Project YouthView 2014: The Power of Youth in Film

When: Fri., May 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 2014

In 2005, youth leadership organization Alternatives in Action started Project YouthView, a festival highlighting short films made by young people in the Bay Area. In that first year, organizers screened five shorts to an audience of about 150 people. Since then, the festival has showcased more than 80 films to more than 3,000 people. For the tenth anniversary event, which will happen at the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Friday, organizers will screen twelve short films — including music videos, documentaries, and animation — relating to various aspects of the youth experience, such as dealing with the pressures of high school, coping with gang violence, and navigating dual identities. Judges, including Def Jam record label co-founder Russell Simmons and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Terence Winter, will award prizes to three films. Sundance-winning documentary Rich Hill, which chronicles the lives of three boys living in a poor town in Missouri, will also be screened.

Zaineb Mohammed

Price: $7 for youth and $20 for adults

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