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Sonoma County Museum and Santa Rosa High School’s documentary short screens at CAAMfest 2014 on Saturday, March 15

Santa Rosa High School students, Lilia Kilmartin and Maneesha Moua will debut their documentary short debut on March 15 at CAAMfest 2014  as part of the festival’s special Young Historians, Living Histories project.   The Sonoma County Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, sponsored the student film program as part of Sonoma Stories initiative that records the oral histories of people living and working in the community.  Image: SCM

Santa Rosa High School students, Lilia Kilmartin and Maneesha Moua will debut their documentary at CAAMfest 2014 as part of the festival’s special Young Historians, Living Histories project. The Sonoma County Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, sponsored the student film program that enabled their participation. Image: SCM

Local Santa Rosa High School students, Lilia Kilmartin and Maneesha Moua, will have their documentary short debut on Saturday, March 15, at CAAMfest 2014 at 12:10 PM as part of the festival’s special Young Historians, Living Histories project.  The program will debut the work of several young Asian Pacific American (APA) student filmmakers from nine Smithsonian Affiliate organizations around the country and several of the young filmmakers will attend.

Our own Sonoma Country Museum (SCM) had a hand in sponsoring the Santa Rosa students as the museum recently completed a new storytelling series serving local APA youth and their families. Working with Santa Rosa High School’s ArtQuest Video Lab and video and digital instructor Jim Helmer, SCM enabled Kilmartin, Moua and other students to learn about the documentary process and to create a short film telling a relative’s story.  This student program is a continuation of SCM’s Sonoma Stories initiative that records the oral histories of people living and working in the community.  SCM was able to sponsor the young filmmakers because it was one of nine Smithsonian Affiliate organizations nationwide selected for the national Young Historians, Living Histories project.  This program mentors APA students in multimedia skills and storytelling with the goal of deepening their understanding and appreciation of their history.  Young Historians, Living Histories involves the collaboration of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Affiliations and CAAM (Center for Asian American Media).

CAAM’s Hardeep Jandu just interviewed Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Program, about the film shorts and importance of mentoring young filmmakers.  Read the interview here.

Details:  CAAMfest’s special presentation, “Young Historian, Living Histories,” is Saturday, March, 2014 at 12:10 PM at New People Cinema.  A reception with the student filmmakers will follow the screening at Pa’ina Lounge.  Tickets are $12.  Click here to purchase.

Read ARThound’s coverage of CAAMFest 2014 here.

CAAMFest 2014 is March 13th through March  23th  2014, in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland at eight screening venues well as select museums, galleries, bars and music halls. The 10 day festival is screening over 121 films and videos, along with cutting edge music and gourmet food events.  The 32 year-old festival is named after its sponsor, CAAM , San Francisco’s Center for Asian American Media. Click here to see full schedule in day by day calendar format with hyperlinks for film and event descriptions and for ticket purchase.  The official website— CAAMFest 2014.

The Sonoma County Museum is located at 425 Seventh Street in downtown Santa Rosa.  Hours: Tues-Sun 11 AM to 5 PM.  General Admission : $7.   Camellia Has Fallen runs through May 4, 2014  and is the first U.S. art exhibition created in response to the Jeju April 3 Uprising, a major historical event leading up to the Korean War in which the United States played a critical role. The exhibition focuses on issues of memory, reconciliation and healing.

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