Young summer acting students learn the art of stage combat training at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, July 2009.

This documentary was shot, produced and edited by 16- and 17-year old students in Ted Roach's Backpack Journalism Class during American University's two-week "Discover the World of Communication" summer program.

Stage combat class taught by Casey Kaleba
GALA Theatre Summer Program led by Sandra Sampayo

Documentary by
Melisa Baena &
Angela Sidlauskas

Shot by
Melisa Baena
Ava Bleiberg
Leila Elshamy
Angela Sidlauskas
Megan Walsh

Produced in
Ted Roach's Backpack Journalism Class
American University
"Discover the World of Communication" Program

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Backpack Journalism - Summer 2009 Documentaries

Backpack Journalism2009

From June-July 2009, high school students converged on Washington DC from across the nation to attend the "Discover the World of Communication" summer program at American University. Over the course of each two-week session, teenage filmmakers were asked…


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From June-July 2009, high school students converged on Washington DC from across the nation to attend the "Discover the World of Communication" summer program at American University. Over the course of each two-week session, teenage filmmakers were asked to produce one 3- to 5-minute documentary per student (or pair of students) for Ted Roach's Backpack Journalism class. The diversity and creativity spanned from political essays and touching character pieces, to behind-the-scenes documentaries and energetic, stage combat studies. These videos show a remarkable body of work, from a remarkable group of students.

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