UConn Students Use Grant to Create Documentary About Yosemite

A group of students created a documentary film about a trip to Yosemite National Park, thanks to a UConn IDEA Grant.

Eric Yang (CLAS), Charlotte Lao (ENG), Maggie Chafouleas (CLAS), and Eric Wang (ENG) are four friends with a passion for adventure, and for documenting those adventures in photographs. And now, thanks to a UConn IDEA Grant, they’ve turned one of those adventures into a documentary film about the “three lights” of Yosemite National Park – sunrise, sunset, and the stars.

The group applied for a grant in the spring of 2019, and traveled to Yosemite in August to film the documentary. The UConn IDEA Grant program funds innovative student projects ranging from creative endeavors to community service.

The documentary film produced by the group will be screened on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Student Union 331, and then again on March 25 at the same time and location. After that, the film will be available to watch online.

Reflecting on the experience, the group wrote, “As college students, we often find ourselves lost, discouraged, and constantly worried about the future. This film could serve as a guide to the larger community. There is something out there to love what they do, and people just have to find it.”

For more information about UConn IDEA grants, visit the program’s website.