Video Corps

The Video Corps, a team of local videographers creating short works about COVID-19 and its effect on our communities. Each work includes important messages about staying safe.

Maria Hernandez, Mentor

Maria Hernandez heads the Tower of Youth (TOY) in its 23 year mission dedicated to transforming youth and young adults from the Sacramento-Sierra and Central Valley region, through digital media arts education, skill enhancement, showcase film productions, and career development in the digital communication arts field. As a youth mixed-media and communication arts organization TOY is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for youth and young adults to succeed. Maria enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to inspire boundless optimism and innovation to advance TOY’s mission to educate, organize, and influence youth and young adults to master the digital arts through tools and trainings to forge media literacy, self-expression and civic engagement to build a 21st century world class workforce for career, economic and community transformation. Believing that we are at the beginning of a digital technological and communication revolution, Maria is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for youth and young adults to increase their knowledge and understanding of issues in their communities, build and expand critical thinking and writing skills to analyze the root cause of community problems, and build individual and community power. While her agenda is hugely complex, it is not aimed at solving problems but creating solutions.

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez has been working in film and video production for 30 years and has produced feature films that have been distributed by Lionsgate. Carlos enjoys all aspects of storytelling, whether it be from the technical standpoint or as a screenwriter. He has a strong technical background for shooting and editing. Much of Carlos’ guidance has come from mentors, and in turn, he is generous with his knowledge. His desire is to inspire others to pursue storytelling through the digital arts.

Daniel J. Lorenzo

Daniel J. Lorenzo began his T.V. Production career in 1996 with local PBS station as a committee member for the KVIE ART AUCTION (12 years),then continued a path to a Film & Media education in 2003. Achieved a Film Studies degree and a certification in T.V. production, then began T.V. directing spots for local Access shows(150 episodes +). Now a practiced TV director, he can be found directing his film career with his 1st film series called The Dead Alive Series on Vimeo. Lorenzo Film & Television is currently in production with a new Ghost story called “MIJITO.”

Melissa Franco

Melissa Franco is an artist, student, and south Sacramento native. She is double majoring in Film studies and Journalism, and minoring in Child Development. She is passionate about bringing the arts to underserved communities and sharing stories about the positive accomplishments happening in Sacramento. Melissa currently works as a learning lab teacher for the YMCA of Superior California and a journalist for a youth-led nonprofit journalism program. She plans to become a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, and an arts-focused program owner.

Luis Rua

Luis Rua was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Primarily with a background in filmmaking, he started studying and practicing filmmaking in a professional manner around the age of 14. But he has been making fun videos with his friends since he was a little kid. He grew up skateboarding and making skate videos with his friends. One day while editing, he realized he actually enjoyed editing more than skateboarding. Soon enough he made the decision to broaden his horizons and learn everything he could about filmmaking. He hopes to work at the same level as the Wes Anderson’s and Bong Jonn Ho’s of the world but for now he is still Luis Rua from Sacramento.

Sean Christopher

Originally a native of the Pacific Northwest, Sean Christopher came to Sacramento in the mid '90s seeking sunshine and a new perspective. He began working with a small video production company shooting & editing tv commercials then continued on for many years documenting much of the downtown arts such as Sacramento Ballet & Opera productions, touring Broadway shows, live concerts & music videos, ethnic cultural events, political projects for the State Capitol, interviews of the Governor, children's education programs, depositions for legal cases, experimental short films, and projecting visuals for DJs at raves. Aside from that he's created interactive video installations at art galleries, generated promotions for non-profit groups, assisted the developmentally-disabled adult community in making their own tv show for Access Sacramento, shot products for online catalogs, filmed a few weddings & even a couple funerals. These days COVID has turned the whole world of video production upside-down with a greater demand for remote live-streaming, so who knows what's next?

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez has been working in film and video production for 30 years and has produced feature films that have been distributed by Lionsgate. Carlos enjoys all aspects of storytelling, whether it be from the technical standpoint or as a screenwriter. He has a strong technical background for shooting and editing. Much of Carlos’ guidance has come from mentors, and in turn, he is generous with his knowledge. His desire is to inspire others to pursue storytelling through the digital arts.

Daniel J. Lorenzo

Daniel J. Lorenzo began his T.V. Production career in 1996 with local PBS station as a committee member for the KVIE ART AUCTION (12 years),then continued a path to a Film & Media education in 2003. Achieved a Film Studies degree and a certification in T.V. production, then began T.V. directing spots for local Access shows(150 episodes +). Now a practiced TV director, he can be found directing his film career with his 1st film series called The Dead Alive Series on Vimeo. Lorenzo Film & Television is currently in production with a new Ghost story called “MIJITO.”

Melissa Franco

Melissa Franco is an artist, student, and south Sacramento native. She is double majoring in Film studies and Journalism, and minoring in Child Development. She is passionate about bringing the arts to underserved communities and sharing stories about the positive accomplishments happening in Sacramento. Melissa currently works as a learning lab teacher for the YMCA of Superior California and a journalist for a youth-led nonprofit journalism program. She plans to become a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, and an arts-focused program owner.

Luis Rua

Luis Rua was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Primarily with a background in filmmaking, he started studying and practicing filmmaking in a professional manner around the age of 14. But he has been making fun videos with his friends since he was a little kid. He grew up skateboarding and making skate videos with his friends. One day while editing, he realized he actually enjoyed editing more than skateboarding. Soon enough he made the decision to broaden his horizons and learn everything he could about filmmaking. He hopes to work at the same level as the Wes Anderson’s and Bong Jonn Ho’s of the world but for now he is still Luis Rua from Sacramento.

Maria Hernandez, Mentor

Maria Hernandez heads the Tower of Youth (TOY) in its 23 year mission dedicated to transforming youth and young adults from the Sacramento-Sierra and Central Valley region, through digital media arts education, skill enhancement, showcase film productions, and career development in the digital communication arts field. As a youth mixed-media and communication arts organization TOY is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for youth and young adults to succeed. Maria enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to inspire boundless optimism and innovation to advance TOY’s mission to educate, organize, and influence youth and young adults to master the digital arts through tools and trainings to forge media literacy, self-expression and civic engagement to build a 21st century world class workforce for career, economic and community transformation. Believing that we are at the beginning of a digital technological and communication revolution, Maria is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for youth and young adults to increase their knowledge and understanding of issues in their communities, build and expand critical thinking and writing skills to analyze the root cause of community problems, and build individual and community power. While her agenda is hugely complex, it is not aimed at solving problems but creating solutions.

Sean Christopher

Originally a native of the Pacific Northwest, Sean Christopher came to Sacramento in the mid '90s seeking sunshine and a new perspective. He began working with a small video production company shooting & editing tv commercials then continued on for many years documenting much of the downtown arts such as Sacramento Ballet & Opera productions, touring Broadway shows, live concerts & music videos, ethnic cultural events, political projects for the State Capitol, interviews of the Governor, children's education programs, depositions for legal cases, experimental short films, and projecting visuals for DJs at raves. Aside from that he's created interactive video installations at art galleries, generated promotions for non-profit groups, assisted the developmentally-disabled adult community in making their own tv show for Access Sacramento, shot products for online catalogs, filmed a few weddings & even a couple funerals. These days COVID has turned the whole world of video production upside-down with a greater demand for remote live-streaming, so who knows what's next?