Bend Filmmaker, NeighborImpact to shed light on local diverse communities at Film Festival

The video project entitled “Spotlight,” produced by Bend filmmaker Felipe Santacruz, celebrates both the diversity of Central Oregon and those who are working to make the community more equitable and inclusive. Made up of three short films, the project highlights work in the Latinx, LGBTQ+ and disability communities.


“The conversations I had the opportunity to capture served as a wonderful learning experience for me,” said Santacruz. “I am proud to be able to share this project with our community and continue to spark conversations about inclusion and equity.”


The videos were conceptualized by NeighborImpact’s NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute (CLI) team and were commissioned and funded by NeighborImpact. The project will make its world premiere at the Bend Film Festival on Saturday, October 8—just in time for both Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and LGBTQ history month (October).


“Diversity here looks different than in other parts of the world. For a long time it was hidden behind conforming, or disappearing because of the lack of welcoming regulations,” said Sonia Capece, NeighborImpact CLI Project Liaison. “It’s time to make our community more inclusive—and that cannot happen until we see it. I hope projects like this make people feel invited to share their true and whole self in Central Oregon.”


Those who attend the debut in-person will have the opportunity to hear from Santacruz and other project representatives in a live Q&A. The films will also be available for virtual viewing on Oct. 10.


“Thank you to NeighborImpact and BendFilm for giving everyone in our community a chance to be heard,” said Santacruz.


Tickets to the Film Festival viewing are available at .

About the Director: Felipe Santacruz is a Mexican American filmmaker based in Central Oregon. He is currently freelancing in TV, Film, and Web for local and national clients, providing his talents behind and in front of the camera.


About NeighborImpact: NeighborImpact is a private non-profit governed by a board of directors drawn from across the community. Since 1985, NeighborImpact has led the region in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. We help meet the basic needs of Central Oregonians, build economic security and create a community where everyone thrives. NeighborImpact receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit 

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