A Call for Courage to Speak Out Against Injustice

A Call for Courage to Speak Out Against Injustice Dear Reel Works Family and Friends, We are writing to you today in light of the current social-political climate to provide a reminder or rather a simple clarification. The state of our nation is one of fear and uncertainty. We live in a reality of oppressive forces that … More A Call for Courage to Speak Out Against Injustice

De-escalation and Conflict Resolution Training 2/10/2015

Reel Works in Schools SONYC program at West Prep Acadmy   Last Tuesday morning Reel Works’ teaching artists from Reel Works in Schools SONYC program at West Prep Academy headed to Midtown to attend a Ramapo for Children workshop focused on how to de-escalate conflicts in middle school environments. David Richmond, Caitlin Gibbons, and Orges … More De-escalation and Conflict Resolution Training 2/10/2015

Girls Empowerment Group: To Be a Woman Is To Be Undefeated

Reel Works’ Girls Empowerment Group launched its first meeting last night at 7 PM. One of the girls, Cassidy Mojica, shared what being a woman means to her: “I think being a young woman means being undefeated.” The group, primarily composed of young Black women, wrote out what being Black means to them, then drew … More Girls Empowerment Group: To Be a Woman Is To Be Undefeated

How Selma Taught Us About the Power of Black Youth and Social Change

Before I could tap him on the shoulder, Enlil McRae (Summer Lab 2013) laughed and rolled his eyes, “Yeah, yeah, we know.” He knew that him and the nine other students who came out to see Selma were going to get wrangled into a post-film discussion, in true Reel Impact fashion. Ten minutes later, we … More How Selma Taught Us About the Power of Black Youth and Social Change

Life After Reel Works: Reel Impact panel discussion!

Will Quin ’05, Patricia Henry ’06, Roberto Beltre ’07, and Jonathan Whitehead ’06, have known each other for almost ten years. Last Friday, they sat down with recent alumni students to talk about life after creating a film at Reel Works. What happens? Is it easy to continue growing as a filmmaker? How hard is … More Life After Reel Works: Reel Impact panel discussion!

Meet our new Chair, Dave Bernath!

On behalf of the board, staff, students and volunteers at Reel Works, I’m delighted to welcome Dave Bernath, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy & Multiplatform Programming at Comedy Central to the chair of Reel Works’ board of directors! Dave has the unenviable job of following the brilliant Ben Marks, who’s visionary leadership guided Reel Works … More Meet our new Chair, Dave Bernath!