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RIVERSIDE—Off the Block / On the Screen
October 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Students from Off the Block 2019 – Photo by Steffanie Padilla.
RIVERSIDE—Join Riverside’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation on October 10th to watch and celebrate the films from the 2019 Off the Block Documentary Workshop! Events begins at 6:00pm; also screened will be highlights from 10 years of the student documentary program.
October 10 at 6:00 p.m.
UCR ARTS Culver Center of the Arts
3834 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Off the Block is an award-winning, free media literacy and video production workshop. The program is designed to teach local high-school aged students all the necessary skills to make their own documentary film, from pre-production and planning, to filming and editing. The 5-week course culminates in students collaborating and producing films of their own.
Each summer for the past 10 years, the stories and projects that OFF THE BLOCK students have produced have explored the stories and histories found in Southern California. Past films have explored the citrus industry of Southern California, the DREAM Act, the opioid epidemic, school shootings and gun violence, the local wild burro population, and LGBTQ rights all through the stories of local citizens and community members. OFF THE BLOCK films have used animation as the backbone of its storytelling; others have featured first person narration, the direct on-camera presence of our students, or a third-person point-of-view detailing expert opinion and analysis of a subject. OFF THE BLOCK students explore the creative potential of the documentary film format, but also seek to cultivate a disciplined and methodical approach towards fact-finding and truth-seeking.
This program is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project NEXT GEN grant.