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L.A. Film Fest Accepts CCHS Student Film


Film students at Culver City High were recently invited to screen their short documentary in the highly competitive Los Angeles Film Festival. Their film “Bod Mod” explores the taboo world of underage body modification, including piercings and tattoos.

In the short film, high school students discuss the motivation and reasoning behind their tattoos and piercings. They speak frankly and honestly since it is a high school crew that is asking the questions. Guided by a single camera, the documentary approaches the subject without bias and strives to leave the audience with a deeper understanding of young people and their relationship with their bodies.

The students behind the film, namely Mimi Erlick, Michelle Bac, Maddie Hopfield, Antonio Marasco and R.J. Ward, wanted to impact a larger audience and so submitted “Bod Mod” to various film festivals. What was initially a film class project, ended up making its way into a juried screening within the Los Angeles Film Festival's Future Filmmakers category.

You can see “Bod Mod” for $5 in the Future Filmmakers Screening at Regal Cinemas LA Live at 1000 W. Century Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Screenings will occur on two separate dates:

Saturday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m., Regal Cinemas LA Live

Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m., Regal Cinemas LA Live

For more information, please visit

About the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Culver City High School has been inspiring and empowering students to build a compassionate, creative community through innovative and challenging arts education since 1996. AVPA enjoys tremendous support from many organizations, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Center Theatre Group, Playa Vista, West Los Angeles College, as well as from the Culver City community. For more information about the Academy, go to or contact Co-Executive Directors Tony Spano at 310-842-4200 x6094 or Kristine Hatanaka at 310-842-4200 x6001.


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