Students’ film premieres in local festival

Photo by Dylan Baker

Two student filmmakers, Kinsley Gerks (‘20) and Renee Sang (‘21), premiered their first short film titled “Planting Seeds, Growing Justice” at the Global Peace Film Festival last week. 

The pair originally created the film for a Critical Media and Cultural Studies elective, “Making Documentaries,” with Dr. Steven Schoen. 

The short film explores issues surrounding global warming and how it affects Floridian farmers. 

The film’s description on the Global Peace Film Festival website reads, “Farmworkers are often more adversely affected by climate change than others; an altered environment alters their source of livelihood.”

The film specifically profiles the Farmworker Association of Florida, an organization that provides a voice for farmers using indigenous practices to preserve, protect, and revitalize local lands.

The Global Peace Film Festival occurs every September in Orlando. There are screenings on campus and at other local venues across Winter Park and Maitland. 

Gerks will be graduating with a degree in Social Innovation and minor in social entrepreneurship and studio art, and Sang will graduate with a dual degree in Critical Media and Cultural Studies and studio art. 

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