WHAT IS REEL VOICES?

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.

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.

ALUMNI MEMORIES

REEL VOICES CLASS OF 2024

Joshua Kim

Hi i'm Josh. I'm 15 years old, Pronouns are he/him. I am a Korean American, who speaks no Korean but is fluent in Chinese, and I currently attend WSC (Webb Schools of California) which is a boarding school in Claremont, CA. Ever since I was young I have always been active in the water and currently enjoy surfing, playing water polo, and swimming. Outside the water, I've also played the violin since I was five and developed a large liking towards music leading to my interest in other forms of art. Most of this interest has been in film as it has always captured my attention from the power and emotion films can bring from movies like Dead Poets Society to Wiplash. Although I am pretty new to the whole filmmaking stuff, I am excited to be part of Reel Voices and learn how to express creativity and ideas through a film.

Something you actually say: Womp Womp.

Joshua Kim

Aisha Lopez

Hi!! I’m Aysha Lopez, Im 15 years old. This upcoming year I will transition to my junior year at Orange Glen High School in Escondido where I will continue being a part of the middle college program. My goals during my time in the Reel Voices program is to share awareness and mainly just provide that comfort into the film I create. I believe cinema is crucially important and being able to create a film of my own where I get to direct and try new things is what Im looking forward to. In the future I plan to make a meaningful impact and although I don’t know what I will major in I'm driven by a desire to continuously learn and grow.

Something you actually say: Besos.

Aysha Lopez

Joshua

Hi, my name is joshua. I’m 15 now but will be 16 in july. My pronouns are he/him, and I can’t wait to learn more about film and really grow throughout the program.

Something you actually say: Locked in, absolutely, “that’s crazy”, for sure, definitely more too.

Joshua

Kayla Yoo

Hi! My name is Kayla Yoo and I am a rising senior at Torrey Pines High School. In my free time you can find me hanging out with friends, listening to music, getting matcha, and playing golf. I have always loved watching different films, documentaries, shows, and K-dramas and spend a lot of time either starting or rewatching them as comfort. Films with beautiful cinematography and a compelling storyline never fails to grasp my attention and keep me seated. I am excited to be a part of Reel Voices to learn new skills of filmmaking and meeting new people!

Something you actually say: Bruh.

Kayla Yoo

Audrey Song

Hi! I'm Audrey. My pronouns are she/her and I'm sixteen years old. I'm so excited to explore new forms of filmmaking; I've never made a documentary before and I'm so ready to try it out! In my free time, I love walking my rabbit which usually just consists of me carrying him to a patch of grass and letting him run around on a leash. Maybe I'll make a documentary about him one day.

Something you actually say: Hey gang.

Audrey Song

Michael Schaffer

My pronouns are he/him, Laotian-American, my mom inspires me, I have a lot of experience being in photos and videos because of my mom taking non-stop pictures all the time. I don't have much experience with film, but I'm hope to learn a lot from this program.

Something you actually say: Yessir.

Michael Schaffer

Mintuh Nguyen

Hi! My name is Minhtu (min-too), my pronouns are she/her, and I am Vietnamese American. I am 15 and go to Eastlake High School as an incoming sophmore. I love baking, writing, and making music. I also like to paint, but I'm really bad at it. I am inspired by my Grandfather, aunt, and cousin who all chose to pursue the creative side of them, being poets, filmakers, and artists. I grew up making a lot of mini films, and got one of them into a film festival! I am trying to improve my public speaking abilities by participating in speech contests. I am in multiple clubs at Eastlake high school, such as robotics, Books Beyond Borders, and Junior Optimist, which I will be president of next year. I am so excited to participate in this program over the summer!!!

Something you actually say: I'm hungry.

Minhtu Nguyen

Miranda Fecher

Hi! My name is Miranda Fecher (she/her) and I am a soon to be senior at Eastlake High School! My current aspirations are to be an environmental engineer and I have continued many hobbies through clubs at my school! Since I was little I’ve always been interested in the arts, more specifically the expression of feelings and thoughts through; movements, music, and paintings. With this, I quickly started my journey with music through the violin at age five which I’ve still continued to keep up all these years. Recently, through my school research class I’ve been introducing myself to learning the importance of how films and movies can help people perceive certain social issues, which led me to reel voices! I would love to learn more about the art of film and expand my knowledge on this!

Something you actually say: Locked in.

Miranda Fecher

Jayden Zhang

Hi! I'm Jayden. I'm in ninth grade and trying my best to just survive. I believe that Film is a really convenient way to both communicate to everyone and work with other people. It's also a really great way to leave your mark on this world. Personally though, I don't concern myself too hard with my legacy and aspirations. I'm just here to have some fun, learn a bit, and tell a new story.

Something you actually say: Alright run it.

Jayden Zhang

Mariska Nouvong

Hi!! My name is Mariska Nouvong (she/her). I am 17 years old and will soon be a senior at HSHMC. I am Asian American (half Filipino and half Laotian) and was born and raised here in San Diego. Some of my hobbies are playing volleyball, baking, and hanging out with my friends. At school, I am involved in a lot of extracurriculars like volleyball, ASB, yearbook, acting club, and more. But one of my favorite clubs is our Broadcasting club, where we produce the school news and I am one of the co-presidents. I have both been both in front of the camera and behind the camera when it comes to filmmaking. So, I am excited to learn more about film and overall gain some new skills through Reel Voices!

Something you actually say: ``Lock'd in``, ``Literally``, ``Dude, ``For Real``, ``You're cooked``, ``OMG``.

Mariska Nouvong

Hanson Loh

Hi, my name is Hanson. My dream is to one day direct my very own feature film and have it screened in cinemas worldwide. My favorite film-related memory to date was screening and presenting a short film that I made with my friends on the big screen. In my free time, I like to eat with friends, go thrifting, take naps, watch films, and create Spotify playlists.

Something you actually say: ``Please, thank you, and you're welcome.``

Hanson Loh

Minjun Kim

I'm just one of the few million high school students trying to figure out life, chasing dreams and getting lost from time to time. My journey to filmmaking started from my desire to express different thoughts, which I learned that film is a comprehensive medium that integrates all sorts of art form. I listen to all kinds of music genres, from classical to new age, indie, rock, rap and others. I also enjoy following sports, watching movies, practicing my instruments (not so consistently) and reading books (sometimes). I want to produce films that integrate and reflect these different parts of my life and the insights that I've gained along the way.

Something you actually say: We gon' be alright.

Minjun Kim

REEL VOICES TEAM

Charles Thunyakij

Charles Thunyakij is a dedicated educator with over 10 years of experience in arts education, working with students and communities at MOPA, Mingei, Art Reach, the New Children’s Museum, and schools across San Diego. He has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of education and community engagement. From guiding students through the art of traditional bookbinding to joining them in powerful protests for social justice, he’s continually inspired by the energy and activism of today’s youth. Charles believes in creating brave spaces where young people can thrive and make a difference. He is eager to continue supporting and collaborating with the next generation of changemakers, amplifying their voices. With his wealth of experience and passion for education coordination, he is committed to amplifying diverse voices and fostering community engagement. He dedicates himself to developing innovative programs that empower learners of all ages to explore, create, and connect through the power of film and cultural storytelling.

Charles Thunyakij

Education Coordinator
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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
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DONORS & SPONSORS

Reel Voices is supported through generous grants from:

Capdevilla/Gillespie Foundation