Telling Your Own Story
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.
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.
Thank you for your support.
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