Students in the South High VOICES class (VOICES stands for Values, Options, Issues and Choices Explored in Society) create documentary films on social issues with guidance from teaching artist John Akre. The class is taught by Delainia Haug and Laura Lanik.
The students had only from early November to the middle of January to make their films, pitching their ideas to the class in early November, shooting in November and December, and editing, showing drafts and refining their work into January.
Shannon, Sam, Mai Lia and Lucy made this documentary about South High’s Teen Age Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPPP). They chose this subject, which was very accessible to them because it was located in their school, after struggling into early December with another topic that they ended up abandoning. They worked hard the last two weeks of the class to get the great interviews and b-roll that make this documentary stand out. And who can resist lots of shots of beautiful babies?
Watch all of this year’s VOICES videos here.