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Fruitvale Station by Gabriel Sampedro

On January 29th, 2019, I attended a screening of the film, Fruitvale Station, and I listened to the panel discussion afterwards. The film starred Michael B. Jordan, as he was casted to portray the life of Oscar Grant, the man who died at the hands of the police in 2009. The panel, and in specific Oscar’s uncle, revealed that the movie was 98% accurate to the life of Oscar, and that he owes a lifetime supply of thanks to Ryan Coogler, the director of the film, as he provided the space and acknowledgement needed to voice Oscar’s life.

The intention of screening the film was to both allow for a different narrative to be voiced, and to demonstrate the commonly injusticial practices that not only took place in 2009, but that to the surprise of some, continue to take place today. During the film many tears were shed, but tears hold no significance unless action closely follow. Both Oscar’s aunt and uncle discussed after the film, that they had set up a foundation in the name of Oscar named ‘Love not Blood,’ as it stands to help people who’ve wrongly been accused of acts they did not commit. For the audience and myself, I believe we shared an opportunity to learn, discuss and grow from tragic events, that we too are important, that we too, matter.

However despite these panels, I know truthfully that I am limited in my experience. I myself am privileged to say I have never had a police officer confront me, an officer cuff me, nor a gun pointed at me. Grant on the other hand, did. He was slammed to the ground on New Year’s Day, and a trained officer took it upon himself to draw his weapon. In court, the officer testified that he intended to grab his taser and not his gun, but nonetheless he pulled the trigger on Grant. Grant was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died – leaving behind his girlfriend and daughter.

The panel believes that if bystanders had not recorded the event and if people had not spoken up in protest, then Oscar’s murderer, Johannes Mehserle ( Ex-police officer) would have walked a free man, or worse, received paid leave. Johannes was confronted with a maximum sentence of 14 years, but due to his compliance with authority, he received 2 years ( the minimum sentence he could receive for manslaughter ), and even then was eligible for bail within 7 months. Time and time again, it is evident that police brutality seizes to terrorize people particularly in the United States. Yet, consequences are shown to differ largely based on the color of one’s skin.

Beyond all the chaos, I am however, conflicted. I’m conflicted because I believe in restorative justice – a means to hold the perpetrator accountable, all the while creating a bridge of trust back within the community harmed. In this case, Mehserle is the perpetrator, and out of ‘fear,’ he took the life of a Black man in Oakland. This scenario questions my idea of legitimizing restorative justice because how I am to expect the family of Oscar to simply forgive Mehserle for taking away their beloved relative. To what extent can restorative justice truly satisfy both parties? How can I, as viewer question the actions of those that I was not placed in? Can there ever truly be a reasonable consequence for the actions of murderer?

Professional Blog Review – By Gabriel Sampedro

I chose to review Philip Bloom Blog site because he is a growing independent filmmaker who has gained various experiences with different film styles – those of which include commercials, music videos, corporate films, broadcasting, and other fun videos for the web. I believe from this experience, any Bloom film will not only be enticing but also original.

Throughout the lifetime of Bloom’s career, he has amassed 27 years of knowledge and familiarity with his team, and of course the gear, he is using. Bloom has reviewed numerous cameras and explains on a side-by-side basis, which cameras he prefers and which one he recommends for the job – some insight a curious kid like myself may want to know for a school project. Additionally, Bloom also includes reviews of different types of tripods, drones, and other film-related gear a director of photography might be interested in learning. With links of how to use special cameras and detailed reviews, Bloom demonstrates he’s very supportive of studious learners.

When scrolling throughout Bloom’s blog, I notice there’s ease in finding what I’m looking for. For me, I primarily look for reviews on cameras and other related gears – and that’s a characteristic Bloom’s blog definitely emphasizes. I would highly recommend Bloom’s blog because the information is purposeful and informative. Everything Bloom writes focuses on the audience, and it suits new readers well enough to understand an insight into the art of filmmaking.

Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane – by Gabriel Sampedro

A view from the computer lab sure makes me feel confined.

The home of Lane’s CGI

It’s an empty room now but wait for the meetings.

Art à la Carte

Spread some love – share your art

“Do you know where the cafeteria is…?”

The closer you get, the less you actually see.

Someone’s home for eight hours.

A space for creation.

“How many more classes do I need again?”

“When did these things get here…?”

Representation matters.

“Put two ships in the open sea, without wind or tide, and, at last, they will come together.” – Jules Verne

Galactic Radio by Gabriel Sampedro

The intent of discussing Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia was to help listeners understand that while cancers and other forms of diseases seem scary, there are missions and projects in the works that plan on helping people worldwide, and letting them know that there is hope for the future. During our Info-Hour, we discuss illnesses like CLL, and talk about the symptoms and other related signs so that patients can familiarize themselves with them to ensure their state of health is well and functioning. The sooner a virus or cancer is reported and detected, the sooner doctors can begin to assess how to approach the problem on a case-by-case investigation.

Every day, people around the world become victim to cancerous cells, but with the help of vaccines, people’s immune system could be reprogrammed to attack cancerous cells. With these revolutionary mechanisms, millions of people worldwide would be saved, and people wouldn’t have to live by a clock of life-expectancy so they can live life to the fullest. This project was both informative and joyful because as the radio host, I fulfilled a position of education. Although I may just be one individual, I hope that projects like these continue to help people in need. In the end, the only thing I ever wanted to do was help people, and if this project was able to help at least one person, then I believe I’ve lived up to my dream.

My Mind

IMG_8013Hello, my name is Gabe and I’m an 18-year-old with a dream of becoming a movie director. If this plan does not work, I will rely on medicine. And again if that doesn’t work, I will rely on real estate. My plan for my life is following what I love, and ultimately, I wish to help people in any way I can. When I watch a movie, in particular, one directed by Christopher Nolan, I feel both inspired and optimistic for the future. In a similar manner, I wish to give others the same feeling of hope the way Nolan movies do for me.

Outside my realm of movie sensations, I love to spend time with family and friends. I find laughter as one of the timeless experiences one can share with others. However, on a philosophical note, I would argue that in order to feel this type of greatness, one would need to experience some sadness along the way. From a film standpoint, it’s the ability to recognize the feeling of loss without having experienced it yourself at that moment – a feeling of transcendence.

While I believe heavily in philosophical meanings, I solely remain as an 18-year-old boy with the dream of becoming a movie director. But I believe after this class, I will have obtained the knowledge and experience that will prepare me well for the industry of tomorrow. And as I look for the optimism in life, I am confident that all things will go well.


By: Gabriel Sampedro