Beyond Graduation | Filmmaker Alan Domínguez

Beyond Graduation | Filmmaker Alan Domínguez

October 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


♪♪ My name is Alan Dominguez. I am from Denver Colorado and I have been making
narratives and documentaries for about 16 years. I also teach film production at a high school in the downtown
area of Denver, Colorado. After students
finish high school they’re confronted
with a lot of decisions that they have
to make very quickly. We overemphasize the
finishing high school sometimes and we forget that
there is this world out there afterwards. ♪♪ So, we’re calling the film
Turns in the Road. Turns in the Road
is a short documentary that follows four
of my former students in the first four years after their high school
experience ended. this is going to
be the first time where they all get
together in a room and talk about
what they’ve been doing, why they made
the decisions they have made, what’s come into play for them, and how that juxtaposes
with their life in high school. ♪♪ JOHANNAH: When I
got out of high school, I had no idea what I
wanted to do at the time… LUIS: I was so set,
I’m going to do film, I’m like this is the
thing I’m going to do. And I enrolled and I realized, I was like, nope, nevermind,
this is not my thing. JOHANNA: Poeple ask me,
why don’t you become a citizen? And that boils my blood. ALAN: I did not understand how difficult a lot of
their immigration tales were. I didn’t realize how
much it affected all of them. Their ability or their inability to contribute to their families really weighs heavily
upon all of them. LUIS: Now I’m at
Community College of Denver and working at a
warehouse with my dad. ALAN: To see them be
introspective and to see them
insightful and self reflective about their own lives
and their decisions has been very rewarding. The idea behind
this particular film is to really get
people to think in larger ways,
more creative ways, about what high school
means to students and how we can
better prepare them to leave high school
and enter either the workforce or enter
post-secondary education. ♪♪