Maranatha High School Filmmakers Represent Area in Video Competition

Composer Blair Feng, and filmmakers Ryan Shoji and Sebastian Whittembury. (not pictured: Aogu Jimbo)

Three Maranatha High School student filmmakers, Ryan Shoji ‘14, Sebastian Whittembury ‘17, and Aogu Jimbo ’16, were selected to represent Los Angeles County recently at the Directing Change Video Competition. The contest was created to build awareness for suicide prevention, and to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. “I assigned the video as a class project,” said Maranatha’s Tech & Media Faculty Mr. Dulgarian, “as I believe it is a great opportunity not only to complete, but to help change lives. I think it goes hand in hand with our mission as Christians.”

The awards ceremony was held at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 13, where the group, supervised by their teacher, was given an honorable mention for their short film in the suicide prevention category for LA County. The group enlisted fellow student Blair Feng ‘16 to write a song for their piece. Feng’s original composition and recording, “You Are Lucky”, was featured in the group’s video, as well as featured in the awards ceremony to kick off the entire event! Maranatha High School is very proud of their student filmmakers.

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