This Friday, we premiered our music video, “Room 28 (That’s How We Roll),” to the friends and family of the students of Room 28. I have video of the event, it's being edited so stay tuned. So in the meantime, here's a recap. It was a festive gala held in the school auditorium, the Room 28 music video and its behind-the-scenes counterpart premiered on the school’s giant projection screen. One of the parents even contributed by letting us use their “red carpet” and “velvet ropes” for the event. The kids were dressed to impress, as if attending the Grammy’s. Mr. Valdez, the kids teacher and star of “Room 28,” was the host of the event. He called their names out one by one as they stepped out along the red carpet, the kids waving to the crowd, some throwing up a peace sign as parents and family were taking pictures like paparazzi.
Isabelle with speech in hand.
A handful of the children presented speeches about their experience making the video, which was quite touching to say the least. And when we presented the 2 videos to the classroom, man o man....2 of the proudest moments of my life, I must say! The kids hadn't seen the final version of the music video. Definitely a thrill to see their reaction at the new additions! With the exception of Ava Flava's mom, Jenna, NO ONE of the 150 plus attendees in the auditorium including Mr. Valdez had seen the 13 minute long Behind the Scenes video. This was the highlight of the night for me! It explains the meaning behind much of the wordplay of the song and the idiosyncrasies of Mr. Valdez's classroom. One of the best parts about it for me was some of the candid interviews I conducted with the kids, their interactions and their genuine love for their classroom and teacher, Mr. Valdez. Pretty awesome to show Mr. Valdez and the students that stuff, I tell ya. Bittersweet, tears and laughter. I love it. Prettyyyy aweeessooommmeee!!