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 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’ 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
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!
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!