“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!
“If you are persistent and have the will to dream big, you have to activate it, you have to get up and do it,” said Elementary star Lucy Liu to eight Reel Works teens who were fortunate to be her guests on set at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. Actor, director, fine artist – … More Lucy Liu: Dream Big, Take Action & Don’t Give Up!
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 Works is proud to announce the first In-Schools international video exchange! The students of Mott Hall Bridges Academy have been exploring the concept of home for their first semester of their film class taught by Reel Works Teaching Artist Daniel Cambridge and Student Teachers Steve Speranza and Shy Trotman. They have been discussing how … More Reel Works First Video Exchange
“Going to Paris was a dream come true…The experience of shooting a film with French students was one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I’ve ever done. We taught each other so much more than expected.” — Justin Consquejo, Reel Works Student Filmmaker. Over the past fifteen years, Reel Works teens have brought their … More Reel Works Goes International!
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!
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.