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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Reel ArtPower

ArtPower! Film is amping up its efforts to foster the burgeoning talent of UC San Diego’s student filmmakers. The program, which is the cinematic component of ArtPower!––UC San Diego’s art and entertainment program––is growing dramatically this year through collaborations with Eleanor Roosevelt College, Sixth College, Calit2 and the San Diego Media Arts Center. “The program is shifting to be all about supporting, engaging and educating student filmmakers,” says Rebecca Webb, ArtPower! film curator at UC San Diego.

Future events include the annual Up&Coming Student Film Festival, special screenings, academic programs, panel discussions, even a workshop on puppetry. Alumni, members of the public, and the campus community are all invited. Highlights include the Arab Spring Diptych, a series that explores the recent wave of demonstrations and protests in the Arab world. The event will include screenings of Tahrir and 18 Days in Egypt, panel discussions, and a workshop on how to record, edit and upload film on to YouTube––all done on a cell phone. “One of the themes we’ll be exploring,” says Webb, “is how film can empower people and be used as a tool in activism.”

Webb sees film as a medium to engage students who gain leadership and technical skills through the process. “Film and video are essentially the most accessible medium both for the maker and the viewer,” Webb adds. “Through the use of social media, film has become the chief medium in which we express and share the everyday aspects of our lives.”

—Christine Clark, ’06