TAKE ONE Summer 2022

Apollo Fabian

Hello! My name is Apollo Fabian (he/they). I am currently a 3rd year at UCSD with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Film. Although a lot of my work is based on visual arts I am also very interested in Film. I got my first exposure to the media industry when my brother was looking for a film school to attend when I was younger but it developed into a passion when I took two years of video editing classes in High School.

Brianna Arias

Hello, I am Brianna and I am 21 years old. I am a Media Major at the University of California, San Diego. I was born and raised in San Diego, however, I am still in need of visiting the exciting locations around the city. I became interested in film when I started editing videos for my Physical Education class in high school. I love movies and I figured that out when I became interested in the production and post-production of a film. I prefer movies over books, so that is another reason why I love visual representations. I am excited about this internship, and cannot wait for what is to come.  

Brianna Jimenez

Hi! My name is Brianna Jimenez, and I’m entering my second year at Orange Coast College. I’m undecided about my major, but I’m strongly interested in film. I hope to gain experience/knowledge about film production and meet awesome people passionate about film. Since I was young, I’ve loved the power film has in telling a story. I specifically enjoy the many emotions you can experience through the words and actions of them.

Cheryl Zhang

Hello! My name is Cheryl Zhang. I’m from China. I’m in UCSD and I am majoring in media. I like films because I love the feeling of being busy behind the screen. I really want to study some filming skills in this program.

Christina Phetsany

Hello! My name is Christina Phetsany. My pronouns are She/Her, and my birthday is December 7th, 2000. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I’m a California State University San Marcos student, and I will be a senior this fall semester. I’m a Communications major and minoring in Film and Video productions. I was first introduced to this industry in high school and had an instant connection. It is incredible to be able to have the opportunity to be surrounded by so many creative individuals and become inspired.

Danqi Hu

Danqi "Danky" (She/hers) is a multimedia artist born and raised in China and now living and working in California, U.S. She recently received a B.A. in Visual Art (Media) at UCSD. Her practices are related to self-expression, expression of today's society, Chinese culture, and tradition, mainly Chinese in America.

Ethan Lau

Hi! I’m Ethan Lau and I’m going into my second year at UCSD. In addition to taking media and film history classes, I’ve also taken photography and acting ones to broaden my understanding of filmmaking. Lately, I have been working on personal short films, and have been involved with my friends’ films as their DOP. From this internship, I hope to gain hands-on experience with camera gear, along with obtaining the leadership skills required to lead a full cast and crew. 

Jalal Al-Marashi Jaffer

Jalal Al-Marashi Jaffer is an Arab-American filmmaker, studying Visual Arts - Media at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently the Director of Internal Affairs at Triton Television, a student-run film organization; a student worker at the UCSD Media Teaching Lab; and an intern at ACMA's Take One program. For film projects, he has served as an Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Key Grip, Script Supervisor, and Editor. He is interested in exploring the Muslim American experience through storytelling and film.

Jiaying He

Hello everyone, my name is Jiaying He (her/ she). I am a media major student who just graduated from UCSD. I love media since I were in high school, I joined the school's radio and television station, setting me on my subsequent media path. I am a good storyteller and I like to be able to reflect more of my view of the world in my future work. Other than that, I'm addicted to photography, and I find it very fulfilling to take good pictures. I'm excited to meet everyone in the Take One program, let's do it together!

Julian Natividad

Julian (he/they) is a recent SDSU graduate for TV, Film, and Media with an emphasis in Critical Studies and an aspiring Filipino-American filmmaker and writer. He hopes to do more work to incorporate Philippine-American, specifically Bicolano, culture and storytelling into film, as well as uplift and inspire the masses at home and abroad. Aside from filmmaking, though, his other passions include dance, spoken word, and world-building among many others. He hopes to one day find a unique synthesis of all his interests and bring unique experiences through his stories.

Kieran Vu

My name is Kieran Vu. I’m a Junior at UCSD majoring in Visual Arts (Media). I have some history in acting as well as spearheading and creating my own short films. I’m hoping to gain film pre/post-production in a professional setting and can’t wait to work with every one of you. Aside from film production, I spend most of my days dancing on a collegiate hip hop team.  

Magdali Pourabedi

My name is Maggie Pour and it is with great enthusiasm that I am participating in the Take One 2022 filmmaker program at Asian Culture & Media Alliance. I am a graduate student in two California State University, Los Angeles programs: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA). Within the next academic year, I will be working on my thesis project, a short film, to fulfill my MFA requirement in production. 


As the daughter of exiled Iranians, I have been raised in France and the United States. I have formed multiple hyphenated identities, and I am still searching for myself.  Coming out of journalism school, I intended to enter the noble occupation of a reporter. To my chagrin, I became increasingly disappointed in the American business of news making and decided to try a different route, the filmmaking track. Long passionate about the medium, I switched my documentary-making skills to fictional narrative storytelling.  As a student filmmaker, I intend to exhibit my cultivated craft of writing, producing, and directing, as well as other initiatives I have taken in my journey from journalism to film school. I aim to display a particular artistic approach reflecting my unique creative voice and chosen themes concerning political and social issues, which I seek to further develop in future projects as an independent filmmaker.  In the past few years, I have been an instructor, teaching various courses both in theory and production at CSULA. I intend to further my knowledge and skills not only in the subject of filmmaking but also in pedagogy in hopes of teaching at the community college level.
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Noemi Vasquez

Hi! My name is Noemi Vasquez, and my pronouns are she/her. I just graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor in Sociology and a minor in communication. Although my degree is no where in connection with film, I’m always interested in getting involved in new things outside of my norms. I’m excited to see what my next journey involves. 

Patrick Shartzer

Patrick Shartzer (he/they) is a current sophomore at Palomar College
studying Film, TV and Electronic Media; they were first introduced to the
rhetorical and entertaining power of film in a highschool video production
class. Focusing on writing and cinematography, their body of work
encourages audiences to practice awareness of their conceptions of the
world and empathy towards others.

Rida Qadeer

Hi! I’m Rida Qadeer and I’m a third year undergraduate student at UC San Diego! I’m double majoring in Media and International Business and I’m very interested in screenwriting, directing, and social entrepreneurship. In my free time, I love reading, playing piano, and having new adventures. Here’s to the newest adventure-Take One!

Sania Bhatia

My name is Sania Bhatia and I am a 17 year old recent high school graduate. I have loved the art of filmmaking since I was in the fifth grade, and continue to grow my understanding of it each day. I wanted to continue creating with a group of people this summer, so I am excited to be a part of the Take One team. I will be studying Film & Television in New York this fall and I am thrilled to continue studying this field. Some of my future goals are to 1) graduate with a minor in philosophy, 2) become a director of photography with an emphasis in creating independent commercials, and 3) travel to Iceland, Sweden, and Australia.

Tiffany Huang

Hi! I’m Tiffany Huang, a rising junior at the University of Southern California (USC) who up until 2 weeks ago, was studying Human Biology on a pre med track (I just switched to computer science and business, and am also minoring in cinematic film/TV production). As an East Coast native who grew up in NJ/NYC my entire life, I never knew I had a passion for acting and film until I moved to LA last year for university. My Asian American identity definitely plays a huge role in my passion for telling diverse stories and representation. I’d love to learn more about
screenplay writing and directing, explore the business of the film/TV industry, and connect with everyone!