2016 FOCUS Film Festival


Student Films

Just a Game

In "Just a Game," the exciting basketball playoff game from 2015 and its controversial finish is discussed. The players as well as Coach Potter go back over the game, talking about how it ended the way it did. The reaction from the media outlets is analyzed as well. The players discuss the reasons for such backlash for just a high school basketball game.

Jesuit's 4 Bar Friday

Four Bar Friday is a growing social media phenomenon that has traveled from the world wide web to the depths of the Black Box at Jesuit High School. Our documentary traces the origins of the club from its creator Nic Pernas all the way to NBA superstar and aspiring rap artist Damian Lillard.

Edison High School

What this picture is of is of my video that I used from my friend Jordan Brittain. He made this music video about Edison High School three years ago that was absolutely amazingly accurate in describing what Edison High School is all about. He inspired me to make Edison High School a safe learning environment for other students.

The Drive

A documentary 4 years in the making. Join us as we follow the 2015 state champion seniors on their journey through high school and the road to the state championship. There is no better way to describe this senior class than as a family, hear their stories of victory and defeat, how they have lifted each other up through the tough times and grew up together as a family in Jesuit High School.

Campus Security

Campus Security is one of the most talked about and debated issues in the country today. At Jesuit, it is no different. Jesuit High School thinks about this topic constantly, and truly has tried its hardest to make security a priority. Through new additions like gates and campus monitors, Jesuit has increased its security, but those aren’t the only ways they’ve increased security. Watch the documentary to find out how security at Jesuit works, and how it has improved!

Food Drive

A look into the world of high-school crew, following Louis Kallgren and Gennie Klein. The documentary highlights the contrasts between rowing and more conventional sports, like football or basketball. Viewers experience the uniqueness of gliding in a racing shell, the sport’s passion, and its demanding nature. Most importantly, demonstrating what it takes to make one’s dreams a reality.

Swade

Jesuit's own Wade Coleman is different from the rest. While other people's hobbies include sports and other activities, Wade's hobby is different. Wade "Swade" Coleman is an aspiring rapper. To hear more about his story and his "hobby," watch his documentary.

Malcolm Porter

Malcolm Porter, the son of Terry Porter (a former Trailblazer), has exceptional talent too. Malcolm has gone relatively unheralded to this point in his high school basketball career. His brother plays basketball for Saint Mary’s, and Malcolm is hoping to garnish the attention of similar programs. Living up to what people expect him to be is a challenge, but Malcolm is ready for the task. His work ethic, confidence in himself, and perseverance will be key in determining the altitude of his basketball career. The future is bright.

Rick and Laurie Howington: Jesuit Heroes

You see them everyday, but now's the chance to see them in a new light. Rick and Laurie Howington have protected our school for 20 plus years, and have come to call the Jesuit community their second family. This documentary explores the significant role that these two individuals play in our school. Their countless hours of hard work and dedication have distinguished them as the Hidden Heroes of Jesuit High School.

Jesuit's One to One IPAD Program

What if I told you that 1,300 (or however many students there are at Jesuit) students had access to a device that transformed them from the classroom to anywhere in the world by the touch of a button? Jesuit High School has made this idea a reality. The entire school's form of education has been revolutionized by the iPad. Two years ago, Jesuit instituted a 1:1 program that gave every student an iPad to utilize for their education. Jesuit is now in its 3rd semester of the 1:1 program and is changing the way we work in the classroom. Students and teachers alike have benefited from the changes that the iPad brings. And things are just getting started.

More Than Just Robots

Jesuit’s Robotics Program has always been more than robots. From shaping high school students into engineers, to training how to run technical enterprises, robots have been nothing but a medium for something greater. Our motto is “A Posse ad Esse,” meaning “From Possibility to Actuality”.

White Lighters

In our documentary "Recruitment", you will get to watch a short film filled with opinions from multiple people involved in Jesuit athletics especially concerning football. The film features senior football player Joel Daul, who has committed to play college football for San Diego University. The interviews are overshadowed by lots of footage displaying the hard work and success of the Jesuit football team in the last2 years. This documentary should give you interesting insights on the common stereotype that Jesuit recruits players.

Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

My documentary is about the lives of black students at Jesuit. The documentary details how these students feel about diversity and diversity at Jesuit. I also talked to Mrs. Lowery, who is charge of the diversity program here at Jesuit. The people interviewed in the project detail their thoughts, feelings, and hopes for Jesuit.

Video Games vs. Reading

A new way of learning? Can video games help students in school? And how do games compare to the teacher recommended reading? Find out what students and studies say about the argument of Video Games vs Reading.

2006 Jesuit Football Team

A detailed look at the 2006 Jesuit football team which ended the season being ranked 8th in the nation by maxpreps, the schools second consecutive football state championship, and eventual NFL players Owen Marecic and Mike Remmers. With in depth interviews from players on the team we take a look at the comradery that came from four years of hard work and dedication that culminated in one memorable year.

The Bomb Shelter

The rumors behind Jesuit's bomb shelter have been spread since the beginning of the school's existence. The legend of the shelter has been passed down from class to class, making freshman hall one of the most notorious hallways. Uncover the truth behind Jesuit's biggest secret with "The Bomb Shelter"