The Young Leaders Film Festival introduces adults and 14 to 18 year old students to a carefully vetted selection of award winning independent films, sourced from Sundance and other leading showcases. The festival features five feature films, a variety of shorts, expert speakers, and student participation.
Documentaries and features are selected for their ability to appeal to and challenge students interested in leadership. The Festival features a range of films whose themes ignite personal growth, social action, and positive change.
Festival Producer Pat Hughes says: “After screening hundreds of films, including over 40 that we saw at Sundance, we have selected five feature films that fulfill our mission to inspire the minds of our 14 to 18 year old young leaders. These five films tell the stories of ordinary human beings pushing beyond their limits in ways that are extraordinary.”
EVENT DETAILS: All films will be shown from June 22 to June 24 in the Four Flowers Theater on the campus of La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. Tickets can be purchased for $7 each on-line through YoungLeadersFilmFestival.com.
An official selection at the Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals, this documentary recounts the untold story of Harry Belafonte, not only one of the world’s great entertainers - but an important catalyst in the civil rights movement. Sing Your Song has won multiple awards since its release in 2011, and is a New York Times Critic Pick.
SHOWTIME: Friday June 22 - 6:30 p.m.
Tickets $15 - includes opening reception.
A documentary collaboration between an Israeli and a Palestinian farmer whose life is disrupted by the building of Israel’s security fence near his west bank village. The story is told through the lenses of five cameras, each which is broken in the struggle. The New York Times says: “Difficult viewing - but necessary.” Sundance - 2012 Presentation. SHOWTIMES: Saturday June 23 – 10 a.m. and Sunday June 24 – 4 p.m.
A sports drama depicting the struggles and successes Matt Hamill faces on the way to becoming a UFC champion. Through sheer determination, he uses his perceived disability as an asset, and becomes both the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship and an inspirational force to the hearing and deaf alike. An Audience Award winner at the AFI Film Festival.
SHOWTIME: Saturday June 23 - 1 p.m.
A battered suitcase is delivered to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Bradyʼs name painted on it. Larry Weinsteinʼs internationally acclaimed film follows Fumikoʼs search to discover the details of Hanaʼs life. This is a Holocaust story with unique perspective for young leaders. SHOWTIMES: Saturday June 23 – 4 p.m. and Sunday June 24 – 1 p.m.
Susan Seidelman’s romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando from the Bronx, and Mia from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When a tragic accident puts Mia in a wheelchair, Armando dedicates himself to helping Mia dance once more by introducing her to the world of competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing. SHOWTIMES: Saturday June 23 – 7 p.m. and Sunday June 24 – 10 a.m.
Young Leaders Film Festival concludes Sunday at 7 p.m. with “Sunday Night Shorts,” six short films, plus several animated shorts provided by National Public Radio’s StoryCorps, and films from the 1st Annual La Jolla Country Day School Student Video and Film Festival.