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We facilitate the self-representation, creative expression, and economic advancement of Latin American youth through Film.
We facilitate the self-representation, creative expression, and economic advancement of Latin American youth through Film.
71 backers pledged $3,630 to help bring this project to life.

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Telling Your Own Story

¡Hola!

My name is Alejandra Zambrano and I am the Executive Director of La Poderosa Media Project, an organization that facilitates the self-representation, creative expression, and economic advancement of underprivileged Latin American youth through equal access to multimedia training and resources.

We are currently fundraising for our 2012 Community-Based Filmmaking Workshop to be held in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador. We want to raise $3,500 in order to produce two short films. How are we going to use that money? Well, we need to make copies (scripts for reading, audition, posters, call sheets, etc.); pay for props, costumes, food, and transportation; we also need to edit the final versions.

Since the organization’s founding in 2006 more than 200 students from across the Americas have benefited from our unique pedagogical model which facilitates youth empowerment through the production of digital media. We have produced 12 short films over the past six years, bringing together undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and underserved high school students from Latin America who work together toward a common goal.

One of our 2011 short films, "Piolas, Paúl", won First Prize at the Manabí Profundo Film Festival last year. Actor Iván Gilces won Best Actor in the same festival.

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Please visit our Facebook page and our Youtube channel for more information about of Film Workshops. You can also email us ecuador@lapoderosa.org


Our intensive multimedia workshops are taught by professional filmmakers and media specialists. Students learn about script writing, acting, filming, sound recording, editing, among other elements related to the production of short films. By the end of each workshop students know how to create, film, and distribute their own stories, but more importantly, they know how to interact with people who are very different from themselves. After all, our mission at La Poderosa Media Project is to promote intercultural communication and cooperation by working toward a common artistic goal.

You are cordially invited to our annual party, Telling Your Own Story, to be held Wednesday evening April 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar located at 4800 Burnet Road, Austin, TX, 78756. The event is open to the public and will feature a silent auction, photo booth, t-shirts for sale, live music, refreshments, and a screening of our award-winning short, “Piolas, Paúl”. Join us for a special night in support of our ongoing efforts to promote the self-representation, creative expression, and economic advancement of underprivileged youth in Latin America by selecting one of the pledge levels on the right.

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    We will mail you one official LA PODEROSA 2012 postcard signed by our student directors.

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    1 Student Entrance to "Telling Your Own Story", our annual fundraiser, held in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + We will mail you one official LA PODEROSA 2012 postcard signed by our student directors. (In order to choose this option you need to be an undergraduate or graduate student. Thanks for understanding!)

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    1 General Public Entrance to "Telling Your Own Story", our annual fundraiser, held in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + We will mail you one official LA PODEROSA 2012 postcard signed by our student directors + an HD digital download of our 2012 short films.

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    1 Student Entrance to our "Telling Your Own Story" Spring Party in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + 1 Poderosa 2012 T-Shirt
    (In order to choose this option you need to be an undergraduate or graduate student. Thanks for understanding!)

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    1 General Public Entrance to "Telling Your Own Story", our annual fundraiser, held in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + 1 Poderosa 2012 T-Shirt + an HD digital download of our 2012 short films.

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    2 Poderosa 2012 T-Shirts (Please send us an email to ecuador@lapoderosa.org with T-shirt sizes) + We will mail you one official LA PODEROSA 2012 postcard signed by our student directors + an HD digital download of our 2012 short films.

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    1 General Public Entrance to "Telling Your Own Story", our annual fundraiser, held in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + 1 Poderosa 2012 T-Shirt + 1 DVD w/ 2012 Short Films + THANKS IN THE CREDITS of one of the two 2012 short films.

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    1 General Public Entrance to "Telling Your Own Story", our annual fundraiser, held in Austin, Texas (4/18/2012) + 1 Poderosa 2012 T-Shirt + 1 DVD w/ 2012 Short Films + Recognition of Sponsorship as PRODUCER in one of the two 2012 short films: Your name will be bigger and appear earlier than names in the “thank you” section.

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