Beyond Graduation | Overview

Beyond Graduation | Overview

October 14, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


♪♪ ALAN: NALIP has been
an instrumental part of my career as a filmmaker. CARLOS: NALIP has been amazing. They have been very supportive at every step of the way and they’ve given us
a lot of freedom. CARLA: Ready? All right let’s
roll camera, roll sound. And, action. BEN: Beyond Graduate is the
second incubator out of a partnership with WORLD Channel with the generous support of the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, CPB. CHRIS: We picked five
rising media-makers who are just amazing. What happens after you
graduate high school? Do you all go off to college? Do you go out
into the workforce? Do you go and do
military service? GEORGINA: It’s one of the
most difficult moments in anybody’s life. CARLOS: In the latino narrative a lot of the
coming of age stories concentrate in high school, like getting to
high school graduation. We don’t have
a lot of narratives that show what comes after that. BEN: NALIP and WORLD Channel wanted to see
who was out there that would be able to
provide a fresh take and an inspirational perspective on this topic of
Beyond Graduation. A story that you
could relate to, characters that were complex. We have three in the
documentary space and two in the
narrative space. ALAN: So we’re calling
the film “Turns in the Road.” Their ability or their inability to contribute to their families really weighs heavy
upon all of them. So talk a little bit about
how that has kind of played itself out
after high school. To see them be introspective
and to see them insightful and self-reflective about
their own lives and their decisions has been
very rewarding. DEZ: Whoever’s shooting low try to get the wheels
when they stop too. A lot of students are sort of
just rushed into college and don’t understand
what they’re going to study or even what college they
should be going to. The big idea of looking
at service year is in making sure that kids
are ready for college once you graduate high school. And, scene. Cut. GEORGINA: So this is
usually where you sit? – Yeah, I usually get… GEORGINA: She opened the doors
to her home, her parents, her brother, her
creative process, her dreams, her passions,
her fears. And, action. This kid is trying to get all
these people who are in his university to understand and none of them
really relate to him. Let’s get this… – That looks pretty real. CARLOS: Let’s do it. There’s going to be some magic
that comes out in the edit soon. CARLA: Her journey is more about finding out that it’s okay not to know what you want to do. Give it like a second, and then she’s
going to look down like at the paper and then we can start moving
down with her against the wall. Uh, Ruby can you cheat a little
like slightly angled like this. Oh yeah, that’s good. Yeah. It’s more about the
idea of moving forward even when you
don’t know what that means or where you’re going. BEN: NALIP and WORLD Channel were very involved in matching
them with the right mentors providing a safe environment
where they can share those type of conversations and also positioning them, thinking of the micro and then
thinking of the macro long term. Know that you’re supported by
an organization that really believes and is invested
in your success. Your success is our success. CARLOS: Once you
leave film school, it’s really hard
to get the mentorship and group sessions
with feedback. So this has been really great. BEN: It is our responsibility to
position these voices of color and voices that
really need to be told. CHRIS: WORLD Channel’s mission
is to really be a platform for diversity within
the PBS system, My hope is that we’re educating
we’re entertaining and making this accessible
to a wide, wide audience. CARLA: I feel so lucky
to be a part of this. DEZ: Alright,
good job everybody! ♪♪