Aissa Carnet is an award-winning filmmaker that promotes social justice and awareness for important topics that need more conversations. Currently enrolled in a University and majoring in Film, she discovered what she wants to do for the rest of her life.
“Filmmaking is one of those things in life where it found me rather than me finding it. I was always fascinated with the art of filmmaking ever since I was a child. I specifically remember going in my backyard making videos with my sister when I was only 10 years old. But it wasn’t until my High School years where I peaked with film. I started to further my knowledge with filmmaking and took advanced film courses. These courses helped me discover every aspect of a film that I had the desire to know more about. Once I started to create my own films hands on, I knew that this is something I had to do for the rest of my life.
I noticed that I was different from every other film student in my class. Students were making films about fictional love stories, and your average teenage flick. But I wanted to do something different and correlate people’s stories into films or documentaries. Then, my first film was made. I created my first documentary on a homeless man that lives in Los Angeles. His name is Jeff and he’s a landscape artist. The reason I made this is because I wanted to break the stigma against homeless people and follow this person a day in their life, documenting their every move and struggle. This is when it all started.
One film led to another. People would constantly approach me telling me their stories and struggles they faced in their lives that needed acknlowedgement. I started making movies about OCD, the LGBTQIA community, cancer, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, child abuse, etc. All of which are true stories based on real events, that happened to real people.
I began to receive recognition not only from my school, but also statewide... even internationally. When I was 15 years old, I was chosen to represent my High School in the Ventura County and create the All School promotional video, as well as a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Video. When I was 16 years old, I received numerous awards from festivals that acknowledged my work for social justice, such as “Most Conscious Filmmaker Award”. When I was 17 years old, I was picked by my High School’s principal to be featured in Ventura County’s newspaper for my work. This then led me to speak at my High School Graduation. When I turned 18 years old, my film “Female”, a story about a gay couple, became viral on YouTube: reaching over 1 million views.
Now that I’m soon to be 19, and currently a video editor for Dodger’s player Yasiel Puig. I look back on all these achievements so far and recognize my love for story telling through visual art. I consider myself an advocate for social justice, as I always strive to represent issues and crucial topics in my films. I correlate my passion for filmmaking with people’s stories and that’s what makes my life worth living everyday. In my opinion, it’s important to spread awareness for issues and topics that can keep the conversation going from platform to platform, so that stigma and stereotypes in all areas can be erased.”
Ryan Bermont is an award winning producer and cinematographer, who focuses primarily on documentaries and social justice. He is currently in university and working towards a degree in media production.
“When I was young, I was extremely interested in films, television, and commercials. I started acting for TV at the age of seven, where I spent every moment possible working on my craft and enjoying being on set for a production. At age 11, I became interested in photography, which I quickly learned and enjoyed. While in high school, I was asked to assist with the filming of a few student films, because of my knowledge of cameras and on-set experience. I quickly and suddenly fell completely in love with the art of film-making and decide to make it my future career.
We started off with typical student films, but we soon ached for more important stories, and to tell the stories of those whose voices weren’t being shown. We decided to tackle “Taboo” subjects- OCD, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more. We focused on primarily showing the real life stories of those around us, as it allowed it to become more personal and meaningful.
Living in Los Angeles means I have had access to people involved in all aspects of the film industry that has helped me hone my craft and become the best film-maker I could be. I decided to pursue a degree in production, not only to learn new skills, but to be with others who enjoy my passion and pride.
Directly after high school, I moved to Europe for six months to experience new cultures, but to learn the art of filmmaking from somewhere outside of the United States. Those experiences I witnessed will live on with me forever and influence my future creations.
Now at 19, I work as a producer and cinematographer for Yasiel Puig’s foundation. Looking at the past and future, I hope to create lots of touching films that move people, and inspire those to reconsider the world around them and what they do in life.