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.

Reel Works is seeking Fellows, ages 15 to 24, to take part in our Fellowship program. This is an intensive, year-long tr...
11/08/2019
Reel Works Fellows Program 2019-2020 Application

Reel Works is seeking Fellows, ages 15 to 24, to take part in our Fellowship program. This is an intensive, year-long training program for talented young artists to specialize in a filmmaking discipline and create portfolio pieces for college and career success. Fellows can choose to specialize in Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Cinematography, or Editing.

To apply:
Attend 1 information Session at Reel Works: November 22nd 4:30-5:30pm OR December 4th 4:30-5:30pm
AND Apply online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6X9L356

11/08/2019
Reel Works - Newsletter Sign Up

Last month, Reel Works' Documentary Lab and Narrative Lab programs started. We also had our first MediaMKRS Advisory Council Meeting where 23 industry leaders gathered at Viacom to continue our discussion on how we can make the media industry more inclusive. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and receive updates on our programs: http://bit.ly/33fpMFX

Reel Works is hiring! Reel Works seeks a director of development who is passionate about our mission to give young New Y...
11/08/2019
Director of Development

Reel Works is hiring! Reel Works seeks a director of development who is passionate about our mission to give young New Yorkers the tools, mentoring and training to tell their stories and have their voices heard. We seek a strategic leader who can partner with the executive director and board of directors to build relationships with stakeholders that will grow our revenue and create opportunities for our young people to thrive.

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking is now hiring for the position of Director of Development in Brooklyn. Apply today.

Reel Works Productions was commissioned to produce a feature-length documentary for the after school music and arts prog...
11/07/2019

Reel Works Productions was commissioned to produce a feature-length documentary for the after school music and arts program Haven Kids Rock. Founded by rock guitarist Jimi K Bones and casting director Nefertiti Jones in 2008, the program resides at Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the South Bronx, a first-of-its-kind charter school that serves children in foster care. Haven Kids Rock provides children with a creative, enriching and therapeutic outlet rarely found in their tumultuous lives. The documentary is currently in production. Learn more about Reel Works Productions: http://bit.ly/36zwcSk

Reel Works has officially launched our new Studio Mechanics Boot Camp - a unique partnership with the International Alli...
11/06/2019

Reel Works has officially launched our new Studio Mechanics Boot Camp - a unique partnership with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) International, Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Local 52, IATSE, Made in NY and Netflix to train a diverse workforce for union careers in film production.

Nine participants - chosen from over 100 candidates - have begun classes in Electric Department skills taught by veteran electricians Rocco Palmieri, Kelly Britt, and Michael Gallart. Trainees will learn essential skills - from power distribution to lighting - and how to work on professional film sets. Graduates will be eligible for on-set work on union productions in NYC. A second Boot Camp for Grip Department trainees is planned for winter 2020.

11/05/2019
The Unfortunate Event by Kim Leonhardt

"The Unfortunate Event" is a short film about a young girl who lives a boring life, but gets murdered by a mysterious being. This experimental film is made by Reel Works filmmaker Kim Leonhardt.
Kim shares, "I love making horror movies. I think they are so interesting and exciting." The full video is available on Youtube: https://youtu.be/bTSrRdRiL94

11/04/2019
So Close Yet So Far by Anthony Chan

Congratulations to Anthony Chan for winning the Best High School Student Film Award for the 2019 Revolution Me Film Festival. Watch Anthony's film, So Close Yet So Far: https://youtu.be/YfUGlvhp53E

“So Close Yet So Far” by Anthony Chan speaks about a young man who loses his grandmother, and the valuable lesson he and his family learn from it: to spend m...

10/23/2019
Live by Night by Khiari Jaffier

Live by Night by Khiari Jaffier is a short experimental film that delves into the nighttime environments of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Khiari shared with us the inspiration behind his film: "I honestly enjoy the kind of setting that’s created at night in places like Times Square and Coney Island, so I figured I’d compare the two and the creative liberties they both take to decorate the night.” Watch the full film on Youtube: https://youtu.be/AuZ1olM3h5w

14 students out of 111 applicants were accepted into our 2019 Fall Documentary Lab - our most competitive cohort selecti...
10/22/2019

14 students out of 111 applicants were accepted into our 2019 Fall Documentary Lab - our most competitive cohort selection yet! This week, students went through a badging challenge where they demonstrated proficiency in basic camera operation. We're excited to see what stories our enthusiastic filmmakers will make this year! #documentary #filmmaking #youthfilmmaker

Join us for an introduction meeting to our Joint Gender Empowerment Group & Film Club. Open to all youth! Activities are...
10/21/2019

Join us for an introduction meeting to our Joint Gender Empowerment Group & Film Club. Open to all youth! Activities are every Wednesday after school at 6:30pm at Reel Works. RSVP to let us know you're coming! (Links in flyer) #FilmClub #FilmFanatic #Halloween #YouthEmpowerment

NYC Mayor's Office Commissioner Anne del Castillo convenes MediaMKRS Advisory Council on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at V...
10/18/2019

NYC Mayor's Office Commissioner Anne del Castillo convenes MediaMKRS Advisory Council on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Viacom. MediaMKRS is a collaboration between educators, employers, unions, Made in NY and The City University of New York to train, credential and prepare young New Yorkers for technical careers in the City's thriving television and film production industries.

Read more about it: https://bit.ly/2o3uBD2
- https://mailchi.mp/d843cf606d61/mediamkrs-advisory-council-meeting

We partnered with NOVAC to conduct a 2-day Production Assistant Intensive at Starlight Studios. Our Reel Works Productio...
10/03/2019

We partnered with NOVAC to conduct a 2-day Production Assistant Intensive at Starlight Studios. Our Reel Works Production team trained qualified PAs in set etiquette, walkie management, dos and don’ts on set, how to read a call sheet and more.

Special thanks to NOVAC and our guest speakers - Locations Manager Mickey Lambert, Producer Mick Flannigan and Key Set PA Marcus Brown.
#productionassistant #reelworks #training

Reel Works is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents ma...
09/19/2019

Reel Works is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents many of the behind-the-scenes workers in theatre and film, to deliver a new a new three-month training program for careers in film production. Attend our information & assessment session tomorrow from 12-2pm.

Applicants should be current NYC residents, 18-24 years of age, with a high school diploma or equivalent and legally eligible to work in the U.S. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ strongly encouraged to apply.

RSVP on Eventbrite required: http://bit.ly/2NOJ1kT

09/19/2019
The Journey by Sarah Annor - Trailer

In her film, The Journey, Sarah Annor takes us on a journey through her life and the people and places that she encounters. Sarah's film is about how life can be hard and acknowledges that it is an unexpected journey. Watch the full film on our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/1emTIfQxsnE

Sarah was part of Reel Works 2019 Summer Lab, a 5 week intensive experimental workshop.

Join us for our Studio Mechanics Boot Camp Information Session tonight at 5:30pm:  A paid three-month training program f...
09/16/2019
The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp: Information Session

Join us for our Studio Mechanics Boot Camp Information Session tonight at 5:30pm: A paid three-month training program for careers in film production.

Participants will learn essential technical and work readiness skills in motion picture lighting and grip departments from working members of IATSE Local 52. Graduates will qualify for work on film sets for union wages.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-studio-mechanics-boot-camp-information-session-tickets-69220264675

The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp Reel Works is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents many of the behind-the-scenes workers in theatre and film, to deliver a new STUDIO MECHANICS BOOT CAMP: A three-month training program for careers in f...

09/12/2019

"The Invasion of the Culture Snatchers" by Jaire Marshall is about a college student returning to his neighborhood for summer break and realizes something has changed. The bodega is now under new management who has ulterior motives for the neighborhood. Watch the full film on Reel Works' Youtube channel. #narrativeshort #gentrification

We're excited to announce that we have 6 Reel Works films that will be screened at the 2019 Revolution Me Film Festival ...
09/09/2019
revolutionmefilmfest

We're excited to announce that we have 6 Reel Works films that will be screened at the 2019 Revolution Me Film Festival on Saturday, September 28th at the Stuart Cinema Cafe from 4:15 - 5:15 PM. Congratulations to our young filmmakers!

For anyone interested in supporting, tickets to the festival can be purchased here: www.revolutionmefilms.com

09/05/2019
Reel Works: Let's Talk Bias

Reel Works collaborative partner WNET Channel 13 is looking for high school students to join their Youth Collective Advisory board. Here's the video we produced last year around experiences with bias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbYR76OiE4c.

Read below on how you can participate this year.

Do you know a high school student in New York City who wants to make a difference in their community and learn about public media? WNET New York Public Media is looking for a small group of students, in 9th grade through early college, from across New York City to serve on the advisory board of Youth Collective, a new Gen Z media and leadership initiative. The advisory board will meet once a month to help shape activities for this year. To apply, please ask students to complete this form: http://bit.ly/2m0Xgax
The deadline is Friday, September 13th, 2019! If you have any questions, please email Youth Collective at [email protected].

WNET's Youth Collective commissioned Reel Works and their team of young filmmakers to document the stories of young people's experiences with bias. Please LI...

The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp: Reel Works is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Local 52 and I.A.T.S.E. ...
09/04/2019
The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp: Information Session

The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp: Reel Works is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Local 52 and I.A.T.S.E. to deliver a new, three-month Studio Mechanics training program. After the 3 month program trainees will have the support of Reel Works and Local 52 to ensure placements in the industry, and to follow up with assessments following placement.

First Information Session is Friday, September 13th. RSVP today: http://bit.ly/2NOJ1kT

The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp An intensive training partnership to prepare young New Yorkers for union careers in film and television production specifically in the electric department starting this October 2019. Reel Works is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Local 52 and I.A.T.S.E...

We are accepting applications for our Narrative Lab workshop. The Narrative Lab is an advanced filmmaking workshop that ...
09/04/2019

We are accepting applications for our Narrative Lab workshop. The Narrative Lab is an advanced filmmaking workshop that pairs young filmmakers with mentors to write, produce and direct original short fiction films.

This advanced workshop is open to accomplished filmmakers (graduates to The Lab or similar program). Apply by October 7th.

09/03/2019
"Milk & Eggs (don’t mix)" by Pearl Scott - Trailer

"Milk & Eggs (don’t mix)" by Pearl Scott is about 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. These negative first impressions fuel resentment, setting the stage for a long, insufferable summer. Support Pearl and other young filmmakers by joining us on patreon.com/reelworks and making a monthly donation!
#reelworks #filmmakers #narrativeshort

08/28/2019
In the Dark by Larry Cruz - Trailer

"In the Dark" by Larry Cruz places the viewers in the shoes of a blind young man who is determined to live without support from others. On his way to visit his father's grave, he encounters someone who will change his way of thinking. Support Larry and other young filmmakers by joining us on patreon.com/reelworks and making a monthly donation!
#reelworks #filmmakers #narrativeshort

08/20/2019

"Who is it?" by Marcus Cochran is a surreal look into the depths of a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder who receives a surprise birthday visit from his estranged father. But why, after 17 years, does he come back?
(Mentor: Mark DiStefano).
Support Marcus and other young filmmakers by joining us on patreon.com/reelworks and making a monthly donation!
#reelworks #youngfilmmakers #mentalhealth #likefatherlikeson

We're now accepting applications for The Fall Lab (Documentary Workshop). The Lab is an intensive 24-week, after-school ...
08/19/2019

We're now accepting applications for The Fall Lab (Documentary Workshop). The Lab is an intensive 24-week, after-school workshop offered FREE to New York City high school students. We match students one-on-one with professional filmmaker-mentors to ensure each student completes the program with a successful film that represents his or her true vision and personal journey. Mentors can also expose students to the multiple facets of the film and entertainment industry. Deadline to apply is October 1st.

http://bit.ly/2N848y3

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-connect-journey-2-unity-brooklyn-tickets-63435210422Brooklyn Youth Connect: get inspi...
08/08/2019
Youth Connect: Journey 2 Unity Brooklyn

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-connect-journey-2-unity-brooklyn-tickets-63435210422

Brooklyn Youth Connect: get inspired and connected to positive activities, engaged peers, and leaders in your community! There will be free music, dance, giveaways and dynamic speakers all to inspire young people to #GETCONNECTED.

Mon, August 12, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Join us at Youth Connect Brooklyn to get inspired and connected to positive activities, engaged peers, and leaders in your community! There will be free music, dance, giveaways and dynamic speakers all to inspire young people to #GETCONNECTED. Don't Miss Out! For more information, updates and the da...

08/06/2019

"One Thousand" by Gabriel Fanelli is a riveting film of a teenager who tries to find closure for the death of his friend, but a stubborn thrift shop owner stands in his way. (Mentor: Nia Ashley)

Support Gabriel and other young filmmakers by joining us on patreon.com/reelworks and making a monthly donation!

#reelworks #youngfilmmakers #friends #filmcamera

08/01/2019

“Merrymakers” by Elena Goluboff is a narrative film about two middle school girls that sneak out one Saturday night to the West Village. They learn about themselves, each other, and what it means to grow up. (Mentor: Michael Walker)

Support the filmmakers by joining us on patreon.com/reelworks and making a monthly donation!

#reelworks #youngfilmmakers #growingup #eastvillage

We're thrilled to be teaching the filmmaking workshop at the Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts  ...
07/25/2019

We're thrilled to be teaching the filmmaking workshop at the Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts this summer! Students are wrapping their narrative film projects that they have been collaborating together on. They're excited to screen their film at their culminating event next week!

Thank you Showtime Networks and their creative team for mentoring our students. Through a workshop series this summer, o...
07/24/2019

Thank you Showtime Networks and their creative team for mentoring our students. Through a workshop series this summer, our students are learning how to cut movie trailers for their own personal films. Yesterday, they learned how sound and music gets added into a trailer. Students also had a panel discussion with Showtime employees. #trailers #movies #films #workshop

We're so proud of the hard work and talent our 2019 Narrative Lab filmmakers displayed at The Paley Center for Media wit...
07/23/2019

We're so proud of the hard work and talent our 2019 Narrative Lab filmmakers displayed at The Paley Center for Media with the guidance of their mentors and instructors. Thank you to The Academy for making the screening possible!

#reelworks #teenfilmmaking #paleycenter #academy

07/02/2019
Toby Pannone - Half A Step Behind Trailer

Toby Pannone interviews two hearing teachers, an audiologist, and a social worker in his film, "Half A Step Behind." Toby's film brings to light how living with hearing loss means more than having difficulty understanding. (Mentor: Blake Horn)

Support our filmmakers by joining us on www.patreon.com/reelworks and make a monthly donation!

NYC Mayor's Office Commissioner del Castillo announces MediaMKRS, Reel Work's new partnership with the City to create pa...
06/27/2019

NYC Mayor's Office Commissioner del Castillo announces MediaMKRS, Reel Work's new partnership with the City to create pathways for careers in media for young New Yorkers, to over 50 employer, labor and education leaders. Read on to find out more: https://bit.ly/2ZMIcvq

The 2019 Spring Lab cohort was proud to premiere their documentary shorts at Viacom on Monday, June 17th. This class was...
06/26/2019

The 2019 Spring Lab cohort was proud to premiere their documentary shorts at Viacom on Monday, June 17th. This class was tasked with the challenge to create a 3-5 minute documentary in only 10 weeks! The films were creative, punchy and touched on a variety of topics personal to the stories they wanted to share. Congratulations to our 9 filmmakers and thank you to our co-instructors Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Olga Lvoff, and Whistle Sports, our dedicated mentors, and our sponsors for all their support.

Support our young filmmakers by joining us on https://patreon.com/reelworks
#documentary #filmmaking #mentorship #mentors

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540 President St, Ste 2F
Brooklyn, NY
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R Train to Union Street.

General information

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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(718) 768-9000

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