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.

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

“Jhovanny the Movie” made it to the All-American High School Film Festival!

Man…I am lucky. I never thought that I would make a film by 17 and screen at both the HBO theater and ‪AAHSFF (the All American High School Film Festival). To be honest the me from a year ago would’ve cried and broke down if I wasn’t at least mentioned in the Finalists. Today I … More “Jhovanny the Movie” made it to the All-American High School Film Festival!

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!

Reel Works Visits Panavision

Six Reel Works filmmakers visited Panavision to tour their facility and get hands-on experience with professional camera equipment. “The trip to Panavision was terrific experience. Not only did we get hands-on time with industry level cameras, we also received company T-shirts,” said Orges Bakalli, 21 (Spring Lab 2011), current Master Lab Teaching Assistant. The tour … More Reel Works Visits Panavision

Kickstarter Project: “We are half way there!”

It’s been exactly a week since we launched our kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for our “Traveling Film Festival”!  In just 5 days we raised nearly 50% of our goal!!  BIG THANKS to friends, family, long time supporters and a few strangers for getting us there. We’ve been particularly moved and impressed by the … More Kickstarter Project: “We are half way there!”

Traveling Film Festival – Kickstarter Project Launched

A summer plan to take teen filmmakers on a tour to share their stories and inspire youth to take positive action Thousands of New Yorkers have been moved and inspired by the stories of Reel Works teen filmmakers through the weekly broadcasts of our youth-produced series “Reel Works with Avan Jogia” on NYC-Life [Channel 25]. … More Traveling Film Festival – Kickstarter Project Launched