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BAYCAT Stories: Stella

From Watching Media to Making Media

As part of our short film series celebrating the stories of our young media makers, BAYCAT would like to introduce Stella Gutierrez, a San Francisco teen, aspiring filmmaker and Youth Media Producer in our program. This piece was created as part of our 2014 TechSF Internship program.

Stella finds in BAYCAT a home, a family and a place where she can grow beyond just watching TV shows and can begin making movies of her own. “I see filmmaking as a door into other people’s lives and their perspective of things,” she expresses. Stella sharpened her curiosity and creativity during the summer of 2013 when she produced the short documentary Tech Free For a Weekend. The film explores the difficulties and challenges of local San Francisco writer and community artist Carrie Leilam Love’s attempt to live tech-free (no digital screens) for 48 hours. Stella’s documentary won her an Official Selection by the 2013 International Black Women’s Film Festival, as well as official selections at the 2014 CineYouth Film Festival and the 2014 Project YouthView Film Festival.

In the future, Stella aspires to make a film about her OCD and share her story with others who also struggle with the condition, and “show them that you’re not alone. There’s always hope.”

To learn more about BAYCAT and how you can get involved in helping us educate, empower, and employ youth and young adults from underserved communities to produce meaningful and impactful digital media, please visit our homepage at baycat.org. And if Stella’s story has inspired you, please help us share her story with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and beyond!