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Youth Film Contest Raises Awareness About Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DirectingChange–Directing Change Program & Film Contest, a statewide mental health promotion and suicide prevention program for youth, announced the winners of its eighth annual program at an awards ceremony broadcast on Facebook Live on Tuesday, May 19.

As part of Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement, The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. The program is one of many initiatives that are part of Each Mind Matters’ comprehensive statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

The program received 1,080 films created by 3,475 youth from 190 schools and community-based organizations from throughout the state. Seventy-four winners were awarded honors for 30- and 60-second films in categories including: suicide prevention, mental health matters, animated shorts with a focus on suicide prevention, “through the lens of culture” which encouraged participants to create a film in a non-English language and/or with focus about how different cultures view mental health and suicide prevention, and SanaMente for Spanish-language films to promote mental health in the Latinx community. The program also has a category for middle school-aged youth entitled “walk in our shoes.”

Each year the awards ceremony also celebrates the outstanding achievement of film and television directors, producers and actors who serve as role models by using their platform to draw attention to mental health. This year’s recipient was the CW’s ‘All American’ which was recognized for its storylines about the character Olivia Baker’s struggle with addiction and journey of recovery and character Layla Keating’s experience with depression and suicidal ideation.

To view the films and for a complete list of statewide and regional winners, honorable mentions and special recognitions, visit directingchangeca.org. The statewide first, second, and third-place winners of the 2020 Directing Change Film Contest are as follows:

2020 Directing Change Film Contest Statewide Winners

Mental Health Matters

First Place: “Conflicting Currents

San Bernardino County

Upland High School

Filmmakers: Jeremiah Andrade, Josh McConnell, Gavin DeLacruz and Luciano Aldana

Advisor: James Miura

Second Place: “Baggage

Orange County

Canyon High School

Filmmakers: Rachael Pollak, Mary Lee, Stella Spindler, Xander Lahti, Keira Feng and Madeline Bills

Advisor: Alex Graham

Third Place: “Hashiru

Los Angeles County

Warren High School

Filmmakers: Andrew Stratton, Ruben Mendoza and Daniel Sanchez

Advisor: Jared Nelson

Suicide Prevention

First Place: “Our Battle

Butte County

Pleasant Valley High School

Filmmakers: Vincent Zachary Muñoz and Jesus Chavez-Hernandez

Advisor: Michael Peck

Second Place: “Moving Too Fast

Riverside County

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Filmmakers: Ingrid Peirce, Matthew Marcade, Gabriela Mora and Alyssa Watson

Advisor: Jacob Fuller

Third Place: “The Signs

San Mateo County

Burlingame High School

Filmmakers: Corbin Rubero and Will Graczewski

Advisor: Steve Erle

Through the Lens of Culture – Suicide Prevention

First Place: “Our Story

San Bernardino County

Summit High School

Filmmakers: Nicole Quinonez-Frias

Advisor: Artie Casas

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Second Place: “Family

Alameda County

Irvington High School

Filmmakers: Kexin Li and Vivian Liu

Advisor: Shiloh Burton

Language: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

Third Place: “Love Wins

Fresno County

Clovis East High School

Filmmakers: Graciela Vargas

Advisor: Derrick Davis

Through the Lens of Culture – Mental Health Matters

First Place: “You are You

Sacramento County

Franklin High School

Filmmakers: Benjamin Wong, Raymond Wang, Emily Cho and Michelle Escudero

Advisor: Brad Clark

Language: Various Asian languages with English subtitles

Second Place (TIED): “Los Hombres No Lloran

San Bernardino County

Healthy RC Youth Leaders

Filmmakers: Michael Alonso, Chase Collins, Takbir Rahman, Wyatt Herrold, Ryan Fulton, Zonyea Redd, Caterina Marji, Natalie Masachi, Taylor Villanueva and Karla Villanueva

Advisor: Joanna Marrufo

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Second Place (TIED): “El Silencio Interior

Los Angeles County

Warren High School

Filmmakers: Wendy Obispo and Leslie Gomez

Advisor: Jared Nelson

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Third Place (TIED): “I Want You To Know That…

Riverside County

Murrieta Valley High School

Filmmakers: Eve Liu, Jasmine Pan and Olivia Feng

Advisor: Ella Harrison

Third Place (TIED): “We Don’t Do That

Solano County

Vanden High School

Filmmakers: Olivia Bishop

Advisor: Brent Manuel

SanaMente

First Place: “Del Barrio

Tri-City (Los Angeles County)

The School of Arts And Enterprise

Filmmaker: Jesse Marquez Jr., Dario Alatorre, Julian Valdez, and Kenny Marquez

Advisor: Mr. Ryan Metzler

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Second Place: “Preguntas

Los Angeles County

Clark Magnet High School

Filmmakers: Sophie Peineke, Parvaneh Motallebi, and Anne Reinhard

Advisor: Joshua Bishop

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Third Place: “Mi Angelito

Riverside County

Murrieta Valley High School

Filmmakers: Samantha Duarte, Aidan Duarte, and Marisol Garcia

Advisor: Ella Harrison

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Animated Short

First Place: “Audience of One

Orange County

La Quinta High School Creative Writing

Filmmaker: Keanu Hua, Brian Ly, Kayla Nguyen and Alexa Wright

Advisor: Amanda LaPera

Second Place: “Notice The Signs

San Bernardino County

Upland High School

Filmmaker: Sarah Chu

Advisor: James Miura

Third Place (TIED): “Fill the Bucket!

Alameda County

Irvington High School

Filmmakers: Alisha Shah

Advisor: Shiloh Burton

Third Place (TIED): “Flying in Color

Alameda County

Irvington High School

Filmmaker: Grace W. Yin

Advisor: Shiloh Burton

Walk in Our Shoes – The Superhero in Each of Us

First Place: “Windows

San Diego County

Rancho Minerva Middle School

Filmmakers: Brandon Burton, Katee Martinez, Karla Perez and Jacqueline Ortega

Advisor: Beth Duncan

Second Place: “Not What It Seems

Los Angeles County

Palms Middle School

Filmmakers: Emma Walter, Cora Iiams, Saleida Miguez, and Luna Wicks

Advisor: Mrs. Irene Clark

Third Place: “Sympathetic Steps

San Diego County

Hawking STEAM Charter School 2

Filmmakers: Daniel Quemado, Mikey Soto, Uriel Esquier, Oscar Dominguez, Aaron Marciel, Joshua Ducharme and Liliana Moreno

Advisor: Joshua Ducharme

Walk in Our Shoes – What is Mental Health

First Place: “Make Your Mark

Riverside County

David A Brown Middle School

Filmmakers: Jazmine Carillo, Natasha Powers, Jocelyn Pacheco, Tiffany Bravo, Casandra Viscarra and Crista Kerr

Advisor: Amy Pitotti

Second Place: “Saving a Friend

Tri-City (Los Angeles County)

Mountain View Elementary School

Filmmakers: Alex Gonzales, Danny Vu, Julian Valverde and Paul Rosa

Advisor: Jacqueline McElvy

Third Place: “My Life

Riverside County

Mountain View Middle School

Filmmakers: Ruben Martinez

Advisor: Noal Garrett

Walk in Our Shoes – Words Matter

First Place: “Invisible

San Diego County

Hawking STEAM Charter School 2

Filmmakers: Aleksandra Orozovich, Clarissa Martinez, Jael Perez, Victor Von-Eiff, Damian Cruz and Yaretzy Alvarez

Advisor: Joshua Ducharme

Second Place: “The Effect of Words

Tulare County

Washington Elementary

Filmmakers: Joseph Alvarez, Alex, Hector, Daddy Kimbell and Xelha

Advisor: Brandon Sherrill

Third Place: “The Power of Words

Tri-City (Los Angeles County)

Marshall Middle School

Filmmakers: Rena Ko, Jannell Gonzalez, Jannese Gonzalez, Vincent Cruz, Atiqa Shafiq and Estefany Romero

Advisor: Nicole Soussens

About Directing Change

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. The program offers young people the exciting opportunity to participate in the movement by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into the submission categories of the film contest, giving young people the opportunity to critically explore these topics. Program participants – whether they are making a film, acting as an adult advisor, or judging the films – are exposed to appropriate messaging about these topics, warning signs, how to appropriately respond to someone in distress, where to seek help, as well as how to stand up for others who are experiencing a mental health challenge. In addition, schools and organizations are offered free prevention programs and educational resources. For more information visit www.directingchange.org

About the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)

CalMHSA is a partnership of California counties working together to prevent mental illness and promote mental health by implementing Prevention and Early Intervention programs that are a critical part of the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). The Directing Change Program & Student Film Contest is one of numerous programs that are part of comprehensive statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. For more information, visit www.calmhsa.org.

Contacts

Stan Collins, 619-518-2412

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