Student film "Escuela" nominated for Texas Emmy


Jefferson’s ‘Escula’ video earns Lone Star EMMY Chapter nomination

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A 17-year-old student and her teacher could soon achieve a fete eluded even some of the most acclaimed filmmakers.

When those famous words “And the EMMY goes to….” are spoken next week Jessica Torres and Adam Rocha are hoping to hear “Escuela,” their nominee.

The 60-second video about the high school experience is one of four hopefuls at this year’s Lone Star EMMY Awards in a category recognizing excellence in youth and teen productions.

Jessica, a Jefferson HS Cinema Magnet student, and Rocha, who teaches advanced media technology, served as director and producer, respectively.

“This is a blessing for the Cinema Magnet as part of the Fine Arts Magnet Academy here at Jefferson,” Rocha said. “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”

"Escuela" originally was produced for the “Teach Me SAISD” promotional campaign featuring student videos produced to recruit educators for the District nationwide.

“It was a challenge to capture the essence of the District and its students in such a short amount of time," said 17-year-old Jessica, who also is president of the Mustang Cinema Club.

"But it was a great experience and I was glad to be working toward a cause I really believe in.”

Since “Escuela’s ” message is more directed to high school students than to prospective SAISD educators, it is not among the videos produced by Brackenridge and Sam Houston high schools students being shown in movie theaters as part of  “Teach Me SAISD.”

Instead, it was shown at the Monterrey (Mexico) International Film Festival, and qualified for the Lone Star EMMY’s by airing on KLRN-TV.

The Lone Star EMMY Awards are presented by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1957. The 2009 ceremony will be held Oct. 17 in Dallas. To view “Escuela” visit: