Name: Chaz Smith
School: University of Pennsylvania
Major: Cinema Studies
Astrological Sign: Libra
We’re honored to have you join the One Student team, please share with your new extended family why you applied for this fellowship?
I applied for this fellowship after a friend of mine mentioned it to me because I have a strong passion for film and a great desire to impact and make a difference in people’s lives. However, I had absolutely no idea how much I would grow and learn about how and what it means be a supporter, ally, and activist.
What have learned about yourself throughout this experience?
Going into the production of the video, I wanted to create something that would wake people up to the reality of sexual assault because it literally happens everywhere and to a large percentage of the population, but far too often goes unreported because of the nature of the crimes.
Originally, I had planned to use great shock value to impact the audience––I wanted to surprise people with images that would astonish them. After reviewing the original script with Kelly, Becca, Sabrina, and a couple of close friends, allies, and survivors from school, I quickly learned that this was not at all the way to go.
It’s an extremely grave and sensitive topic, but the media works in a way in which it desensitizes our minds to it by making sexual acts (consensual or nonconsensual) seem casual.