Life Facing Bars: A Gang Prevention Documentary
For his Cal Poly Senior Project, Matt partnered with the Santa Maria Police Department to produce "Life Facing Bars," a 40-minute documentary on gang prevention in the Central Coast. The film was sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Maria Police Chief's Council. The video has over 200,000+ views on YouTube with an approval rating over 90%.
The film premiered in March 2014 at the Edwards Santa Maria 14 & RPX. Among the 400+ attendees were city officials & politicians, school administrators, law enforcement & local news. Since the premiere, the film has been shown in high schools and juvenile halls all across California and has been requested by police departments across the country. A simple Google search of "Life Facing Bars Matt Yoon" will yield numerous news articles about this film.
In March 2015, the film was an official selection in the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.