Apply Now

Apply for a Workshop

The Lab


The Lab is a free after-school film making workshop that matches NYC teens one-on-one with professional filmmaker-mentors to create original short documentaries about their lives and communities.

It’s a powerful combination that unlocks young voices, unleashes young talents and creates films that are personal, powerful and real.

Each fall and spring, we select 14 diverse and talented teens – and 14 professional filmmakers – from across New York City for the six-month workshop. Taught in partnership with Urban Word NYC, The Lab challenges each student to write and develop a personal documentary story on a subject of his or her choice. Students learn writing, storytelling, basic camera, lighting, sound and Final Cut Pro editing as they put their ideas into action to create original short films. The course culminates in a gala screening to friends, family and the community.

Films created in The Lab have been seen by over 8 million viewers worldwide, have earned five Student Emmys and have been featured on CNN, World News Tonight and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Thousands of New Yorkers watch our films each week on Reel Works With Byron Hurt on NYC-Life. In 2008, The Lab was honored at the White House by the President’s Council on the Humanities as one of the top arts programs in the country.


To apply, you must be a high school student between 14-20 years old and be able to attend after-school classes at Reel Works in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You must also have a strong desire to work with a mentor and be able to meet him/her once a week at a time you choose together.

Most importantly, you must have a story you are passionate about and absolutely must tell the world!

Classes Meet

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm, at Reel Works. Students meet their mentors one hour each week at a time they set together. Students film and edit their movies between classes. The Lab is a six-month course offered twice a year in the Fall (October-April) and Spring (February-July) semesters.

Deadline to Apply

September 26th, 2014

Featured Video

A Journey to the Unknown
"A Journey to the Unkown" By Lizbeth Meija

A Journey to the Unknown

A filmmaker follows two friends who both find themselves pregnant at 15. One has the baby, the other doesn’t.

Spring 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss


Friend us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Check us out on Youtube! Check out our Instagram pics!