Erika Martin

Erika Martin

Erika Martinez is a filmmaker and activist in Glendale, CA. She serves as News Director of her school’s broadcast program and was one of only 19 students throughout Southern California invited to the USC Annenberg School for Communication to produce a film on menstrual stigma. From the Women’s March, March For Our Lives, and immigration protests, Martinez has produced numerous documentaries on socio-political issues, including gun control and White House Administration policies. In June, Martinez was honored as one of 20 young filmmakers internationally selected by AT&T and Hello Sunshine to produce a film on women in the entertainment industry. Most notably, her work has premiered on DIRECT-TV NOW, the L.A. Film School, and was recognized by the UN Women's organization. She aims to produce content that is not only inclusive and thought-provoking, but that encourages her peers to speak up about issues that matter most to them.
Video: School Safety PSA

Video: School Safety PSA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5a1MeSTrUw Over the past month, I have been producing this video for Tornado Media, the Journalism Department at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, Calif. Though it was initially intended for the Hoover student body, the message is...

Now when will our lawmakers say ‘Enough is Enough’?

Now when will our lawmakers say ‘Enough is Enough’?

On February 14, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sat through their last class of the day. Some perhaps filled with the familiar anticipation of the ringing bell, which in just ten minutes, would dismiss them from school. What some initially believed...

Reflection: Lack of gun control takes yet another toll

Reflection: Lack of gun control takes yet another toll

On the weekend of Oct. 1, over 22,000 concert goers from across the nation shared their love of music at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. Among the attendees was 32-year-old Michelle Vo. An agent for the New York Life Insurance Company located in Glendale,...

Donald Trump: A political turmoil (The first 100 days)

Donald Trump: A political turmoil (The first 100 days)

As of April 29, it has been 100 days since President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office. In early February, I began a three-month video project in which I asked 19 Hoover High School students to express their thoughts on three of President Trump's most...

An end-of-the-year letter to my fellow High School Insiders

An end-of-the-year letter to my fellow High School Insiders

“Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past. My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with...