Film and Poetry with Carlos López Estrada and Get Lit

Film and Poetry with Carlos López Estrada and Get Lit

The Youth Programs team invites teens to join museum educators on the third Friday of every month to be inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and screenings, explore the museum, hang out, and get creative.

Join the Youth Programs team as we welcome director Carlos López Estrada and youth poetry organization Get Lit for a talk and workshop for teens!

Director of Oscar-nominated film Raya and the Last Dragon (2021),Carlos López Estrada will speak about the influence and inclusion of poetry in his films. He will present movie clips and do a Q&A. Carlos will discuss his film Summertime (2020)—a collaboration with the youth poetry organization Get Lit. Actors from Summertime, Jason Alvarez and Paolina Acuna-Gonzalez, will perform spoken word along with poets Fernanda Herrera and Dharma Lemon. 

Get Lit’s poets will facilitate a poetry workshop during which teens can create poems about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city.

Tickets are free for teens and their families. Program takes place on Sunday, June 26 from 5pm to 7pm in the Ted Mann Theater, Lower Level.

Carlos López Estrada
Carlos López Estrada’s debut film, Blindspotting (2018), premiered opening night at Sundance 2018 and was subsequently released by Lionsgate Entertainment. Estrada was nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film. His second film, Summertime, premiered opening night of Sundance 2020 and was released in July of 2021. Estrada's third film, Raya and the Last Dragon was released by Disney in March of 2021 and was nominated for the Animated Feature Film Academy Award.

Get Lit
Get Lit - Words Ignite is a Los Angeles-based education nonprofit founded in 2006 by author and educator Diane Luby Lane, to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize communities through poetry and visual media. The organization aims to transform the lives of young people worldwide through classic and spoken word poetry. Through the use of specialized curriculums, the program engages young people by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-life work experience, transforming students into activists, scholars, and stars.

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