IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER selected to another West Coast festival

SoCal Clips Indie Film Fest has accepted IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER for its 2016 season! This year's festival takes place at The Historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA from August 12-14 and was voted one of the "Best Emerging Film Festivals in Los Angeles" by Film Fest Spot in 2015. 

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IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER is directed by Raseph “Ra” Wright, co-edited by his sister Sia Wright and produced by an all-youth crew participating in Meridian Hill Pictures/Sitar Arts Center's Youth Documentary Film Program. The film tells the personal story of two brothers growing up in DC without their father, and how relationships with their family, peers, community leaders and the arts have helped them cope.

Since the film's completion in Fall 2015, it has screened at five festivals including Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE), Bethesda Film Fest, Annapolis Film Festival (AFF), Spirit Quest Film Fest, and National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Our team is thrilled to have the film screened on both coasts and we're extremely proud of the students who created this compelling story.

Tickets to Socal CIFF go on sale July 12th HERE

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About The Youth Documentary Program

The Youth Documentary Program offers youth in DC the opportunity to find their creative voice and build leadership and other vital 21st century learning skills by learning the art of documentary filmmaking. Formed through a partnership between Sitar Arts Center and Meridian Hill Pictures, the yearlong program provides youth ages 10-18 the transformative experience of making a nonfiction film that speaks to relevant issues in their lives and communities. In its five-year history, the Youth Documentary Program has been recognized locally and nationally for its quality and impact:

Throughout the program, students work closely with professional teaching artists at Meridian Hill Pictures who guide them through all stages of the production process. Students pitch and storyboard non-fiction stories that address personal and community issues, interview and film subjects in the field, edit their footage using professional editing software, and develop outreach and distribution strategies for their film. Taking on the roles of a professional production crew builds participants’ essential collaboration skills as well as their technical expertise. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their film at community screenings, travel to local film festivals, and speak about their work in front of a variety of audiences. Through the Youth Documentary Program’s innovative, standards-based curriculum, participants are able to experience what it is like to be a professional filmmaker while building creative confidence and vital 21st century leadership skills.

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IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER selected to another West Coast festival

SoCal Clips Indie Film Fest has accepted IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER for its 2016 season! This year's festival takes place at The Historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA from August 12-14 and was voted one of the "Best Emerging Film Festivals in Los Angeles" by Film Fest Spot in 2015.   
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NFFTY Recap: Reflections from a Teaching Artist

Even after the movie ends, there’s always another strikingly beautiful moment of watching the credits roll for a film you helped bring to life. It always hits me when I see the names of all the people — participants, students, families, teaching artists, and other film advisors —  who traveled together on that challenging, yet amazing journey in creating the film.  As a media teaching artist and documentary filmmaker, I am reminded with every new project that documentary filmmaking is not easy; you have to let go of control, be a team player, and be ready to adapt to change at any moment during the process. It’s both stimulating and exhausting. But it’s always a joy to see my young students create. My phenomenal film students from Sitar Arts Center fully embraced those challenges last Spring and came out with a powerful and heartwarming film about the importance of community support in the face of struggle: IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER.
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In the Path of My Father selected to two local film festivals

We’re thrilled to announce that IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER, the latest short documentary produced through the 2015 Meridian Hill Pictures/Sitar Arts Center Youth Documentary Program, has been accepted into the 2016 Annapolis Film Festival and the 4th annual Bethesda Film Fest.   
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MHP youth program receives NEA support

MHP is excited to announce the launch of our 2013 Youth Documentary Program in partnership with Sitar Arts Center, funded in part through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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