BPA Welcomes Fall Intern

26 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

BPA Welcomes Fall/Winter 2011-12 intern Scott “Chicharito” Hyde….

Scott Hyde is 21-years-old and currently a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, studying Film & Video.  Born in Honduras (Central America) and raised in Lewisburg, PA, Scott has been interested in filmmaking since an early age.  He is especially interested in the editing process and hopes to become a full-time film editor after he graduates college.  His other interests include playing and watching soccer, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and listening to music.  He is very excited to be an intern at Big Picture Alliance.  Click here to learn more about what Scott hopes to achieve through his co-op… and some other fun facts!


P.S. Don’t get the “Chicharito” reference?  Now you will.

Save The Date: Sunday, October 9

26 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Join us on Sunday, October 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a small reception and film screening to, again, celebrate the 2011 Delphi Summer Teen Media Program!  This informal reception is FREE to attend and all BPA students, families and community friends are welcome.

Brown Bag It for BPA

01 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

As BPA students head back to school this Fall, your contributions will help us continue to bring our engaging, educational and inspiring media programs to them, free of charge.

YOU can make a difference!

By packing your lunch for just one day per week and contributing those savings to BPA, your “lunch money” will help:

  • 60 students build 21st century learning skills, self-confidence and a path toward their future
  • 20 daily stipends for student-interns on production projects
  • 12 student film submissions to internationally recognized festivals
  • 2 new cameras to a program
  • 2 visiting directors to meet with BPA students

Click here to donate!

Help us to continue our mission to be the place

where Youth/FILM/Learning meet for positive change.

BPA Staff Begin Work on Independent Film

30 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

“An Irish-American Thug. A beautiful Italian-American young woman engaged to be married. When they meet, sparks fly. Will their new found love lead to heart break and pain? Or, will love conquer all?”

Today Big Picture Alliance staff Dwight Wilkins, Steven Smith and Dan McGlaughlin begin shooting for an indie feature, A Rose on 9th Street. Originally a novel by Joseph Ruggiero, A Rose On Ninth Street is a romantic tale intertwined with crime, corruption, and familial turmoil set in South Philadelphia.  The film is produced by A Rose on Ninth Street Productions with BPA Director of Programs and Education Dwight Wilkins serving as the Director.  Media-Instructors Steven Smith and Dan McGlaughlin are serving as Director of Photography and Actor (respectively).

Big Picture Alliance wishes them all good luck and we are looking forward to hearing about the premiere!

Here’s a sneak-peek of their first round of footage:

On-The-Set of GATEWAY: Student Footage

30 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

On Sunday, August 14 Big Picture Alliance REELFilm students Abdul Wali-Shoatz (and father Hassan Oji), Raquel Johnson and Jasmine Gorham spent the day on-set for GATEWAY. They used flip-cameras to document their experiences.  The following is their footage and their vision:


BPA Offers Philly Teens GATEWAY Opportunity For On-The-Set Learning

16 August 2011 ~ 1 Comment

On Sunday, August 14 Big Picture Alliance REEL Film students from the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology got a REAL opportunity to learn.

Student Working With Camera Dolly

In their six-week, summer media program REEL Film Experience students learned about film and media while developing introductory skills in documentary filmmaking.  On Sunday, three of those students traveled to the Gallery at Market East to continue their learning by being on-set for the filming of a scene from Big Picture Alliance’s upcoming documentary, GATEWAY.

“This is exactly why this project is so exciting to us,” says BPA Executive Director Teri Yago-Ryan, “our students are able to be a part of one of the largest public art projects the world has ever seen.”

The students in attendance were Abdul Wali Shoatz (Murrell Dobbins CTE HS), Raquel Johnson (Philadelphia HS for The Creative & Performing Arts) and Jasmine Gorham (Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Center).

Wali Shoatz, Johnson and Gorham dove head first into working side-by-side with Big Picture Alliance’s GATEWAY director Christopher Ambolino to set up film equipment, man the camera, and collaborate with the actors (HPM-featured dancer Nyla Shorustamova as well as six of the HPM muralists).

To document the day and their on-set involvement, students used classroom flip-cameras to record their unique perspectives.  Click here to view photos  from the day.  Click here to view the student’s video footage.

GATEWAY chronicles the making of The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s How Philly Moves (HPM), the 50,000 square foot mural spans the parking decks facing Interstate 95 (that’s the size of four football fields combined!).  HPM was inspired by J. J. Tiziou’s dance-photography and led by MAP’s lead muralist, Jon Laidacker.

GATEWAY is made possible through the generous support of Saul Ewing LLC, Pennsylvania State Film Commission, Big Picture Board of Directors, and additional in-kind support from the City of Philadelphia, Hertz, Avis, and The Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

Save the Date(s): Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12

04 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Join us as we celebrate student-produced work from the “REEL Film Experience”, Big Picture Alliance’s six-week  summer media arts programs at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology (PCAT) and Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) plus student-work from the Delphi Teen Media Summer Program, a cooperative program between Big Picture Alliance, Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy, Taller Puertorriqueño and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We hope you can join us for one, two or all three of the screenings!

Click on the screening titles below to visit each event homepage.  All events are FREE and open to the public.


REEL Film Experience @ PCAT Screening
Thursday, August 11
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2111-31 Eastburn Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19138
REEL Film Experience @ AAI Screening
Friday, August 12
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Delphi Teen Media Summer Program Screening
Friday, August 12
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
26th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130



“El Sol Sale Para Todos” Screening A Success

08 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

BPA Media Instructor Laura Deutch co-produced the documentary “El Sol Sale Para Todos” which chronicles the growth of the Mexican community in South Philly.  Deutch’s film premiered in May on MiND TV as a Philadelphia Stories 8 Winner and on Tuesday, July 5 screened at L’Etage as part of the PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy series.  Following the film was a brief Q&A with the filmmakers as well as a dialogue period for the audience to discuss their own experiences in relation to the film’s topic.

Congratulations Spring 2011 Graduates

28 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

We congratulate the following Spring 2011 graduates who participated in a full length BPA program.  Best of luck!!

Camden Academy Charter High School
Gabrielle Lee

Central High School
Tucker Finney-Burton
Chantelle O’Kelly

Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
Christlynn Dornevil
Joia Hight
Falisa Hill
Daniel Jackson
Nevada Johnson
Luis Santana
Crystina White

Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School
Marcus Aiken
Jose Aponte
Will Espinosa
Oscar Hernandez
Daron Hunter
Joan Lopez

Salvation Army West Philadelphia
Algelique Mobley (Hamilton Middle School)
Summer Adkins (Beulah Baptist Christian Day School)

Save The Date: Thursday, June 23

09 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Join Big Picture Alliance for a Summer Film Jam you won’t forget!

Summer Film Jam 2011
Thursday, June 23
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative (Gallery and Theater)
1219 Vine Street
Philadelpha, PA
Minimum $20 donation at door.  Donations can also be made online.
Refreshments will be served.
Student admission FREE upon valid student ID.
Seating is limited, please  RSVP to