There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the past two or three years. Two years ago, we were all impacted by the global pandemic and a lot of us lost opportunities, jobs, even lives. I never expected anything after COVID hit because I was so used to expecting nothing. That is until I got this email that I was accepted into the All American High School Film Festival and it gave me hope and motivation.
It was unexpected and I did not even know Mr. Cavada had entered my film or that there were film festivals. This was such an amazing opportunity for me and gave me a new perspective in life. New York was amazing and I’ll never forget this whole experience. When I arrived at the fim festival to see all these student filmmakers with all this super talent to come in one place, I felt very honored. It was even more amazing to watch and see their stories on the big screen. I loved that we watched the films and it was not just one genre. I was able to see all types of film.
Often young people are underrated, and the film festival was a place where young people’s talent and stories were seen and heard.
It is amazing how talented all the filmmakers are. Often young people are underrated, and the film festival was a place where young people’s talent and stories were seen and heard. So even if you are not a film student, one can still make films and tell their story. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to tell my story of being Asian and having pride in my culture.
This is Part 4 of KCI’s Student Media Collaboration Blog Series highlighting the amazing partnership between KCI, East Side Union High School District, and Foothill College and produced on the WeVideo platform. Stay tuned for more news from the students and community members impacted by this amazing project.