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    Chief Sealth Students Elevate Voice Through Film Festival
    Posted on 06/22/2018
    A elder woman leans against a shelf with a music collection.

    Chief Sealth Students Elevate Voice Through Film Festival

    Tenth-grade students at Chief Sealth International High School had cause for celebration after their first gradewide student film festival. Student filmmakers worked with Chief Sealth staff, mentor teaching artists from Arts Corps, Writers in the Schools and the Seattle International Film Festival, to write, film, produce and direct each of the short documentary films that were shown to audiences.

    Attendees had multiple options for showings, with screenings during the school day on June 14 and the evening of June 15 in the Chief Sealth Auditorium. Film topics were wide-ranging, covering such themes as food justice, school lockdowns and housing insecurity. There were additional opportunities to engage with the filmmakers in Q and A panels during the festival. Students discussed the creative process, their excitement about covering issues they were passionate about and how they overcame challenges in the production process – adjusting from original plans, yet ultimately feeling confident in their final products.

    After the success of their first festival, the tenth-grade filmmakers are looking forward to an additional festival next school year.

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to ensuring that every student has access to high-quality arts education. Read more about The Creative Advantage, a Seattle Public Schools initiative that provides students at every school access to the Seattle arts community.

    Watch a select few short films:

    Humanizing the Homeless

    Food Justice: The Meaning Behind Equity

    This House is History

    The Bell Schedule