Spotlight on Hope Film Camp Screening

Films by pediatric cancer patients to be screened on April 6 at UCR’s Culver Center

Cassie Nguyen poses with fellow UCR Spotlight on Hope Film Camp group members.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Films created by pediatric cancer patients and their siblings in the University of California, Riverside Spotlight on Hope Film Camp will be screened on Thursday, April 6 at UCR’s Culver Center for the Arts.

Spotlight on Hope, the UC Riverside organization that presents the film camp, is the creation of Cassie Nguyen, a brain cancer survivor, UCR alumna and graduate student in the inaugural cohort of the Master of Public Policy program of the UCR School of Public Policy.

Nguyen, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 16, said she wanted to help children diagnosed with cancer take their minds off of their illness and treatment. She suggested the film camp for young cancer patients and their siblings while working as an intern for Think Ten Media Group, a production company based in Castaic. With initial funding coming from family members, friends, and faculty members at UCR, Nguyen launched the first Spotlight on Hope Film Camp in 2013. Think Ten Media Group helped establish the program, which UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television hosted, and provided instruction for participating pediatric cancer patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

When the film camp proved to be successful, Nguyen applied for and won a $10,000 scholarship from the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation in 2014, which funded 10 more film camps at UCLA and CHLA.

In fall 2015, Nguyen established the Spotlight on Hope student organization at UCR and began raising money to fund a local film camp. Think Ten Media Group sent instructors to train UCR students, who would in turn teach stop-motion animation skills to children. Throughout the academic year, film camps are carried out for families recruited by the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California. At the end of the year, a red carpet screening is held to showcase all the productions.

This year’s screening will be held during UCR’s Gluck Fellow Program of the Arts’ 20th Anniversary Gala at 3825 Main Street, Riverside 92501. The screening is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Call (951) 233-0577 if you are interested in attending. There is free parking in Downtown Riverside after 6 p.m. Sign-in and art-making activities will take place from 5:15-5:45 p.m., and film screenings will take place from 6-7 p.m. The gala will continue until 9 p.m.

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Additional Contacts

Cassie Nguyen
E-mail: cnguy082@ucr.edu

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