Pan Left Youth Summer Class Free Screening
When: Thursday August 12
Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress in Tucson
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Tucson youth have a lot to say about what is happening in their communities. From topics as diverse as SB1070 to skateboarding and drug abuse, 10 Tucson youth will screen their video shorts and participate in a discussion on local issues and filmmaking.
On the evening of Thursday, August 12 the Screening Room will host the youth in a program that is free to the public.
Levi is one of the filmmakers. He is also the son of one of the police officers suing the State of Arizona over SB1070. In his timely documentary, Levi explores how the passage of the law has affected his family and his neighborhood.
Another filmmaker is also exploring issues through family ties. Kareem’s grandfather is Pinki Vargs, a baseball legend in Barrio Viejo. Using old photographs and interviews, Kareem documents his grandfather’s achievements and the discrimination he faced as one of the first Latino baseball players trying to make it into the major leagues in the United States.
Zali and Evian making a skate video
All of the short videos are the result of Pan Left’s summer youth media program, Make Your Movie! Pan Left Productions, a Tucson-based nonprofit media collective, specializes in putting the tools of media production into the hands of people who are not equally represented in the mainstream media. “Youth are often the target of media messages, yet many lack the skills to construct effective media messages on topics that are important to them” said Thurtle, “Make Your Movie! was designed so that youth voice can be a bigger part of civic dialogue.” Make Your Movie! was made possible through a grant from the Kresge Tucson Innovative/Tucson Pima Arts Council and sponsorship by the University of Arizona School of Theater, Film and TV and the Screening Room.