Every year the Seattle Central Foundation has an auction to raise money for scholarships and a fundraising gala where students of SCCA show works to encourage donations. The requirements for this assignment (called the Believe Project) were to produce a poster, flyer, web page, and video to showcase on the web page. The overall theme for the Believe Project was to highlight trailblazing first generation students. My group was made up of Wynn Barnard, Vaughn Meldrum, and Susan Evans. We interviewed Wynn’s friend Futsum Tsegai, who attended SCC’s film program from 2010 to 2012 and who is currently an active member of the film community in Seattle.
Futsum is the son of Ethiopian immigrants and a first generation college student. He is the father of a young son and has benefitted from his film education, which keeps him working on projects he believes in, and with people he respects. So far, Futsum has collaborated with some of Seattle’s most notable hip hop personalities to illuminate their music, adding artistic vision to their craft.