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Youth Visions Film Showcase at the San Diego Latino Film Festival

Media Arts Center San Diego presents its annual Youth Visions showcase, a collection of short films from teen filmmakers, representing a burgeoning population of youth who are finding creative expression and empowerment in telling stories through visual media. The event takes place March 23, 2019 at AMC Fashion Valley as a part of the 26th San Diego Latino Film Festival. See the film program below, and find more information and tickets.


Youth Visions Short Film Celebration

Saturday, March 23, 2 pm

Total running time: 110 minutes

Community Partners: Second Chance, JCCS/SDCOE, High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista Learning Community Charter, Pro Kids, and PAC Arts’ Reel Voices, Instituto Altazor, and Del Lago Academy

Curated by: Larry DaSilveira

Individual Tickets:

General Admission – $12.00

Senior/Student/Military – $10.00

Member rate – $9.00



Before You Type

Dir. High Tech High Chula Vista Students

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 1 min)
This public service announcement illustrates the detrimental effects of cyberbullying.


Beyond the Boat
Dir. Teen Producers Project

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 3 min)

Behind he scenes look at San Diego’s only fisherman’s market.


Black Sheep: Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barberia

Dir. Amar Wiley

(Second Chance Emerging Makers, 12 min)

Second Chance youth programs focus on overcoming neglect, abuse, criminal backgrounds, addiction, and other barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. One student met with a group of barbers to learn about their paths to creating a community dedicated to their craft.



Dir. Vivian Muñoz

(Pacific Arts Movement: Reel Voices, San Diego CA, 8 min)
A powerful look at the challenges faced by young and old Latinx alike when coping with mental illness.


Caras conocidas

Dir. Instituto Altazor Students

(Media Arts Center San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico, 3 min)
Follow a young man as he suffers daily indignities at the hands of his peers.



Dir. Luis Luna, Angel Mendoza, David Valderrama

(Mt. Pleasant High School, San Jose, CA, 7 min)

A film raising awareness about how issues surrounding DACA affect students.


Food Justice

Dir. Southland Blended Community School Students

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 3 min)
A trip to Wild Willow Farms educates students about cultivating and empowering sustainable food communities.



Dir. Chula Vista Learning Community Charter Interns

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 3 min)

Conversations with residents in the North Park neighborhood about recent renovations.



Dir. Teen Producers Project

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 4 min)

The story of a summer soccer league for refugee girls living in San Diego and how it allows them to come together with people from different places around the world.


La lluvia habla

Dir. Jacqueline Benevides

(Raw Artworks, Lynn, MA, 5 min)

Explores the challenges that Latinas face from within their own families and the larger Hispanic community when discussing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.


Make America Civilized Again

Dir. Camp Reel Stories

(Camp Reel Stories, Oakland, CA, 6 min)
A documentary about immigration, deportation, and human rights violations committed by the United States government.


More Than Just a Game

Dir. Teen Producers Project

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 4 min)

Learn how The First Tee makes a difference with its program for kids and teens learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills.


No Trust Without US

Dir. Second Chance Emerging Makers

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 5 min)
Second Chance students dialogue with a police officer about community policing.



Dir. Wendy Medina

(Del Lago Academy, Escondido, CA, 2 min)

An eighteen-year-old Mexican boy is conflicted between staying with his family or leaving the rancho to go to the U.S.



Dir. Fabricio Reyes & Asis Prieto

(Venice Arts, Venice, CA, 4 min)

A note book of regrets is shared and then destroyed. This short stop-motion film was made by students in the Advanced Film Class at Venice Arts.



Dir. Alexa Gutierrez & Charles Capp

(Venice Arts, Venice, CA, 8 min)
An experimental documentary short about a young man’s struggle with drug addiction.


The Runaways

Dir. Annelle Arciniega

(Micro Cine Panama, Panama City, Panama, 7 min)
In order to pay off their debt and clear their name, a young couple decides that the only solution is burglary.


Shattered Dreams

Dir. Teen Producers Project

(Media Arts Center San Diego, 7 min)

After receiving great news, a young girl celebrates with her mother but soon encounters an unexpected obstacle.


La única opción

Dir. Clara Siliezar

(Pacific Arts Movement: Reel Voices, San Diego, CA, 11 min)

Across generations, three Salvadoran men share difficult decisions and how they persevered to find new life and family in America.


We Are Now

Dir. Gandhi Brigade Youth Media

(Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, Silver Spring, MD, 8 min)

Showcases several young activists who believe the government is unresponsive to their needs and though not yet of voting age, they are organizing, protesting, and standing up for their rights.


Interested in seeing multiple movies at this year’s festival, purchase a ticket pack or film pass today!  https://2019.sdlatinofilm.com/festival-passes/

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