When organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, announced the nominations for top awards for this year’s Local Film Showcase, the honored filmmakers included a group of Vista Unified School District students.
Eighth graders from Rancho Minerva Middle School were behind “Living History: Our Hometown Hero,” one of two films nominated for Best Student Film in the festival’s showcase. The short film features Robert Noble, a 91-year-old Navy veteran from Vista, and his visit to Rancho Minerva Middle School in the Vista Unified School District. Students in teacher Beth Duncan’s class captured on video Noble’s recounting his experiences in life, love, and the military, delivering poignant, sometimes humorous words of wisdom throughout.
“Living History” was created as a part of the Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program. The iVIE program – organized by the San Diego County Office of Education and presented by San Diego County Credit Union – was established in 2001 as a powerful tool for students and teachers to incorporate California Standards through project-based learning, collaboration, and media literacy skills. The program is open to all county students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
GI Film Festival movies, which feature San Diego area filmmakers, locations, and people, will be primarily shown on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. The winners will be announced later that evening at the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Throughout the five-day festival, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite films to receive the “Audience Choice Award” which will also be announced that evening.
Learn more about the festival and buy tickets here.