl Martin
Reel Voices: Staff
Reel Voices Coordinator
Reel Voices Instructor
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.
” 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
Donors and Sponsors
Reel Voices is made possible by the generous support of the following funders: