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Hamlin Shows the Film: “If I Were The President”

On election day, The Hamlin School welcomed filmmaker Anna Sergeeva to speak with students in grades 4-8. Ms. Sergeeva visited Hamlin last spring and filmed girls talking about what they would change if they were president for her film, If I Were The President.

Ms. Sergeeva shares more about the project:

I found a worksheet from when I was seven years old. Prompted by “If I were the President of the United States, I would change…”, I wrote “that every family has a home.”

In April 2018, I traveled across America with filmmaker Aimee Hoffman, asking over 100 young people under 18 years old what they would change if they were the President of the United States. We started in San Francisco, then headed to Boulder, Colorado, New Orleans, Nashville, rural Ohio and ended in New York City.

The project’s website – ifiwerethepresident.org – features artifacts from the journey including a short film, portraits, and written statements as well as a downloadable template to share what you would change as President and an accompanying lesson plan to facilitate this activity in schools.

Students in the film speak about the following (among other topics):

Protecting the Earth, Gun Reform, Fighting Poverty, Free and Accessible Healthcare, Free and Accessible Education, Ending War, Ending Racism, and Helping Refugees

After showing the film, our girls had the opportunity to write down what they would focus on if they were president. Multiple students then stood up and shared what they would change. Students spoke passionately about strengthening gun laws, getting rid of the electoral college, improving mental health awareness and ending homelessness.

The assembly provided students with a powerful forum to think about our democracy and our shared humanity.

 

 

 

 

Hamlin Students Speak at Alliance for Girls Event

Thursday night four Grade 8 students and Ms. Wanda M. Holland Greene (Head of The Hamlin School) spoke at the A Day of the Girl Fundraiser and Celebration held by the nonprofit Alliance for Girls. The event took place at the Salesforce building in San Francisco.

The Hamlin School has been a member of Alliance for Girls for a number of years. The mission of Alliance for Girls is:

To ensure that girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare today’s girls to be the leaders, agents of change and thriving women of tomorrow.

Our students spoke about their work creating the film, “Strawbucks.”

Strawbucks is a short film that interweaves detailed information connecting the use of plastic straws (in businesses like Starbucks), to the growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film utilizes interviews with Hamlin students to create a powerful narrative, urging viewers to replace their plastic straws with ones that are more environmentally friendly (metal, glass).

Dani shared the following in her remarks:

Girls and women have multiple stereotypes and negative connotations attached to them. We are often thought of as overly emotional. Well, we used that “emotion” to fuel and put our hearts into our film. When women are passionate about something, there is no stopping them. You push them down and we pop right back up. Investing in young women is investing in the future.

“Strawbucks,” was shown at the event, it can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H78u-Ne11Qc

 

Hamlin Students Host 3rd Annual Girls Film Festival

On Saturday, Hamlin grade 7 students (Maggie and Caitlin), along with their older Hamlin alumnae sisters (Charlotte and Ella), hosted the 3rd annual Noe Valley Girls Film Festival. The festival was held at Noe Valley Ministry and brought together 250 people to enjoy films by girls from all over the world, notably from: Iran, China, Germany, France, and Spain.

The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival’s (“NVGFF”) mission is to encourage young girls to make movies with goals of creating a new generation of movie makers, promoting Noe Valley, and having fun.

In early 2016, a group of girls living in Noe Valley decided to form NVGFF.  They loved making movies and wanted to give an opportunity to other young girls to make and present their movies to a real live audience.  The girls started creating films in elementary school (at Hamlin) and have collectively made almost fifty movies.  They enjoyed film making so much that they decided to start a festival for all of the girls of Noe Valley.  They have been meeting every week and believe the film festival will be a great way to bring the people of Noe Valley together to watch films, and try to help girls feel empowered to be involved in film making.

For more information about the festival, please visit: http://www.nvgff.com/

 

Samantha Weaver ’88 Speaks about Filmmaking

On Tuesday, Hamlin alumna Samantha Weaver ’88 spoke with grade 5 students about filmmaking.

Our students are in the process of developing films focused on ocean-related topics ranging from gray whales to the importance of plankton. A long-term goal is for students to submit these films to the International Ocean Film Festival and the Noe Valley Girls Film Festival (started by Hamlin girls).

Samantha Weaver has been deeply involved with the film world since her mid-twenties; acting, producing, casting, writing, among other film-related endeavors.

Hamlin School students asked Ms. Weaver questions related to both the process and the challenges involved with making films.

Below are some of the key points that she made:

-Inspiration is definitely needed when making a film. You have to listen to what is important to you and why.

-On a longer film you will spend hundreds and hundreds of hours making it, so staying inspired is crucial.

-How much time do you have to tell your story? Are you making a short film? What do you need? An iPhone? Software? Do you have to hire people to help you?

-You have to love what you do, it can take 3-4 years for a film to go from script to the theater. There is the writing, the shooting, then post-production with editing and sound.

-In the earlier stages of brainstorming don’t hold back any ideas, just let your creative thinking flow.

-I was inspired to make documentary films because they provided me with an opportunity to learn about a person’s life or an event that happened. I love to continually learn.

-My favorite documentary that I helped produce was, “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point.” A whole section of San Francisco is build on toxic waste that the Navy dumped there. The cancer rate in Hunter’s Point is extremely high because of where it is situated.

-I’m in the early brainstorming stages for my next project. I hope to co-create something with my husband. I will be sure to let you know about it!

Students Win 1st Place at International Ocean Film Festival

On March 11, four dynamic Grade 7 filmmakers won first place in the middle school student section of the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival held in San Francisco, California. Allie, Avery, Dani, and Helena, were recognized for their film, Strawbucks.

Strawbucks is a short film that interweaves detailed information connecting the use of plastic straws (in businesses like Starbucks), to the growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film utilizes interviews with Hamlin students to create a powerful narrative, urging viewers to replace their plastic straws with ones that are more environmentally friendly (metal, glass).

You can watch the film below: