Last weekend, young filmmakers from Reel Works, Youth FX (located in Albany, NY), and Interference Archive came together for “Filmmakers on F.L.E.E.K.”, a screening-workshop series dedicated to “film, learning, empowerment, emancipation, and (k)ommunity”. Students reflected on questions such as: what are collective, community-oriented ways of creating films? How can young filmmakers maintain their personal vision … More Event Recap: Filmmakers on F.L.E.E.K.
Last Saturday, 13 exceptional students were selected from over 60 applicants to join the Spring 2015 Lab. Only two days into the class, this Lab has already set itself apart. “They are such an engaged group!” said Peer Mentor, Jhovanny Bisono, “They tackle every activity with so much enthusiasm!” In their second class, students delved into … More Reel Works Welcomes Spring Lab 2015!
Last night, students from Fall Lab 2014 premiered their films to over 200 friends, family members, and supporters in HBO’s lofty screening room overlooking Bryant Park. The ten students who committed to Fall Lab 2014, Zoe Spielman, Catherine Robinson, Dylan Lester, Jakhi Sidberry, Javon Peters, Justin Casquejo, Julianna Greenidge, Mie Abouelkheir, Rondlin Florveus, and Sangeda … More Event Recap: Fall Lab 2014 Screening!
Teen Voices, presented by Reel Works’ Junior Advisory Board, was a chance for past and present students to share their experiences during their course of time at Reel Works, and also give feedback of what they would like to see in the future. Students from the current lab (Fall 2014) and students from the past came … More Event Recap: JAB’s “Teen Voices at Reel Works”
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
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
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