Film club brings stories to life


Erin Smith

DVC Film club president Tony Alfaro, and members Sam Lund and Emile Caton discuss their movie project.

Erin Smith, Features editor

If you’ve ever thought of creating a film of your own, but didn’t have the resources available to turn your dreams into a reality, there lies an answer for you right here on campus.

Every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., in room 112 of the Advanced Technology Center building, the Diablo Valley College Film Club meets to discuss, critique, and plan the making of student produced films.

“The goal of the film club is to bring film makers together. There are a lot of pre-existing film makers on the DVC campus and they’re trying to make films on their own, and we’re trying to bring those people together,” said Tony Alfaro, broadcasting major and president of the film club.

The club is a casual and laid back space for novice film makers to showcase there work and meet other like minded individuals. Members have the unique opportunity to show off projects they have directed, produced, or acted in and get some honest feed back.

“It offers me a way to meet new people so I get a lot of networking, and people to help out with my films,” said Emile Caton, a film major. He and fellow member Sam Lund are currently working on a short film called Babyman for the Berkeley Horror Film Festival which takes place Oct. 22, submissions are due Oct. 1.

Procrastination is no stranger to college students and treasurer Jeff Ng commented on how motivating the club can be to get projects completed, “You know your peers are going to watch it, it gives you incentive to finish.”

The meetings themselves are a huge help in getting any film idea off the ground and into the production phase. Alfaro has an almost innate ability to help coordinate individuals into teams of directors, producers, and assistants and leaves no detail uncovered. Fire extinguishers and first-aid kits can come in handy on set.

The business of film making is so heavily associated with Hollywood, it’s hard for some to believe there is a pulse within the Bay Area film making community. Alfaro relayed how often he’s heard actors or actresses complain about not finding any work with producers or directors and vice versa. The film club is a remedy to this problem, “Not many people realize that there is a strong film community in the Bay Area.”

Film making is ultimately storytelling, and if you have a story to tell the film club can serve as a catapult to getting it on screen. “If you have a passion for something then just go for it. Even something as small as joining a club, I say go for it,” said Jonothan Villegas a film club member, actor and velociraptor builder.

Tell your story and it could be presented at the Aspiring Minds Film Festival which takes place at the end of every semester in the forum. “It’s a great way to see your stuff on the big screen,” said Alfaro, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying than seeing your ideas come to life.