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.

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.

‪Thank you to Viacom for their commitment to nurturing the next generation of storytellers! Viacommunity #volunteer #m...
05/10/2019

‪Thank you to Viacom for their commitment to nurturing the next generation of storytellers! Viacommunity #volunteer #mentor #nurture #storytellers ‬

Poyshel Chowdhury, an Editorial Intern at Jigsaw Productions , shared that his internship experience has changed his per...
05/10/2019

Poyshel Chowdhury, an Editorial Intern at Jigsaw Productions , shared that his internship experience has changed his perspective on post-production. Rather than solely focusing on production, he thinks he'll want a future job that provides him a balance of set and office life! Reel Futures Media Internships places teens and young adults in paid internships with NYC media and production companies to enable students to gain real-world experiences. #internships

Join us on patreon.com/reelworks to support young filmmakers!

05/09/2019

RW students - please stop by tomorrow at 3PM to meet execs from Paramount --- who want to meet YOU! That and you may end up on NEws Channel 1! So come on down.

Congratulations to Reel Works Filmmaker Chaoming Xue who won the Tribeca Film Festival's Our City, My Story for the narr...
05/08/2019

Congratulations to Reel Works Filmmaker Chaoming Xue who won the Tribeca Film Festival's Our City, My Story for the narrative category. His film "Flat Spot" is about the friendship of two young skateboarders, which is tested when one of them runs into his longtime crush. #filmfestival

National Decision Day is when students declare which College/University they will be attending. Reel Works celebrates hi...
04/26/2019

National Decision Day is when students declare which College/University they will be attending. Reel Works celebrates high school seniors moving onto college in the fall! Come celebrate with us on May 3rd and RSVP: http://bit.ly/2GFTStb

Support young filmmakers and bid on great experiences such as meeting Phoebe Robinson on her tour in LA, visiting the se...
04/26/2019
Charitybuzz: Reel Works

Support young filmmakers and bid on great experiences such as meeting Phoebe Robinson on her tour in LA, visiting the set of The Walking Dead AMC and going to a HBO Documentary Films screening through our Charitybuzz lots:

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 st...

Congratulations to Reel Works students Chao and Camryn! Their films were selected as finalists for the Tribeca Film Inst...
04/25/2019
Tribeca Film Institute Announces ‘Our City, My Story’ Finalists

Congratulations to Reel Works students Chao and Camryn! Their films were selected as finalists for the Tribeca Film Institute 'Our City, My Story' which will screen on May 5th during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. http://bit.ly/2V15GiR @variety #OurCityMyStory #Tribeca2019 #TFIatTFF

Tribeca Film Institute has selected 13 finalists from a pool of 115 submissions from New York City to screen at their annual “Our City, My Story” showcase on May 5 during the 2019 Tribeca Film Fest…

Students and alumni learned about camera lenses and equipment at Panavision. Optics specialists Jeff Marzigliano and Luc...
04/25/2019

Students and alumni learned about camera lenses and equipment at Panavision. Optics specialists Jeff Marzigliano and Luca Spensieri led the tour and gave camera demonstrations and first camera assistant Chris Silano gave students great advice on storytelling and how cameras are more than just a tool. Thank you for having us!

New York City's YMCA
04/25/2019
New York City's YMCA

New York City's YMCA

What began as a single workshop at the Prospect Park YMCA, Reel Works has grown to become one of the leading youth media organizations in the United States.

04/22/2019

blackfilm recapped our 2019 Gala Celebrating #ChangeMakers. Check out the interview recap with Ruth E. Carter, James F. Lopez of Will Packer Productions and Reel Works co-founder Stephanie Walter! #ruthecarter #blackpanther

It's not too late to support Reel Works by bidding on our Charitybuzz experiences such as meeting Phoebe Robinson with 2...
04/22/2019
Charitybuzz: Meet Phoebe Robinson with 2 Tickets to the Sorry, Harriet... - Lot 1768803

It's not too late to support Reel Works by bidding on our Charitybuzz experiences such as meeting Phoebe Robinson with 2 Tickets to her "Sorry, Harriet Tubman" Tour in LA on November 19th!

Bid to win the chance to meet stand-up acclaimed comedian, actress, podcaster and NY Times Best Selling Author, Phoebe Robinson, with 2 tickets to ...

Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrated ChangeMakers: Ruth E. Carter, Hasan Minhaj, James F. Lopez of Will Packer Productions, a...
04/19/2019

Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrated ChangeMakers: Ruth E. Carter, Hasan Minhaj, James F. Lopez of Will Packer Productions, and Michael Houston of Grey Group on April 16, 2019 at Capitale.
--New York, NY. #ChangeMakers #ReelWorks #RuthECarter #HasanMinhaj #MichaelHouston #JamesLopez

The Hollywood Reporter recapped Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrating changemakers. We honored ChangeMakers who are helping t...
04/18/2019
Hasan Minhaj, Ruth E. Carter on How They're Increasing Opportunity in Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter recapped Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrating changemakers. We honored ChangeMakers who are helping to create a more inclusive landscape and who reminds our diverse, young filmmakers that their stories and their voices matter. https://bit.ly/2Dl8iNz

The pair were honored alongside Will Packer Productions president James F. Lopez at the annual gala for New York youth filmmaking organization Reel Works.

These red carpet highlights capture an amazing evening of celebration. Thank you to all our attendees for supporting the...
04/17/2019

These red carpet highlights capture an amazing evening of celebration. Thank you to all our attendees for supporting the gala.

The winner of the 2018 F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking is  Faith Mora! Congratulations !  #Filmmaking #...
04/17/2019

The winner of the 2018 F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking is Faith Mora! Congratulations ! #Filmmaking #ChangeMaker

We welcome our youth presenters from Reel Council on stage to announce this year’s F. John Outcalt Award for Outstandi...
04/17/2019

We welcome our youth presenters from Reel Council on stage to announce this year’s F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.

Our Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Gordon and Maggie Malina extend a special thank you to The Daniel Gerson Memorial Fund for the ...
04/17/2019

Our Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Gordon and Maggie Malina extend a special thank you to The Daniel Gerson Memorial Fund for the Arts. Thank you for supporting Reel Works to mentor and train the next generation of storytellers!

Ian Chen has been with Reel Works since he was 16-years-old when he first entered into our documentary lab. Since then, ...
04/17/2019

Ian Chen has been with Reel Works since he was 16-years-old when he first entered into our documentary lab. Since then, Ian developed himself into a talented cinematographer. We are so proud of you, Ian and so honored for you to share your story. #testimonial #filmmaker

Da’Vine Joy Randolph presents the ChangeMaker Award to Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for Black Panther, Ruth ...
04/17/2019

Da’Vine Joy Randolph presents the ChangeMaker Award to Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter! Ruth’s unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character is an inspiration to us all. #ChangeMaker

We’re honored to present James F. Lopez and Will Packer Productions with the 2019 Reel Works ChangeMaker Award. Thank ...
04/17/2019

We’re honored to present James F. Lopez and Will Packer Productions with the 2019 Reel Works ChangeMaker Award. Thank you for reinventing the American mainstream in film & television. #Gala #ChangeMaker

We are thrilled to honor Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Hasan Minhaj with the Change Maker award at our gala. Thank y...
04/17/2019

We are thrilled to honor Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Hasan Minhaj with the Change Maker award at our gala. Thank you for your commitment to awakening audiences of all backgrounds through your humor. #patriotact # changemaker

Stand-Up Comedian & Actor, Nore Davis is our returning host for this year’s gala. Our gala this year celebrates amazin...
04/16/2019

Stand-Up Comedian & Actor, Nore Davis is our returning host for this year’s gala. Our gala this year celebrates amazing #ChangeMakers who are making a difference around the world. They inspire us and our young filmmakers.

Have lunch with Actress Carmen Ejogo, star of HBO’s True Detective in NYC! Support the Reel Works 2019 Gala through ou...
04/14/2019
Charitybuzz: Lunch with Actress Carmen Ejogo, in NYC - Lot 1768801

Have lunch with Actress Carmen Ejogo, star of HBO’s True Detective in NYC! Support the Reel Works 2019 Gala through our auction and win a priceless experience with Carmen Ejogo in NYC! #ChangeMakers

Bid to win the chance to have lunch with the star of HBO’s True Detective, Carmen Ejogo, in NYC! The extraordinary film and television career of t...

Bid on the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the set of HBO’s popular sports news magazines “Real Sports with Bry...
04/13/2019
Charitybuzz: Meet Bryant Gumbel with a Studio Tour of Real Sports with... - Lot 1768802

Bid on the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the set of HBO’s popular sports news magazines “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for up to 4 guests. Meet Bryant Gumbel on a studio tour with other correspondents. Be a #changemaker and support our young filmmakers:

Bid to win the chance to spend an afternoon on the set of HBO’s popular sports news magazines “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”! You and up to 3 gue...

Our Charitybuzz Auction is live! Support Reel Works and bid on celebrity experiences like having coffee with The Residen...
04/12/2019
Charitybuzz: Coffee with “The Resident” Manish Dayal in LA - Lot 1768800

Our Charitybuzz Auction is live! Support Reel Works and bid on celebrity experiences like having coffee with The Resident’s Manish Dayal in LA. More packages will be uploaded throughout the week, so check back with us!

Bid to win the chance to have coffee with the star of Viceroy's House and Fox’s The Resident, Manish Dayal, in LA! As his character, Hassan Kadam ...

Join us for an unforgettable night on Tuesday, April 16th for Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrating ChangeMakers: Ruth E. Car...
04/12/2019
Annual Benefit

Join us for an unforgettable night on Tuesday, April 16th for Reel Works 2019 Gala celebrating ChangeMakers: Ruth E. Carter, James F. Lopez, Michael Houston, and Hasan Minhaj. #ChangeMakers #Gala Buy your ticket today:

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04/11/2019
Outside the Storm by Wei Ye Ng

Outside the Storm by Wei Ye Ng tells the story about a teenager who is awakened to the possibility of loss when he loses contact with his parents in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. Chosen by his peers at Reel Works, Wei is one of five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.
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Brooklyn Film Festival Made in NY Media Center by IFP The Paley Center for Media NYS Film #ChangeMakers

Join us for our 2019 Gala celebrating ChangeMakers on 4/16 and check out our feature on New York Amsterdam News today:
04/08/2019
REEL WORKS BENEFIT GALA 2019, APRIL 16

Join us for our 2019 Gala celebrating ChangeMakers on 4/16 and check out our feature on New York Amsterdam News today:

Ruth E. Carter (Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer of “Black Panther”) Reel Works, the organization providing free filmmaking programs to inner-city youth in NYC will honor Ruth E. Carter (Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer of “Black Panther”), Hasan Minhaj (Netflix’s “Patriot Ac...

04/04/2019
Midnight Espresso by Osa Adu

Midnight Espresso by Osa Adu is a narrative film about a young barista who is determined to quit her miserable job when her boss offers a promotion she can’t refuse. Chosen by her peers at Reel Works, Osa is one of five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. @BrooklynFilmFestival @NYMediaCenter @PaleyCenter @NYSFILM

Take a look behind the scenes of our Youth Producers interviewing the nominees of the 2019 F. John Outcalt Award for Out...
04/03/2019

Take a look behind the scenes of our Youth Producers interviewing the nominees of the 2019 F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. The winner will be announced at our gala: http://bit.ly/2UtQLsN #ChangeMakers

2 weeks until Reel Works 8th annual gala! Enjoy a night of celebration as we honor #ChangeMakers this year at Capitale N...
04/02/2019
Annual Benefit

2 weeks until Reel Works 8th annual gala! Enjoy a night of celebration as we honor #ChangeMakers this year at Capitale NYC on 4/16!

Help Reel Works spread the word about Annual Benefit - Powered by GiveSmart

Join us on April 16th as we honor Michael Houston, CEO of Grey Group and a #ChangeMaker during our 8th annual gala. You ...
04/01/2019

Join us on April 16th as we honor Michael Houston, CEO of Grey Group and a #ChangeMaker during our 8th annual gala. You can purchase tickets, sponsorships, or journal ads at www.reelworks.givesmart.com

03/30/2019
MIS DOLORES by Gabriela Carrera

"Mis Dolores" by Gabriela Carerra won the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking last year. Her narrative film tells the story of teenage girl faced with a simple class assignment that later reveals a painful memory that she struggles to conceal from her mother. #outcaltfilm Find out the winner of this year’s outcalt nomination at our gala on 4/16!

"MIS DOLORES" by Gabriela Carrera Mentor: Ani Simon-K A simple assignment in class hurls a teenage girl into a whirlwind of pain as she struggles to hide sca...

03/28/2019
Meet Faith Mora, Nominee for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking

My Coming Out Story by Faith Mora tells the story of a closeted teen who fears telling her family she's gay. Faith finds the courage to tell her twin sister. Chosen by her peers at Reel Works, Faith is one of five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.

Brooklyn Film Festival Made in NY The Paley Center for Media NYS Film

Reel Works 2019 Spring Documentary Lab practiced pitching their documentary ideas to EPIX executives. Our young filmmake...
03/27/2019

Reel Works 2019 Spring Documentary Lab practiced pitching their documentary ideas to EPIX executives. Our young filmmakers received helpful feedback that will help them move their ideas along as they're going into the production phase! #thankyou #EPIX

Buy your ticket to Reel Works' 8th Annual Benefit Gala on April 16th today! This year, we will be honoring ChangeMakers ...
03/26/2019
Annual Benefit

Buy your ticket to Reel Works' 8th Annual Benefit Gala on April 16th today! This year, we will be honoring ChangeMakers in the industry. #ChangeMakers

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Reel Works 8th annual gala celebrates #ChangeMakers who are making a difference in the world. We’re thrilled to honor ...
03/25/2019

Reel Works 8th annual gala celebrates #ChangeMakers who are making a difference in the world. We’re thrilled to honor Ruth E. Carter, Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for Black Panther. Ruth is the first African American woman to receive the best costume design award. #Oscars #RuthCarter #BlackPanther Buy tickets at www.reelworks.givesmart.com

03/23/2019
Colossus by Gabriel Fanelli, Nominee for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking

Colossus by Gabriel Fanelli is a documentary film about how immigrants have always been important to the United States, but even in our modern age, conflict still arises against them. Chosen by his peers at Reel Works, Gabriel is one of five nominated filmmakers for the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking. #ChangeMakers #OutcaltFilm #Immigrants Brooklyn Film Festival Made in NY The Paley Center for Media NYS Film

We’re ecstatic to announce that Nore Davis will be returning as our Host for Reel Works’ 8th annual gala! Buy your t...
03/22/2019
Annual Benefit

We’re ecstatic to announce that Nore Davis will be returning as our Host for Reel Works’ 8th annual gala! Buy your tickets today: #ChangeMakers

Help Reel Works spread the word about Annual Benefit - Powered by GiveSmart

Buy your ticket to Reel Works' 8th Annual Benefit Gala on April 16th today! This year, we will be honoring ChangeMakers ...
03/21/2019
Annual Benefit

Buy your ticket to Reel Works' 8th Annual Benefit Gala on April 16th today! This year, we will be honoring ChangeMakers in the industry. #ChangeMakers

Help Reel Works spread the word about Annual Benefit - Powered by GiveSmart

We are thrilled to announce our honorees for Reel Works 8th Annual Gala: Ruth E. Carter, Academy Award-winning Costume D...
03/20/2019

We are thrilled to announce our honorees for Reel Works 8th Annual Gala: Ruth E. Carter, Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for Black Panther; James F. Lopez, President of Will Packer Productions; Hasan Minhaj, Comedian, Actor, and Television Host; and Michael Houston, Worldwide CEO of Grey Group. Join us as we celebrate these #ChangeMakers and purchase your ticket today: www.reelworks.givesmart.com

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540 President St, Ste 2F
Brooklyn, NY
11215

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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