Connections Visual & Performing Arts Academy
Founders, Christina & David Wilkinson have worked personally with the many talented students at Connections since 2007. They have also put in hundreds of hours helping with not only the school’s film festivals but with more than a dozen school plays and musicals. This is a feat in itself since they live 45 minutes away in Groveland. Their design firm, Sabre Design, is also proud to be the designer for the Connections Visual & Performing Arts Academy official logo that has been used by Connections since 2008.
After being involved with the school’s film & animation program for so many years, Christina & David felt there needed to be a better platform for the students to showcase their films. So in early 2010, the ITSA Film Festival was born and truly exists as a means to show off student talent and to help raise awareness for the school’s film program. The film/animation teacher, Cord Rawlinson, is part of the advisory board and many of the film students volunteer to work at the film festival behind the camera, projector, as well as ticketing and with the many workshops that take place.
In our inaugural year, we screened several films of the students who attend this specialized high school. Proceeds from the ITSA Film Festival have helped to support the students own annual film festival each year in May. The graduating Senior who put on the schools film festival as her Senior Project in 2011 won a scholarship award for organizing the film festival for the school.
In 2007 the Connections Visual & Performing Arts Academy was named a California Distinguished School. Then in 2008 the school received a Bronze Medal rank from U.S. News & World Report, which annually releases a listing of the top 100 U.S. colleges and high schools.