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Student Feature: The Street Crusade

Film Description: A documentary style look at various people and groups striving to make a difference in the world of gang violence. From education to tattoo removal, people are dedicating their lives to making a change in individuals’ lives as well as their community at large. Film By: Eric Tollar, Emerson College Winner: First Prize,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Homeboy Industries

Film Description: Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the US, possibly the world. The people within the organization call it “a miracle,” a “family,” “magical,” and “a chance to be a better man.” With the motto “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” Father Greg Boyle has given gang members a chance… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Propagating Peace

Film Description: A powerful look at how a person can make a difference in their community. “Propagating Peace” centers around Sharath Mekala, the founder of Village Vitals, an organization dedicated to connecting the people around him and propagating peace through an increased sense of community in Atlanta. Film By: SockCymbal, Georgia Tech Winner: First Prize,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Take the Hit (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Film Description: A disturbing look at the effect of verbal abuse on a young woman, and the dangers of not seeing the signs. Film By: Olivia Grant Esterhuysen, Team Poms, U. C. Berkeley Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, this category is now closed) 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #violence #abuse #genderissues #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices… Continue Reading

Student Feature: I Trusted You (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Film Description: A brutal question: When someone you know and trust violates that trust in a horrific way, how can you find it in yourself to forgive them? Film By: Team Tinashakiyah Productions, Atlanta University Center Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, this category is now closed) 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #violence #abuse #genderissues #cmf2011… Continue Reading

Student Feature: 100 Strong    

Film Description:    100 Strong is a San Diego nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to their community 100%. Inspired to action by the acts of violence within their community, the group’s members are committed to making a difference through peace, support, and information. “It’s not a hundred people, it’s just a hundred strong.”  Community action.… Continue Reading

Student Feature: In the Forest of Darkness

Film Description: In this dark look at the dangers of complacency, a woman must decide if she has it in her to stand up to the horrific illegal activities that go on in her home. Film By: Jason Zavaleta, SFSU Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, a closed category), 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #trafficking #slavery #violence… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Power to Kill

Film Description: What if every gun owner had to experience dying firsthand? Through a futuristic simulator, this film creates a world in which the power to kill is never taken lightly. Film By: Jack McClintock, Ohio State University Winner: Honorable Mention (Sci Fi), 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #democracy #violence #scifi #gunviolence #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Power to the People

Film Description: A poetic, hopeful call to action in the form of a powerful music video. Film By: Brad Wong, Leo Volcy, The Meteorites, University of Arizona Winner: First Prize, 2013 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poetry #studentpoetry #perspectives #socialcommentary #message #cmf2013 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Who We Are

Film Description:    A young woman pursued her dream to produce her own music, only to be flooded with hateful insults online. This film serves as a reminder that it takes so little to be kind, and we always have the option to support each other, even strangers on the internet. Film By:  Ziona Wright, University… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Caretaker

Film Description: An untold story about homelessness and human trafficking. A young man risks his life to help a boy in danger. Film By: Patrick Walker (three time winner), Georgia Perimeter College Winner: Third Prize, 2014 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #humantrafficking #slavery #homelessness #steppingin #ripplemaker #hope #cmf2014 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Systematic Living

Film Description: A young woman muses, “In our dreams, we can escape reality, even if it’s just for a moment.” She dreams about escaping poverty, described as systematic living: the chain reaction spurred by a lack of opportunities and education in her community. She struggles to keep her dreams alive, using spoken word as way… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Ink

Film Description: Everybody loves to have their opinions heard, but sometimes we forget how our words can leave a lasting impression. Words can hurt. It’s a powerful visual, seeing how the words actually show up, on this young person’s body. Film By: Joss Serrallier, University College London Winner: Honorable Mention (UK) 2015 Reposting? Consider These… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Silent T

Film Description: A short and poetic film centered on one young person’s journey through the world of gender identity, explaining that not everyone experiences gender as binary, set in a larger context of the violence waged against transgendered people worldwide. Transgender issues are in the national spotlight at the moment, but are still largely misunderstood.… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Sculpted

Film Description: One young woman tells the story of her community-driven genital mutilation at a young age. Setting her very personal words to visceral, sometimes shocking and uncomfortable imagery, “The Sculpted” is a film that is not easy to forget. Film By: Miholyn Soon & Ellie Jones, University of Westminster Winner: First Prize (United Kingdom)… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Us

Film Description: A woman battles with herself as she hides from her abusive partner, deciding what to do next. Film By: Matthew Singer, Northeastern Winner: Honorable Mention (Inner Strength) 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #abuse #innerstrength #genderjustice #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Victimized (A Victim’s Eyes)

Film Description: When a young black man is shot and killed by a white police officer, his family must work to move forward. This film explores all angles of the road to forgiveness, both in forgiving others and in forgiving oneself. Film By: Patrick Walker, Georgia Perimeter College Winner: Fourth Prize, 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags:… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Disobedience

Film Description:  This well-crafted film touches on multiple social-justice issues, including child witness to violence, bullying and gender identity, with a cameo from a Blue Morpho butterfly, allowing hope to take a beautiful, fantastical form. Film By: Jade Jiyau Zhau, UCLA Winner:First Prize, 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #message #hope #genderidentity #violence #bullying #childwitnesstoviolence #riseabove… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Awakened

Film Description: This message bears repeating: love isn’t abuse, and nobody is immune. Film By: University of Tampa Winner:  Honorable Mention (Message) 2016 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #abuse #gender #message #hope #violence #bullying #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Campus MovieFest (CMF),… Continue Reading

Student Feature: I, Alone

Film Description: A timely reminder of how the innocents suffer when we paint with broad brushes of hate – in this case a Muslim-American faces difficulties due to a knee-jerk response to extremism. Film By: University of South Carolina Winner: First Place, 2016. Reposting? Consider These Tags: #perspectives #islamophobia #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Frozen, Wary, Phobic of Being Seen

Film Description: The students named it and told the story before it hit the headlines: rape culture is shameful. In this powerful film, the wake of the abuse is written on her very skin, as the narrator reminds the viewer to stop, listen, believe, and place the blame where it belongs. Film By: College of New… Continue Reading

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