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Panel: Youth in the Crossfire

October 5, 2019 @ 3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Fabrice Joubert, Safety
Fabrice Joubert is an Academy Award Nominated and award-winning French writer/director who comes from the animation world. He started his career in Los Angeles as an animator and storyboard artist before going into writing and directing films. He was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for his animated short film French Roast. “Safety” is his first live action film.
Alexander McDaniel (Bullyproof Vest)
Alexander McDaniel is an on the rise 12-year old filmmaker. He has studied film at the Los Angeles County High School of Arts(LACHSA) Summer Program, Cinematic Arts Academy (CAAM) and Harvard Westlake Summer Program in Los Angeles. His debut film Bully Proof Vest has garnered the attention of the industry. His second film 1619 has touched on the social justice movement and the African Diaspora. He’s currently working on his third film. By directing, executive producing, screenwriting, and assisting with cinematography, Alexander has learned the ins and outs of filmmaking and is continuing to grow as a talented young filmmaker.
Kim Schwarzkopf, Emotional Tourist
Seattle-based Filmmaker, Producer, Mom, Mentor and Founder of Dream Lab and Across the Bridge (an all-ages crew of creatives helping young people explore opportunities in film, music and the creative industry). Certified Peace Ambassador and Co-Counselor in the Duwamish Area.  I’m excited to make films that center and amplify the fresh thinking of young people and also represent more diverse narratives. By sharing our stories, we can feel more connected and take steps to help #IncreasethePeace in ourselves, our families, our schools, our communities and even the world! Peace is possible! 

KT Curran, Surviving Lunch
I chose the title Surviving Lunch specifically because while talking to young people across America about bullying and violence, lunch time at school has always been a particularly complicated time to navigate. Even something as simple as what table you sit at during lunch can become a painful process of humiliation and rejection. Many kids each day actually eat their lunch in the bathroom in order to avoid bullying. “What’s interesting about high school lunch is that everybody is there,” says Parker Padgett, who plays the role of Robert, the bully in the film. “It’s kind of a microcosm of the real world, so to speak, where you are surrounded by hundreds of different people every single day. There’s always going to be that one person who just wants to get at you. Maybe high schools do it on purpose. They throw everyone in a lunchroom just so we can battle it out. I think that Surviving Lunch could be a metaphor for just surviving. It’s like survival of the fittest in this one rectangular room with echoing walls and lunch ladies.”

Join our filmmakers as we discuss the importance of telling stories of youth in these very unique and tumultuous time, 2019 in America.


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