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A Girl Like Me
"A Girl Like Me" By Kiri Davis
7:16

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.

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Clapping For The Wrong Reasons
"Clapping For The Wrong Reasons" by Khidr Joseph
10:31

Clapping For The Wrong Reasons

The effects of gentrification on Bedford-Stuyvesant through the eyes of of its community.

Society & Politics
Necessary Conflict
Necessary Conflict by Monet Massac
8:13

Necessary Conflict

A conflict arises at a seemingly progressive school. Students with different perspectives come together to retell the events. Mentor: Shannon Deep.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
The Evolution of Hezekiah
The Evolution of Hezekiah by Hezekiah De La Rosa
7:33

The Evolution of Hezekiah

How art made me who I am today and how anyone can do anything and fulfill anything if you put your brain into it.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Blind Love, No Sex
Blind Love, No Sex by Sameer Mohammed
7:50

Blind Love, No Sex

When two young people fall in love, one impulsive decision changes their lives forever.

2015 Master Lab Films
Sex & Relationships
72 Hours: A Love Story?
"72 Hours: A Love Story?" By Bilal Ndongo
9:03

72 Hours: A Love Story?

A one-sided love story? the funniest kind.

Spring 2013

Identity
Sex & Relationships
It Starts With You
It Starts With You by Destiny Blackwell
7:22

It Starts With You

This story is about my journey to becoming the person I am today after getting bullied. In my movie I talk about the different phases of my journey in the hopes of inspiring other people who have gone through similar struggles. Mentor: Meredith McGowan.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
This is: Connections
"This is: Connections" by Dexter Dugar Jr
8:12

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

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Girl In Progress
"Girl In Progress" by Tayana Brumaire
7:11

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

Identity
Invisible Poverty
"Invisible Poverty" by Cleeford Cedant
5:33

Invisible Poverty

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

 

Society & Politics
Reel Works 2014 Gala Highlight Video
Reel Works 2014 Gala Highlight Video
2:27

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.

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I Can't Breathe
#ICan'tBreathe by Javon Peters
5:31

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

Society & Politics
Jhovanny The Movie
"Jhovanny The Movie" by Jhovanny Bisono
7:40

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

Identity
Control
Control by Amber Picon
7:16

Control

Amber shares her personal struggle of lacking control in her life and finding her source of happiness. Mentor: Becky Nordesnsten.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
My Skin
"My Skin" by Emily Batista
6:54

My Skin

Emily Batista was born with a rare skin disorder that caused her to grow up experiencing bullying, shame and profound depression. Surrounded by love from her family, and friends she has been able to turn that pain into strength – as she shares with us what it’s like to live in her own skin.

Fall 2011

Equality & Discrimination
F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
What is Reel Works
What is Reel Works
4:38

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.

Reel Works Productions
Breaking (The Stereotypes)
"Breaking (The Stereotypes)" By Dylan Lester
4:07

Breaking (The Stereotypes)

Adults have always been ageist, but now police brutality and Stop and Frisk take ageism to new heights.

Mentor: Natasha Mottola

Society & Politics
Run
Run by Joey
6:31

Run

A young man suffers from an eating disorder while his mom struggles to accept the truth about her son’s illness.

2015 Master Lab Films
Identity
Her Name Was Laurel
Her Name Was Laurel by Jhovanny Bisono
7:49

Her Name Was Laurel

Alex is very fond of his older brother, but when he finds out his brother is leaving for college, he meets Laurel.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Made In Amerika
"Made In Amerika" by Orges Bakalli
10:24

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

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Hush
"Hush" by Vlada Pimenova
7:28

Hush

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

F. John Outcalt Award Films
What Makes Black People Black?
What Makes Black People Black? by Eli Lutale
6:38

What Makes Black People Black?

What Makes Black People Black? is a visual essay tackling the subject of Black identity and its relationship with media. This film provides a critical look at stereotypes, misrepresentation and police brutality through the eyes of an adolescent.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Society & Politics
The Girl Behind The Screen
"The Girl Behind The Screen" By Kai Whyte
8:34

The Girl Behind The Screen

Confessions of a 15 year old girl that has stolen online identities for over four years. She has finally decided to come clean.

Identity
Sex & Relationships
Life Ain't Promised
"Life Ain't Promised" by Dimitri Tucker
9:08

Life Ain't Promised

Dimitri Tucker Directed By
Dimitri Tucker

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.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Strength
"Strength" by Asta Cummings
5:37

Strength

Asta Cummings Directed by
Asta Cummings

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.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Nigger
"Nigger" By Jermaine Williams
5:41

Nigger

A word of hate or term of endearment? Like many young African American teens, Jermaine used the word every day. Then, in the summer of 2003, he traveled down south and met people for whom nigger will never be just another word.

 

 

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Self Internal
"Self Internal" by Rachel Adkins
6:48

Self Internal

This is Rachel’s attempt to answer the question of who people are and what identity means. This is the story of one aspect of her life – her bi-racial identity – and how it prompted her to question identity in general, figure out who she really is and what people really mean when they say who they are.

Mentor: Ann Husanini

Identity
2,000 Miles
"2,000 Miles" By Jaci Larson
5:28

2,000 Miles

Two years ago, filmmaker Jaci moved from Utah to New York in hopes it would be an adventure. Through words, images and music, she creates a juxtaposition of two very different worlds. She realizes she misses the simple things and maybe New York isn’t the type of adventure she wanted after all.

Spring 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Black and White
"Black and White" By Jakhi Sidberry
4:53

Black and White

Being from Brownsville means dealing with people’s assumptions about Brownsville and the young people that live there.

Mentor: Francis Agyapong

Identity
Long Way to Go
"Long Way to Go" By Zoe Spielman
6:23

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

Family, Divorce & Loss
Generation Hollow
"Generation Hollow" by Taylor Taglianetti
9:53

Generation Hollow

Will the world be taken over by machines, or can man ramain his own master? Taylor’s investigation takes her to academia and beyond to find out what our future holds.

 

Mentor: Sam Jafee

Society & Politics
Episode 1
Episode 1 by Dennis Anderson
6:21

Episode 1

When another country becomes your new home and the struggles and issues are innumerable, there is always a path to overcome them. / Cuando otro país se vuelve tu nuevo hogar y las luchas y los problemas sos innumerables, siempre hay un camino para superarlos. Mentor: Brittany.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
Frontiers
Frontiers By Kristine Hoessel
9:19

Frontiers

Kristine goes on a journey to find a place where she truly belongs, taking with her a familiar book.

Identity
Los Fuertes
"Los Fuertes" by Catherine Cruz
7:07

Los Fuertes

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)

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Double Standard
"Double Standard" By Tibian Ahmed
8:55

Double Standard

After September 11, 2001 the War on Terror started and with it the face of terror changed. Tibian Ahmed is a muslim girl who has had to deal with people thinking ill of her because of a group of radical terrorist that she has no relationship to. Just like many people of her religion in America, she faces those who would call her a terrorist instead of a person.

Fall 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Immigration
Living in Cinema
"Living in Cinema" by Alex Casimir
8:28

Living in Cinema

Alex Casimir Directed by
Alex Casimir

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

 

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Women In Parallel
Women In Parallel by Gianna Gomez
6:21

Women In Parallel

Gianna discovers an intersection between her life and Sandy Warshaw’s, an activist that took part in the Feminist Movement of the 60’s, to find that problems from decades ago are still prevalent in society today. Mentor: Max Gardner.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
Astroturf
"Astroturf" by Faith Robinson
4:23

Astroturf

Two friends grow concerned when their friend Zoe considers dropping out of school after her grandfather’s death causes her to take on more household responsibilities.

Mentor: Kerthy Fix

Playing with the other Tigers
"Playing with the other Tigers" By Zach Lennon-Simon
10:38

Playing with the other Tigers

“Playing with the Other Tiger” is the story of two friends, one who is Muslim and one who is half-Jewish, who stayed friends because they never realized that they were different from one another. Through conversations with the two friends the film explores how these two friends stayed friends even after everything that happened in the world.

Spring 2007

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Swinging for the Fences
"Swinging for the Fences" by Joey Schweitzer
8:34

Swinging for the Fences

Joey loved playing baseball, until an injury changed the way he looked at the game, and his own identity.

Mentor: Joe Muto

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Grief, etc
"Grief, etc." By Catherine Robinson
5:21

Grief, etc

A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together.

Mentor: Alex Mack

Family, Divorce & Loss
Action & Reflex
"Action & Reflex" by Martin Vasquez
8:28

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

 

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Built For The Storm
"Built For The Storm" by Aurora Hayes
8:03

Built For The Storm

Life with multiple sclerosis (MS) isn’t easy, especially when you’re thrown into it at the age of 17. Facing these new life challenges, Aurora Hayes finds optimism through determination, strength, and a strong support system.

Mentors: Lauren Fritz and Emma Aristil

Identity
Rouge Blood
"Rouge Blood" by Stephanie Cherng
9:30

Rouge Blood

Stephanie Cherng Directed By
Stephanie Cherng

A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Dreamers
Dreamers by Esther Romero
8:26

Dreamers

This is the story of a family’s struggle after coming to the U.S. in order to give their children a better life.  The American Dream lives within the family, and together they work hard and accomplish their dream — obtaining a pushcart that brings both sadness and happiness to them all. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Immigration
Generation Bengali
"Generation Bengali" By Saqif Bhuiyan
5:03

Generation Bengali

Being born into a Bengali family, filmmaker Saqif Bhuiyan struggles with identifying his individuality. How do you break the mold when you feel so trapped by your parent’s expectations?

Spring 2011

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Hit Girl Trailer
"Hit Girl" Trailer by Stephanie Cherng, Emily Batista, Maya Toole, Daquan Herring, Hazkel Brown
1:18

Hit Girl Trailer

Juliette kills for a living, until one day she finds a man she falls in love with. Now, she must choose between her career or the love of her life.

Mentor: Craig Butta

Still Alive
"Still Alive" by Mitchell Davis, Luckny Jacques, and Trevor Leckie
6:50

Still Alive

Tyler’s past life catches up to him as his paranoia begins to affect his friendships.

Mentor: Frank Rinaldi

Devil Child
Devil Child By Samuel Graham
8:48

Devil Child

Why does metal mean so much to me? Metal saved me. So how am I a devil child?

Identity
A Journey to the Unknown
"A Journey to the Unkown" By Lizbeth Meija
6:17

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
Identity
Minds in the Closet
"Minds in the Closet" by Justice Allen
9:28

Minds in the Closet

Justice Allen Directed By
Justice Allen

Justice grew up in the predominantly Caribbean neighborhood of East Flatbush. He noticed an overwhelming sense of homophobia in his community and journeyed out to find the reason why.

Fall 2010

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Sex & Relationships
Wanna Fix a Flat?
Wanna Fix a Flat? by Kayla Scott & Brianna Abdullah
13:15

Wanna Fix a Flat?

A bike shop owner learns to communicate with his son through the relationship he fosters with a young abused boy found hiding in his shop at night.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Battle With Myself
"Battle with Myself" By Jason Ortiz Spring 2013
6:20

Battle With Myself

Jason Ortiz Directed By
Jason Ortiz

A story about marijuana addiction and the struggles that come with it. Being a recovering smoker, filmmaker Jason Ortiz gives insight on what marijuana addiction is really about.

Spring 2013

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
Broken Pieces
Broken Pieces by Brittany Broderick
8:47

Broken Pieces

When a young man returns from war his girlfriend is disappointed to find that he is no longer the loving, soulful musician that he once was.

2015 Master Lab Films
Sex & Relationships
Society & Politics
Do Ya Thing
"Do Ya Thing" by Nigel Johnson
6:12

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

 

Family, Divorce & Loss
Ode to Home
"Ode to Home" By Mie Abouelkheir
6_09

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

Immigration
Forever Young
"Forever Young" by Janil Santana
5:05

Forever Young

Remember those days when life was care-free? A young woman writes a letter to childhood, telling it not to leave her because she is not ready for adulthood.

Mentor: Nicole Opper

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
"Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
5:18

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

 

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Rules Of Engagement
"Rules Of Engagement" by Noeman Samdani
6:08

Rules Of Engagement

Sometimes I find it hard to be a good Muslim and an American teenager. My dreams for my future are so different from what my parents want me to do. They think they have better plans for me. Throughout the making of this film, I have learned what being a Muslim is truly about and have realized that I am not the only Muslim teen going through this struggle.

Mentor: Sabine Hoffmann

Family, Divorce & Loss
Breaking the Silence
"Breaking the Silence" By Shaniece Bouldin
6:01

Breaking the Silence

A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.

Spring 2010

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
From The Eyes Of The Decieved
"From The Eyes Of The Decieved" by Rama Beidak
6:32

From The Eyes Of The Decieved

What does it mean to be a Muslim in America, especially when your extended family is living in a country at war. Rama looks at the life of Syrian children by juxtaposing her own childhood in the United States, with theirs.

Mentor: Alex Herboche

Society & Politics
Happy Ending
"Happy Ending" By Chris Irrizarry
11:15

Happy Ending

Chris dreams of reuniting with his mom and step-dad, both recovering addicts living in Philadelphia. But when he visits them for the first time in three years, he discovers that some hurts can never be healed.

Fall 2003

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
It's More Than Dancing
It's More Than Dancing by Luckny Jacques
6:05

It's More Than Dancing

Luckny Jacques has always been enamored with street dancers. In this profile of two particular high school street dancers, Luckny shows us why and how he relates to them more you would think.

Fall 2012

Identity
Por Amor
Por Amor by Kenya Del Carpio
7:23

Por Amor

By talking to her grand parents and mother, Kenya Del Carpio discusses the generational differences in her family and in their expectations for her.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
A.R.T.
A.R.T. by Jada Ferguson
10:24

A.R.T.

A girl who has created her own secluded euphoria suddenly realizes it’s not enough.

2015 Master Lab Films
Identity
Between Us and The Law
"Between us and The Law" By Ferrod Liles
6:48

Between Us and The Law

Ferrod Liles Directed By
Ferrod Liles

Ferrod Liles speaks to the responsibilities facing young men without father figures in their lives and his growing interest in law enforcement.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Coexist
"Coexist" by Saifun Suborna
7:00

Coexist

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

 

Society & Politics
Work In Progress
"Work In Progress" by Mercedes Ortiz
4:35

Work In Progress

While on the verge of dropping out of high school, filmmaker Mercedes Ortiz struggles with aspirations to be free and live her life. She then asks herself, how will she do just that?

Identity
Man's Best Friend
"Man's Best Friend" by Mitchell Davis
5:54

Man's Best Friend

Mitchell Davis Directed by
Mitchell Davis

A film about the relationship people have with their dogs that discusses dog life in New York City.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Setting the Table
Setting the Table by Georgia-rae Lyken
8:45

Setting the Table

Cooking is connection – with culture, with family, with yourself.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Bully Me
Bully Me by Louric Rankine
6:30

Bully Me

Louric struggles with issues of confidence and in the process is confronted by a monster — bulimia. In this horror story, Louric battles this monster in order to gain back the person he was again. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Memories of Us
Memories Of Us by Tayanna Brumaire
8:47

Memories of Us

A young girl living prepares for a new life with an adopted family with the help of her foster sister and a special book.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Sin Marcha Atras
"Sin Marcha Atras" by Marco Tepox
10:59

Sin Marcha Atras

Teen pregnancy is a problem in the Latino community. Filmmaker Marco Tepox wants to understand why. He talks to teen couples who have seen their hopes and dreams changed forever by pregnancy and looks at the impact on their families as well.

Mentor: Keefe Murren

Sex & Relationships
Leaving
"Leaving" by David Ceron
7:58

Leaving

A man has an unlikely encounter with a hobo as he tells him the story of how he lost his job and family.

The Age Of Me
"The Age Of Me" by Faith Christian
7:49

The Age Of Me

Everyone tells Faith she’s mature, but they don’t know the reasons why: she has had to contend with more in her 15 years than many people face in a lifetime.

Mentor: Aleks Gezentsvey (Fall 2003 Lab)

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Enigma
"The Enigma" by Cesar Marte
7:03

The Enigma

What is it like to be inside Cesar’s mind? A wordsmith, and experimental filmmaker, Cesar takes the audience down the proverbial rabbit hole, and into a world all its own.

Mentor: Ralph Scott

Drugs & Abuse
At Risk
"At Risk" By Will Quinones
7:47

At Risk

Cutting school became an addiction for Will. But when a brush with death leads him to return to school, he finds it harder than he expected.

Spring 2005

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
The Family Three
"The Family Three" By Roshanna Paul
8:48

The Family Three

Sixteen-year-old Roshanna is deeply committed to her sister and mother, three women living alone in Brooklyn New York. Their connection is their creativity, and the love they share for the arts and one another.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Brownsville Story
A Brownsville Story - Brownsville Community Justice Center.
4:50

A Brownsville Story

by Ray Graham, Brownsville Community Justice Center.
In A Brownsville Story, filmmaker Ray Graham sets out to show the positive side of his neighborhood, Brownsville. Through interviews with community members Graham explores themes of community and positivity.
Teaching artist: Jay Corcoran
Mentor: Tony Ducret & Bilal Ndongo

Reel Works in Schools
Get Real
"Get Real" by Douglas Worthen
6:46

Get Real

Doug dreams of being a professional musician, but there are some major obstacles: finding the discipline and motivation to make it while somehow gaining his mom’s approval.

Mentor: Frankie Reyes

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
New Hope and New Life
"New Hope and New Life" by Sameer Mohammed
5:29

New Hope and New Life

Sameer recently moved to the United States and despite language and cultural differences, he connects easily with two new friends through common immigrant experiences, shared dreams and chicken Biryani.

Mentor: Elizabeth Hummer

Immigration
Pursuing Happiness
"Pursuing Happiness" By Rondlin Florveus
7:41

Pursuing Happiness

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

Identity
5 Questions for Mira Nair
5 Questions for Mira Nair
2:27

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.

Reel Works Productions
A Look Through My Eyes
"A Look Through My Eyes" By Shalaun Nelson
5:02

A Look Through My Eyes

Shalaun and her siblings have been in foster care for most of their lives. Now 16, she tries to make sense of the events that tore her family apart and faces the difficult question of whether to let her father back into her life.

Fall 2009

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Female Outcast
Female Outcast by Roza Chervinsky
2:05

Female Outcast

Roza struggles with being bullied, and labeled a “Tomboy.”

Society & Politics
A Film by Jasmin Ortiz
A Film by Jasmin Ortiz
2:19

A Film by Jasmin Ortiz

Jasmin takes us on a Psychedelic trip into a dream.

Identity
Enough
Enougn by Britini Robinson
6:18

Enough

Britini shows how bullying can start off small and become serious.  Through telling her story Britini wants to reach out to others to tell other kids they are not alone, and encourage them to stand up and fight back. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Was It All Worth It
Was It All Worth It by Jharol Aguirre
10:32

Was It All Worth It

The story of a journey and how the obstacles and limitations created by that exact journey have shaped who I am.

Identity
Animated Dream
Animated Dream by Nathael Jean Louis
6:54

Animated Dream

There are a lot of obstacles in life and many will try to kill your dream.  At times like this it is good to think about what makes you happy in life, and happiness will provide you with enough strength to overcome any obstacles.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
In Memory Of
"In Memory Of" by Maya Toole
12:05

In Memory Of

Maya’s documentary examines how today’s teenagers deal with grief and loss in the age of Facebook.

Mentor: Greg Wright

Family, Divorce & Loss
Last Stop
Last Stop by Tieria Jolly
4:45

Last Stop

A girl moves back and forth between parents and cities for three years which causes tension in relationships with family members and with herself. She eventually learns how to gain back those relationships through time and communication. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Family, Divorce & Loss
People in the Dark
People in the Dark by Gabriela Carrera
5:59

People in the Dark

While she attempts to use film as a means to give voice to silenced undocumented immigrants in her community, Gabby is faced with the reality of this complex issue and finds her own voice.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Immigration
Sherman
"Sherman" by Helen Lu
3:20

Sherman

Sherman is an office worker who likes his supplies in a particular order. When the unusual fetishes of his fellow cubicle workers come to light, Sherman’s world screeches to a sudden halt.

Mentor: Sophia Lin

An American Dream
An American Dream by Frederic Bock
5:13

An American Dream

When Frederic arrived from Germany for a year as an exchange student in Brooklyn, he was looking for his American dream. But where was the glamour he had seen back home on TV? An insightful young man embraces the changing face of America.

Fall 2003

Immigration
Straight Outta Bicycles
Straight Outta Bicycles by Johnny Quizhpi
6:05

Straight Outta Bicycles

As the struggles of life tries to hold him back, Johnny finds his passion for bikes and creates a new beginning of adventures and happiness.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Beyond The Flip
"Beyond The Flip" by Phillip A. Blount
7:07

Beyond The Flip

Some see skateboarding as a crime. Filmmaker Philip Blount sees it as a freedom of expression and a way to identify yourself in society. Beyond the Flip demonstrates how passionate skateboarders are about their craft and the obstacles they face for being misunderstood.

Identity
Temporary Home
"Temporary Home" Julianna Negron
6:53

Temporary Home

Julianna Negron Directed by
Julianna Negron

In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
The Happiness Project
"The Happiness Project" by Doris Liang
6:26

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

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
An Euphoric Relationship
"An Euphoric Relationship" by Ileen Gutgarts
8:03

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

Sex & Relationships
Shh...Bitch
"Shh...Bitch" by Naomi Lynch
7:11

Shh...Bitch

Whats in a word? If the word is bitch there is the power to hurt and demean women.
Filmmaker Noami Lynch explores how one word can affect people and how she learned to reclaim it for herself and use it for her own empowerment.

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Creationism
"Creationism" by Jamaal Jeanty
8:35

Creationism

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

Identity
A Part Of Me
A Part Of Me by Ketty Henri
6:51

A Part Of Me

Ketty profiles her personal hero, her mother, who came to the US from Haiti to build a better life. Ketty asks why no woman in her family has ever achieved her dreams?

Spring 2004

Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
Legend of Christina: Single Player
"Legend of Christina: Single Player" by Kimani Williams
7:23

Legend of Christina: Single Player

Everyone longs to be part of a community, and in today’s day and age, many communities are actually virtual. Follow Kimani as she introduces us to a real gamer, and takes us into the world of fantasy and escape.

Mentor: Sarah Porter

Identity
The New Americans
"The New Americans" By Salvador Juarez Galicia
6:43

The New Americans

A short film about immigration issues in America.

Equality & Discrimination
Immigration
A Quarter Past Two
"A Quarter Past Two" By Jada Ferguson
6:57

A Quarter Past Two

In this film, Jada focuses on her anxiety, hoping that people will get a better sense at what it’s like living with her biggest flaw. Using poetry and impressionistic camerawork, we see her struggles through her perspective.

Spring 2013

Identity
Life Under Construction
"Life Under Construction" By Karim Alexander
6:28

Life Under Construction

Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it’s about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.

Spring 2012

Identity
Immigration
Press Record
Press Record by Hillary Safadi
4:56

Press Record

Hillary learns to cope with the loss of a childhood friend, and struggles to maintain the dream they shared, of becoming successful in the film industry. Mentor: Sean Dean.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
5 Questions for Morgan Spurlock
5 Questions for Morgan Spurlock
2:35

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.

Reel Works Productions
Beyond The Paper
"Beyond the Paper" By Sierra Pierce
6:33

Beyond The Paper

Film maker Sierra Pierce shows us her journey of learning how to play the piano.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Hero
Hero by Alexis Lisa Rivera
6:04

Hero

Alexis’ love for movies encouraged her to be a hero, but conflicts at home taught her you can’t save everyone. Alexis learned that instead of being a hero to everyone else, she needed to be a hero to herself.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Home
Home by Nael Samara
4:38

Home

What is home to a young Palestinian American? When his homeland can’t be found on a map and Americans are suspicious of Arabs and ignorant of their culture, the answer for a young man can be heartbreaking.

Fall 2003

Equality & Discrimination
Immigration
Society & Politics
Trans Generation
Trans Generation by Veronica Vasquez
4:45

Trans Generation

A look into the beauty of transgender teen lives. Mentor: Davy Field.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
Civil War Sickness
Civil War Sickness By Isa Gueye
13:30

Civil War Sickness

A look into the life of someone recovering from an eating disorder and their examination into the functioning of their disease, how it developed, and what kept it alive.

Identity
Losing Home
Losing Home by Zhamoyani McMillan
2:57

Losing Home

Zhamoyani deals with the struggles of losing his home, and having to adjust to a new gentrified area.

Identity
Under The Pants
"Under The Pants" by Jaden Baird
9:38

Under The Pants

Jaden Baird Directed by
Jaden Baird

Under the Pants answers the question, “Why do males sag their pants and why do they like it so much?” Answers from people of all walks of life make this documentary lighthearted while still informing others about this trend.

Identity
Sex & Relationships
What You Lose
"What You Lose" By Patricia Henry
7:27

What You Lose

In todays society, sex is everywhere. Teenagers face it on a daily basis and the pressures to “do it” only grow over time. As a virgin, I question what changes will occur after losing my virginity. And when exactly is the “right” age to have sex?

Fall 2006

Identity
Sex & Relationships
Departure From a Love
"Departure from a Love" By Ishmael Islam
9:09

Departure From a Love

A Brooklyn boy writes a love letter of departure for his lady, which in reality is his birthplace and hometown. Upon walking to a mailbox, the young man becomes entranced by her beauty, and embarks on a journey that visualizes how he views his true love and how important she is to his being. Home is where your heart is, and his will always reside in Brooklyn.

Fall 2008

Identity
Life Under Construction
"Life Under Construction" By Karim Alexander
6:28

Life Under Construction

Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it’s about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Immigration
New Youth
"New Youth" By Yasha Gruben
9:01

New Youth

A filmmaker documents a culture of partying and excess among privileged NYC teens – where easy access to drugs and alcohol can be a trap from which not everyone escapes.

Fall 2009

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
Schmeducation
"Scmeducation" by Max Bayarsky
9:28

Schmeducation

A student skeptical of the education he has undertaken, filmmaker Max Bayarsky interviews subjects that may be able to enlighten him with reasons as to why school is so important.

Mentor: Carl Deal

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Stop And Frisk: The Conversation
Stop And Frisk: The Conversation by Jasper Briggs
6:24

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?

Fall 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Black and White in the City of Lights
"Black and White in the City of Lights" By Hazkel Brown
4:48

Black and White in the City of Lights

Hazkel didn’t want to leave his life in Costa Rica to move to the US. He reflects on how hard it was to transition to a new country, to feel isolated and suddenly uncertain about his identity. Through art, filmmaking and sports, Hazkel develops a strong sense of self and finds a new community and home.

Spring 2012

Identity
Life is a Game
Life is a Game By Larry Cruz
6:18

Life is a Game

How I handle a personal situation by turning to gaming.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Love Is All Around, Or Is It?
Love is all around. Or is it? by Lev Goltseker
6:28

Love Is All Around, Or Is It?

Based on my own experience, I had been convinced that true love was for the most part disappearing from the face of our modern, fast-paced, society. I made this film because I wanted to see if I could prove myself otherwise. In the process of hearing stories from people of all walks of life, I realized that I wasn’t alone.

Spring 2005

Sex & Relationships
LIRI
"Liri" By Orges Bakalli
10:30

LIRI

“LIRI” focuses on life after the Serbo-Croation Conflict. Among many problems was the inability to give you the right to go to school. At a time where you would go to prison for expressing yourself through art, one man escapes communist Albania to pursue his passion.

Spring 2011

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
Society & Politics
Who Am I
Who Am I by Johnny Quizhpi
1:54

Who Am I

Johnny is proud of being both Ecuadorian and American, he hopes to carry both with him as he follows his dreams.

Immigration
Bed-Stuy Do or Die?
"Bed-Stuy Do or Die?" by Nagesti Cantave
4:09

Bed-Stuy Do or Die?

This is a work in progress about gentrification in Brooklyn and what the future holds for the Afro-Americans who reside there.

Society & Politics
Changing Faces
"Changing Faces" by Brentol Adams
8:08

Changing Faces

This is the story of a young black male who is struggling with lying. Because of personal reasons, he makes the effort to start lying less; but people keep expecting the worst of him. He is trying to change but people don’t believe he can do it. He comes face to face with himself in an effort to understand why the mask he puts on for the world is ultimately sabotaging him; and hopes he can change it.

Mentor: Andy Watts

Identity
Aftermath: Atlantic Yards
Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
22:57

Aftermath: Atlantic Yards

by Jonathan Diaz, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies.
An academic piece that explores the effects of gentrification on local communities in Brooklyn.
Teaching Artist: Chris O’Falt
BCS Teacher: Molly Gia Foresta
Mentor: Alissa Cherry

Reel Works in Schools
Hopeful Home
"Hopeful Home" By Ryan Bethune
7:56

Hopeful Home

This film is about Ryan’s family’s experience in a homeless shelter when they moved back to New York after his grandmother died.

 

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Society & Politics
Patience and Practice
Patience and Practice by Anyerson Abreu
3:34

Patience and Practice

As Anyerson adjusts to living in the US, he discovers a passion for cooking and kickflips.

Immigration
When Satire Goes Bad
"When Satire Goes Bad" by Rebecca Kaplan
9:15

When Satire Goes Bad

“When Satire Goes Bad” is a story about two jokes, one that didn’t get printed, and another that offended so many people it gained the attention of media across the country. Through conversations with professional comedians and high school kids, the film explores the depths of offensive humor. It attempts to answer a simple question: When does satire go bad?

Identity
Society & Politics
Beautiful Now
Beautiful Now - Berkeley Carroll
6:42

Beautiful Now

By Lucy Capello, Xinyi Liu, Gretchen Meyer, Itiah Pierce, Felix Pilkington & Sabrina Quintanilla
Beautiful Now is an academic piece by students from Berkeley Carroll that explores the ways notions of beauty impact young women.
Teaching Artist: Chris O’Falt
BC Teacher: Ernestine Heldring
Mentors: Sylvia Koopman, Charlotte Eggink, & Alissa Cherry

Reel Works in Schools
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow by Aleks Gezentsvey
7:46

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

Four immigrant teens from the former Soviet Union explore their often painful experiences of coming to America and the feeling of being stuck between two cultures.
Winner! Grand Prize, 2003 Temple University Film Festival.
Winner! 2004 Honorary Mention Student Emmy.

Fall 2002

Immigration
Beyond The Block
"Beyond The Block " By Daquan Herring
6:00

Beyond The Block

Daquan profiles his two friends Evan and Rico – two young artists striving to overcome circumstance and heartbreak in hopes their talent will one day carry them “Beyond the Block.”

Spring 2012

Identity
Clay Life
"Clay Life" By Robert Yulfo
4:56

Clay Life

A self-taught, gifted animator, Robert knows he has a brilliant career ahead of him. But as a kid from the projects of Red Hook, that gift comes with a large and somewhat painful price.

Spring 2002

Identity
Dancing Alone
Dancing Alone by Shanelle Wilson
3:15

Dancing Alone

When her mother left to start a new family, Shenelle spent each day waiting for her return and dancing alone. A video poem.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
How Will You Be Remembered?
How Will You Be Remembered? By Kenneth Chu
3:35

How Will You Be Remembered?

Kenneth uses the challenges he faced in baseball to inspire others to follow their dreams

My Missing Stuff
My Missing Stuff By Carol Matos
7:25

My Missing Stuff

There’s stuff missing in all of us, in all our lives.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Shahalam and I
"Shahalam and I" By Kamilah Badiane
4:06

Shahalam and I

People don’t get autism. The media portrays autistic people as slow and “special,” but Kamilah knows different. She shares her brother’s goals and dreams to help people understand that he isn’t so different from other kids his age.

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Survivor of Twins
"Survivor of Twins" By Cassandra Lu
8:04

Survivor of Twins

Cassandra’s elementary school was in the shadow of the twin towers on 9-11. She and her family recount the horror of that day and their desperate search for each other – a trauma that has never quite left them.

Identity
Society & Politics
The Art of Life
The Art of Life by Izzy Longo
6:31

The Art of Life

In an attempt to escape her reality, a young girl draws two friends who magically come to life.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
From Flatbush To Prince Street
"From Flatbush To Prince Street" by Khalid Riley
6:09

From Flatbush To Prince Street

A group of teens take you on their journey to a neighborhood not far from their own to witness a sense of culture where they fit in and feel more accepted.

Identity
The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang
"The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang" By Scott Tsang
5:00

The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang

Stricken with a brain tumor at six, Scott lost both his parents by thirteen. His philosophy of life? You’ll be inspired.

Spring 2002

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Underwater
Underwater by Camryn Garrett
7:28

Underwater

Three girls’ narratives of survival are woven together in an attempt to humanize and shed light on adolescent mental illness.  Not only were the discoveries of their illnesses shocking, but so were the responses they received. Despite their experience, the trio began to adapt in individual ways, from medical intervention to participation in sports.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Ask the Question
"Ask The Question" by Marquis Greggs
5:03

Ask the Question

A short student film about the changing New York City public school system.

Identity
Breaking the Silence
"Breaking the Silence" by Shaniece Bouldin
6:01

Breaking the Silence

A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.

Identity
Multifaceted
Multifaceted by James Hoffman
7:26

Multifaceted

My film is about the way people wear masks in society to hide their emotions and how their upbringing and parents may have affected that. Mentor: Bradley Kaye.

Fall 2005

Identity
Ripple
"Ripple" by Kendra Williams
8:33

Ripple

Does the election of Barack Obama as president in 2008 mean that the struggle for civil rights is over? A young filmmaker talks to veteran civil rights activists about their fight for equality and their sense of how the struggle continues to this day.

Mentor: Niknaz Tavakolian

Identity
Le Reve D'un Tigre
Le Reve D'un Tigre "The Tiger Dream" by Mamadou Sow
1:44

Le Reve D'un Tigre "The Tiger Dream"

Mamadou’s journey to find a better life in America.

Superstar
Superstar by Naiquan Greene
6:20

Superstar

Naiquan has many dreams… being a writer, actor, filmmaker and possibly a singer. This is a film about Naiquan’s family not realizing their dreams and him not wanting to follow that path. Naiquan will accomplish his dreams, because he’s a “Superstar”.

Fall 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Stray
"Stray" by David Ceron
8:54

Stray

This film is about me, my brother & sister- and how we were neglected throughout our lives. I examine the stress of being homeless- the hard times and struggles. I hope my audience walks away feeling not sad but strong- I want them to see what they have and think to themselves I have what I need, I have everything I need to take advantage of life. I also want them to have more self-awareness of their surroundings.

Mentor: Garret Harkawik

Family, Divorce & Loss
Triple D’s
Triple D’s By Camryn Garett
2:59

Triple D’s

Camryn reflects on how her appearance changes peoples perception of her, and the challenges of dealing with harassment.

Society & Politics
On My Way
"On My Way" by Faith Robinson
8:05

On My Way

Faith has dreams of one day moving to California for college. She dreams of becoming an actress, director, and producer, but will he family stand in the way of that dream?

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Trio from the Industrial Elite
"Trio from the Industrial Elite" by Vlada Pimenova
8:15

Trio from the Industrial Elite

Vlada Pimenova Directed By
Vlada Pimenova

An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Society & Politics
Strict
"Strict" by Makeda Lynch
8:47

Strict

Makeda wants to know why her mom is so strict. Through stories of her mom’s difficult childhood in Guyana, Makeda begins to understand why her mom values education over everything else. She understands, but she doesn’t have to agree.

Family, Divorce & Loss
If U Want To Get Technical
"If U Want To Get Technical" by Riaebia Robinson
8:24

If U Want To Get Technical

A happily married couple, the white picket fence and two point five kids. As a society, we have trained ourselves to believe that this hetero-normative ideal is what all people should aspire to. But how is life similar or different when the couple in question is two women raising three kids? This film explores one lesbian couple living in Queens and how their family values, their hopes and their dreams are no different than that of any other couple.

Sex & Relationships
Man In My Closet
Man In My Closet By Jawaun Sanders
2:47

Man In My Closet

Jawaun confronts the fears he faces, for being a young black male.

Equality & Discrimination
Multifaceted
Multifaceted By Kia Mahootian
2:07

Multifaceted

Kia dreams of connecting with his Iranian heritage.

Immigration
The Chase
"The Chase" By Akino Roseman
6:44

The Chase

Are you living your life or do you just exist? This is the question that Akino Roseman asks in this thought provoking documentary.

Fall 2012

Identity
Gentrif**kation
"Gentrif**kation" By Sangeda Alin
7:10

Gentrif**kation

A critical look at the gentrification of Astoria by the artists and community members who have been pushed out.

Mentor: Andrea Gilletti

Society & Politics
Maybe Another Time
Maybe Another Time by Kenya Del Carpio, Harry Flax and Erin Flynn
7:57

Maybe Another Time

Description: A young woman learns her best friend’s well kept secret: her mom suffers from an untreated mental illness.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Jensen Fresnel Show
The Jensen Fresnel Show by Jensen Fresnel
3:24

The Jensen Fresnel Show

After the difficult transition of moving to the U.S. from Haiti, Jensen struggles to find his place. However, He is inspired be the cartoons he grew up watching, and decides to pursue a career in animation, despite any obstacles in his way. Mentor: Prisca Edwards.

Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
A-Yo
A-Yo by Ashley Green
7:46

A-Yo

In this film, Ashley discusses her love of K-Pop and how it helps her escape from all of her problems. Even if its her parents divorce.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Family Curse
Family Curse by Dorene Ahmad
7:35

Family Curse

I started making “Family Curse” because I was afraid of developing one of the mental illnesses that run in my family. I ended up learning more about my aunts than I expected. Can my cousins and I escape our family curse?

Fall 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Green Living
"Green Living" by Terence Moore
10:02

Green Living

A short film about how to live GREEN.

Society & Politics
Kill the Hype NYC
"Kill the Hype NYC" by Alain Pierre
9:26

Kill the Hype NYC

Fall 2012

Identity
Poetry In The Dark
"Poetry In The Dark" by Daniel Kharlak
11:25

Poetry In The Dark

A tribute to his grandfather, this film Is an exploration into visual poetry.

Mentor: Leonard Yakir

Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
What I Learned In Retail
What I Learned In Retail by Chelsi Apawa
4:00

What I Learned In Retail

Chelsi works with her dad in a jewelry store. In her film, she tells us what it’s like and the things we can learn about people by working for customer service.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Driving With Jimmy
Driving With Jimmy by Tamahl Rahaman
7:57

Driving With Jimmy

Tamahl has lived with his stepfather, Jimmy, for seven years. But he never took the time to get to know him. Memory, identity and a question of love haunt this moving exploration of the complex relationships inside one family.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Jeff’s Reality
Jeff’s Reality - Brownsville Community Justice Center.
7:27

Jeff’s Reality

by Jeff Cantave, Brownsville Community Justice Center.
Filmmaker Jeff Cantave looks at his fantasies, his reality and shows how he is shaping his future reality.
Teaching Artist: Jay Corcoran
Mentors: Willow O’Feral & Bilal Ndongo

Reel Works in Schools
KEY-Ping Hope
KEY-Ping Hope by Helen Wong
6:36

KEY-Ping Hope

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.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Scrolii
"Scrolii" by Vanessa Bateau
5:36

Scrolii

After a regular doctor’s visit, my life was changed forever.  I was diagnosed with Scoliosis.  But what I imagined would be the end of everything for me, eventually turned into a new beginning.

Mentor: David Franklin

Identity
Evolution of the Hill
"Evolution of the Hill" By Samori Amir Toure
8:21

Evolution of the Hill

What is the natural course of evolution in a neighborhood? Whats is the fine line between economic growth and maintaining the character and fabric of a community? This film explores the battle of gentrification that is taking place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and beyond. When examining the tension that exists between land developers and residents who can now no longer afford to live in their own neighborhood. The question to ask is: is it evolution or a process of un-natural selection?

Identity
Society & Politics
God Is A Forest
"God Is A Forest" by Elaina Kristine Crokett
11:59

God Is A Forest

At what age can you be truly committed to a religion? God is a Forest shares the views of teens of different religious beliefs.

Identity
Past and Present
Past and Present by Catherine Bond-Moore
1:56

Past and Present

Catherine bravely confronts the memories of her difficult past in foster care, and how she will take those lessons into a brighter future.

Family, Divorce & Loss
The Road to Higher Education
The Road to Higher Education - Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies.
16:19

The Road to Higher Education

by Amanda Martin-Lawrence.
What is the true cost of higher education? Is college worth it? Through interviews with her peers, college students and graduates, and college counselors, BCS student Amanda Martin-Lawrence explores the road to college and the roadblocks her peers face when applying to colleges.
Teaching Artist: Chris O’Falt
BCS Teacher: Molly Gia Foresta
Mentor: Alissa Cherry

Reel Works in Schools
Heart & Hustle
"Heart & Hustle" by Jerry Gomez
9:03

Heart & Hustle

A baseball coach provides love and fathering to his young players to prepare them for life beyond the diamond.

Mentor: Adam Bryant

Identity
Tough Guise
"Tough Guise" by Margaret Korn
6:24

Tough Guise

Coming to the realization that you are gay can be difficult for a young man or, but allowing yourself to live an open life style is harder still. This film looks at one young man’s story as he decides how to live his life both privately and publicly.

Mentor: Lam Vo

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Mother
Mother by Kimberly Scott
4:49

Mother

My mother has made me a stronger person because she has shown me how to act in life-treat people the way you want to be treated. My film is about how she went through so much in life, yet still remains positive. I hope people understand that life is not all about your own feelings- you have to make an attempt to understand other peoples feelings too.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Root of Friendship
Root of Friendship by Iyuhna Callands
6:55

Root of Friendship

Root Of FriendShip

Identity
Selfies!
Selfies! - Brownsville Community Justice Center.
3:10

Selfies!

by Marjorie Trotman, Brownsville Community Justice Center.
Filmmaker Marjorie Trotman shows that taking selfies can be a great way to spend time and to hold onto memories.
Teaching Artist: Jay Corcoran
Mentors: Megan Rossman & Bilal Ndongo

Reel Works in Schools
Story Of The Sticks
Story Of The Sticks by Josh Charles
4:10

Story Of The Sticks

On a chair, walking down the street, sitting at a desk: anywhere is a good enough place for Josh Charles to practice what he loves to do best.

Fall 2012

Identity
The Color of Love
"The Color of Love" by Zakiyyah Bowles
8:12

The Color of Love

Do we still see race before anything else? A young woman explores the concept of miscegenation and if people still consider it a crime in this modern time.

 

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
The Hope Of My Life
"The Hope Of My Life" by Giselle Diaz
12:09

The Hope Of My Life

Coping with a parent who has cancer is tough. For filmmaker Giselle Diaz, making this film was a way to understand, cope, and bring her family together while dealing with her father’s condition.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Stronghearted
"Stronghearted" by Rafael Valez
10:56

Stronghearted

A young man with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) goes on a journey to learn the truth of his condition and how ends up not being scared anymore.

Mentor: Maria Gambale

Identity
Memories
"Memories" by Jordan Burns
10:32

Memories

Filmmaker Jordan Burns asks his subjects, elderly residents in a Brooklyn nursing home, to share some of their fondest memories – as well as some of their most painful – in this moving meditation on memory, loss and love.

Mentors: Elizebeth Cole & Matt Rivera

Family, Divorce & Loss
My Father's Stories
My Father's Stories by Abdul Aziz
7:09

My Father's Stories

In 1971, Bangladesh fought a war of independence from Pakistan. As sons of veterans of that war, Adbul and his friends want to know more about the history, but it can be difficult to get the older generation to talk about it. With persistence and some guidance they find a way to connect and honor the brave men around them who were teenagers themselves when they took up arms for freedom.

Spring 2009

Society & Politics
To Have Lived
"To Have Lived" by Janaye Solomon
7:34

To Have Lived

What is success? We look at the lives of ordinary people: a teacher, a best friend, and a mother. Through their stories the filmmaker realizes success isn’t solely based upon wealth, celebrity, or fame – it’s about inspiring others.

Mentor: Liam Dalzell

Sex & Relationships
Simply Untitled
"Simply Untitled" by Dejon Isaiah Reed
8:03

Simply Untitled

There comes a time where expressing one’s feelings becomes so impossible that it builds up inside you causing you pain. Simply Untitled takes you on a journey through teenage depression.

 

Identity
Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat - Bart Rosenzweig
12:01

Go for the Throat

An experimental take on the death of a friend.
By: Bart Rosenzweig

Family, Divorce & Loss
Leslie
Leslie by Ethan Stark-Miller
7:58

Leslie

A portrait of a neighborhood boxing instructor who inspires his students to be more than they’re capable of.

Fall 2012

Identity
On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns
"On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns" by Luca Balser
9:28

On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns

A visual poem that illustrates a young girls fragile inner life through a repeated, metaphoric action.

Mentor:  Tony Gerber

Identity
Stories of Transformation: Mi-Asia
Stories of Transformation: Mi-Asia - Brownsville Academy High School.
2:55

Stories of Transformation: Mi-Asia

by Mi-Asia Flowers. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving by Jonah Levy
6:39

Thanksgiving

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.”

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Hidden Stories
Hidden Stories - Berkeley Carroll
6:19

Hidden Stories

by Maxwell Chase Pisano, Alexandra Pachter, Rasheed Evelyn, Zachary Pepere, Tristan Gillia & Zlijun Zhang, Berkeley Carroll.
Hidden Stories explores the subtle, and not so subtle, differences in treatment by students and staff of individuals who hold different positions at Berkeley Carroll. Through interviews students examine issues of equity and respect.
Teaching Artist: Chris O’Falt
BC Teacher: Ernestine Heldring
Mentors: Sylvia Koopman, Charlotte Eggink, & Alissa Cherry

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Missing Without You
"Missing Without You" by Rashawna Paul
11:48

Missing Without You

A young teenage girl and her mom face a lot after their loved one goes to prison. Mother and daughter live their everyday life but its a lot to face when they are really missing their son/brother. All of the memories come back and its hard to go to Rikers to visit, but the family moves forward despite all of the pain.

Mentor: Deneen Scott-Reynolds

Family, Divorce & Loss
Stories of Transformation: Chris
Stories of Transformation: Chris - Brownsville Academy High School
4:11

Stories of Transformation: Chris

by Chris Richardson. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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The Memories
"The Memories" by Zoell Dillard
5:55

The Memories

A film about loss and how a family handles the many losses they have had. Zoell explores how life goes on and his family continuing after the loss of loved ones.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Smokers Anonymous
Smokers Anonymous - Berkeley Carroll
8:08

Smokers Anonymous

by Esme Chant, Olivia Guarna, Danny McCormack, Kamyar Sadeghi, Charlie Sherman & Emma Sullivan, Berkeley Carroll.
An insight into teenage smoking through anonymous interviews, students used original and archival footage that demonstrates perceptions of smoking in popular media.
Teaching Artist: Chris O’Falt
BC Teacher: Ernestine Heldring
Mentors: Sylvia Koopman, Charlotte Eggink, & Alissa Cherry

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Stories of Transformation: Lissan
Stories of Transformation: Lissan - Brownsville Academy High School.
2:26

Stories of Transformation: Lissan

by Lissan Trowers. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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The Inside Of The Inside
"The Inside Of The Inside" by Olivia Spencer
5:47

The Inside Of The Inside

Unable to grasp on to a solid idea for her film, filmmaker Olivia Spencer realizes the potential in making a film about her experiences in making a documentary.

 

Identity
Stories of Transformation: Annata
Stories of Transformation: Annata - Brownsville Academy High School
2:23

Stories of Transformation: Annata

by Annata McCalmon. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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A Million Light Years From Home
"A Million Light Years From Home" by Sergio Montiel
6:05

A Million Light Years From Home

I was born in Paraguay, at the heart of South America. My journey has taken me to the other extreme of this graceful continent, and for five years now, I’ve lived in New York. My film reflects my feelings and experiences gathered throughout my life. It is a closer look to the different influences of living in both these places, and how they have shaped me into the person I am today.

Fall 2005

Identity
Immigration
Art Is...
"Art Is..." by Jackie Gonèze
6:35

Art Is...

A young filmmaker searches for art in expected and unexpected places.

Identity
Ball Is Life
Ball Is Life by P.S./I.S. 323
3:09

Ball Is Life

A documentary short on the importance of basketball in the Brownsville community. Teaching artists: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Behind the Billboard
Behind the Billboard by Berkeley Carroll
6:28

Behind the Billboard

This film attempts to complicate our understanding of the advertising industry and its impact on teenage identity. Since we are all teenagers, influenced by the advertising industry, we wanted to explore in more depth how the advertisers target specific demographics, specifically teenagers. We hope that by watching our film, viewers will be more aware of how the advertising industry influences teenage identity. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Blackbird
Blackbird by Gotham Professional Arts Academy
5:36

Blackbird

Blackbird is about our oppression as black girls, which turns into appreciation for black girls. The pictures are an example of how black girls are perceived and how they actually are, how black girls are discriminated against, and the interviews from black men and women express their feelings toward black girls. Teaching artist: Amanda Madden.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Bullying Memories
Bullying Memories by Lehman High School
7:01

Bullying Memories

Getting bullied in school it’s a difficult experience, but there is always something to learn from every experience. Teaching artist: Hugo Rojas.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Coalition High School for Social Change: High School Experiences from East Harlem NYC
Coalition High School for Social Change: High School Experiences from East Harlem NYC by Coaltion High School for Social Change, Partnership With Children
4:05

Coalition High School for Social Change: High School Experiences from East Harlem NYC

Students of Coalition High School for Social Change inquire with their peers and teachers about their school experiences, relationships to others and their future plans. Teaching artist: Steve Speranza.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Disquietude
Disquietude by Berkeley Carroll
8:29

Disquietude

Through our art practice, we hope to give a platform to teenagers who struggle with anxiety and depression. There is often a negative connotation with these anxiety and depression. They are thought of as “teen angst,” momentary, and as feelings that can be shoved aside rather than real illnesses. We wanted to capture only their voices, because they are usually lost in our society. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence by Manhattan International High School
6:04

Domestic Violence

A PSA about violence against women. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Dream Cha$er$
Dream Cha$er$ by P.S./I.S. 323
3:32

Dream Cha$er$

Five 8th grade boys discuss their goals and dreams as they prepare for graduation. Teaching artisst: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Getting Lost
Getting Lost by Brooklyn International High School
1:20

Getting Lost

Saidou navigates the streets of New York and Brooklyn. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Gothamnators
Gothamnators by Gotham Professional Arts Academy
5:59

Gothamnators

What makes Gotham Professional Arts Academy a unique school? This documentary is a description of this school and how its students and staff feel about it as a school and community. Teaching artists: Amanda Madden.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Grandparents
Grandparents by Brooklyn International High School
4:28

Grandparents

The documentary “Hear Me” is about young people’s’ voices and them being heard by adults. We as young people deserve to be heard because we do have a voice. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Hear Me
Hear Me by Gotham Professional Arts Academy
4:08

Hear Me

The documentary “Hear Me” is about young people’s’ voices and them being heard by adults. We as young people deserve to be heard because we do have a voice. Teaching artist: Amanda Madden

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Helena
"Helena" By Natalie Price
7:26

Helena

When I decided to do a film about my mother’s death, I was afraid that whoever saw the film would think I was a whiny teenager looking for sympathy. But then I realized that making this film would help me in a lot of ways; help me accept her death, help me cope with the fact that she took drugs, and help me understand that she wasn’t a bad person. I also thought it would be a good way to bring up good memories of her, and help me to stop hating her for everything she put me through. Making a film about my mother’s death has helped me become a stronger person.

Drugs & Abuse
Immigrants Keeping America Great
Immigrants Keeping America Great by Manhattan International High School
1:25

Immigrants Keeping America Great

A PSA about immigrants and stereotypes. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Invisible Neighbors
Invisible Neighbors by Berkeley Carroll
6:18

Invisible Neighbors

There are many people in Park Slope who we ignore; we need to recognize and appreciate all of our neighbors. In this film, we hope to have provided a platform for the unheard homeless voices of Park Slope. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Labels
Labels by Manhattan International High School
4:46

Labels

A film about the labels that define us. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Listen To Your Heart
Listen To Your Heart by Manhattan International High School
3:34

Listen To Your Heart

An essay film about dance and following your dreams. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
New York
New York by Brooklyn International High School
2:21

New York

Students investigate the differences between New York and their birth countries. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
New York City - Where Are The Americans?
New York City - Where Are The Americans? by Manhattan International High School
6:04

New York City - Where Are The Americans?

An exploration of what it means to be American in New York City. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
On Time
On Time by Brooklyn International High School
5:13

On Time

A student learns the importance of being on time. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Pop Culture
"Pop Culture" by Jacinto Romero
7:10

Pop Culture

This film breaks the surface American popular culture. It questions the American preoccupation with “being in the know” and “glitz and glam” lifestyles. Why is it so easy to get “caught up”?

Identity
State Test Feelings
State Test Feelings by P.S./I.S. 323
1:59

State Test Feelings

3 Students documentary exploration on how their peers feel about the State Test. Teaching artists: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.

2016 Reel Works in Schools
Stories of Transformation: Kashmira
Stories of Transformation: Kashmira - Brownsville Academy High School.
2:26

Stories of Transformation: Kashmira

by Kashmira McAllister. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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Stories of Transformation: Wayne
Stories of Transformation: Wayne - Brownsville Academy High School.
3:21

Stories of Transformation: Wayne

by Wayne Chin. Stories of Transformation by students at Brownsville Academy Transfer School
Teaching Artists: Chris O’Falt and Amanda Madden
BAHS Teacher: Chris Ross
Mentor: Zoe Couacaud

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The Brownsville Experience
The Brownsville Experience by Mott Hall Bridges Academy
11:24

The Brownsville Experience

Brownsville natives discuss what it is like to be born and raised from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Teaching artist: Daniel Cambridge.

2016 Reel Works in Schools

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