In 2015, NVFF accepted a wonderful short documentary film into the festival called Teen Press, directed by NVFF alum TC Johnstone (Rising from Ashes). We were blown away by the film about two middle school teachers in Santa Barbara – John and David – who designed a new after-school program focused on developing young students’ listening, research, and interviewing skills.
First, students learned how to interview celebrities on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Then they started talking to social activists, politicians, social workers, international figures and more…. people who make a difference in the world.
When TC reached out and asked how NVFF could help broaden this program across the country, we began a pilot program with the Blue Oak Middle School, and teacher Lizzie Moore. A new program was born- GRAPE Press.