Reel Works Filmmakers at Photoville 2018

Reel Works took a field trip to Photoville on September 20th. We were proud to see three Reel Works films displayed at the cit.i.zen.ship exhibition container: Firebreak by Ian Chen, Live With It by Chantha Bracero, and Missing Connection by Nyla Dias. Filmmaker Ian Chen reflected, “This was my first time at Photoville, but the … More Reel Works Filmmakers at Photoville 2018

Event Recap: Fall Lab 2014 Screening!

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!

Event Recap: JAB’s “Teen Voices at Reel Works”

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”

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

Outcalt Awards Recap: Thoughts from the winner, Dexter Dugar!

Dexter Dugar, filmmaker and director of This is Connections, recently won the John F Outcalt Award For Outstanding Filmmaking, an award that includes a $5000.00 college scholarship from NBCUniversal. Following the Reel Works 2014 Gala, here are Dexter’s thoughts: Well, honestly, I didn’t think I was going to win. It helps that I had an … More Outcalt Awards Recap: Thoughts from the winner, Dexter Dugar!

Reel Works welcome Viacom volunteers for ViaCommunity day

On May 16th, Viacom employees came together with Reel Works Teens for ViaCommunity Day.  Six volunteers visited the lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and shared their experiences working in the media industry. The Reel Works teens were also able to screen their  works in progress to positive feedback from the volunteers. “I was impressed with how … More Reel Works welcome Viacom volunteers for ViaCommunity day

Meet our newest Board Member, Chris Poindexter!

The students, staff and board of Reel Works are proud to welcome Christopher Poindexter, Esq., Vice President, Legal of Cross Media-Works, to our board of directors. A native of Virginia, Chris is the Senior Legal Officer at Cross Media-Works, one of the leading media services firms in the country.  A father of two, he has a lifelong … More Meet our newest Board Member, Chris Poindexter!

Back To School!! Ready for the brand new Fall 2013 Students!

Last year we welcomed Education Director, Laurel Gwizdak to the team and had many successes across all our programs!  This school year, we find ourselves rapidly growing and we’re excited to begin the search for an Education Specialist to help strengthen the team as we begin recruitment for the newest crop of kids to join … More Back To School!! Ready for the brand new Fall 2013 Students!