FiddleHeadFern Productions Films BEAT THE ODDS Intervention, Co-Developed by UCLArts and Healing

In 2007, UCLArts and Healing activities caught the attention of an independent film production company, FiddleHeadFern Productions, which sought to produce a film with positive social value in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine. They chose to capture the experience of fifth grade students participating in the drumming intervention aimed at social and emotional skill building in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It will be a central component of a story on the lives of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and how the drumming intervention can help them. Filming of the intervention was done in Spring 2008 and will continue in 2009 as the filmmakers follow some of the featured students into middle school in order to document their experience there.