Reel Works

Reel Works Learn more at www.reelworks.org Reel Works Teen Filmmaking is centered of the conviction that every young person has a story to tell and an important contribution to make our world.
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We believe that filmmaking holds within it essential disciplines of literacy, communication, creative and critical thinking, storytelling and teamwork that young people need to effectively express their unique visions. In the process they gain self-esteem, master state-of-the-art technology and are transformed from passive consumers to active creators of media. We say to teens: You have a voice. Use it! Founded in 2001 at the Prospect Park YMCA, Reel Works is a full-time nonprofit arts organization that serves over 150 teens each year through five core programs: The Lab, The Master Class, Reel Impact, Reel Works Productions and the Summer Lab.

We believe that filmmaking holds within it essential disciplines of literacy, communication, creative and critical thinking, storytelling and teamwork that young people need to effectively express their unique visions. In the process they gain self-esteem, master state-of-the-art technology and are transformed from passive consumers to active creators of media. We say to teens: You have a voice. Use it! Founded in 2001 at the Prospect Park YMCA, Reel Works is a full-time nonprofit arts organization that serves over 150 teens each year through five core programs: The Lab, The Master Class, Reel Impact, Reel Works Productions and the Summer Lab.

Mission: Reel Works provides a free filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge 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.

Operating as usual

09/23/2020

Join us on September 28th at 6:00 pm EST for a virtual screening with our Fellows '19 cohort. They will be premiering 4 shorts they directed, produced, wrote, shot, and edited. We are extremely proud of their work and hope you will join us in celebrating them. There will be a Q&A after the screening on Zoom where you get to meet the brilliant minds behind the films. RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/120060926463

New research shows parents have growing concerns about teens' #socialmedia usage during the pandemic. Reel Works hosts o...
09/23/2020
Teens’ social media use is up during pandemic, and so is their parents’ concerns

New research shows parents have growing concerns about teens' #socialmedia usage during the pandemic. Reel Works hosts online programs that offer a positive outlet for teens to learn filmmaking from industry professionals & connect with their peers!
https://wgntv.com/news/medical-watch/teens-social-media-use-is-up-during-pandemic-and-so-is-their-parents-concerns/

Parents weigh in on their kids and social media. Turns out, there’s widespread worry. That’s according to new survey results from Lurie Children’s Hospital. With remote learning and social distanci…

Wishing you all a happy first day of fall! We miss being in our office space with our students, but that doesn't mean we...
09/22/2020

Wishing you all a happy first day of fall! We miss being in our office space with our students, but that doesn't mean we can't continue to stay connected with each other online. Come to our information session on 9/24 to learn how you can apply for our free filmmaking programs! Then, join us for the return of Film Club on 10/2 where you will get to meet other film lovers and get inspired as we watch, analyze and discuss iconic films and shorts. Open to NYC youth.

Info Session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reel-works-after-school-information-session-tickets-119514720747
RSVP for Film Club: http://cglink.me/r829238

With school underway & classrooms beginning to open across NYC, it's time to lock in after-school programs for the year!...
09/21/2020
Reel Works After School Information Session

With school underway & classrooms beginning to open across NYC, it's time to lock in after-school programs for the year! Did you know Reel Works offers free #filmmaking programs for NYC youth? Attend our info session this Thursday to learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/119514720747 💫

Article via The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/nyregion/prek-school-reopening-nyc.html

Join us for an information session on the free after school filmmaking programs we have available for NYC youth - apply today!

Check out this great read via Denver7 on how after-school programs are helping keep #youth engaged during these uncertai...
09/18/2020
After-school programs helping parents amid virtual learning, but they're stretched thin

Check out this great read via Denver7 on how after-school programs are helping keep #youth engaged during these uncertain times. Reel Works offers many unique mentoring opportunities with real professionals in film – visit our website to learn more!
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/after-school-programs-helping-parents-amid-virtual-learning-but-theyre-stretched-thin

Many parents are relying on after-school programs to help keep their kids mentally and academically successful during the pandemic, but these programs are often stretched thin and many are suffering financially.

Reel Works is hiring! Ideal candidates for these positions are individuals who are passionate about mentoring, inspiring...
09/16/2020

Reel Works is hiring! Ideal candidates for these positions are individuals who are passionate about mentoring, inspiring, and empowering young NYC filmmakers who want to tell their stories. Applications will be reviewed through October 1st. Please help us spread the word! https://mailchi.mp/852e42722201/reel-works-is-hiring

Apply to our free filmmaking programs! Open to NYC youth, our Documentary Lab and Narrative Lab programs are accepting a...
09/09/2020
Reel Works After School Information Session

Apply to our free filmmaking programs! Open to NYC youth, our Documentary Lab and Narrative Lab programs are accepting applicants. Want to learn more info? Join us for an information session on 9/24 at 5pm est and come meet our education team: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/119514720747
You can also apply now:
https://mailchi.mp/bb7f133ce8ad/info-session-after-school-program?e=341a37ed22

Join us for an information session on the free after school filmmaking programs we have available for NYC youth - apply today!

Our air conditioner has never tried to kill us, but after watching Seb’s film, we’re considering it might. Seb was only ...
08/25/2020

Our air conditioner has never tried to kill us, but after watching Seb’s film, we’re considering it might. Seb was only one of 15 experimental filmmakers at the Summer Lab Screening, and the class was nothing short of a success. These first-time filmmakers logged on nearly every day for four weeks and created magic. From philosophical ventures into the meaning of “meaning”, to a stop motion animated film of Star Wars using Legos, these students proved that creativity can bloom under any circumstance. Watch their films here: https://bit.ly/3jdGXzo

08/20/2020

"Now when I get asked what my favorite color is, I say gray. I’m reaching the light and slowly I’m understanding what it means to be alive. I’m understanding what it should mean to be a human." - Samir Malik

This film was created for the Youth Voices Internship, a collaboration between Reel Works and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center where LGBTQ+ identifying youth who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness learn how to write, shoot, and edit their own personal films.

Watch the full film on Youtube: https://bit.ly/2Pw9T8G

“COVID-19 has affected me personally and mentally. I've been feeling more blue and down...but on every Friday I have the...
08/17/2020

“COVID-19 has affected me personally and mentally. I've been feeling more blue and down...but on every Friday I have these really cool meetings with my other Fellows. Even though this whole thing is happening, we can still learn and I'm learning to become a better editor.” - Xander, Reel Works Fellow 2020

Be a #ReelChangemaker and help students to continue to share their stories during the quarantine!

Watch great content from young filmmakers and hear powerful stories about their lives and community. Hit the subscribe b...
08/13/2020

Watch great content from young filmmakers and hear powerful stories about their lives and community. Hit the subscribe button to help us reach our goal of 1000 subscribers and help uplift the voices of young creatives: https://www.youtube.com/user/ReelWorksTeens
#storytelling #filmmakers #youthempowerment

08/11/2020
I AM Bryöna DeGraff

“I am. Windows reflecting sunlight. Dancing trees to winds music. Clear and resonant thoughts. Youthful laughing of sweet babies. A mother being greeted by her loving family. Smooth R&B. Really rough rap. Black bodies all in one tune saying I love me.” - Bryöna DeGraff

This film was created for the Youth Voices Internship, a collaboration between Reel Works and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center where LGBTQ+ identifying youth who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness learn how to write, shoot, and edit their own personal films.

Watch the full film on Youtube: https://bit.ly/2Pw9T8G

08/07/2020
I AM Jamar Blue Brown

“I am proud to be someone who has color. My skin does not oppress me. And I’ll show myself for the whole world to bear its eyes upon. Let people know my skin will not stop me from what I want and instead help me prove that no matter what race you are, you do not have to allow the color of your skin to stop you from getting what you want just because social stigma says otherwise. I am someone who will change the world. I will change it for the better. I will change it for those who can’t see change. I will change for others to smile. I will change it for others to feel safe. I will change it for others to feel welcomed. I will change the world because the world needs change.” - Jamar Blue Brown

This film was created for the Youth Voices Internship, a collaboration between Reel Works and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center where LGBTQ+ identifying youth who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness learn how to write, shoot, and edit their own personal films.

Watch the full film on Youtube: https://bit.ly/2Pw9T8G

The Summer Lab is a four-week intensive experimental filmmaking workshop for rising 9th graders. We are proud to showcas...
08/04/2020

The Summer Lab is a four-week intensive experimental filmmaking workshop for rising 9th graders. We are proud to showcase 15 experimental films created by 15 extraordinary young filmmakers. The premiere is LIVE now: https://www.reelworks.org/summer-lab-2020

“I’ve had a couple of family members who actually had the coronavirus... Reel Works has helped me out with this whole th...
07/13/2020

“I’ve had a couple of family members who actually had the coronavirus... Reel Works has helped me out with this whole thing because it literally has been the only thing that hasn’t changed. Reel Works has actually found creative ways and creative projects where we can take a master class with famous people who are giving great tips and giving us a big push.” - Annalya, Reel Works Fellows 2020

Be a #ReelChangemaker and help students to continue to share their stories during the quarantine! Support today: www.reelworks.org/support/donate/

06/30/2020
Trailer: What We Owe to Ourselves by Khiari Jaffier

Khiari Jaffier's film, “What We Owe to Ourselves,” is a documentary short about Khiari’s thoughts on choosing what makes you happy in life versus living to fulfill a quota for the good of society. His film sparked from his own difficulty with life choices and finding self-fulfillment. Join us for our first virtual screening tomorrow on July 1st where Khiari and his peers will premiere their documentary films. RSVP now: https://bit.ly/2BS9bz8

06/23/2020
Trailer: Miscommunication by Destinee Marcion

“Miscommunication” by Destinee Marcion investigates the lack of communication teens and parents have when it comes to discussing mental health, and how cultural stigma and age gap can make it hard for them to seek help. Join us for our first virtual screening on July 1st at 6pm EDT where Destinee and her peers will premiere their documentary films. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2Vbu4fw

06/22/2020
Trailer: Normal Family by Maya Velazquez

Maya Velazquez's documentary, Normal Family, is about her discovering the coming out story of her two moms for the first time. Join us for our first virtual screening with the Documentary Lab on July 1st where Maya and 8 other young filmmakers will premiere their documentary films. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3etwwWu

Join us tomorrow for a talk with Kendra Hodgson from Women Make Movies (WMM), an organization championing women filmmake...
06/22/2020

Join us tomorrow for a talk with Kendra Hodgson from Women Make Movies (WMM), an organization championing women filmmakers and their stories.
RSVP today to watch their latest film - Without a Whisper. Learn more about what video production means as NYC enters Phase 2 and find out more about WMM!

RSVP required: http://cglink.me/r714510

This is the last Women's Group meeting before we break for the summer. We hope you can join us! This event is open to all female-identifying youth.

06/11/2020
Reel Works

The Summer Lab is a four-week, hands-on filmmaking workshop offered FREE to rising 9th graders. Spend the summer before high school making movies & new friends. The deadline to apply is tomorrow: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZTK8KQF

*Attention Parents of incoming 9th Graders in NYC*
Sign your child up for a dynamic filmmaking program!

The Summer Lab is a four-week, hands-on filmmaking workshop offered FREE to rising 9th graders. Spend the summer before high school making movies - and new friends.
Apply Now: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZTK8KQF

We know that oppression of any kind has no place in our communities. Are you searching for how you can create positive c...
06/05/2020
Courageous Civility Workshop - Discover How To Be Part Of The Solution

We know that oppression of any kind has no place in our communities. Are you searching for how you can create positive change for the greater good? Discover how you can be part of the solution by activating your Courageous Civility! InspiraWork is offering 2 Workshops: June 11th: 3:00pm-4:30pm or June 16th: 11:30am-1:00pm. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to The Future Project and Reel Works, two nonprofits devoted to unleashing the collective potential of underserved youth who are inspired to create a better world. Link to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courageous-civility-workshop-discover-how-to-be-part-of-the-solution-tickets-108150258334?aff=ReelWorks

If you are searching for how you can create positive change for the greater good – this workshop is for you.

Thank you for helping make our first virtual Un-Gala a huge success!  If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late to h...
06/05/2020

Thank you for helping make our first virtual Un-Gala a huge success! If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late to help support much-needed youth programming. Give now by visiting www.reelworks.org/gala. Dorian Missick Simone Missick Carmen Ejogo Nore Davis #CathyYan

Reel Works first virtual gala celebrated ChangeMakers Director Cathy Yan, and Actors & Producers Simone and Dorian Missick on May 27, 2020. If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late to help support much-needed youth programming. Give now by visiting www.reelworks.org/gala.

Reel Works first virtual gala celebrated ChangeMakers Director Cathy Yan, and Actors & Producers Simone and Dorian Missi...
06/05/2020

Reel Works first virtual gala celebrated ChangeMakers Director Cathy Yan, and Actors & Producers Simone and Dorian Missick on May 27, 2020. If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late to help support much-needed youth programming. Give now by visiting www.reelworks.org/gala.

Reel Works first virtual gala celebrated ChangeMakers Director Cathy Yan, and Actors & Producers Simone and Dorian Missick on May 27, 2020. If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late to help support much-needed youth programming. Give now by visiting www.reelworks.org/gala.

Reel Works stands for social justice. #blacklivesmatter
06/02/2020

Reel Works stands for social justice. #blacklivesmatter

As a special thank you to our sponsors & donors who contributed funds to make tonight’s Un-Gala a huge success, we invit...
05/27/2020

As a special thank you to our sponsors & donors who contributed funds to make tonight’s Un-Gala a huge success, we invited these supporters to a private Zoom session to personally hang out with Nore Davis and honorees Simone Missick and Dorian Missick. #reelworksgala

Thank you to our sponsors for your support of the 2020 Reel Works Un-Gala! We can’t wait to join you tonight for the vir...
05/27/2020

Thank you to our sponsors for your support of the 2020 Reel Works Un-Gala! We can’t wait to join you tonight for the virtual celebration at 7:00PM EDT at www.reelworks.org/gala. #reelworksgala

Special Guest Carmen Ejogo will be joining our Un-Gala Premiere to announce the official winner of the F. John Outcalt A...
05/27/2020

Special Guest Carmen Ejogo will be joining our Un-Gala Premiere to announce the official winner of the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. We’re proud of all our nominees & their heartwarming films, and we can’t wait to see who wins! Tune in tonight at www.reelworks.org/gala 7pm EDT! #reelworksgala #reelchangemakers

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Making a film is just a personal exercise until the filmmaker presents his or her work before a real audience. Reel Impact is a comprehensive distribution program in which teen filmmakers learn how to bring their stories to new audiences through broadcast, web-cast, film festivals and community screenings. Reel Impact brings the power of Reel Works’ films to settings where they can have the greatest effect on audiences – and on the filmmakers themselves. A comprehensive distribution program, Reel Impact teaches teen filmmakers how to create and build their own websites and become online activists who bring their stories to new audiences. Teens curate and lead regular community screenings, upload weekly web-casts and submit their work to film festivals and broadcasters year-round. Through partnerships with educators and non-profits working with teens, our student’s films are used as educational tools on subjects such as teen pregnancy, teen depression, confronting racism and more. Over seven million people have seen our work since 2005 and over 60% of all films produced in the Lab find audiences outside our immediate community.

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Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00

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Ralph K. Scott Screening Truth to Power Young filmmakers using the power of media to influence social action Sat. Oct 27, 2018 3:00PM Freer|Sackler 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560 A powerful film presentation and discussion surrounding socially relevant films made by young inner city filmmakers. The films to be presented explore important contemporary social topics from critical perspectives. We will showcase stories from filmmakers that aren’t afraid to tell stories that make some people uncomfortable and get right to the heart of the issue. “Screening Truth to Power” spotlights first films by an emerging generation of filmmakers, determined to tell it like it is. Student filmmakers use narrative and documentary filmmaking to help tell the stories from their perspectives. Armed with cameras and microphones, deploying narrative, documentary and experimental approaches, these newcomers present the unvarnished truth about urban survival. Having honest conversations about these topics is paramount. Filmmaker, media activist, Ralph K. Scott explores what's percolating in recent student films from New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago and consults the directors about the challenges of distinguishing sensationalism from the drama of uncomfortable‎ Truth. ‎Join this lively discussion and meet tomorrow's headliners today! Animated Sportraits A presentation of stop motion animations by: Lyndon Joseph Barrois 3pm, October 26, 2018 Lyndon Joseph Barrois spent a lot of his spare time as a child twisting and forming bubble gum wrappers into his favorite sports heroes. He has since found a way to put those miniature sculptures into action using stop motion animation. Stop motion animation is a painstakingly tedious process of photographing each and every movement of the characters and the surrounding background. He calls these short animated films “Animated Sportraits”. “Animated Sportraits” began with his creating an entire lineup of race horses and Black jockeys. His latest short focuses on the saga of boxer, Jack Johnson. These “...Sportraits” were eventually exhibited around the world. His childhood passion for twisting gumwrappers into mini-sculptures of his sports heroes fed his grown up mastery of stop frame animation - the most labor-intensive and vintage form of filmmaking. Like nothing you've ever seen before the ‎short animations of Lyndon Joseph Barrois are sly, biting, winsome, and unforgettable. Despite what you may have perceived, there are many prominent African Americans in the world of animation. New Orleans-born Barrois, has an impressive list of high visibility digital animation credits (I Robot, The Matrix, The Thing, The Tree of Life, among other contributions to film and tv shows) but these films reveal a distinctive, personal art form. Ralph K. Scott unpacks the legacy of African American animators and all Barrois's distinctive ilk Barrois adds to it. CAAMA will present the Smithsonian African American Film Festival, October 24 – 27, to showcase historical and contemporary media works highlighting black experiences in America. Programming will include a range of film screenings, engaged discussions with filmmakers and film scholars, as well as presentations on visual culture and representation. The festival will provide a unique opportunity to interpret cinema and media art works through the museum’s exhibitions. Thematic programming for the festival will connect directly to the exhibitions Making A Way Out of No Way, Power of Place, and Cultural Expressions. The four-day film festival will occur October 24 – 27, 2018 in the nation’s capital and will showcase ‘cinema. history. culture.’ One of our festival goals is to provide festivals attendees with an opportunity to learn from leading industry experts as they share insights from their career. You have been selected because your work demonstrates a commitment to African Americans in film and the media arts. Presentations created, developed and moderated by: Ralph K. Scott of Social Cinema Project Ralph K. Scott is a filmmaker, film promoter, educator and media activist. The Social Cinema Project (SCP), an innovative social justice initiative that uses film to promote social awareness to spark change. In an effort to further educate and inform, the Social Cinema Project will screen short films that focus on many forms of media that may have an impact on historical and social awareness and explore important contemporary topics from critical perspectives. After the screenings, there will be a discussion of the issues explored in the films. The Social Cinema Project wants to motivate change in policy and the justice system.
If you are a young person who wants to earn a high school diploma while working on an internship, JVL Wildcat Academy may be for you! Seats are available for immediate admission. We offer a safe, welcoming, non-violent environment for all. Participate in student activities, trips, team sports, college visits, etc. while going to classes & working a 20-hour per week internship on alternate weeks: • Work in our IT Dept or hone your journalism, computer graphics or photography skills with the school Yearbook. • Sample the work world with assignments in retail, health care, fighting hunger, manufacturing, fitness, office support, animal care & welfare, community development, law & criminal justice, education, marketing & business, etc. • Or learn about the restaurant business at our in-house culinary program. You must have previously attended high school to transfer. Applications are being accepted NOW for admission. Juniors & seniors, call our Battery Place campus Admissions at 212-918-0004, write us at [email protected] or drop by for an application (17 Battery Place, first floor, corner of West St). Freshmen & sophomores, call our Hunts Point campus Admissions at 212-209-6119, write us at [email protected] or come in for an application (1239 Lafayette Ave, corner of Barretto St). Or download an application here on the website www.jvlwildcat.org