Thank You & Happy New Year!

From all of us here at Media Arts Center San Diego,

THANK YOU for your continued support

and Happy New Year!

On behalf of Media Arts Center San Diego, I would like to personally thank you for all of your support to our non-profit organization this past year. We would not be here without you!
We served over 30,000 people in 2019 thanks to you. Whether you bought movie tickets, had your child attend one of our youth media & tech camps, and/or volunteered at our annual film festival, you are helping to positively impact lives and perspectives through media arts. I look forward to celebrating an exciting 2020 with you and continuing to provide new media tools and channels to create equitable and engaged communities where underserved voices are heard!
Please read below for a few of the amazing highlights from this past year accomplished by our staff, volunteers, and participants:
Our teaching artists worked with over 500 students over 20 weeks of Youth Media & Tech Camps and three 10-week sessions of Teen Producers Project. Additionally, they worked with another 500+ students during our Offsite Residencies at Audubon K-8, Wilson Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Hoover High School, Crawford High School, at Pro-Kids Golf and Second Chance San Diego.
This 2019-2020 school year we have a special Advanced track of the Teen Producers Project, including Master Classes and film screenings with guest film makers Isaac Ezban, and Luis Alfonso de la Parra.
Over 1,500 students attended ¡Tu Cine!, free screenings for middle & high schools at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Also, MACSD had another great year presenting the iVIE Student Film Awards & Festival. Over 350 student filmmakers submitted works to this year’s iVIE Awards & over 800 attendees at the festival screenings and ceremony at Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center.
Through Little Saigon Stories outreach programs, Vietnamese-American youth trained to capture stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard. Youth’s films were on display at a pop-up installation at various community engagement events throughout the Spring 2019.
Over 20,000+ people attended the 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival this past March 2019 at AMC Fashion Valley. Festival highlights included the Audience Award Winner CAMPEONES, Argentina’s ACUSADA, the jury favorite CÓMPRAME UN REVOLVER, and the appearance of acclaimed Mexican actor DAMIÁN ALCÁZAR for his three night tribute!
Digital Gym CINEMA, our one of a kind art-house theatre in North Park, had a fantastic year featuring the very best independent films from around the world. Highlights from this past year include Spain’s THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, the animated hit BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES, THE AERONAUTS, THE REPORT, and PAIN AND GLORY.
The Digital Gym Cinema also hosted several year-round film series, including the San Diego Film Geek’s Pre-Code Hollywood film retrospective and a collection of sci-fi films for their Visions of Science Fiction series. The German Currents Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and San Diego Filipino Cinema also returned for screenings at our venue!
Off-site Screenings included the return of ¡Que Viva Cine Latino! at Las Americas Outlet Center which featured SELENA and COCO and our collaboration with UCSD Extension for their CAPTAIN MARVEL and EL TREN FANTASMA screenings at Quartyard San Diego!
COMMUNITY PRODUCTION (VPS & Community programs)
2019 brought a diverse lineup of client projects, each with their own goals, vision and strategy. We were fortunate to build new relationships and continue working with past clients to create work that stands out for them. Some highlights of what we’ve done this year: hung out with rattlesnakes and tarantulas for the San Diego Natural History Museum’s latest ad campaign, created a new training series for Toyota on location in Long Beach and Ontario, rode in fire trucks and police cruisers filming PSA videos for first responders, and captured world class musicians at La Jolla Music Society.
We continued the Speak City Heights media collaborative with our partners KPBS, Voice of San Diego and AjA Project to produce monthly radio, television, and web content that spotlights stories from City Heights. We also launched the community storytelling project Little Saigon Stories, with a digital archive, pop-up installation and gallery experience.
Thank you to all our clients and partners that create with us and cheers to a great 2020!
Ethan van Thillo
Executive Director / Founder