“We Are Sankofa” wins Best Youth Film at 2017 BlackStar Film Festival!

02 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

We Are Sankofa – Trailer (6min)

The Phildadelphia Youth Media Collaborative and You

08 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A promotional video for PYMC – The Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative – Co-Directed by Big Picture Alliance alum Gabby Loredo and YESPhilly alum Mary Simmons has hit the airwaves of Youtube! It’s a video that highlights some of the positive impacts of the many organizations involved in PYMC and the good work all of us do all over the Philadelphia area. It takes a deep look into the minds of the students enrolled in programs like BPA, YESPhilly, WHYY, Art Factory, and Lil’ Filmmakers. Special thanks to PYMC founding org PhillyCAM for lending your space and facilities during much of production. This video promotes, most importantly, how youth media programs have affected these students for the better.  There are many other great organizations involved in this project so remember to watch the end credits!

Check it out here!

BPA is one of a number of founding member organizations of PYMC. PYMC is busy building a consortium of organizations around Philadelphia committed to strengthening, connecting, and promoting organizations that engage youth in the creation, analysis, and distribution of media. PYMC’s network of youth media educators and producers supports youth in becoming creative media makers, critical thinkers, and engaged global citizens. Together, we work to advance a healthy democracy that values youth perspectives and contributions. — our hope is that by promoting our good work, foundations, key constituent groups in the city and most of all youth will gain a better understanding of the positive outcomes and impact our programs have for youth across Philadelphia.

Come See ‘The Stream’ From Oct. 25 – 31st and Support BPA!

28 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Two summers ago, Big Picture Alliance Executive Director Teri Yago Ryan with some help from our friends at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office arranged for a dedicated group of BPA students to help work on a new family-feature film production shot here in Philadelphia. Chicago-based FreshFilms Producer/Director team Kelli and Estlin Fiegley and Production supervisor Devon Saber were blown away by the expertise of BPA students and even asked them to return to the set for a second week!  In Devon’s words “they made our lives easier – what are you teaching them?”  Our answer?  Everything script-to-screen!  BPA students are a select few in the U.S.  to have their own names on the end credits of a feature film AND their own credit on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).  That film, entitled The Stream, is now out in select cities; one of them being Philadelphia! Proceeds from this film also support Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

We here at BPA invite you to go see The Stream at the United Artists Riverview Plaza Stadium theatre from 10/25 to 10/31 where every ticket purchased has the possibility to benefit Big Picture Alliance!  How, you may ask? Well if you take a picture of your ticket stub and send it to the BPA facebook, the BPA twitter, or then BPA receives 20% of the price of your ticket (as long as BPA sells more tickets than competing organizations for a particular day/showing).

And just so you know we’re not leaving you out in the cold: if you take a picture of your ticket stub and send it in you’re automatically entered into the running for a FREE poster of The Stream! (pictured below)


Go see The Stream (or buy a block of tickets to support our youth student filmmakers to go for free!) and BPA will get 20% of the ticket sales provided we sell THE MOST tickets for that day or showtime!

This is for paid ticket sales from 10/25 through 10/31 ONLY.
And ONLY for ticket sold for UA Riverview Plaza Stadium theatre!

Click the URL below to purchase your ticket
And remember, sending in a picture of your ticket stub will put your name in a raffle for a FREE poster for The Stream

Total ticket sales to be verified by Regal Cinemas.

BPA Must receive a picture of your ORIGINAL ticket stub by 11/5 to qualify!
Organization must have a minimum 25 ticket stubs sold.

Thanks for supporting BPA young filmmakers as they hit a landmark FIRST in BPA history! Feature film credits while still in high school!!

BPA’s Digital Filmmaking Badge Program Covered in Montgomery News

18 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

We’ve been covered in the Glenside News Globe Times Chronicle!

Click the link below to see what we’ve been up to and what our students have accomplished!

“Arcadia University, Big Picture Alliance host summer camp for aspiring filmmakers”





18 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Please see important information below about our Summer Film Camps at Arcadia. Space is limited!  Register NOW!

Digital Filmmaking Badge Program

June 24 – July 19, 2013.  

10am – 3pm Monday – Friday.  

Learn the art, science and craft of filmmaking,  “script-to-screen” in just four weeks!   Create your own 1-3 minute personal film plus produce a group longform short narrative film project (drama, comedy, action, thriller – your choice),   

Exclusive program offered to rising 10th graders in Project Mastery Schools within the School District of Philadelphia ONLY.  

Earn on-line badges recognizing mastery in Filmmaking, Editing, Teamwork/Collaboration and Story Development and possibly the super-badge, Digital Storyteller.  Take the challenge, earn an incentive while you learn!  Only spots left – hurry and register NOW.  

Registration Deadline – June 21, 2013.  

Contact the BPA office 215-381-2588 or email to get a Registration Form TODAY.

AnimationNation – 9am– 3pm Monday – Friday. July 8 – 19, 2013. 

 — For Rising 6th – 8th graders.  Learn the ins and outs of animation in a two-week session that blends art, graphics and technology. You’ll make your own short animated film, and work in a production team to create a longform animated movie. Space limited to 10 per session.  Only 4 Spots left! Hurry and Register NOW!  Cost is $340 per week, or $680 per session.
Discounts still available to Cheltenham residents and Arcadia University Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni. ($300/wk)

BPA Summer Film Camp is at Arcadia University, Stiteler Hall (Film/Video Dept -1st Floor), Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (AnimationNation) and 10am-3pm (Digital Filmmaking Badge Program)

*Industry visitors, Field Trips and Fun Friday Film days at the HiWay Theatre too! (offered to both program tracks)

BPA student films have been broadcast on Comcast, MiND TV Philadelphia Stories series, featured at local screenings like the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Young Filmmaker Series and local/nationally recognized film festivals.

Email info@bigpicturealliance for a registration form or call (215.381.2588


REELFilm Summer 2013 at Arcadia – Discounts still available!

13 May 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Calling all aspiring young filmmakers!

Looking for something FUN to do this summer that also builds your skills?  Here’s your chance to create your own short films or animations while working with established filmmakers from the Big Picture Alliance at the BPA REELFILM Summer at Arcadia camp!

Session 1 runs from June 24 to July 5, 2013 9a-3p
Session 2 runs from July 8 – 19, 2013  9a-3p

Each session offers two options:

·     Live-Action — Create your own 1-3 minute film, then work on a production team for their second film (drama, comedy, action thriller – their choice), going “script-to-screen” in just two weeks. Space limited to 20 campers per session.

·     AnimationNation — Learn the ins and outs of animation in a two-week session that blends art, graphics and technology. You’ll make your own short animated film, and work in a production team to create a longform animated movie. Space limited to 10 per session.

BPA REELFilm summer film camp is at Arcadia University, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open to rising 6th through 8th graders, AND rising 9th- 12th graders (2 groups).

Cost is $340 per week, or $680 per session.
Register before May 31 (extended) receive a $40 a week discount.

BPA student films have been broadcast on Comcast, MiND TV Philadelphia Stories series and featured at local screenings like the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Young Filmmaker Series.

*We will also be taking 1-2 field trips to production companies or studios, plus FILM Fridays at the HiWay Theatre in Jenkintown!  Each Friday we’ll be at the HiWay Theatre watching films, and meeting industry guests!

For more information, or to REGISTER NOW before the Discount Deadline!

Email info@bigpicturealliance for a registration form or call (215.381.2588

BPA Welcomes Summer Interns Will Ford-Conway and Tony Pilusio

28 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

While our Drexel Spring intern Scott Hyde spends his summer in Los Angeles interning with Teri’s old Hemdale Film Corporation colleague Tom Ortenberg’s production company Open Road Films, BPA welcomes its summer interns Will Ford-Conway (USC Film School) and Tony Pilusio (Temple University) who will spend most of their time supporting our 6 week summer film program REELFilms at Arise Academy Charter High School plus helping on some in-house projects.  Arise Academy Charter High School is the only public high school in the U.S. serving foster youth exclusively.  Youth at Arise will learn about filmmaking script-to-screen with Big Picture Alliance’s media instructors and curriculum that will also provide them with 1 academic credit in Humanities.

Will’s films have already graced Sundance as well as many other film fests – see more about Will at  Tony is currently working on his own documentary plus has worked as a contracted videographer for such clients as Bucks County Federal Credit Union as well as other media companies.  He was also an extra in the Dark Knight Rises.  Welcome Will and Tony we are so fortunate to have you on our BPA-Arise REELFilms Team!

REELFilm & Delphi Teen Media Summer Filmcamps

21 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

REELFilm & Delphi Teen Media Summer Filmcamps

Roll camera!  We’re gearing up for a fun-filled summer of young filmmakers in action!  This summer marks our 13th year collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueno & Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School for the Delphi Summer Teen Media program!  18 high school students from around the City will engage in an exciting 6 week exploration of art, media,culture and community in the Delphi Summer Teen Media program.  This year’s theme is “Roots and Representations” and we are looking forward to the student-produced short films inspired by this theme.  Delphi Summer Teen Media is by application only and all spots are filled.  Our second camp site, the REELFilm Summer Experience at Arise Academy Charter High School takes place July 2-August 10 where 18-20 students will create their own personal films from 1-3 minutes in length as well as work ‘script to screen’ on group produced films.  This camp also filled.

NEW!  Minicamp!  We recently added a third mini-camp, REELFilm Summer at Arcadia which runs July 9 through 20th, MON-FRI 10am-3pm on the Arcadia University campus in Stiteler/Murphy Hall — spots still available if you’d like to participate in this exciting 2 weeks of filmmaking FUN!  

For a registration form and information flier for REELFilm at Arcadia, email  Register TODAY!

Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winner

02 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Big Picture Alliance congratulates Scholastic Young Artist Gold Key Award Winner Ricardo Lopez for the movie poster he designed for the narrative film Divided Loyalties during the 2011 Delphi Teen Media Summer Program. An Awards Ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at the University of the Arts.

Works earning Gold Keys are forwarded to the national judging of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York City. All Gold Key works from across the country will be reviewed by nationally and internationally renowned artists to select approximately 1,000 awards on the national level.

We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you, Ricardo!

BPA Welcomes Second Intern

24 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

BPA Welcomes Winter/Spring 2012 Intern Sam Wickes…

 Sam Wickes

Sam Wickes is 18-years-old and currently a senior at Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont, PA.  Sam’s interest in film and video began at a very young age where he recalls crawling to the VCR to watch “The Lion King” and “Titan A.E.” As he grew older, his visits to Blockbuster became more frequent and he realized he had a passion for storytelling and film. He also realized the value, and power, in media.

“With the help of technology, we have created movies that get the audience to think about the situation and to think about what will happen next,” says Sam, “it means that we think about stories and ideas that we wish to share.”

Sam is actively involved in his school’s performance group and basketball team, in addition to his new adventure with Big Picture Alliance. He hopes to learn more about himself while developing both his filmmaking and computer skills.

Check back soon for a video about what Sam hopes to achieve through his co-op… and some other fun facts!