Emily Mortimer: Stay True to Your Story and You will Never Go Wrong!

“Be ambitious, stay true to your story and you will never go wrong,” HBO’s Doll & Em star Emily Mortimer told Master Lab filmmakers during her recent visit to Reel Works. “Write what you know and stay true to your experience. It will be frightening, but if you tell your story passionately and committedly, it … More Emily Mortimer: Stay True to Your Story and You will Never Go Wrong!

Reel Works Alumni: Off the heels of Sundance!

Congratulations to Aleks Gezentsvey, Reel Works Alumni from Fall Lab Class of 2002, on the success of a new documentary film, Jim: The James Foley Story. Premiering at Sundance last week, it was the recipient of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Feature Audience Award. Aleks worked as an editor on the film and we were lucky … More Reel Works Alumni: Off the heels of Sundance!

Reel Impact: Mapping Heritage and Diversity at Reel Works!

What does heritage, culture, and diaspora mean to you? What aspects of your heritage or family history have impacted who you are? How can we celebrate cultural difference in an inclusive, positive way? Over the course of a two-week workshop series, Reel Impact students created a 8 x 10 foot map of their ethnic origins … More Reel Impact: Mapping Heritage and Diversity at Reel Works!

Event Recap: Filmmakers on F.L.E.E.K.

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.