Highlights from Film Independent’s Future Filmmakers Showcase, featuring networking events, a special youth filmmaker screening, mentoring sessions, keynote conversations and more.
The capstone of Film Independent’s year-round Youth Programs, Future Filmmakers featured a screening of the best new works by student filmmakers 18 and under.
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let's roll hi my name is Caitlin foo Riley Thomas Stewart Lacey of our and I am one of the future filmmakers it was a student showcase film independent future filmmakers program today is future filmmakers and we are running all day in Culver City we have 90 minutes of student films playing also a dark light the future filmmakers showcase ready you have to surround yourself with artists to be able to do that kind of things you want to do it was just a really interesting event to see like all different types of cultural backgrounds it's four mediums of animation in filmmaking the screening this morning was of the documentary jaw line it's about someone who's going through high school and sort of struggling with figuring out who they are but also trying to make it as a social-media influencer and I think the film makes people think about how they use social media and connection with other people they think it's you know part of the film is making it it's like judgement free world that you can have an experience with someone from their perspective so you can actually understand it like you can understand why these people are here and why they get hooked and why they're so so into it I thought it was a really amazing take for me it's so common but I didn't even realize that for adults that's something that they don't even think exists so it was cool to see the adult reactions to that subculture after the showcase today we're gonna have a mentorship reception where the filmmakers is gonna come back here and get a chance to network with fellows it was almost like in a weird way intimidating to see high school students do films that good as well as have a keynote speaker Ali Leroi who is the creator of Everybody Hates Chris the ability to create is so much simpler than it was we are committed to cultivating a new generation of creators storytellers an audience's of independent film it doesn't matter if you're in high school middle school you can still make really like compelling stories I realized I had a lot of my own stories to tell I kind of use film as my outlet to kind of share these experiences with the world I think filmmaking a great catalyst for change because it's so accessible for many many people can relate and become sympathetic in a ways that they may have never been before they're not just future filmmakers they are currently filmmakers you