Teens from 10 middle and high schools in Sacramento have spent the past school year creating short films to inspire community change. Through a digital storytelling after-school program, youth produced videos highlighting local or cultural history as told through unsung heroes.  They also created videos that identify community and school wide issues to engage in a new dialogue to find solutions. On May 24th, the public is invited to a free screening of this film series at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Over 100 student representatives from participating schools will also be on hand to present these films for the first time to the public.

The Premiere will showcase films produced through California Voices, an initiative of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality youth leadership and service experiences. This event will showcase films from each project site and will include:

• Stories of community heroes such as the Tuskegee Airman, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces during WWII.

• Stories of youth perspective on community challenges including bullying, teen health issues, and drug abuse.

• An award ceremony for youth produced Public Service Announcements.

• A red carpet, limo escorts, and “paparazzi” to interview youth producers.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and red carpet appropriate dress is recommended. Many of the youth producers involved in this initiative come from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and this premiere is a culminating event to their high school experience.

The 4th Annual California Voices Youth Film Premiere is a celebration of teens in this community and their hard work to make a difference in our community.

California Voices is supported by the Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, The California Endowment, The City of Sacramento, Center of Praise Ministries, Sierra Health Foundation, Target Excellence, and Wii Girls.

4th Annual California Voices Youth Film Premiere

Thursday, May 24, 6:00 PM

(Doors open at 5pm for red carpet festivities)

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA