I'm Not Your Girl
Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this short video gives us a brief glimpse into the life of a young woman and the street harassment she encounters one day while riding the bus. This film raises awareness on both street harassment and how one is more likely to encounter street harassment due to a reliance on public transportation. This video has screened at the Westchester University of Pennsylvania Loosening Our Minds Film Fest 2014. Directors: Mercedes Turner and Marina Oya.
Mercedes Turner is a graduate student of New Mexico Highlands University School with a degree from the School of Social Work and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work as well. Mercedes has worked with youth as a programs department intern with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and as an intern with the YWCA of New Mexico. She enjoys volunteering in the community, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She wants to continue working with nonprofit organizations who work with young people to help them pursue their dreams.
Marina Oyá is currently a junior at the Public Academy for Performing Art and will graduate in 2015. She loves filmmaking, dance, visual art, and working with kids. In the summer of 2013 she volunteered at Eugene Field Elementary School in Albuquerque working with students in their summer school program. She plans to study marine biology in college.
It's My Body
In a media environment that shames girls’ bodies, young women talk back to these messages and share their true selves. This video shows us what it means to be body positive through portraits of six young women who tell us both what they like about their bodies and what their bodies can do. This video has screened at the Westchester University of Pennsylvania Loosening Our Minds Film Fest 2014, the International Experiments in Cinema Film Fest 2014 in Albuquerque, the Youth Media Gallery at the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Conference 2014 in Philadelphia, and the 8th International WAMMFest: Women And Minorities in Media. Directors: Anamarie Regino, Michelle Gallarza, and Wendy Gallarza.
Anamarie Regino was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attends the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School and will graduate in 2015. She plans to become a special education teacher working with elementary bilingual students. She enjoys writing, painting, and drawing. Music is also a big part of her everyday life. This Girl Tech video is the fourth video she has made.
Michelle Gallarza is a graduate of the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. She currently studies nutrition at the University of New Mexico. She enjoys watching movies, reading, and making videos. She directed several videos in high school and especially enjoyed making this Girl Tech video about body image because she believes health is one of the most important aspects in people’s lives.
Wendy Gallarza is currently a junior at the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School and will graduate in 2015. Wendy’s future plans include teaching preschool and becoming a flight attendant so that she can travel. She loves her family, friends, and pets. This Girl Tech video is the third video she has made.
Las mujeres dentro de mi (The Women Inside of Me)
This experimental poetry video takes us inside the complex thoughts and emotions of one young woman as she considers love, sex, gender, sexuality, all against the backdrop of her traditional upbringing. This video has screened at the Westchester University of Pennsylvania Loosening Our Minds Film Fest 2014. The director wishes to remain anonymous.