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Movies that tell stories through the eyes of high school student filmmakers will be showcased during the 20th Annual Righetti Film Festival on May 5th and 6th.

The celebration of cinematic achievement happens between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inside the warrior gym, 941 Foster Road. It features about 20 flicks that involve comedy, action, drama as well as a documentary.

The majority of students in this year’s class are receiving concurrent credit from Allan Hancock College course 110 (Intro to Motion Picture and Video Production), according to Teacher Robert Garcia. The concurrent credit partnership between the SMJUHSD and AHC is expanding next year.

Kennedy Cuello:
“Being in a concurrent class has been a great experience so far. I have learned more film techniques for filming, editing, sound, and writing….I am a hands-on learner so being able to learn while doing and making films has been great. The experience makes me want to go into film…I hope to take more classes like this. The fact that I get to take the class in high school for free is amazing….”

Lily Cheverez:
“The concurrent enrollment option at Righetti has allowed me to excel as a scholar beyond the standard high school level, and because of this my experience has been very beneficial to my motivation and increased skill set with the film program.”

Tony Cavalleo:
“Taking this course has greatly influenced me, by giving me a taste of what an actual college course is like. This program has given me opportunities I didn’t think were possible while still in high school. Already I have learned many different film techniques….and all while being in high school and not having to pay college tuition. “

The student-produced festival teaches the skills needed to organize and put on a public event and much more, Garcia said.

“They learn about commitment, deadlines, storytelling and communication with others outside the classroom,’’ he added. “The students also get to see the fruits of their labor and the reactions from the public.’’

As always, the festival will feature movie tickets, popcorn and other goodies to complete the exciting atmosphere.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for non-students.

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