Welcome to St. Louis Summer Stories

Creating Meaningful Stories Collaboratively

This is an incredible opportunity for high school students to work directly with peers from different parts of their city alongside members of the team from WeMakeMovies and Apple to tell essential stories that represent your community.

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What is St. Louis Summer Stories?


We want collaborators and this is what we mean


When filmmaking is available to everyone, what stories will they tell?


Application Process

Share your story

1. Create a 90 second to 2 minute video sharing your interest in why you would like to be part of this program. We are looking for you to show and tell your unique story based on your experience in collaborating while creating meaningful video. We don't want a resume, but rather an authentic narrative that demonstrates your interest.
2. Your teacher recommendation: Your program teacher or advisor needs to submit a 1-2 minute video that can share how you have been a great collaborator in their program.

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Video Application Process

The steps to make a great applicant video-
Students are to record a 90 second to 2 minute personal story to show and tell their interest, passion and purpose. Student will have the option to do this on an iPhone (or any smartphone) or other camera.


Introduce yourself

Please share your name, city, and school (on camera) and then show and tell why you would like to be challenged with this opportunity. (mandatory Pitch)




  1. Show and tell about a collaborative moment that helped you understand the value of a team in production within your school program or community (ex. 7 day challenge)

  2. Show and tell what you love most about the production process through specific experiences you pushed yourself to discover (ex. technical or theoretical)

  3. Show and tell about your favorite project you produced in the last year and what  you learned specifically from it (behind the scenes director's commentary).

  4. Show and tell a 30 second example of your craft (shooting, editing, art direction, lighting) while explaining how you did it.


Once finished, upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video.

Submit your final product HERE. Remember to only use copyright/royalty free music, images, and content. 


StL Summer Stories 2020

Application dates

2020 Applications due

9pm Tuesday June 1, 2021

Participant Selection notification

Tuesday June 8, 2021

2021 Meet Up (Students & Parent)

TBD- late July


StL SS Program dates

Steps along the Journey

Official Start

Monday July 27 at 9am

Official End

Friday August 7, 2020

2020 Premier

August 7, 2020


2019 CSS projects


Community Gardens of Chicago


Farm to Table


Changemakers: Time is Now


Maya's Personal Reflection


Prasanth's Personal Reflection



or what we think you might want to know

Yes, we are looking for great collaborators who are leaders in their school's media program and will come back as Senior leaders in the fall.

Cost: Nothing. Zero dollars. In fact, we want this to be inclusive to as many qualified students as possible that we will cover your meals and transportation while you're working.



Thanks for submitting!