Meet Our Chapter Leaders

 

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Paige

Michigan University

My name is Paige and I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan! Recently, my time has been taken up with traveling, as I have spent a majority of my summer studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan. As Chapter Leader of REACT to FILM at the University of Michigan, I aim to illustrate poignant, pressing issues within today’s media through documentary – those that resonate most with me being representations of race and women within the media and human rights. Ideally, one day I’ll be able to highlight said subjects within a screenplay on my own, but for right now, I’m fine with getting the message out there through screening some rad documentaries.

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Kai

University of Maryland

I am a junior, Broadcast Journalism and Environmental Science student at the University of Maryland. As an aspiring filmmaker, I believe strongly in the power of film and video to connect with audiences and inspire social action. Working with REACT to FILM has allowed me to experience this first hand, and the opportunity has proved tremendously rewarding.

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Menglan

Tufts University

I am doing an anthropological preliminary research in Prato, Italy right now. I’m an Anthropology major, and I am working on my narrative storytelling skills (writing, photography, and documentary film). REACT to FILM has motivated me to reach out to people, no matter who they are: filmmakers, film characters, or film watchers. I have always hoped that I could live a life in which I don’t need to compromise my own passion and ideals. I am searching, by traveling, telling stories, and going to the next destination, for a way to realize this ideal life. That means the most to me now.

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Kara

Temple University

Kara is a 2014 Film & Media Arts graduate of Temple University and her award winning senior thesis documentary explored street harassment in Philadelphia. Founding the REACT to FILM chapter at TU added immeasurable value to her undergrad experience as the chapter shared meaningful docs with hundreds of students and forged friendships along the way! Her advice to new chapter leaders? Stay friendly, stay organized, and think outside the box!

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Kristen

Stanford University

Kristen “Has Super Powers” spends her days trying to live up to her name. She’s a social impact junkie who is currently on tour with her first documentary—Twitch—which follows her personal genetic testing for Huntington’s disease. Kristen hails from two farms—her beloved real farm on North Carolina that houses over 50 rescued animals AND her outrageously awesome school, The Farm, better known as Stanford. You can learn more about her film by visiting twitchdocumentary.com

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Evian

Skidmore College

Here is Evian and Jack the jackal. Evian is from Hangzhou, China and Jack is from
Bloemfontein, South Africa. Evian is going to be a sophomore and Jack will stay nice
and safe in Felidae wildlife center. Evian likes anthropology and biology — all lively
creatures. Jack loves his daily meal. Evian will start working closely with RtF in the
coming fall. We document our lives. They are films we react to.

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Blair

Ohio University

My name is Blair and I am a sophomore studying communication at Ohio University. This past summer, I visited family in Stockholm, Sweden and backpacked through Europe. My favorite thing about REACT to FILM is that it gives me the opportunity to creatively promote documentaries that could change the world.

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Pria

NYU

Hi! My name is Pria, and I am the Chapter Leader of REACT to FILM at NYU. I am majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technologies. I love documentaries and have always been passionate about social action, which is why REACT to FILM is so important to me. I believe that REACT to FILM can help educate and inspire young people to create a better world.

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Shareen

Humboldt State University

Shareen is a Journalism and Mass Communication major at Humboldt State University, in Northern California. She was a summer intern with NBC Universal and is passionate about social issues revolving the diverse Latino community and women rights. Being a chapter leader for REACT to FILM has been a great opportunity for her because every documentary has a unique message worth sharing especially with other college students who are in the position to generate change.

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Marlessa

Fordham University

I believe in the power of film as the ideal outlet to entertain, inform and inspire audiences about important, relevant issues. I want to make films with deep, complex characters who grapple with thought-provoking ideas that will inspire audiences to think and rethink such issues.

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Abigail

Binghamton University

My name is Abigail, and I am currently a senior at Binghamton University. I have been involved with REACT to FILM for the past two years. I am a Biology major and am passionate about art, health and fitness, and social issues. REACT to FILM has allowed me to spread awareness about social issues on my campus and continues to inspire me everyday to take part in civic engagement!

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Jenna

Baruch College

REACT to FILM has allowed me to combine my two passions, appreciation of art and film and helping to spread awareness about social issues. Environmental concerns are especially important to me; two years ago I started my own vegetable garden at home​, then this summer I spent two weeks WWOOFing on a flower farm in California which taught me how to lead a more Earth friendly lifestyle. I also take time to volunteer throughout the semester at diverse organizations such as Baby Buggy, Senior Centers, Public Schools, and Community Gardens to give back in any way that I can. If you join REACT to FILM, it will inspire you to be a better version of yourself.

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Victoria

SUNY New Paltz

Victoria is a senior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in international relations with a focus in Latin America. She studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer, where she learned Portuguese, met wonderful people and ate a LOT of Brazilian food! “I’m very excited to get back to work with REACT to FILM and prepare for the first screening of the semester! REACT to FILM has motivated me to not only think about social issues but to take action that will spark change!”

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Emily

American University

Emily is a rising senior at American University studying public communications, graphic design, and studio art. This is her third year as REACT to FILM Chapter Leader, and she is so excited to be working with her new co-leaders Emma, Katie, and Michaela. Documentaries have always been a great passion of hers. Working with the amazing chapter at AU to put together some wonderful screenings have truly been a highlight of her college career. After spending her spring semester abroad in Italy, Emily interned as the marketing and creative intern at ABC news in New York. Without her experience at REACT to FILM, this internship wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. With a great summer behind her, she can’t wait to get started on what she knows will be an incredible year with REACT to FILM!

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Cherise

Syracuse University

Cherise is a writer, director, and producer of short films. She’s been involved with REACT to FILM for nearly two years now and enjoys every second of it. Currently, she is helping to create a magazine on campus for activists and documentarians and is even working on a short doc of her own.

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Sabrina

Hamilton College

I am a senior at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and am majoring in English and Chinese. In addition to being a REACT to FILM chapter leader, I am also the president of the Hamilton American Chinese Exchange, which focuses on critically discussing China-US relations and exploring Chinese culture. As a 2014 Kirkland Summer Associate, I spent ten weeks researching how Asian cultural and racial identity is expressed on social media and affected by online interactions. REACT to FILM has broadened my perspective on many social issues by using film as a powerful medium for promoting discourse.

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