This is a youth documentary on SB 1070 produced by Latino Voices – a digital media, service learning program that was held during the SCUSD Summer of Service at George Sim Community Center.
This PSA explores some of the obstacles students trying to get into college can face. At UC Tech Camp, students spend a week at the University of California – Santa Cruz learning about higher education and advancing their media skills.
2011 Film Festival WINNERS! Congratulations To All!!
by Patrick Ardell
Four young musicians ride the rails in their new hometown searching for “life-after-dark: in Midtown.
Dou you know the way to “Elvisland”?
by Danna Wilberg
Children’s lives are at risk. Dr. Paulsen is frustrated by Suzanne’s Spiritual beliefs. A “life and death” story is in need of an intervention
from “the other side”.
”the Watering Hole”
by Gerald Martin Davenport & Rob Tillitz
David finds himself in a strange bar where time stands still and demons drown their sorrows
by Burt Wilson
Joe Fish is a private “sock-eye”. If this sounds “fishy”, you may be following a “red herring” – Ready for a “whale of a tail”? Welcome to River City.
by Erica Ruiz & Dwight Taylor
You can’t judge a book by its cover or a purse by its contents. Matthew and Leah search for clues in all the wrong places. Think you know the whole story? Guess again.
by Judith Plank
Brad returns from Iraq only to lose his girlfriend. Depressed, nothing seems to help until a gift re-opens his heart and his new life with “Buddy”.
by Nathan Reedy
We search for heroes in our life. Will, a Sacramento police officer, takes his job seriourly. Bur for this cop, everything is about to change – in a flash.
by Claire Elizabeth
New to Sacramento, Mathilde is worried about going to a new school and making friends, but is quickly accepted by the ”coolest” girls in school. At a sleep over Mathilde discovers that being one of ”The Chozen” is not what she expected.
by Joyce Bezazian
Being a King’s fan is an obsession for Bobby. When his “love” threatens to leave town, choices must be made and priorities re-examined.
by Raghni Reddy
Rose takes Rick by surprise. But Rick is accustomed to bad luck. With so little in common, they are obviously off to a great start.
The young producers of this short (Mason White, Alex Smith, Sylvester Charles), hope that this film will bring awareness to the issue of witness responsibility, and get people to realize what a big problem they’re causing when they don’t speak up.
A short film surrounding the sudden meeting of two different characters both inspired by historical figures: Walter and Elizabeth. Walter is an artist who has tossed his craft aside, blinded by society’s obsession with wealth and careers that pay highly. Produced by students Alyssa and Cassandra Benjamin, and directed by Gabe Figueroa, this film hopes to bring light to this tragic societal norm.
“A Place Called Sacramento Cast & Crew Call; It’s Just the Begining”
Just over 200 people filled the courtyard of the Coloma Community Center on Wednesday, May 18th for the 12th annual Place Called Sacramento Film Festival Cast & Crew Call. Local actors, tech people, and community members wanting to get involved showed up. Volunteers and staff of Access Sacramento helped assist the guests as they arrived. The event opened with a welcome message from Access Sacramento Executive Director, Ron Cooper and was then followed by some local filmmakers. Sacramento Film Commissioner, Lucy Steffens talked to the crowd about the filmmaking process and locations. Jackie from Studio24 spoke about what their studio offers including their movie studio and other services. Former PCS winner and current owner of IT Studios came to let this year’s winning Producers know about his studio and offer help with casting.
After the guest speakers were finished each of the ten filmmakers had a chance to tell the community what their films are about and what their needs are. Filmmakers varied in ages from 9 years old, our youngest yet, to older folks with lots of experience. Film subjects varied as widely as the ages with topics ranging from the paranormal to the ‘fishy’. Information for all the films and filmmakers are available on the Access Sacramento website at www.AccessSacramento.org .
Each Producer spoke about their needs and the eager crowd had an opportunity to meet each of the filmmakers. Ten tables were lined up in a row each with the Producers and their assistants ready and waiting to receive resumes and headshots or get e-mail contacts and meet people in person. The excitement filled the air as the filmmakers realized all these people are here to be a part this thrilling summer community project.
Don’t think you’ve missed out if your couldn’t make it. Lots of acting parts, crew positions, and craft services are still needed for many of these films.
It’s just the beginning, so log on to the Access Sacramento website and check out the film info. Come out and make a movie this summer.
See you on the set!
Check out the 10 winning scripts below:
Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility Scholarship Winners and “Hands In Peace” on Media Edge
This year’s Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was recorded by a Media Edge crew on May 1 at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The winning essays were chosen from entries submitted by greater Sacramento area high school students that reacted to this year’s prompt, based on a quote from President Dwight Eisenhower: “very gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” After the finalists read their essays, the authors of the top three essays earned $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships, and the other six each earned a $750 scholarship.
“Peak Moment” (27 minutes)
“There are no real solutions, there are only responses.” Co-editor Daniel Lerch tells us renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels. Thus resilience – the capacity of a system to withstand disturbance while retaining its fundamental integrity – needs to replace sustainability as a guide to action.
“Hands in Peace” (11 minutes)
Hands in Peace builds peace among diverse communities by adapting the ancient Greek Olympics for children. The children celebrate our common humanity and cultural diversity through non-competitive festivals like this one held in Sacramento.
Watch your mailboxes this week. All paid members in good standing of the organization will be receiving an invitation to attend the June 16 Annual Meeting and a Ballot. Please take the time to read the ballot thoroughly and vote on the proposed By-Laws changes and for candidates to serve two-years on our Board of Directors. They represent your best interests so please participate in this important annual process. Completed ballots must be returned to the Access office no later than June 10 to be counted. Here are some further details.
The Annual Board Election Process
Candidates for 2011-2013 Two-Year Terms as Board Members in Three Membership Catagories
Margaret Metzler Edgar Calderon Alex Vasquez
Gary Martin JoAnn Fuller Clayton Moore
Since its Launch in April of 2010, AccessLocal.TV has generated over 150 stories, all written by a small group of Neighborhood News Reporters, chosen for their ability to become trainers. This works out to a weekly average of 2.9 stories. Currently, Access Sacramento is the most active Neighborhood News Bureau with 66 stories. What we see is that News Bureaus where we have conducted in person traininings, produce far more stories. While all reporters are invited to every training session, what we have seen from an attendance standpoint is that most trainees come from the location where the training is being heald. Here is the break down by Neighborhood News Bureau along with the number of trainings done. Please note that Access Sacramento Reporters have received the most training, and have been present at all of the trainings:
-Neighborhood NewsOverall: 156 stories
-Neighborhood News Regional 7 stories All Training Sessions.
-Access Sacramento Neighborhood News 66 stories All Training Sessions
-Sam Pannell Community Center 12 stories 1 Training Session
-Valley Hi-North Laguna Library 14 stories 3 Training Sessions
-Youth Media Forum for Social Change 12 stories 1 Training Session
-Asian Resources Inc 8 stories 1 Training Session
-Florin Creek Rec. Center 3 stories
-La Familia 3 stories
Our experience shows us that doing hands on training with the reporters is the best way to encourage content production. While it is challenging to organize volunteer reporters to attend training sessions, it is this hands on supervision that helps to facilitate giving a voice to South Sacramento’s Neighborhood News Reporters. As we begin to make AccessLocal.TV available to more reporters, we will want to keep in mind that productivity is greatly stimulated by these in person interacations.