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Director: Nick Parker, Jazmin Jones
Producer: Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
Winner of the Fair Use Award
Jazmin Jones, Director
Jazmin Jones is a high school junior living in Fremont, California. She enjoys filmmaking because she feels that by blending audio, visual and storytelling media, one is able to create a more powerful piece than by using just one art form alone. Jazmin believes that her generation in particular tends to accept what media tells them, therefore wants to create films that have something positive to say. She feels honored by the response to The Apollos and is excited that the film will now reach many audiences to share a unique story that many people do not know about. A source of inspiration for The Apollos was the film I Promise Africa. Using her passion for film and the world in which she lives, Jazmin hopes to inspire others through her work.
Nick Parker, Director
When Nick Parker was twelve years old he saw a coyote running through the streets of San Francisco and filmed it with a camera he happened to have with him. This great reminder of natureâ€™s existence in an urban setting inspired Nick to watch more films and he signed up for a film class at school. His mom then told him about the YouthLink Video training program at BAVC. Nick has made two videos with BAVC so far and is currently working on a project about his neighborhood as part of an international media exchange with the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford University. He believes that media has an immense power to educate and inspire people to take action. Through the art of film, he would like to increase knowledge and understanding while promoting awareness and activism.
Bay Area Video Coalition is the nationâ€™s most advanced nonprofit media technology access and training center. Since their founding in 1976, BAVC has been connecting underserved populations with new opportunities in media technology and providing leadership to the field with its innovative programs in training and media production. Since the late nineties, BAVC has actively supported a new generation of diverse media makers through Youth Media Training Programs.
BAVCâ€™s Next Generation (youth) programs are unique because our pathways model allows students to grow into various roles: teachers, advisors, college students, entrepreneurs, and producers. As members of the youth advisory board, as advanced producers, as teachers alongside our adult instructors, and as entrepreneurs in their fee-for-service business, young people are directly involved in the growth and direction of these programs from the ground up.
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