By Francine Gorres, AALEAD Staff
Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff
We are proud to announce that our MD High School and Middle School youth have finally completed their Youth Media Projects for the spring! They have worked incredibly hard trying to put this together. From learning about pre-production and creating storyboards and messages, to editing and camera work, the students had real hands on experience in what it takes to be a part of a film production!
Some students directed on set, while others mixed sound and audio. We had several actors and actresses, and students working lights to get the perfect picture.
In AALEAD, we have many different kinds of students. Students wanted to create a video that featured the many different faces, stories, and personalities of their program. It was their first attempt to answer an important question, “Who am I?” Through these discussions, students were able to learn more about their peers and about themselves and share some of the stories with the world. So AALEADers…who are you?
From the high school perspective, life seems to speed up and get harder with each passing year. AALEAD students wanted to address the model minority stereotype and how it affects Asian American youth. We discussed academic struggles, parental pressures, making friends, stereotypes, and even identifying with being “Asian.” Not one Asian American student had exactly the same story. They really struggled trying to put it all together to convey one message. They finally decided to focus on a story of hope and following your individual passion–even if it’s not what most people expect from you.
We hope you enjoy the videos! Please stay tuned for a future update on personal interviews from the student actors, directors, and editors!
Special thank you to Wyman and Amy from DC APA Film and to the Gandhi Brigade for your support and helping to make this possible. Congratulations to all of the AALEAD students involved in the video productions! Well done!