2017 Directing Change Screening & Award Ceremony


Statewide Winners Recognized at the California Center for Arts in Escondido

Nearly 300 guests attended the red carpet award ceremony and screening in Escondido, San Diego County on Thursday, May 11th to celebrate the achievement of young filmmakers across the state. Holly Salazar, Assistant Director of Operations for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Department of Behavioral Health Services presented awards to youth and actress and stuntwoman Deven MacNair were among the filmmakers and celebrities that attended the event. Click here to see Statewide winners. Each Mind Matters was streaming live from the event so if you missed it, check out their Facebook Live feed. For more information and to learn more about winners read the Each Mind Matters blog. Photos from the event by our fabulous photographer from Wilbur Studios can be viewed and downloaded for free here. (You can download all the files by clicking the download all link, or any individual full size photos by clicking on the little download option in the lower right corner when viewing it online, or you can download a smaller size file, by clicking on an image, then clicking on the size option icon in the bottom right corner, choose the size you want, and then right click and ‘save image as’.) 


2017 Statewide Winners

High School-  Mental Health Matters 

First Place: “Identity”

San Bernardino County

Ruben S. Ayala High School

Filmmaker: Claire Park

Advisor Name: Kevin Russel

View: https://youtu.be/Ky63Chga9aw


Second Place: “Make a Ripple”

Alameda County

Irvington High School

Filmmakers: Kevin Trieu, Jessica Lee, Shreya Barma & Vishaank Ghai

Advisor Name: Shiloh Burton

View: https://youtu.be/U8jk65DEEHE


Third Place: “Aspirations”

Los Angeles County

Claremont High School

Filmmakers: Isabella Cisnerso, Daniella Cruz, Abigail Gransden & Elizabeth Scwartz

Advisor: Sara Hills

View: https://youtu.be/oZai8g031ic


High School –  Suicide Prevention

First Place: “The Empty Seat”

Riverside County

Murrieta Valley High School

Filmmakers: Billy McVeigh

Advisor Name: Ella Harrison

View: https://youtu.be/2JnSSZOJDVM


Second Place: “All That Matters”

Butte County

Pleasant Valley High School

Filmmakers: Garrett Havel & Tommy Angel

Advisor Name: Michael Peck

View: https://youtu.be/ZULmaT_RNC8


Third Place: “There for You”

Placer County

Whitney High School

Filmmakers: Jillian Madden & Camille Baldovino

Advisor Name:  Benjamin Barnholdt

View: https://youtu.be/LVd0qh1pXc8


Youth and Young Adult – Mental Health Matters

First Place: “Feeling Locked”

Riverside County

Youth Treatment & Education Center

Filmmakers: Tyler N. Lawrence W., Zeferino M., Donny O., Jalen H., Nathaniel C., Elver V.

Advisor Name: Nancy Salcedo

View: https://youtu.be/I5EFy5gLcJE


Second Place: “My Best Friend Sammy”

San Diego County

Mission Television

Filmmakers: Martha Hernandez, Tiffani Yanez & Samuel Lorenzo

Advisor Name: Tamara Whitney

View: https://youtu.be/0Y3VnPQXbQA


Third Place: “Foster Youth Culture”

Humboldt County

Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration

Filmmaker: Sierra Watson

Advisor Name: Leah Lamattina

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyiMdTC0i8g


Youth and Young Adult –  Suicide Prevention

First Place: “Speak Out”

Riverside County

Boys & Girls Club of the San Gorgonio Pass

Filmmakers: Marc Logan, Elijah Masullo, Tyrone Allen & Jesse Garcia

Advisor Name: Shane Arch

View: https://youtu.be/17OYLzMV8_g


Second Place: “Not Alone”

Riverside County

La Sierra University

Filmmaker: Summer Medina

Advisor Name: Rodney Vance

View: https://youtu.be/R8G_FxZOwLM


Third Place: “Timeless”

Riverside County

Mount San Jacinto Community College

Filmmaker: AJ Dela Cruz

Advisor Name:  Matt Leyden

View: https://youtu.be/lNc2oVYCWzE 


Through the Lens of Culture – Mental Health Matters

First Place: “Caged Bird”

Sacramento County

Franklin High School

Filmmaker: Holly Cheng

Advisor Name: Brad Clark

View: https://youtu.be/4HBqGO2XGFw


Second Place: “Not Alone”

Los Angeles County

Northview High School

Filmmakers: Theo Casey, Fernando Cortez, Elias Anaya & Miguel Valadez

Advisor Name: Diane Atherton

View: https://youtu.be/NPccvhaDXE0


Third Place: “Depression is Serious”

Riverside County

NOVA Academy Early College High School

Filmmakers: Jasmine Caballero, Mariela Mulato, Guadalupe Centeno, Judith Isidoro & Sonia Roman

Advisor Name: Brandon Equils

View: https://youtu.be/dsCnyv8ekMg


Through the Lens of Culture – Suicide Prevention

First Place: “Escuchen”

Orange County

San Juan Hills High School

Filmmakers: Vanessa Miranda & Anna Dieckmeyer
Advisor Name: Brian Devaney

View: https://youtu.be/sryqeafpc5Y


Second Place: “Reading the Signs”

Sonoma County

El Molino High School

Filmmaker: Jesse Osman

Advisor Name: Seth Friesen

View: https://youtu.be/W2e93ulplnY


Third Place: “Bag of Sadness”

Sacramento County

Franklin High School

Filmmaker: Michelle Quan

Advisor Name: Brad Clark

View: https://youtu.be/Fl_IpgU4N1s


If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend, call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (24/7)
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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