Aaron Harris graduated in 2022 from Ventura Adult Continuing Education's Digital Multi-Media Technician and Studio Set Technician programs. Before his triumphs of returning to school with his newfound passions and career goals, in 2015 to 2017 he went through homelessness during his gender transition. Although faced with struggles of learning disabilities Aaron’s tenacity, optimism, artistic, and creative abilities have always been an anchor in his childhood and adolescence which helped propel his career such as owning a nonprofit rescuing wild mustang horses. This helped create an environment of learning key skills in business ownership and program management. During 2021 he felt lost on his career path. He began making memorial videos and small commercials all while reuniting with his birth family across the United States and getting in touch with his indigenous roots thus igniting his passion for filmmaking and telling stories through the lens. This led him to create four documentary short films and getting contracted as a freelance videographer through his company FiveOne Productions. He currently resides in Ventura, California with his dog Bucky and works as a freelance videographer, professional Photographer, and Production Assistant on major film studios while continuing his creative avenues of screenwriting and directing. His goal by the end of 2022 is to establish his nonprofit Creative, Artists, and Visionary Effort Program (CAVE Program) with the mission of making set life, Production Assistance and filmmaking a more inclusive and open space for LGBTQIA+ and POC filmmakers while offering inclusive grant programs, career building workshops, networking hub, and fellowship & internship opportunities.
Danni Rojas is an aspiring director, editor and cinematographer. Born in Lima, Peru, at the age of ten, their parented moved their family to California. Danni developed a passion for cameras from an early age. They’d steal their dad’s video camera and have their sisters play out the characters, they would then show their parents and neighbors the videos they created. Later in life during college unsure of their career path, they decided to take film classes, where they fell in love with filmmaking all over again. They immersed themselves completely in directing and editing, as well as television studio work. Although things were moving forward for Danni they still felt discouraged about their future, due to being an illegal immigrant. With multiple curveballs they dropped out of school and started working their way to management positions in hospitality and retail where they developed strong leadership skills. Later wanting a fresh start after getting divorced and moving back to California, they were able to come to terms with their sexuality, and gender identity. With this change they rekindled their undying passion for film. Currently Danni works in management and freelance videography, while pursing an associate’s degree in film and television.