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Slick Rock Student Film Festival set for May 11

15th annual event receives over 680 films from 55 Central Valley schools

Slick Rock Student Film Festival El Diamante students Yocelin Ledezma, Matt Olea, Cooper Ross and Shelbi Ojeda created an inspirational sports highlight video for the 2018 Slick Rock Student Film Festival, entitled Who Will You Be? In it, a voice asks viewers who will they be when they see failure on the horizon or fall to the ground. As the voice describes the challenges in sports and the motivation it takes to overcome them, footage of El Diamante athletes struggling in competition rolls. When the voice asks again, “So, who will you be?” a series of rapid-fire shots of athletes jumping, diving, throwing and scoring – interspersed with the words “who will you be” – brings the video to a dramatic conclusion.

The El Diamante video is just one of a record-breaking 682 student-produced films submitted to the annual Slick Rock Student Film Festival. The films were entered by students from 55 middle and high schools in Tulare, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties. Over 150 of the top films will be shown at the “Premiere Cut” screening May 11 at the Visalia Fox Theater, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. “Make time on May 11 to support the valley’s young filmmakers by visiting the Fox Theater to see a few of these incredible films,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. A schedule of Premiere Cut showings will be available soon at

For the filmmakers, the awards ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a limo ride to the Fox Theater. Students will emerge from chauffeur-driven cars to throngs of cheering fans and paparazzi, as they pause in front of the “step and repeat” wall to pose for photos, Hollywood premiere-style. The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Winners in over 20 film categories, plus several special awards, will be presented.

For more information about the Slick Rock Student Film Festival, call Kathleen Green-Martins at (559) 651-0155.