“An open letter to the world, from the people of America.” This three-minute film, produced by U students Parker Gibbons, Caroline Moreton and Sage Bennett in partnership with the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Utah, has been viewed over 1,100 times and featured by the Huffington Post. The film’s goal was to express that “America is a country which was built on the backs of immigrants, and we are open to always accepting new people here,” Gibbons said. To emphasize this, the film includes diverse members of the community who all share a common vision of inclusion and acceptance.
Gibbons, a junior studying multidisciplinary design, is director of production at AdThing, an experiential and collaborative marketing lab “staffed by students and run by pros.” He, alongside Moreton, a senior studying advertising and AdThing creative director, thought up the concept for the passion-project film on immigration following the Trump administration’s ban on Muslim immigrants.Bennett, a junior studying film and media arts and lead film producer, worked on cinematography and sound for the film.
Bill Oakley, executive director of AdThing, noted that his student staff had elicited a “new and refreshing sense of (social justice) obligation in the industry.” In the future, the team plans to produce additional social-justice-related films.
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