The first ever White House Student Film Festival happened last week. The festival blends two things I have a keen interest in – filmmaking and technology. Specifically, the student-made films capture how K-12 students are using technology in the classroom. There were over 2,500 entries from across the nation. Those were narrowed down to 16 Official Selections (above) and 127 Honorable Mentions, all of which can be viewed from the White House’s YouTube site. Kal Penn, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the special guests at the festival, and Conan O’Brien addressed the students by video. One of my favorites videos is Full Steam Ahead from the children at SciTech Kids. 3D printing! Augmented reality! Coding! Robots! Pongsats! Man, I wish we had that stuff when I was in school!
It’s great that these K-12ers are using video to talk about the impact of science, technology, engineering, math, and art in the classroom. Hopefully this turns into an annual event.
Join filmmakers and supporters of the autism community on January 19th at MOCA in La Jolla to see two locally produced autism-related short films – With Me and El Abuelo. The show starts at 7pm. Q and A with filmmakers and autism community folks to follow. Suggested donation is $12 at the door. Proceeds go to the Arch Academy and Tender Loving Canines. It should be a great night! Spread the word!
EL ABUELO will screen on Sunday, September 2nd at the OC Film Fiesta. Screening time is 1:00pm at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA 92701). EL ABUELO’s co-star, Louie Olivos, Jr., will introduce the film. All OC Film Fiesta screenings are FREE.
Following EL ABEULO is an Indie Showcase at 2:00pm, and the short documentary INNOCENTE at 3:30pm. INNOCENTE is the latest short film from Academy Award nominated directors (2008 documentary WAR/DANCE) Sean Fine and Andrea Nix.
Watch the trailer for EL ABUELO and learn more about the film here.