Stop And Frisk: The Conversation
A conversation about Stop and Frisk that poses the question: is there any good that comes out of this polarizing policy?
Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
Getting bullied in school is always painful, but Cheyenne endured the cruelty of her classmates by relying on the love of those who know her best, family and friends.
Mentor: Cristian Rossel
In this portrait of a club, Helen shows us the merits and accomplishments of Key Club and how helping others helped her get through a rough point in her own life.
The New Americans
A short film about immigration issues in America.
An Euphoric Relationship
Filmmaker Ileen Gutgarts revisits her first love to ask the ultimate question. She discovers that love is not black and white and that sometimes the answers don’t stop the hurt.
Mentor: Marlo Poras
Poetry In The Dark
A tribute to his grandfather, this film Is an exploration into visual poetry.
Mentor: Leonard Yakir
A young man’s love for his family moves him to examine the gratitude he feels everyday of his life. Join Jonah as he invites you to “meet the Levy’s.”
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
Reel Works 2014 Gala Highlight Video
Recap the Reel Works 2014 Gala in our highlight video, shot and produced by our filmmakers live at the event.
5 Questions for Mira Nair
Hear from Mira Nair, recipient of the Inspiring Artist Award at the 2014 Reel Works Gala, as she tells Reel Works filmmakers why it’s important to tell the world our story.
5 Questions for Morgan Spurlock
Hear from Morgan Spurlock, recipient of the Innovative Filmmaker Award at the 2014 Reel Works Gala, as he discusses his career and what’s he learned with Reel Works filmmakers.
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.
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
Jihad is a loaded term, that worries the world, raising the specter of Terrorism and War. But to Muslims, the literal translation of Jihad is “to struggle.” For Saifen, her struggle is to accept her Muslim faith, embrace Allah, and reject all the other views she encounters in the world around her.
Mentor: Yue Fang
The artist’s life is a tough road and can lead to bitter disappointment, but Jamaal, his brother and their friends understand the need to create for the sake of enjoyment, and not just to find success through a main stream lense.
Mentor: Katherine Cheairs
Do Ya Thing
Nigel’s story revolves around his inner world – a place where the dreams of the artist come to life and join forces with reality through drawing and animation – all while he struggles to survive homelessness.
Mentor: Gregg Thompson
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
A film about a young woman who fights to overcome her struggles of being born with Cerebral Palsy as well as coping with the death of her mother.