La Jolla High School Student Accepted into 2011 Youth Documentary Program “REEL VOICES”

La Jolla Student Gains Acceptance to REEL VOICES PROGRAM

May 17, 2011 (San Diego, CA) – The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is proud to announce that high school student Marissa Dodds of San Diego School Of Creative and Performing Arts has been accepted into this year’s 2011 REEL VOICES program. Dodds will be joining nine other local high school students as they work together over the summertime learning about filmmaking from professionals and creating their very own short documentary that will screen at this year’s 12th San Diego Asian Film Festival (October 20-28, 2011).

Each year, the quality of our applications gets better, and it’s harder to narrow down to just ten students to select. Marissa had an exceptional essay, and we think she has incredible potential to become San Diego’s next filmmaker.” REEL VOICES director, Mike Watson said.

REEL VOICES is a free, 12-week summer internship beginning June 18 that helps students become socially conscious storytellers. During the REEL VOICES program, students learn videography and editing using professional equipment, and experience all stages of production and post-production.

At the end of the program, each student will have completed a short documentary that premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in October.

Films created during the previous 2010 REEL VOICES program have gone on to be screened at Film Festivals around the country including the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, Washington. They’ve also gone on to win awards including three filmmakers winning a prestigious Innovative Video in Education (IVIE) Award.

Interviews (both via phone and in person) can be scheduled by contacting Marketing and Publicity Director, Daniel Matthews at or 619.400.5906. More information about the program can be found at  or contacting

The mission of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation is to transform and connect audiences with the Human Experience through the Pan Asian media arts. In doing so, we help build a cultured and compassionate society.

For more information contact:
Dami Lee
Marketing Associate
San Diego Asian Film Foundation | w: 619-400-5906 | c: 408-515-1917

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