"Graffiti" a film by Roberto Caban, selected for festival
January 26, 2011 | Chicago, IL
By Francisco Martinez
WINONA, MN—January 21, 2011, The Frozen River Film Festival Selection Committee published its final list of films to be featured in this year’s festival. Making the cut “Graffiti” by Roberto Caban, a sophomore from Noble Street College Preparatory High School and participant in Erie Neighborhood House’s Youth Options Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Visionaries Program, the film will be featured this Saturday, January 29, 2011 with a slew of other films.
The Frozen River Film Festival (FrFF) is a unique and vibrant film festival that caters to the notion of service and engagement by educating and instilling a drive to be active in the community. As the open motto of the festival, the programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, extreme sports, adventure travel and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the local media. Particularly, the Film Festival connects the viewer with organizations in the forefront of social change to strengthen the cause.
Graffiti (http://bit.ly/eyonm5) is a short film that showcases both sides of the argument: is graffiti a criminal liability or nuance in modern cultural art? Vandalism or individual proclamation? In the film, graffiti artists in Chicago storyboard what graffiti means to them as they engage the audience with their perspective. The short film also showcases a Chicago Police Officer's viewpoint as the main enforcer of the law.
"The teens in our Visionaries multimedia apprenticeship consistently amaze me with the excellent work they produce. I am honored to work with such talented teens, and it makes me very proud to have their hard work recognized and celebrated outside of Erie House." --Riza Falk, Y.O.U. Digital Media Coordinator
Visionaries, a multimedia apprenticeship program sponsored by After School Matters, which serves low-income primarily Latino youth ages 14-18, gives these high school students the opportunity to seek experience with an array of current media topics. Each term (fall, spring and summer) Visionaries focuses on different aspects of multimedia journalism and production, including: photography, video and graphic design. During the Summer 2010 program the teens worked in both photography and video, learning not only shooting and story development techniques, but post production as well.
Erie House wishes Roberto Caban and all the other participants luck as they try to highlight important messages about society through film.
The Frozen River Film Festival starts on Wednesday January 26, 2011 and runs through Sunday, January 30, 2011. All films will be featured Winona State University, for a complete listing of the films visit the festivals homepage at www.frff.org.