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List of California Documentary Project NEXT GEN Grants

GRANTS AWARDED IN 2018

CALIFORNIA DREAMERS
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
Project Director: Lisa Marr
Echo Park Film Center’s Summer Youth Class will focus on untold stories of Los Angeles’ undocumented population and create short documentary films that examine, explore and celebrate the lives of some of the state’s 2.5 million undocumented individuals. Participants between the ages of 12 and 18—including youth who are themselves undocumented—will learn about the current state and history of migrants through film, guest speakers and the surrounding community. $12,500

FIRST VOTE PROJECT
Venice Arts, Venice, CA
Project Director: Issa Sharp
First Vote engages filmmakers ages 15 to 18 to produce a series of short films that use storytelling to explore issues important to young people who will be first time voters in 2020. In collaboration with a humanities advisor, participants will explore how their interests and concerns relate to the larger social, cultural and political landscape. $15,000

INFLUENCES AND INFLUENCERS: SAN FRANCISCO YOUTH MAP THEIR MEDIA
KALW San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
Project Director: Ben Trefny
San Francisco Bay Area public radio station KALW will offer a two-phase podcasting project built on the station’s current training program in San Francisco Unified School District classrooms and its summer high school internship. Through youth-led research, workshops, and the creation of a six-part podcast series, the project will explore issues of media literacy and media’s influence on young Californians and their communities. $14,745

NUEVAS NOVELAS FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP
Justice for my Sister, A Project of Community Partners, Los Angeles, CA
Project Director: Kimberly Bautista
Justice for my Sister Collective will provide video production training for 18 young women of color and non-binary youth through an innovative and integrative creative training process. Participants will gain media literacy skills, hands-on experience with film industry professionals and storytelling skills as they produce short documentary films created by the youth themselves. $15,000

SPEAK CITY HEIGHTS YOUTH VOICES
Media Arts Center San Diego, San Diego, CA
Project Director: Larry DaSilveira
Youth Voices is a 12-month initiative intended to amplify the voices of immigrant and refugee teens living in San Diego’s most diverse neighborhood, City Heights. The project will engage 60 students at two area Title 1 high schools, and work with professional media artists, a humanities advisor and project director to produce short documentary films about pertinent City Heights issues. $15,000

UCR ARTS – OFF THE BLOCK – BIRTH TO INNOVATION
Regents of the University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA
Project Director: Nikolay Maslov
Off the Block is an award-winning, free media literacy and documentary production workshop designed to provide local high school students with an intensive summer learning experience. The workshop exposes emerging filmmakers to the history of film and documentary and equips them with artistic concepts and technical skills to complete their own documentary short. $15,000

UNDERSTANDING CHANGE IN OAKLAND: A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE
The Oakland Public Education Fund / Youth Beat, Oakland, CA
Project Director: Jake Schoneker
Youth Beat will work with a team of ten advanced filmmaking students to produce a short documentary film that explores the rapidly changing face of Oakland and what this change means for youth in the city. The resulting film will be broadcast on education access station KDOL-TV and featured in a community screening and discussion event. $15,000