Arriving from all over Silicon Valley each Saturday morning this Fall, DocuMentorMe participants are greeted warmly by the Community Media team. Each has been chosen based on their suggested video projects and hand-picked to represent a wide range of the South Bay LGBTQI community. After Vanessa takes great care establishing welcoming ground rules for a culture that emphasizes inclusion and respect, James cheerfully throws everyone into the deep end of TV production with hands-on tutorials for all of the state-of-the-art tools now at their disposal.
The documentary process is laid out step by step: pre-production, storyboarding, location scouting, and talent releases all become familiar to the group taking part in this groundbreaking program. Storytelling is key. The emerging filmmakers are encouraged to find their own unique voice. Edith and Isaac are making films about aspects of the Latinx LGBTQI experience in their neighborhoods. Eydie has begun work on a survey of resources available to the LGBTQI population at large. Sergio and Roxanne are planning films that will educate audiences about the Trans community. Kesha is crafting an engaging story of overcoming difficult circumstances, removing society’s masks and embracing one’s true self.
When the free 12-week DocuMentorMe program concludes and the 5-minute films are done, they will be put on the big screen for a premiere at downtown San Jose’s 3Below Theaters on December 14, which will be open to the public. Please plan to come meet the budding media makers and enjoy their creations!