WeHo Teen Film Festival

February 3, 2013

When I came to West Hollywood as an immigrant and settled on Fuller Ave, Plummer Park became for me the best and the most important place.  

The teenagers there were bewildered; a lot of them used drugs. 

That troubled me a lot.

As a member of the Senior Advisory Board at West Hollywood City Hall, I asked the city to give a place for teenagers inside of our Senior Center while it was rebuilt.

I wanted to organize some my friends to create interesting programs for teens.

I bow low to our City Authorities for taking special care of teens.

Since then, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department has alos provided teens constantly with good programs. 

We can also see their volunteers tutoring them in Math, Physics and Chemistry.

On a recent Sunday I was invited to their Teen Film Festival at Fiesta Hall.

This program is a new addition to the Teen Center and has been going quite well. 

The teens, along with direct guidance from staff member Ashley Beyer, worked on the films for weeks. 

Sofia Gelman and some of the teens that volunteer at Plummer Park. Photo by Joshua Barasch.

Most of the films bespeak the innocence of youth, but they are the beginning of a bright future; they reflect their behavior and show the environment of Plummer Park.

Watching the festival I was touched with teen’s friendly relationship.

I wish them Good Luck.

Here is the list of films:

1) Cookies for Sale – written and directed by Audrey Spain

2) Save the Animals – written and directed by Audrey Spain and Irene Gonzalez

3) Veronica's Project – directed by Veronica Alemu

4) Overlap and The Dimlight of Time – written and directed by John Corona

5) Vorx – directed by Juan Chavez, written by Henry Dorfman and Yefim Vedernikoff

6) Crazy Yoga – Directed by Marlon DeSilva, starring Audrey Spain, Irene Gonzalez, Ryan Pittell

7) Anti-Drinking PSA – directed and written by Matthew Hanna

8) Dead Rush – Written and directed by Eric Kleifield; Produced by Juan Chavez; Starring Henry Dorfman

9) High-Five West Hollywood – written and directed by Henry Dorfman and Daniel Kosoy