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It is the mission of the BOOST Film Festival to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers and to share their work so that it may inspire, educate, and transform youth and professionals in the youth work field.  

The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. When available, the BOOST Film Festival strand also offers the opportunity for post-film discussion with the filmmakers or representatives from the film company.

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Wednesday, April 27

CrescendoCrescendo! The Power of Music 

Since its inception in 1976, El Sistema, Venezuela’s phenomenal youth orchestra program, has brought social transformation to several million disadvantaged children in that country. In addition to producing world-class musicians like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema is now a rapidly expanding global movement, changing countless young lives worldwide.

How will El Sistema work here in the USA?

Our film is an in-depth, verité based look at three kids — two in West Philadelphia and one in New York City’s Harlem — as they participate in a pair of Sistema-inspired youth orchestra programs. We watch as our kids struggle to master their instruments, confronting their fears along the way, and interacting with their talented, dedicated teachers. We witness the children evolving before our eyes.

Moderator: Myka Miller, Executive Director, Harmony Project, Los Angeles, CA  

Watch the trailer http://www.crescendofilmdoc.com

Wednesday, April 27

Paper-Tigers-PosterPaper Tigers 

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities - a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.

The impact of unloved and traumatized children on society is profound and widespread. 85% of inmates were traumatized as youth. 27% of hospital visits can be traced to causes linked to childhood trauma. Hurt kids grow up to hurt people. The generational cycles of trauma and abuse are as stubborn as they are tragic. 

Simply put, it is cheaper to heal than to punish. Paper Tigers takes a look at what is possible. 

Moderators: Jeremy Gradwohl, 21st Century Community Learning Center Director, Lincoln High School, Walla Walla, WA; Aron Wulf, Former Student, Lincoln High School, Walla Walla, WA 

Watch film trailer https://vimeo.com/110821029

Thursday, April 28

A-Brave-Heart-PhotoA Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey o
26-year-old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Watch the film trailer http://imwithlizzie.com 

Thursday, April 28


In 2013, seventeen-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons took her own life. The Halifax teenager had been gang-raped a year and a half earlier by her classmates and labeled a "slut" as a result. Despite transferring schools many times, she could not escape constant cyber harassment and in-person bullying. Rehtaeh's is not the only story like this to make headlines in recent years. Why is the sexual shaming of girls and women, especially sexual assault victims, still so prevalent in the United States and Canada? UnSlut: A Documentary Film features conversations with those who have experienced sexual shaming, including the family and friends of Rehtaeh Parsons. We also spoke with Samantha Gailey Geimer, who was publicly shamed by the media after being sexually assaulted by director Roman Polanski at the age of thirteen in 1977; Gina Tron, who wrote about her experience being shamed out of pursuing charges against a serial rapist in Brooklyn, New York; N'Jaila Rhee, who coped with her sexual assault and the subsequent loss of support from her family and church by reclaiming her sexuality as a "cam girl"; and Allyson Pereira, who was ostracized in her New Jersey town after texting a photo of her breasts to an ex-boyfriend. Through interviews with sexuality experts, advocates, and media figures, UnSlut: A Documentary Film explores the causes and manifestations of sexual shaming in North America and offers immediate and long-term goals for personal, local, and institutional solutions.

Moderator: Kelly Fair, Executive Director, Polished Pebbles, Chicago, IL 

Watch the film trailer http://www.unslutproject.com/the-film.html#

Thursday, April 28

Billions-in-Change-posterBillions in Change

Manoj Bhargava is a 62-year-old entrepreneur who was born in India and has lived in Detroit since 1997. He founded 5 Hour Energy and earned billions through the business. Today, his energy shots can be found in gas stations and grocery stores all over the world.

According to reports, Bhargava is worth about $4 billion.

In 2012, Bhargava made public his support of the Giving Pledge – the program created by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates that sees the world’s wealthiest give away 95% or more of their fortunes to charitable causes.

Ultimately, one of the most interesting parts of the video is that the guy isn’t proposing these inventions in order to make money: he’s already made his billions and he’s not obsessed with getting more money. Instead, his goal is to use his billions for a good cause.

By proposing practical solutions in countries around the world, Manoj Bhargava literally wants to use his “Billions” “In” dollars for “Change”.

Moderator: Tiveeda Stovall, Program Coordinator- Community Service and Service-Learning, University of California San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, CA 

Watch the film trailer  http://billionsinchange.com/film

Friday, April 29 

the-mask-you-live-in-film-by-jennifer-siebel-newsom-posterThe Mask You Live In 

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. 

Moderator: Gabriela Delgado, Project Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, Student Support Services, San Diego, CA 

Watch the film trailer http://therepresentationproject.org/film/the-mask-you-live-in/




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