“The reality for a lot of us here in America is that, while everyone has a voice-- a story-- not all of them are valued equally or given a platform to tell them… Reel Voices taught me to see film not just as a form of art, but as a way of resistance. To say yes, we exist. Yes, we matter. Our stories matter, that they deserve to be listened to and to be seen.”
- Winter Smiley, RV Class of 2016
EMPOWERING YOUTH ONE FILM AT A TIME
Reel Voices is a youth media program that trains high school students in the art of documentary storytelling and film making. Curriculum is designed to enhance students critical film analysis, story development techniques, and exercise and encourage discovery, teamwork and self-expression. Students gain valuable technical skills and learn to create their own digital short films.
Director: Winter Smiley
Spilt into three chapters, Motherlands follows the stories of seven Filipina women as their tales interweave across generations, borders and bloodlines.
LIFE ROLLS ON
Director: Reagan Yorke
When an unexpected accident on the soccer field causes Danny's life to change forever, he is supported by family and friends as he not only copes with paralysis, but proves to others that he can beat anything.
DIRECTOR: Daniel Perea
High School students confess their worries about the college admissions process as well as their academic future.
REEL VOICES WEEKLY VLOG - Week 4
DIRECTOR: Frank Howley
Reel Voices takes a field trip to EQ Studios to get experience with professional lighting techniques and interview advices from news producer Maria Villalobos.
REEL VOICES AT MONARCH
The Reel Voices curriculum was integrated with the mission of Monarch School, to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for the future and the necessary skills and experiences for personal success.
BACKWARDS BETZY - RV at Monarch 2016
Reel Voices at Monarch - Student Testimonial