AFI YOUNG WOMEN IN FILM PARTICIPANTS PREMIERE FILMS AT SHOWCASE – American Film Institute

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AFI YOUNG WOMEN IN FILM PARTICIPANTS PREMIERE FILMS AT SHOWCASE

AFI DWW Alum Tiffany Johnson Delivers Keynote

Watch Films on AFI.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, May 18, 2022 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that this year’s AFI Young Women in Film participants premiered their films at a showcase on the AFI Campus on May 18, 2022. The red carpet event was hosted by AFI, and filmmakers and their families, along with AFI Fellows and Faculty who mentored the filmmakers during the nine-week workshop, screened the short films in the AFI Mark Goodson Screening Room, followed by a reception.

The 2022 participating schools were ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) View Park Preparatory High School, Immaculate Heart, Synergy Quantum Academy High School and Atascadero High School (San Luis Obispo County).

“We are incredibly proud of the young filmmakers who participated in this year’s AFI Young Women in Film intensive,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP of the American Film Institute. “Now more than ever, it is vital to teach the younger generation the importance of making their voices heard and the incredible impact their stories can have in moving culture forward.”

The event’s keynote speaker was Tiffany Johnson (AFI DWW Class of 2018). An NAACP Image Award-nominated director on the rise, Johnson has directed award-winning short films, music videos, a segment for Netflix’s Strong Black Lead and multiple episodes of television including DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, TWENTIES, BOOMERANG, THE LAST O.G., BLACK MONDAY, SOLOS and the new HBO Max documentary THE BEAUTY OF BLACKNESS.

In her address to the young filmmakers, Johnson said, “One of the greatest gifts I received at my time at AFI wasn’t just the lessons from my mentors or instructors, it was the love and support from my sisters who were on this journey with me. They have become my tribe. I urge you to be inspired by your sisters, support them, encourage them, and at times, lean on them. Your journey does not have to be traveled alone.”

Pictures from the event can be found here.

All six short films from the participants are now available to watch on https://conservatory.afi.com/young-women-in-film/.

Young Women in Film participants learn the art of filmmaking, with training in pitching, screenwriting, producing, production design, directing, cinematography and editing — all with state-of-the-art cinematic technology.

The Young Women in Film intensive is made possible in part by support from AT&T, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Canon Burbank.

YWIF is one of the American Film Institute’s pioneering, tuition-free efforts to empower diverse filmmakers within the AFI Conservatory’s Department of Innovative Programs, which also includes the landmark AFI DWW program and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Through a range of learning opportunities, Innovative Programs serves a diverse community of aspiring visual storytellers with opportunities to build leading-edge technological, digital and media-making skills, bridge access to professional networks and place participants on a career trajectory. Read more about Innovative Programs on AFI.com.

About the films:

A LOST CAUSE

Cherry finds herself having to navigate her own depression as she also tries to communicate her feelings to her sweet Aunt Rose.

 

Written by

Flor Bracamontes

Maeve Keller

Ella Kim

Jackie Llamas

Hazel Navarette

Grace Ortega

 

Directed by

Flor Bracamontes

Grace Ortega

 

Produced by

Hazel Navarette

 

Cinematography by

Maeve Keller

 

Production Design by

Jackie Llamas

 

Sound by

Hazel Navarette

 

Script Supervisor

Jackie Llamas

 

THE CALL

Sierra, a new college freshman, is trying her best to get ready for a party that she’s going to be late to, but the only thing stopping her is a call from her Mom!

 

Written by 

Jasmine Aranda

Michelle Hernandez

Hannah Sagheb

Sasha Williams

Yeimy Zacarias

 

Directed by

Hannah Sagheb

 

Produced by

Jasmine Aranda

 

Cinematography by

Sasha Williams

 

Production Design by

Michelle Hernandez

 

Sound by

Michelle Hernandez

 

Script Supervisor

Yeimy Zacarias

 

 

LOCKED

One late Friday night in the school library, high school seniors Jones and Blue, discover that they’re locked in with unnerving paranormal activity and they must find an escape before their 8 a.m. exam!

 

Written by 

Abigail Chang

Rece Garcia

Lucy Kite

Jasmine Machado

Veronica Mason

Amelia Tankenson

 

Directed by

Rece Garcia

Veronica Mason

 

Produced by

Abigail Chang

Amelia Tankenson

 

Cinematography by

Lucy Kite

 

Production Design by

Rece Garcia

 

Sound by

Jasmine Machado

 

Script Supervisor

Abigail Chang 

 

PEACE AGAIN

After Mel deals with skin cancer for so long, her friend Chris decides he will make her feel at peace again.

 

Written by 

Carolyne Kariuki

Anna Lilly

Leslie Orellana

Alana Risbrudt

 

Directed by

Leslie Orellana

 

Produced by

Carolyne Kariuki

Anna Lilly

Leslie Orellana

Alana Risbrudt

 

Cinematography by

Anna Lilly

 

Production Design by

Leslie Orellana

 

Sound by

Carolyne Kariuki

 

Script Supervisor

Alana Risbrudt

 

THE SHADOW

Lilith a new lighting tech is trying her best to get the cues right, but when her grumpy lighting partner goes missing, she realizes she’s alone with a shadowy figure that may get the best of her.

 

Written by 

Isabella Arias

Camila Deras

Mallory Griffith

Sheyda Ramirez

Delaney Rice

 

Directed by

Camila Deras

 

Produced by

Camila Deras

Delaney Rice

 

Cinematography by

Mallory Griffith

Delaney Rice

 

Production Design by

Isabella Arias

 

Sound by

Sheyda Ramirez

 

Script Supervisor

Delaney Rice

 

UNDER THE BED

As Mike searches for his sister Leah’s diary, he realizes there’s much more to be discovered in her room.

 

Written by

Sabrina Camua

Aryanna Fernandez

Guadalupe Luna-Martinez

Kitty Roche

Sophie Schwartz

 

Directed by

Guadalupe Luna-Martinez

Kitty Roche

 

Produced by

Aryanna Fernandez

Sophie Schwartz

 

Cinematography by

Sophie Schwartz

 

Production Design by

Aryanna Fernandez

 

Sound by

Sabrina Camua

 

Script Supervisor

Guadalupe Luna-Martinez

 

 

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