PSIFF Student Screening Day at Indio High School

Last October, Nikki Gordon from the Palm Springs Film Society arranged for filmmaker Jacob Chase to visit IMPACT as a guest speaker. 

Through collaboration with the IHS Drama Department, the Palm Springs Film Society was able to host the Desert Sands Students Screening Day for the Palm Springs International Film Festival at the Indio High School Performing Arts Center on January 10th. 

The event hosted 420 students and featured two films: A Man Called Ove, who's title character's personal philosophies unwittingly helped him to create an extremely unique life story, and My Life as a Zucchini, a stop motion animation that follows a young child through the loss of his family and the discovery of a new one. 

Claude Barras, director of My Life as a Zucchini was on hand after the film for a question and answer session with students in which he explained the unique methods used to create his film, and gave advice to aspiring filmmakers and students still searching for their passion. 

Claude Barras discusses his film, My Life as a Zucchini

The biggest result of the event was the overwhelmingly positive reaction from students in attendance. Students from a variety of programs at all DSUSD high schools were able to come together to engage with film as not only an art form, but a means of communication and expression. IHS looks forward to hosting Student Screening Day again in 2018!