High School

Documentary shares college access awareness

Ask any high school senior what their goal is and nine times out of ten, they’ll say that they want to graduate and have enough financial aid to attend college. Sadly, the journey to get to college is not easy.

This story is shared in the award-winning documentary First Generation by filmmakers Adam and Jaye Fenderson. Generation Tx San Antonio and Wells Fargo are hosting FREE city-wide screenings followed by panel discussions with the filmmakers and first-generation college student, Cecilia Lopez, who appears in the film.

The film tells the story of four high school students from diverse backgrounds who set out to break the cycle of poverty by pursuing a college education. The documentary, which was filmed over the course of three years, chronicles the struggles first-generation college students face to understand the financial aid and enrollment process with little or no help from family or school counselors.

Film Screenings
Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410
Audience: K-20 community

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410
Audience: Open to the public (NOTE: Film directors will not be present at screening)

The film is also being shown at various high schools across the city, including Harlandale, McCollum and McCarther High Schools.

To learn how you can help share college access awareness, visit the First Generation web site.

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Photo Courtesy: First Generation Film