The Power of Filmmaking

Scholarship Entrant: Ramiro from Upland, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Ramiro: 2

If I could earn a living doing whatever I wanted to do, I would write, produce, and direct original films. Ever since I started high school the film industry has interested me a great deal. I would like to create my own production company and handle the artistic aspect, as well as the business aspect. I want to create stories that deal with social and political issues and tell them in a cinematic format.
I know that by telling the stories that I see in my mind’s eye, I can change the way the world views race and race relations. I want to create films that, somewhat follow in the footsteps of films like “Do The Right Thing” by Spike Lee, and “Poetic Justice” by John Singleton. These are two filmmakers I really admire. I think they have the right idea for their films, but might have gone about relaying their message in a less progressive way. I want to speak out about racism without using hateful epithets that I feel perpetuate the use of these slurs. I hope that with my films I can cause a shift in popular culture. As of yet the most widely used epithet is the N-word. The N-word is a slur that was transformed into a “so-called” term of endearment and now has been popularized due to rap music, and sadly, film and television. I believe that changing the views of the masses will be difficult, but possible to accomplish through my filmmaking.

Vote for Ramiro: 2

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