Reel Works

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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. 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.
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A place where teens and mentors meet to make powerful documentaries.

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.

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

Dorian Missick will be hosting a live DJ afterparty for us following the Un-Gala premiere. Head over to Dorian’s Instagr...
05/27/2020

Dorian Missick will be hosting a live DJ afterparty for us following the Un-Gala premiere. Head over to Dorian’s Instagram at 7:50 PM EDT and jam out to music with us, as we celebrate a successful #reelworksgala and applaud our honorees & student filmmakers: instagram.com/dorianmissick/

Check out our schedule for the 2020 Reel Works Un-Gala. Join us tonight at 7pm at www.reelworks.org/gala #reelworksgala
05/27/2020

Check out our schedule for the 2020 Reel Works Un-Gala. Join us tonight at 7pm at www.reelworks.org/gala #reelworksgala

05/27/2020
Reel Works Un-Gala with Host Nore Davis

Today is the day! At 7pm EDT we will be hosting our first-ever virtual Un-Gala with Director #CathyYan and actors & producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, announcing the student winner of the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. Tune in at www.reelworks.org/gala 7pm EDT with our host Nore Davis! #reelworksgala

We’re excited to announce that our Un-Gala is being hosted by comedian Nore Davis! Tune in tomorrow at 7PM EDT at www.re...
05/26/2020

We’re excited to announce that our Un-Gala is being hosted by comedian Nore Davis! Tune in tomorrow at 7PM EDT at www.reelworks.org/gala. Thank you Nore for lifting our spirits and making us laugh for the third year in a row! #reelworksgala

Together with Director #CathyYan and actors & producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, tomorrow we will unveil the s...
05/26/2020

Together with Director #CathyYan and actors & producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, tomorrow we will unveil the student winner of the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. Tune in tomorrow 7pm EDT at www.reelworks.org/gala to view the ceremony. We’re so proud of all our student finalists! #reelworksgala

This Wednesday at 7pm EDT we're excited to honor the incredible work of Director #CathyYan, actors & producers Simone Mi...
05/25/2020

This Wednesday at 7pm EDT we're excited to honor the incredible work of Director #CathyYan, actors & producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, along with our talented student filmmaker finalists. Visit reelworks.org/gala now to learn more and help support much-needed youth programming. #reelworksgala

Join us for our virtual Un-Gala this Wednesday at 7pm EDT. We are proud to honor the incredible work of Director #CathyY...
05/24/2020

Join us for our virtual Un-Gala this Wednesday at 7pm EDT. We are proud to honor the incredible work of Director #CathyYan, actors & producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, along with our talented student filmmaker finalists. We're also thrilled to have Comedian Nore Davis as our host and Carmen Ejogo join us as our special guest for the Un-Gala.

Visit www.reelworks.org/gala now to learn more and support us! #reelworksgala

#TBT Today we're taking a look back at our amazing honorees from last year's Changemakers Gala: Ruth E. Carter, Hasan Mi...
05/21/2020

#TBT Today we're taking a look back at our amazing honorees from last year's Changemakers Gala: Ruth E. Carter, Hasan Minhaj, James F. Lopez from Will Packer Productions, and Michael Houston from Grey Group. Tune in for our virtual Un-Gala next Wednesday at 7pm EST & visit www.reelworks.org/gala now to learn more. #reelworksgala #RuthECarter #JamesFLopez #MichaelHouston

Photo Credit: Caroline MJ Dorn

05/20/2020
Meet Jacob Warman, an F. John Outcalt Nominee for Outstanding Filmmaking

"My documentary, The Trek, is about me getting lost in the Laotian jungle and struggling to not only survive but also to be an adult when I was eight-year-old," shares Jacob Warman.

Chosen by his peers at Reel Works, Jacob is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.

Every donor to our 2020 Un-Gala will be invited to watch all five films and vote for their favorite! The winner will be announced on a special webcast on May 27th!

Donate today to support the next generation of storytellers: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

#reelworksgala

05/14/2020
Distance Learning with Reel Works

Though homebound, Reel Works students are more active than ever! We've transitioned to distance learning, launched the #ReelViralChallenge and found fun & creative ways to inspire each other. Take a look for yourself!

05/13/2020
Meet Jaire Marshall, an F. John Outcalt Nominee for Outstanding Filmmaking

Invasions of the Culture Snatchers by Jaire Marshall is about a young college kid who comes back to the city, and experiences culture shock in the strangest place - his local bodega. He sees the bodega has been completely gentrified and that there's something sinister going on.

Chosen by his peers at Reel Works, Jaire is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.

Every donor to our 2020 Un-Gala will be invited to watch all five films and vote for their favorite! The winner will be announced on a special webcast on May 27th!

Donate today to support the next generation of storytellers: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

Thank you The Academy for supporting our mission and our young filmmakers and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with s...
05/12/2020
Variety

Thank you The Academy for supporting our mission and our young filmmakers and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with such generous support. We are so thankful to be 1 of 96 organizations named as a 2020 FilmCraft recipient! Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/2YVzxJZ Variety

Entertainment news, film reviews, awards, film festivals, box office, entertainment industry conferences

05/12/2020
Teaser: The Invasion of the Culture Snatchers by Jaire Marshall

The Invasion of the Culture Snatchers by Jaire Marshall is a comedy-horror film about a college student that returns to his neighborhood only to discover… things have changed!

Stay tuned for Jaire's interview tomorrow! Jaire is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. The winner will be announced at our Un-Gala on May 27th at 7PM EST!

Support our filmmakers: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

#ReelWorksGala

Congratulations to Ariel Yaying Zheng and Jacob Warman who received scholarship prizes from the Meringoff Family Foundat...
05/07/2020

Congratulations to Ariel Yaying Zheng and Jacob Warman who received scholarship prizes from the Meringoff Family Foundation's Victory Prize essay competition. We're so proud of them and were touched by their beautifully written essays about how Reel Works has prepared them for life after high school. Thank you Meringoff Family Foundation for your generous support to our young people during such crucial times!

05/06/2020

Join us May 27 at 7pm EDT for the Reel Works 2020 Un-Gala! This virtual celebration will honor industry ChangeMakers including Director Cathy Yan, Actors & Producers Simone Missick and Dorian Missick, along with our 5 student filmmaker finalists. Donate now to help continue our mission of mentoring & training the next generation of storytellers: www.reelworks.org/gala

Now, more than ever, our teens need the support of caring adults to keep them connected, creative and hopeful. As we con...
05/05/2020

Now, more than ever, our teens need the support of caring adults to keep them connected, creative and hopeful. As we continue to support our students through virtual filmmaking, we ask that you consider us this #givingtuesdaynow. Donate today: www.reelworks.org/gala

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new day of global giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We hope you will join us today!

04/30/2020
Meet Pearl Scott, an F. John Outcalt Nominee for Outstanding Filmmaking

Milk & Eggs (don't mix) by Pearl Scott tells the story of two girls who get summer jobs working the night shift at a grocery store. On their first day however, they start off on the wrong foot. Chosen by her peers at Reel Works, Pearl is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.
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Every donor to our 2020 Un-Gala will be invited to watch all five films and vote for their favorite! The winner will be announced on a special webcast on May 27th! Join us: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

04/29/2020
Teaser: Milk & Eggs (don't mix) by Pearl Scott

“It was extremely difficult, endlessly daunting, but one hundred percent worth it. Narrative Lab was the hardest thing I’ve ever done related to film, and I wasn’t convinced I was even ready for it! As much as the classes prepare you, I had no clue what I was doing until I was on set. Reel Works taught me everything I needed to know thoroughly and perfectly, but in the end, it’s all up to you to take that knowledge and put it towards an experience. And you never truly feel ready until you’re in it, and I’m so happy that the Narrative Lab teachers, Reel Works staff, and fellow students were by my side during the entire journey. This is something I definitely couldn’t have done without them.”
– Pearl Scott, Director of Milk & Eggs (don’t mix), 2019 Narrative Lab

Stay tuned for Pearl’s interview tomorrow!

04/28/2020
Meet Anthony Chan

Meet Anthony Chan. Anthony is making an animated short in Narrative Lab. His animated film follows the journey of a teenager who tries to save his brother from those that are hunting him for his power and money. Anthony may be homebound, but his dreams are not. Be a #ReelChangemaker and support his dreams.

After 20 years of classroom learning, hands-on filmmaking and 1:1 mentoring, Reel Works has transitioned to distance lea...
04/27/2020

After 20 years of classroom learning, hands-on filmmaking and 1:1 mentoring, Reel Works has transitioned to distance learning and virtual classrooms. Because now, more than ever, our students need to feel safe, connected and creative. It's been a remarkable transformation - and we are so proud to share these highlights from April: https://bit.ly/2KFbO8I

04/21/2020
Meet MD Sajid, an F. John Outcalt Nominee for Outstanding Filmmaking

Avoiding the Void by MD Sajid is a personal exploration of how friends can fill a void created by growing up in a busy family.
Chosen by his peers at Reel Works, MD is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.
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Every donor to our 2020 Un-Gala will be invited to watch all five films and vote for their favorite! The winner will be announced on a special webcast on May 27th! Support Reel Works: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

04/20/2020
Teaser: Avoiding the Void by MD Sajid

"I see movies in my head every day. Because whenever I go outside, life is like a movie. When you go outside you see everything with your eyes, and what I wanted to show was what I see through my eyes in my film - that's how I got inspired to put my dad in my film, Avoiding the Void."

MD Sajid is one of five filmmakers nominated for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. Stay tuned for his interview tomorrow and look forward to a link to watch his full film!

04/16/2020
Remote Learning with Doc Lab

Reel Works' 2019 Documentary Lab has held a tradition of holding a "circle" time where students sat in a circle together and shared their day before the start of each class. While they are homebound, the class has been holding a virtual circle and reminding each other that they are not alone.

04/15/2020
Apply for Reel Works' Summer Lab 2020

*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

04/14/2020
Meet Thea Taylor-Mogg, an F. John Outcalt Nominee for Outstanding Filmmaking

Derailed by Thea Taylor-Mogg is a documentary about the impact of divorce on the lives of three Brooklyn teenagers. Chosen by her peers at Reel Works, Thea is one of the five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.

Every donor to our 2020 Un-Gala will be invited to watch all five films and vote for their favorite! The winner will be announced on a special webcast on May 27th. Support Reel Works: https://www.classy.org/campaign/reel-works-un-gala/c277747

"Reel Works has a really welcoming energy and they always make the space feel safe. Whenever I go to Reel Works, I'm com...
04/13/2020

"Reel Works has a really welcoming energy and they always make the space feel safe. Whenever I go to Reel Works, I'm completely free to express myself and to just create."

Thea Taylor-Mogg is one of five filmmakers nominated for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. Stay tuned for her interview tomorrow!

SAGE Publishing interviewed Reel Works' staff to discuss the inclusive and diversity-focused opportunities in the film i...
04/10/2020

SAGE Publishing interviewed Reel Works' staff to discuss the inclusive and diversity-focused opportunities in the film industry that Reel Works provides to young people. Check out our full interview here: https://bit.ly/2UKL3Ek

04/09/2020
Watch Reel Works on Youtube Live!

Practicing social distancing and wondering what you should do at home? Watch Reel Works on Youtube Live today through this weekend! Enjoy seeing past F. John Outcalt nominated student films and let us know in the comment section what's your favorite film: https://youtu.be/U8VndwSAnC0

#socialdistancing #homebound

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

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Seeking Filmmakers and Screenwriters!! Please feel free to share. Our team at SEI Studios is hosting a screenwriting competition. The top 5 finalists win a trip to pitch their script at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. One winner will receive $10k PLUS a 6-month paid virtual residency with Strayer Studios. Click through to learn more and apply.
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