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‘Community Voices’ goes one-on-one in short documentaries

May 5, 2011

Go deep, not wide.

It’s one of the guiding principles of storytelling at Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, says Sally Rubin, assistant professor and director of the college’s short documentary program, Community Voices. And this spring semester the student filmmakers in Community Voices did just that.

“By telling a single human story you convey the importance of a human issue,” Rubin says.

Although just in its third semester, the social issues documentary program has typically profiled Orange County non-profits by portraying several people affected by an agency’s assistance or programs. But for this semester’s collection of documentaries, which screen in Folino Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, Rubin and her students decided to change things up. The six short documentaries convey the impact of the nonprofits through the eyes of single individuals – sometimes literally. For Hold My Hand students gave a flip camera to a girl with Down syndrome to highlight the work of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, and most of the 16-minute film features her footage.

Other agencies featured in the documentaries include the Southern California Hospice Foundation, Ecofficiency of Costa Mesa, Orange County Coastkeeper, Walking Shield and The Wooden Floor.

Admission to the screening is free. For more information, visit the Dodge College events site.

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