2015 Directing Change Award Ceremony

 

On May 19th. 2015, the statewide winners were recognized at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.  A total of 420 submissions, representing 1226 students and 112 high schools, and seven University of California campuses (UC) from 33 counties were received, and during the ceremony, the top three films in each category were recognized for their achievements.

Read more about the ceremony on the Each Mind Matters Blog:  http://www.eachmindmatters.org/movement-moment/directing-change-statewide-winners-announced/ 

View and order pictures from the award ceremony here.  You can view the video from the 2015 award ceremony.  This film was created by students from Pleasant Valley High School and their advisor Michael Peck.

2015 Winners:

Ending the Silence Category (High Schools)

1st Place
“Hurdles”
Orange County
San Juan Hills High School
Student Names: Katrina Fernandez
Advisor Name: Brian Devaney
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2nd Place
“What Defines Us” 

Butte County
Pleasant Valley High School/Butte ROP
Student Names: Jake Frank and Sarah Gray
Advisor Name: Michael Peck
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3rd Place
“The Weight of Mental Illness”  

Placer County
Whitney High School
Student Names: Michael Abshear and Noah Spahn
Advisor Name: Ben Barnholdt
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Suicide Prevention Category (High Schools)

1st Place
“There Is Always Hope” 

Sacramento County
Franklin High School
Student Names: Brenda Vang
Advisor Name: Brad Clark
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2nd Place
“Dear Me” 

Placer County
Whitney High School
Student Names: Natalie Monroe and Beenish Farooqi
Advisor Name: Benjamin Barnholdt
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3rd Place
“The Signs”
Orange County
Canyon High School
Student Names: Kimberly Stratton, Stephen Gracia, Thomas Foroughi and Tyler Casalini
Advisor Name: Alex Graham
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Ending the Silence Category (University of California)

1st Place
“You, Me, Us”

University of California Los Angeles
Student Names: Jonathan Coria, Devyani Rana, Matthew Schulte and Trevor Wilson
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05fos1Jt68Q (Download link will be made available once all release forms have been received)

2nd Place
“You Are You”

University of California Santa Barbara
Student Name: Kathleen Oum
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3rd Place
“Ending the Silence Together”

University of California Davis
Student Names: Sarah Raphael, Prakruti Nandendla, Nick Pasco and Javi Perez
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Suicide Prevention Category (University of California)

1st Place
“Bricks”

University of California Riverside
Student Name: Steven Le
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2nd Place
“From Me to You”

University of California San Diego
Student Name: Courtney Loi
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3rd Place
“Never Alone”

University of California Irvine
Student Names: John Huang, Kore To and Hannah Lee
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