Alumna films, directs documentary focused on strengthening friendships

Alumna films, directs documentary focused on strengthening friendships

“[The film] moved me in ways I didn’t expect it to. It really speaks to the power of friendship and what it means to be there for someone while they are healing.” – Jasmine Wang ’21 Alumna Camille Shooshani ’13 filmed and directed her first autobiographical Netflix documentary, which follows the journey she and her […]

Artist collaborates with Photography I students

Photography I students logged onto Skype Friday to learn about documentary photography from Montreal-based photographer Tema Stauffer. “It’s always beneficial for students to get a fresh perspective on course material being offered by someone outside of our everyday school environment,” photography teacher Joe Medina said. “Especially by someone as authentic and established as Tema.” Stauffer’s […]

Documentary to feature Advanced Dance I class

Documentary filmmaker Martha Wheelock will be filming Advanced Dance I students this week to include in her latest film, a biopic on the life and influence of women’s suffragist Inez Milholland in the early 20th century. As a young adult, Milholland assumed a key role in the National Women’s Party and led countless pro-suffrage parades […]

Human Rights Watch screens documentary

Human Rights Watch Student Task Force hosted a screening of “He Named Me Malala”, the story of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Nov. 16 in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The documentary follows Malala, a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in Swat Valley for speaking out against Taliban’s prohibition of girls […]

Human Rights Watch expert speaks after

“E-Team,” a documentary about Human Rights Watch Emergencies Director Peter Bouckaert and his team filming war crimes in Syria and Libya, was screened on campus April 15 was followed by a question and answer session. Bouckaert was a scholar in residence sponsored by the Kutler Center and spoke to journalism, AP Human Geography, French V and […]

Pan African Film Festival screens 8 student films

Eight films made by students who went on the Rwanda trip last year premiered at the Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles Feb. 8 at Rave Cinemas 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The festivalset aside a screening room specifically for the films “Just One Story” by Su Jin Nam ’16, “For the Love of the […]

Environmental club to show documentary

The Environmental Club will screen the Netflix Documentary “Mission Blue” in the Ahmanson lecture hall Jan 16. The documentary follows the work of internationally-recognized oceanographer, marine biologist and environmentalist Sylvia Earle. “[Mission Blue] is really thrilling,” Environmental Club co-president Brian Adler ’15 said. “It’s also really informative, and it details someone that we really admire. […]

2nd Cuba trip set for March

The administration approved a second trip called Media Arts Collaboration: Cuba, which will take place from March 28 to April 5, two months after the digital storytelling trip to Cuba in January. Led by visual arts teachers Alyssa Sherwood and Joe Medina, students will communicate with Cuban children, document the trip and use social media […]

Summer workshop film wins in festival

A film documenting the story of Holocaust survivor Curt Lowens, created by students in the Harvard-Westlake summer film program, placed first in the My Hero film festival student category. The film is a product of the Righteous Conversations Project Digital Storytelling Workshop. The program was offered at the upper school campus for the first time […]

Filmmaking trip to go to Cuba

Information about an eight-day documentary film-making trip to Cuba during semester break will be presented Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The trip is open to 20 students. Officially titled “Digital Storytelling Adventure: Cuba”, pre-trip preparations will include “webinars”, which help participating students understand the historical context and socio-political significance of Cuba. Students […]