“Community Voices” is a series comprised of student documentaries focused on nonprofit organizations and the people whose lives are affected by them. Each semester students from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, CA partner with local organizations to create powerful character-based documentary portraits focusing on social issues. Films feature stories of poverty, homelessness, and cultural adversity, showcasing personal struggles that transcend societal boundaries.
These films are a part of a new initiative at Dodge College to reach out to the surrounding community to give visibility to the myriad of diverse and inspiring local stories that happen right in our backyard. The documentary program started as a class instructed by Assistant Professor Sally Rubin and has evolved into a televised series. The nonprofits profiled include Cut Studios, Girls, Inc., Naturalist for You, The Wooden Floor dance studio, and the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County. The series is produced by Panther Productions of Chapman University.
“The power of documentary portraiture to convey the nuance and subtlety of human experience is undeniable. The Community Voices program offers our students the opportunity to explore this magic while simultaneously being of direct and impactful service to the causes they care about right here at home, in Orange County.” – Sally Rubin
“Community Voices” will take you on a journey as we give a voice to the voiceless.