Reel Voices Alumni Update- Commencements, Colleges, Awards, and… Australia!

It is that time of year… season of Commencement ceremonies, families and friends gathering, parties, and preparing for college…

Some of the Reel Voices alumni are also heading off to college this year, and have been busy with various travels, projects, films (of course), and more. It has been busy preparing for the new group of Reel Voices students, but we must take a moment to see what the last year’s students have been up to:

Tony went to the National Film Festival of Talented Youth in Seattle (awesome free flight voucher thanks to Southwest Airlines!) where his film, Love, Life, Live Your Dream, screened in front of a huge audience from all over the world. NFFTY is considered to be the biggest youth film festival in the world and many Reel Voices films have been selected as its official entry for several years in the past.

Alex looked spiffy at the San Diego iVIE Awards representing the Reel Voices films that have been nominated in the high school non-fiction film category.  He has also been our most prolific filmmaker in the past several months—collaborating with his school friends on a film like this one


, getting selected by GLSEN for their Day of Silence Video  and his other film, Binary  will be screening at the LA Film Fest this Saturday. Go Alex!


Marygian has recently received the Florence Johnson Scholarship from her high school, SDSCPA, for embodying the artistic, intellectual, and spirit of our school’s founder.

“When my principal, Mitzi Lizarraga, mentioned my accomplishments, Reel Voices was at the top of it…”  Congratulations, Mary!

Marissa will be walking the red carpet of the LA Film Fest this Saturday to represent her film, Connecting the Dots, that will play in the Youth Showcase section (ready for your Q&A?!)

Others are traveling the world–! Asha is in Australia right now, and when she gets back she’ll be spending the summer interning at a molecular biology lab. Camille is also abroad in Spain on a group trip with her school. Other students like Kaylor, Jose, Michelle, and Jesus have been busy with senior projects, which for some of them are film projects, and receiving acceptance letters for colleges (San Francisco, Biola, SDSU…  some are for Cinema and Media Arts studies!), and letters from film festivals, too (AAIFF in New York will screen Jesus’ film: I am an Asiacan) Woot!  Everyone’s been so busy all over the world, but luckily we have been in touch. Looking forward to catching up in person at the Reel Voices reunion this July!


p.s. More exciting news! The Reel Voices Class of 2007 student, Adam Lee (studying film at the Loyola Marymount), and six other students from six film schools in the US, was chosen by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) as a nominee in the 2012 ASC Andrew Laszlo Student Heritage Awards. A ceremony announcing the winners in each category will be held June 16. The awards are designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, with a focus on their cinematography skills.

The Reel Voices 2007 students. Adam is back row second from left.