REEL WORKS WITH AVAN JOGIA & ERINN WESTBROOK
RWTV Season 4 Episode 8
In our Season 4 Finale, Reel Works filmmakers present some of their most powerful work in a trilogy of films about youth gangs. These films were created in collaboration with former gang members and produced for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 7
Three strong student filmmakers explore the challenges of gentrification in their neighborhoods, and the misconceptions people often have about those who come from their communities.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 6
This episode showcases the work of three young filmmakers who have all experienced upheaval within the lives of those closest to them.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 5
For today’s teens, inner turmoil – sadness, anger and depression – can be intensified by external experiences like being bullied, peer pressure or even living with political strife. Three talented young filmmakers have developed strong stores of personal resources dealing with extraordinary challenges.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 4
Three talented young filmmakers explore, through short narrative pieces, the complexities of assimilating into a new culture, and coming to terms with some psychological roadblocks.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 3
Whether it’s dreams of being the next big Hollywood director, major league baseball all-Star, or animator, inner thoughts and dreams are part of every teenager’s life. However, sometimes the journey towards the dream is more important than the dream itself.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 2
We cannot choose our family, but we can choose the relationships we have with them. Three female filmmakers share how their family relationships have shaped who they are today.
RWTV Season 4 Episode 1
Teens explore struggles of change and the impermanent home in Dexter Dugar’s “This Is Connections,” Martin Vasquez’ “Action & Reflex” and Juliana Negron’s “Temporary Home.”
F. JOHN OUTCALT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FILMMAKING
Action & Reflex
Having moved from New York to Texas and back again in less than one year, Martin struggles to find a place that he can truly call home.
Mentor: Amanda Madden
Unable to hold on to her cheery exterior, Anya withdraws into an emotionless abyss. And after keeping everybody out for too long, she becomes aware of what haunts her.
Mentor: Par Parekh
Life As Cinema
Living life can be fun especially if you
embrace the fantastic. Alex talks about his love for film, and his desire to be a director.
Mentor: Luke Francy
What makes a strong woman? Catherine takes us into her world, where strength and love have helped her and her family members overcome difficult challenges.
Mentor: Emily Batista (Fall 2011 Lab)
Made in Amerika
How do you maintain tradition while attempting to assimilate? Ilir Bushati, a recent Albanian immigrant struggles with this question as he attempts to maintain his position as breadwinner of the household. When he is scammed out of his family’s savings, he is sent on a journey to reclaim what he has lost.
Mentor: Joseph Di Mattia
The Happiness Project
Does money buy happiness? Doris doesn’t think so. Join her as she tries to understand her mother’s obsession with finding happiness through spending money.
Mentors: Corinne Colgan
Life Ain't Promised
A film inspired by the deaths of two people close to the filmmaker. A devastating look at the senselessness of gun violence and the people it leaves behind.
A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.
NEW! FALL 2014 LAB DOCUMENTARIES
Black and White
Being from Brownsville means dealing with people’s assumptions about Brownsville and the young people that live there.
Mentor: Francis Agyapong
Breaking (The Stereotypes)
Adults have always been ageist, but now police brutality and Stop and Frisk take ageism to new heights.
Mentor: Natasha Mottola
A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together.
Mentor: Alex Mack
I Can't Breathe
Disheartened by the stories of young black men in the media and afraid of how it might impact him, Javon searches for ways to speak out against racially-motivated hate crimes.
Mentor: Drew Nissan
Long Way to Go
A cancer diagnosis for a loved one means empowering oneself with knowledge, finding strength in family and taking life one day at a time.
Mentor: Laura Desmond
Ode to Home
To be from two distinct places means feeling connected and, at times, disconnected from both. Mie searches for a new definition of home and appreciation for her unique identity.
Mentor: Amanda Madden
Striving to be an artist from Canarsie can be more than an ambition, but a political statement about racial equality, education and access to the arts.
Mentor: Andrew Mambo
Clapping For The Wrong Reasons
The effects of gentrification on Bedford-Stuyvesant through the eyes of of its community.
A Girl Like Me
Do different standards of beauty impact the ideas and self-image of young black woman? A young filmmaker discovers the impact of racism on the lives of young black teens and realizes that very little has changed since the Civil Rights era.
72 Hours: A Love Story?
A one-sided love story? the funniest kind.
This is: Connections
The New York subway system provides Dexter a means to escape the world above, connecting him to a difficult past and a promising future.
Mentor: Ben Lawal
Cleeford is moved by those with less than he has. As he looks at the world of poverty, and wonders how it can be eradicated in our lifetime, he questions why the rest of the world isn’t helping those who can’t help themselves.
Mentor: Emma Aristil
Girl In Progress
Shy people have feelings too you know. Tayana takes us into a quiet girl’s world, as she navigates a society that forgets that a woman of substance is far more appealing than one who is physically and socially “perfect.”
Mentor: Zhanna Bubnova
Jhovanny The Movie
Jhovanny has wrestled with himself since the first grade, whether it was to be perfect at whatever he did, or battling with depression. This film examines, hope in the face of sorrow – and the courage it takes to live a happy life.
Mentor: Dami Aainni
What is Reel Works
Reel Works provides free filmmaking programs for NYC Youth. Using a unique, one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.