Article by KHTS Staff
Video by Aldo Canepa and Taylor Villanueva
[KHTS] – Students from Golden Valley High School’s “Golden Valley TV” morning show are working on their part in a PBS documentary exploring poverty in America by exploring the problem in their own backyard.
The students of Golden Valley’s video production class have joined only eight other student television network groups in the country to work with PBS filmmakers on the documentary, which is set to be released in March 2016.
The Golden Valley team is doing their portion of the film on poverty in the Santa Clarita Valley, focusing specifically on the Bridge To Home homeless shelter and the shelter’s clients.
“It’s not what it seems,” said Ryan Lopez, a member of the group. “Our city, it seems nice, and it’s advertised as one of the greatest cities in California. But we’re trying to (show) the negative, which is the poverty in this community.”
When they applied to work on this project, a sample documentary was needed. Golden Valley used a 20-minute documentary produced by junior Eduardo Martinez, exploring the poverty in Mexico.
The students are in charge of every aspect of the documentary they will be filming, from scripting to editing.
The team is currently in pre-production, meaning they are coming up with the structure they will be following for the rest of the filming.
“Right now we’re really focusing on what exactly we want to ask for interviews,” said Lopez.
After a script is submitted to PBS in December, the students will begin filming the majority of their documentary, which will be strung together with eight others to create the final film.
The documentary will be released at the STN convention in Atlanta, Georgia which runs from Mar. 10 to 13, 2016.
Golden Valley High School students are hoping to be at the convention when the documentary premieres.
“It’s a chance for me to take a step in the industry that I want to make a living in when I graduate from high school,” senior Zach Andrews said in a video played over the school’s video network.
To achieve their goal, the class has set up a Go Fund Me page aiming to raise the funds needed to send the students to the convention.
“I would really love for them to be at the premiere, where they can get feedback from industry professionals and actually see their work on the big screen,” said Video Production Teacher, Charles Deuschle, who is advising on the project. “It’s an enormous educational opportunity and I would hate for it to not happen because of financial restrictions.”
However, he said, if the students do not receive enough in donations, they may be unable to attend.
“Golden Valley High School and this program in particular have a lot of students in financial need,” Deuschle said. “We really need donations to allow these students to go to the convention. They deserve to go.”