Teen Producers Project

Teen Producer Project Media Arts Center San Diego

Teen Producers Project began since 2001 under the direction of Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director/Founder of Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD). Since 1994 youth media has been submitted from across the United States to the organization’s annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. Viewing these works, MACSD always believed that similar media art could be produced successfully by youth right here in the San Diego County region.

In 2001, the organization applied for a grant to the San Diego Foundation, and with an initial $9,500 from the foundation, MACSD was able to purchase the initial video cameras and laptops to begin the Teen Producers Project.  With the needed equipment in-hand, MACSD then sought to build partnerships with larger community and educational organizations that would be interested to sponsor Teen Producers Project sessions at their facilities and for their clients.  The first two partners for Teen Producers Project were the MAAC Project and the San Diego County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Region IX.  The first Teen Producers Project took place in the Summer of 2001 at the MAAC Project’s President John Adams Manor apartment complex in Southeast San Diego.


Intro Teen Producers Project
(Intro to Documentary Filmmaking)

Students will learn basic lightening techniques, storyboarding, camera skills, and how to edit their projects in Adobe Premiere Pro

This program is only for teens from 12 to 18


Here is a short video for this program:


Advanced Teen Producers Project
(Narrative Filmmaking)

The advanced TPP class is designed for teens who already know the basics of filmmaking and want to take their skills to a new level.

They are going to learn about following skills:  DSLR camera system, a boom microphone, audio field recorder, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

This program is for teens from 14 to 18.


Here is a short video for this program:


Meet Our Team

Educational Coordinator
Brian Jenkins is a filmmaker and editor based in San Diego. His most recent documentary film, Answering the Call – the American Struggle for the Right to Vote, starred civil rights icon John Lewis and was featured on Rachel Maddow, Esquire, the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Young Turks, Vox, and Slate. In addition, his production company Riot House Pictures has produced commercial video content for MLB, HP, FICO, Intuit, Eliel Cycling, Illumina, 100%, Knockaround, and DOPE. He joined the Media Arts Center team as a Teen Producers Project instructor in 2017.
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Advanced Instructor
Born in Tijuana Baja California Mexico, Diego started pursuing film in 2008 through a Film Production Workshop imparted by Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica. He continued his studies and graduated with a BA in Filmmaking from Universidad de las Californias Internaciona in 2012. Some of his recent film credits include “La Horda”(2008) “Pete Smalls is Dead” (2010), “The Bridge” (FX Series – 2013), and Mattel’s “Max Steel: Turbo Charged” & “Max Steel: Turbo Warriors” (2016-2017).
Diego specializes in Post-Production with a focus on editing, montage, and VFX coordination.
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Intro Instructor
Alexandra Wesser is an artist from New York City, where she earned a degree in Photography and Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College. Dedicated to promoting social consciousness through visual and tactile means, documentary work has become the perfect marriage of her studies and deepest intentions. Alex has taught for MACSD’s juvenile court and TPP programs. Alex’s repertoire includes writing, spoken word, sculpture, installation work, stranger outreach initiatives and community building exercises, social-work, activism, photography and videography. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and she now lives, films and teaches in San Diego.
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All classes take place at Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park

(2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104).

For more information:

Larry Da Silveira, Teen Producers Project Coordinator

larry@mediaartscenter.org | 619-230-1938

California Endowment, California Arts Council, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Wells Fargo, SDG&E.