BAYCAT Youth Win Awards Around Digital Equity

No matter the age of the competition, BAYCAT’s youth media producers continue to shine, and inspire, at local film festivals

BAYCAT Winners at RYSEIt was a clean sweep for three films submitted to “Truth Be Told: Justice Through My Eyes,” winning 4 awards at RYSE Youth Center’s first-ever film festival. Open to ages 13-24, our youth media producers won 3 of 4 categories open to ages 13-18, as well as the overall fan favorite at the social justice-themed event! Students won for Best Documentary (#Activism) co-directed and edited by Bella Vallero and Miguel Rivera, Best Music Video (Take A Look at Yourself) produced & written by Alex El Titerito, Amir Chatman, Isaiah Manuel, Jordan Stultz, and Best Experimental Video (This is Me), a solo project by Alex El Titerito. Take a Look at Yourself also won the Audience Award.

Director Becky Choi also won 1st Place in the Student/Mentor Music Video Category of the 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival for her guidance in Take a Look at Yourself! The festival will be held later this November in Santa Monica.

Stella in at Locally Grown Docs Q&ABAYCAT Youth Media Producers Stella (director) and Hugo (cinematographer) represented BAYCAT for the Locally Grown Docs showcase at The New Parkway, where their film Tangles screened among a number of other inspiring shorts. Of the 6 films screened, Tangles was 1 of only 2 youth pieces invited to be shown. Congrats to our young filmmakers!

Stella took the mic for a great Q&A session after the screening that left people buzzing about her film. “More people wanted to talk to Stella after [she] had to go, so she definitely made an impression!,” according to event organizers.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to catch Tangles, a personal portrait of life with trichotillomania, on our YouTube channel. And don’t miss Hugo’s amazing piece on the fight to be more than a statistic in The Stats of Life.