Film Kids instructors hold secondary teaching certificates in English, Communications and Technology Applications and have developed curriculum with the Charles A. Dana Center and AISD schools.  All Film Kids lessons are aligned to 5th Grade ELA and Fine Arts TEKS, but the greatest benefit is the collaboration and teamwork learned by the filmmakers as they explore their own creative ideas and the issues in their community.

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Brian Cox taught high school video production for seven years, then realized when making movies with his own children that younger and younger people need the creativity and collaboration that comes from filmmaking.  His experience with non-profit organizations and creative outreach groups led him to develop a series of original video projects for young people.  In them, the students have creative input in developing their stories and the technical, “hands-on” experience of live video production.

Jessica SalDaña

Film Kids instructor Jessica Saldaña has a passion for both teaching and filmmaking. She has worked with kids of all ages in community groups and camps for many years during her own education. With as BS in Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas, she has been a part of many local film productions and now combines her experiences working with kids and her knowledge of film production to create a fun learning experience within film Kids.


Ronald Short graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in radio/TV/film in 2008. Soon after, He moved to Austin, Texas to pursue his dream of making a career in film. Since the move, Short has produced several award winning projects that include two feature length films, starred in a series of Heinz commercials, and worked with the Austin Film Society as an after school film mentor and summer camp instructor. Now Ronald is excited to be a part of Film Kids and continue helping the youth of Austin express their imaginations via the art of moviemaking.