Emerging Makers
This program provides career-building skills and technical instruction, empowering system-engaged youth to explore the criminal justice system, restorative justice practices, and community through film.

A partnership between the Media Arts Center San Diego and San Diego Second Chance, Emerging Makers is a media arts outreach and education program for youth transitioning from the juvenile justice system. Students participate in weekly filmmaker-led workshops and produce films exploring the criminal justice system, restorative justice practices, and their community from a youth perspective.


Men Like Me — accepted into the Audience Awards at the BESLA 2019 Film Festival!
No Trust Without Us
Magic Closet
Black Sheep: The Inglorious Blacktree Barberia
Closer to the Solution: The Power of Having a Different Perspective
Not My Pipeline
Gardening with Soul
Any Means Necessary


The partnership between Media Arts Center San Diego and San Diego Second Chance Program started in 2013, when MACSD filmmakers working on the “Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems” documentary video series collaborated with SDSCP’s Youth Garden, a program providing job readiness skills and a financial stipend to justice-involved youth.

In this film series, youth from the garden program spoke candidly about their experiences with food and health growing up in low-income neighborhoods in Southeastern San Diego. The short film featuring the garden program amplified youth voices, screening in multiple cities across the country and locally at film festivals. Films produced by Emerging Makers continue to be presented to guests of MACSD’s Digital Gym Cinema, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and in multiple cities across the country.

For more information about Emerging Makers, contact us at education@mediaartscenter.org.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the California Arts Council.

California Arts Council