2024 BOOST Conference Film Festival

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Another Word for Learning
Moderator: Caroline Ferrante, M.Ed., Arts Integration Coach, Arts for Learning Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Another Word for Learning

Always in Season
Moderator: Sheryl Davis, Ed.D., Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, San Francisco, CA

Always in Season

Clarissa’s Battle
Moderator: Sonia Toledo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Dignity of Children, New York, NY

Clarissas Battle

All That I Am
Moderator: Jenna Mendez, M.A., PPS, LPCC, District Foster Youth Counselor/Liaison, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Corona, CA 

All That I Am

Hungry to Learn
Moderator: Kelsey Boone, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Washington, DC

Hungry to Learn

Beyond Men and Masculinity
Moderator: Nathan Houston, Founder/CEO, #iAmImpact, Sacramento, CA

Beyond Men and Masculinity

2023 BOOST Conference Film Festival

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Moderator: Nichi Avina, 2022 California Teacher of the Year, Community Resiliency Model Teacher, Cielo Vista Charter School, Palm Springs, CA

17 And Life Doesnt Wait

Moderator: Ryan McCarthy, Executive Director, Global Kindness Initiative, San Francisco, CA


The S Word
Moderator: Cassandra Arechiga, Learning Associate, Woodcraft Rangers, Los Angeles, CA

The S Word

Raise Your Voice
Moderator: Blair Freedman, Senior Director, West Region, Sandy Hook Promise, Newton, CT

Raise Your Voice

Moderator: Ana Danielson, Program Coordinator, Mono County Office of Education, Port Hueneme, CA

Speaking in Tongues

Possible Selves
Moderator: Dr. Michelle Lustig, Program Director, Foster Youth Technical Assistance Program, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Oceanside, CA

Possible Selves

2022 BOOST Conference Film Festival

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The Unafraid
Moderator: Veronica Calvo, Senior Manager of Partnerships for Inspire @National University, Harmony SEL @ National University, Chicago, IL

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Us Kids
Moderator: Theresa Hardy, Executive Director, BRAVE, Seattle, WA

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The Bad Kids
Moderator: Jenna Mendez, TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Norco, CA

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The Pushouts
Moderator: Sean Magaña, Manager of Older Youth Programs, THINK Together, Whittier, CA

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Personal Statement
Moderator: Dr. Sonia Toledo, Founder & CEO, Dignity of Children, Bronx, NY

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River City Drumbeat
Moderator: Nathan Houston, Founder, #iAmImpact, Sacramento, CA

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2021 BOOST Conference Film Festival

Moderator: Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Reset Summer Camp, Inc., Orange, CA

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Moderator: Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

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The Upstanders
Moderator: Jessica Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Data & Research, AMIkids, Inc., Tampa, FL

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2019 BOOST Conference Film Festival

The School in the Cloud
Moderator: Richard Reyes, Executive Director, PLUS ME Project, Los Angeles, CA

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Like Any Other Kid
Moderator: Deborah La Touche, Deputy District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, San Diego County, Juvenile Branch, San Diego, CA

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Holden On 
Moderator: Lilia Mitre, Director of Parent Partnerships, Equitas Academy Charter Schools, Los Angeles, CA

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NORMAL ISN'T REAL: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD 
Moderator: Krys Kornmeier, Director/Producer, 4-D Productions, Inc., Washington, DC

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The Election Effect
Moderator: Jodi Grant, Executive Director; Alexis Steines, Director of Field Outreach, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, D.C.

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The Growing Season
Moderator: ElizaBeth Parker Phillips, Vice President of Education, Child Development Centers, Sacramento, CA

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2018 BOOST Conference Film Festival

American DREAMers
Moderator: Lorena Sanchez, Program Operations Director, EduCare Foundation, Van Nuys, CA

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Moderators: Cindy McCann, Executive Director, Every Monday Matters, Inc., Burbank, CA; Erahm Christopher, Founder, Good Instinct, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


I Am Jane Doe
Moderator: Gabriela Delgado, Program Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA 

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Untouchable: Children of God
Moderator: Camrin Christensen, Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach, CASA of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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If You Build It
Moderator: Matt D'Arrigo, Founder, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), National City, CA and Director, Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego, CA

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What the Health
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C.

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2017 BOOST Conference Film Festival

Most Likely to Succeed
Moderator: Mike Strong, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High, San Diego, CA

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Landfill Harmonic
Moderator: Alvaro Rodriguez, Director of After School Operations, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Moderator: Lisa Tabb, Co-Producer & Co-Executive Producer, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital World, San Francisco, CA 

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Play The Documentary  
Moderators: Matty Steinkamp, Director of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ; Tracy Perkins, Producer of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ


Moderator: Erin Browder, School Climate Specialist and Teaching and Learning Consultant, Erin Browder, LLC, Redondo Beach, CA

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The Student Body
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington DC

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2016 BOOST Conference Film Festival

Crescendo! The Power of Music
Moderated by: Myka Miller, Executive Director, Harmony Project, Los Angeles, CA 


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


A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story


Moderated by: Kelly Fair, Executive Director, Polished Pebbles, Chicago, IL 


Billions in Change
Moderated by: Tiveeda Stovall, Program Coordinator- Community Service and Service-Learning, University of California San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, CA 


The Mask You Live In 
Moderated by: Gabriela Delgado, Project Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, Student Support Services, San Diego, CA 


2015 BOOST Conference Film Festival

I Learn America
Moderated by: Jean-Michel Dissard, Director/Producer; Leah Hamilton, Educator, I Learn America, Brooklyn, NY 

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1 Way Up
Moderated by: Ray Holmes, Former Pro BMX Rider, USA BMX Race Official, Palm Desert, CA; Jerry Mobley, Master BMX Mechanic, Palm Springs BMX Track Volunteer, Palm Springs, CA


Beginning with the End
Moderated by: Carlos Santini, Associate Director, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA 


Moderated by: ElizaBeth Phillips, Program Development Director, Child Development Inc., Sacramento, CA 


Moderated by: Paul Lazarus, Director/Producer, SlingShot, Los Angeles, CA; Chloe Simmons, Outreach Coordinator, SlingShot, Glendale, CA  


Ivory Tower
Moderated by: Sidd Vivek, Department Head of Development & Communications, YMCA of San Diego County, San Diego, CA


2014 BOOST Conference Film Festival

Short Term 12
Moderated by: Carolyn Levenberg, Assistant Supervisor, Minor's Counsel Office, Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, San Diego, CA


World Peace Games and Other Fourth Grade Achievements
Moderated by: John Hunter, Founder "World Peace Games," Teacher and Educational Consultant, Charlottesville, VA

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Blood Brother
Moderated by: Carlos Santini, Associate Director, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA


Submit the Documentary
Moderated by: Les Ottolenghi, Director/Producer, Submit the Documentary, Las Vegas, NV


Who Cares About Kelsey?
Moderated by: Nancy Fuller, Community Programs Specialist, NAMI San Diego, San Diego, CA


American Promise
Moderated By: Kamau Stanford, Program Coordinator, It Takes Philly, Inc., Philadelphia, PA


2013 BOOST Conference Film Festival

Brooklyn Castle
Moderator: Robert McLellan, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Castle, Marketing Director, US Chess Federation, Knoxville, TN; Katie Dellamaggiore,  Director/Producer, Brooklyn Castle, Brooklyn, NY

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Somewhere Between
Moderator: CynDee Zandes, Ed.D., Chief Program Officer, THINK Together, Santa Ana, CA

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Moderator: Father Greg Boyle, Founder, and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA


Sexy Baby
Moderator: Gabriela Baeza, Project Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, Student Support Services Department, San Diego, CA


Race to Nowhere
Moderator: Michelle R. Perrenoud, Project Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA 

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The Revisionaries
Moderator: Carlos Santini, Associate Director, Afterschool All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA; Alejandra Santini, Executive Director, Hill & Dale Family Learning Center, Santa Monica, CA

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2012 BOOST Conference Film Festival 

Miss Representation
Moderator: Stephanie Armstrong, Founder, Heart of Leadership, San Diego, CA


Moderator: Matt D’Arrigo, CEO, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), San Diego, CA

Mother Nature's Child
Moderator: Janice Swaisgood, National Coordinator, Family Nature Clubs, Children & Nature Network, San Diego, CA


KONY 2012: Invisible Children
Moderators: Hiram Villareal & Elissa O'Dell, Los Angeles Street Team, Invisible Children, Los Angeles, CA 


Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children Into Prostitution
Moderator: Gabriela Baeza, Project Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA


Pariah: A Focus Features Film
Moderators: Christina Forzani, Psy.D, Triage & Transition Coordinator, Project Enable Clinic, San Diego, CA; Monique Oglesby, MA, Assistant Director, Heartland Clinic, El Cajon, CA


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