Emerging Makers
Emerging Makers

Students learn to bring ideas to life! Learn career-building skills and technology necessary to make amazing movies including: lighting techniques, storyboarding, camera skills, video editing, graphic design and more!

A partnership between the Media Arts Center San Diego and San Diego Second Chance, Emerging Makers is an arts outreach and media arts education program for youth transitioning from juvenile justice systems featuring weekly filmmaker-led workshops. Students will produce films exploring topics about the criminal justice system, restorative justice practices and their community from their perspective. This program is available to students who have been, or are, connected with the juvenile justice system.

  • Students who successfully complete one cohort are eligible to receive a $200 cash incentive.
  • Final videos will be screened to the general public at the Second Chance Auditorium and submitted to local film festivals, including the San Diego Latino Film Festival.


Eligibility Requirements:
  • Ages 14-24
  • Justice Impacted
  • Currently or previously enrolled in a Second Chance program


2019-2020 Dates:
Choose which 6-week session works best for you!

  • Cohort 1: September 9 – October 17, 2019
  • Cohort 2: November 5 – December 17, 2019
  • Cohort 3: January 7 – February 18, 2020



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 (MACSD) 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 that provides job readiness skills and a financial stipend to justice-involved youth.

In this film, 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 the youth’s voices by screening in multiple cities across the country, locally at film festivals. Films produced by Emerging Makers continues 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:

Larry DaSilveira, Education Coordinator, Media Arts Center San Diego
larry@mediaartscenter.org | 619-230-1938 x.103


Diedra Smith, Case Manager, San Diego Second Chance


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

California Arts Council