Made in DC Films
by High School Filmmakers
Six weeks of learning about filmmaking online and a day of interviewing in the park and the group of young filmmakers from DC high schools proved they have what it takes! In "Acing the Interview," students engaged, learned and improved skills in filmmaking, interviewing, and creative storytelling to produce short-interviews with bilingual DC residents about the ways that languages have shaped their lived experiences.
Sat. March 13: 2-4.30 pm
2:00pm Introductions

2:15pm Film Screenings

2:45pm Discussions with filmmakers and interviewees led by Aarti Singh, co-founder of the storytelling incubator, Suno Labs, and creator of the photojournalism project "Behind the Veil: Living and Loving in Queer India."

3:15pm Final Comments

4:00pm Hear from the Behind-the-Scene After School Team of teachers and filmmakers about bilingual filmmaking and lessons learned in media literacy.

4:30pm Want more? Stay to watch the films that won the 2020 High School Film Competition!! And Sunday March 14th is the 2021 High School Film Competition for which you will also be registered.
The Films
  • Three Homes by Erin Kamm (Wilson High School), Gary Pugh (Coolidge High School), and Sophie Orlando (Wilson High School): The daughter of Swedish and Albanian parents describes her experiences of having multiple cultures within her life and family.  

  • Welcome to America by Rose Lomax (DC International School) and Ayden Williams (DC International School): A woman who speaks five languages tells of the challenges and joys she faced immigrating from Cameroon (via England and Pennsylvania) to her new home of Washington, DC.

  • The Beauty of Sacrifice by Isharee Williams (Duke Ellington School of the Arts) and Damaris Medina (DC International School): After economic instability put her family business in jeopardy, a Bolivian woman seeks new opportunities for herself and her family in Washington, DC.

  • Unique by Antoinette Jean Baptiste (Duke Ellington School of the Arts): A young teenage girl from Brooklyn describes how Spanish has impacted her life.

  • Untitled by Maximiliano Silva (DC International School)

Please register here to take part and feel free to enjoy all the films and activities during the March 13-14th High School Film Festival! Our aim is to encourage filmmaking, creativity, media literacy, critical thinking and the sheer pleasure of making movies.
DCIFF offers this program for free, but we are always grateful of support for our work which is largely run by volunteers.
This Program has been supported by:
The Washington DC Council for the Humanities
The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME)

Thank You!
DC Independent Film Festival
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