2018 DIGICOM Film Symposium

With high schools from around Coachella Valley

DIGICOM Learning Announces Second Annual

High School Narrative Filmmaking Symposium

in partnership with Film Independent’s Project Involve Program

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

Location: The Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theater) Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA — DIGICOM Learning announces its second annual Coachella Valley wide High School Narrative Filmmaking Symposium! The event will take place on March 7 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Symposium will serve as a memorable event in DIGICOM’s ongoing collaboration with students from Palm Springs Unified, Desert Sands Unified and Coachella Valley Unified school districts. Over 400 students from Palm Springs High School, Cathedral City High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Rancho Mirage High School, Mt. San Jacinto High School, Indio High School, Palm Desert High School, Coachella Valley High School, West Shores High School, and Desert Mirage High School are attending.

This day long Symposium is designed to introduce students and teachers to a diverse group of young professional filmmakers from Southern California in hopes of inspiring our Coachella Valley students to “bring their stories to life” through the power of video.

The Symposium will showcase short fiction films from Los Angeles based Film Independent’s Project Involve Program with 8 of the filmmakers in attendance. In addition, Project Involve Fellows Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus (returning for a second time) will be offering students a “sneak peek” of a new serialized project they are producing. The films, which cover a range of socially relevant themes, will be followed by student led question and answer periods with the filmmakers that will explore both the fundamentals of writing for the screen and the variety of techniques, strategies and challenges filmmakers embrace in production and post-production.

Project Involve is an intensive, nine-month annual program that offers 30 up-and-coming film professionals from under-represented communities the opportunity to hone skills, form creative partnerships, utilize free or low-cost production resources and ultimately gain the industry access necessary to succeed as working artists (for more information, see below.)

The Symposium will be led by DIGICOM’s adjunct screenwriting instructor, Ruth Atkinson, a LA based script consultant and story editor alongside DIGICOM’s Max Finneran. As Project Involve’s story advisor, Ruth works with the writing fellows to develop their short scripts from concept through to production. As a DIGICOM producer, Max brings over ten years of experience in the professional film industry after receiving his MFA in Film Directing from New York University/TISCH’s Graduate Film Program.

The DIGICOM Learning Narrative Filmmaking Symposium is made possible primarily through the generous support of The Anderson Children’s Foundation and the CBS Spotlight Grant along with the generous support of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Screenings and Filmmakers

Emergency – Sundance Jury Award Winner (2018)
Faced with an emergency, a group of young Black and Latino friends weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.
Director – Carey Williams
Producer – Joenique Rose

Caught in the gears of a US immigration detention center, twelve year-old Ana finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.
Director – Mary Lyn Chambers
Cinematographer – Ludivca Isidori
Editor – Franzis Muller

As an overweight high-schooler, Gabe already deals with a lot. When his dream girl is the target of the school bully, he must decide whether to remain in the shadows or finally stand up.
Director – Ryan Velasquez
Producer – Fred Thornton
Cinematographer – Ed Wu

Sneak Peek Special Screening
Director — Marvin Lemus
Producer — Linda Yvette Chavez