Save The Date: Tuesday, June 14

09 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Student Holds Boom During Filming

Join Big Picture Alliance and Wyncote Elementary School as we screen student-produced anti-bullying videos as part of the Kidz Speak 2011 “No Place For Hate” initiative.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hiway Theatre
212 York Road
Jenkintown, PA
Open and Free to public.

Media-Instructors In The News

31 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Nsenga Knight

Media-Instructor Nsenga Knight

Laura Deutch

Media-Instructor Laura Deutch

Congratulations to BPA Media-Instructors Laura Deutch and Nsenga Knight who were both featured in the latest Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Assocation’s e-Bulletin.

Knight was one out of elven recipients for the Spring 2011 PIFVA Finishing Fund while Deutch co-produced “El Sol Sale Para Todos”, a documentary chronicaling the growth of the Mexican community in South Philly.  Deutch’s film also premiered in May on MiND TV as one of the Philadelphia Stories 8 selections.

New! Alcorn James MS After-School Program

27 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Big Picture Alliance introduces a new after-school program at the Alcorn James School.  BPA media-instructor Laura Deutch will run the program in collaboration with Alcorn music teacher Morgan Stewart. The program will host 10 students who will make short video pieces accompanied by their own musical performances. Some of the final films will be highlighted at the Prince Music Theatre on Wednesday, June 8 (details to follow).

GATEWAY Sneak Peek

25 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

A sneak peek at our latest footage for GATEWAY, our documentary on the HowPhillyMoves project.

Save The Date – May 24 Student-Film Screening

17 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of the 2010/2011 Big Picture Alliance After-School program at Murrell Dobbins CTE High School!

On May 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. watch the premiere of student-films “Up She Comes” and “Teacher Torture”.  In addition, enjoy a Q&A session with the filmmakers as well as the announcement of the annual Pharoah-Harris Award recipient for excellence in creativity, knowledge and leadership.

Murrell Dobbins Students Observe Teaching-Artist Steve Smith

Check out the event on Facebook!

“Philadelphia Stories 8” Winners Announced!

12 May 2011 ~ 1 Comment

The Big Picture Alliance student-produced film “The Jerk” was selected as a winner in the 15-minute category of Philadelphia Stories 8!  It premieres at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 on MiND TV.  Click here for a full broadcast schedule.

A big congratulations to the students involved in the making:

Jose Aponte
Darian Bagley
Tucker Finney-Burton
Christlynn Dornevil
Giovany Gonzalez
DaRon Hunter
Yine Jaquez
Jose Morales
Natasha Reyes
Karen Romero

Philadelphia Stories feature films created by local filmmakers who have utilized the Philadelphia region and community as inspiration and location for their work.  Genres selected are typically documentaries, short narratives, creative animation or experimental programs.

“The Jerk” is a fictional-short about four friends facing the trials and tribulations of high school, both together and apart.

BPA Captures HowPhillyMoves Press Conference

10 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Big Picture Alliance Captures HowPhillyMoves Press Conference

April 26, 2011 –

The outdoor installation of HowPhillyMoves is now underway with seven of the 26 dancing-models already displayed along the parking garage of the Philadelphia International Airport.  The city took a moment to celebrate this initial phase with a press conference involving the Mural Arts staff, Mayor Nutter, and three of the dancers whose gorgeous images are already displayed along the garage.

Big Picture Alliance continues to capture the incredible excitement that is bubbling around HowPhillyMoves by documenting each integral piece of the project to contribute to our documentary, GATEWAY: The HowPhillyMoves Story.  Today GATEWAY Director Chris Ambolino, GATEWAY Camera Operator Jeremy Ginsberg and our very own Teaching-Artists Laura Deutch and Steve Smith were on location to capture footage of the conference.   Check out our Facebook page for more images from this fun day!

Big Picture Alliance Nominated for The Councilman David Cohen Award

25 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Big Picture Alliance is pleased to announce that out of 232 applicants we are one of nine organizations that have been nominated for the David Cohen Award given by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. This is a first for Big Picture Alliance and so wonderful to be recognized for 17 years of commitment to our mission and work! It is an honor to be in such good company with these former recipients and again, such a nomination is a much-appreciated validation of the good work that all of us here at BPA continue to do each and every day. We have worked with so many amazing youth that give us the ability to reach our goals and be a service to the community. BPA is extremely excited about this nomination.

Here is a Description of the award:

The Councilman David Cohen Award

The Councilman David Cohen Award is given annually by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund to an arts and culture organization in the City of Philadelphia which has demonstrated by its programming, art related work product, or services offered, an outstanding commitment to social and economic justice. This may be demonstrated by the mission as defined and implemented by the organization; the subject matter and quality of the organization’s art and culture work product; and the support given to or engagement by the organization in justice issues that other organizations in the City are pursuing. The Award was established in 2006 to honor Philadelphia City Councilman David Cohen (1914-2005), who served in local government for three decades. Councilman Cohen, a vigilant defender of the underdog, supported civil rights, workers rights, and good government. He was an advocate of the arts who believed in the power of community-based organizations to transform lives and neighborhoods.

Big Picture Alliance’s mission is to engage and educate underserved youth by developing self-expression, academic, life and job skills through the inspiring and collaborative process of creating digital communication and media arts. Through these experiences, youth have opportunities to have their voices heard, while building literacy, critical thinking and vocational skills. Youth work in teams, gaining understanding and appreciation of their peers.

We are a film and digital media arts organization committed to serving as the intersection where youth/FILM/learning meet for positive change. We provide transformative learning experiences through the medium of film and video, offering underserved youth a forum for self-expression, creativity and accomplishment.

BPA to document How Philly Moves Paint Day on 3/12!

10 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments


You’re Invited!

How Philly Moves Paint Day!

Being Documented by Big Picture Alliance!


Come out and participate in this extraordinary experience of being involved with BPA’s documentary, GATEWAY: The How Philly Moves Story, by painting a panel of the How Philly Moves 50,000 square foot mural that will be on the parking garages at the Philadelphia International Airport. BPA filmmakers and interns will be filming this exciting How Philly Moves mural project by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Be a part of art and media history by coming down to the How Philly Moves paint studio at the Gallery at Market East. We hope to see you there!





For more information contact:

Teri Yago-Ryan


BPA will be documenting How Philly Moves Paint Day, Sunday 12/12!

08 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments


Paint Day this Sunday, 12/12


Being Documented By Big Picture Alliance!

Come out and be a part of BPA’s exciting documentary production, GATEWAY – The HowPhillyMoves Story! BPA filmmakers and interns will be on hand filming Mural Arts Program’s 2nd big Community Paint Day for their How Philly Moves mural project. Come down to the Gallery Market East (aka the How Philly Moves paint studio!) and be a part of history! Come celebrate arts, culture, diversity, dance and motion! You will paint a part of this mural that will span the six parking garages down at the Philadelphia International Airport! Who knows we may end up using your painting scene in our documentary!

It’s documentary, media, and mural making all wrapped in a great Sunday afternoon! Bring your friends! Bring the kids! See you there!

When: Sunday, December 12, 2010
Where: Gallery at Market East – Top Floor How Philly Moves Paint Studio
Why: Engage with arts & culture! Be a part of Philly public art and media history!

For more information contact:
Teri Yago-Ryan