Archive for January, 2008

Aspiring Teen Filmmakers Show Works During Sundance

Students participating in Adobe Youth Voices, the company’s global philanthropy program, today had a chance to show their work at a screening hosted by Adobe in conjunction with activities related to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Traveling from East Palo Alto, Calif., Seattle, New York and Salt Lake City, six teens debuted films, sharing views on issues ranging from homelessness to friendships that dissolve racial boundaries.

A sampling of the student films include:

“Disorder,” created by Sami Kubo from Reel Grrls in Seattle, takes audiences inside the mind of a girl who struggles to communicate in a world where her way of thinking is deemed a “learning disability.”

Members of Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (San Francisco Bay Area) screened two works. “Just Say It,” by Maria Centeno, focuses on the visual representation of a spoken word poem telling the story of a young woman growing up in East Palo Alto. “The Pace Maker,” by Francisco Espinoza, follows a troubled 17-year old with a new lease on life, a new relationship with his father and a view of a brighter future for himself.

Adobe Youth Voices is designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the skills and access to multimedia and digital tools that empower them to share their ideas, demonstrate their potential and take action in their communities. To view additional Adobe Youth Voices projects from around the world, visit: