Engage, Educate & Empower

Big Picture Alliance uses digital filmmaking to engage, educate and empower over 200 youth every year through our after school, workforce, and summer programs across Philadelphia.

We partner with schools, cultural institutions and social service agencies to bring filmmakers into the classroom to teach collaborative filmmaking through a hands-on project-based curriculum. Youth learn script writing, video production, and editing through creating original films from script-to-screen.

Our teaching artists work with students to help them find their creative voice, while developing their communication, collaboration, and technical skills. Youth share their work with industry professionals through field trips to TV & film studios and then present their films at community screenings and festivals.

We provide portfolio, scholarship, and professional development support to our high school juniors, seniors, and alumni.

ENGAGE

EDUCATE

EMPOWER

Learning Skills

Literacy Skills

Life & Career Skills

  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Research
  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Social Emotional Empowerment
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Civic Engagement

OUR PROGRAMS

Learning The Basics

After School Programs

Students learn the basics of scriptwriting, video/audio production, and editing through creating personal video poems and a collaborative group film around a common theme. The program uses digital media arts to engage students with their Social Studies & English Language Arts curriculum and allows them to earn class credit for their screenplays and final films. Students emerge with digital media portfolios of their work which they can use towards high school and college applications.

Harambee Institute

Sept-May

16 Youth

Ages 11-13

Professional experience

Workforce Programs

Students learn the technical, creative, and professional skills needed to execute full service video productions from script to screen – how to operate professional media equipment, collaboratively plan & execute projects, and present their work to their industry professionals at local TV/media studios. They emerge from the program with a Big Picture Alliance Filmmaking Certificate, resume and digital media portfolio website which they use to apply for scholarships, internships, and work opportunities.

OIC Workforce Academy

Sept-March

20 Youth

Ages 17-21

YouthBuild Charter

Sept-May

20 Youth

Ages 17-21

Summer Camps for advanced learning

Summer
Programs

Students learn scriptwriting, video/audio production, and editing through creating collaborative group films from script to screen. Youth use their films to explore themes of importance to themselves and their communities. The programs expose students to culturally enriching fields trips, workshops and screenings at museums, TV & Film studios, and more.

Delphi Summer Teen Media Program

(Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueno, & Esperanza Academy)

June-August

20 Youth

Ages 14-19

Salvation Army Summer Film Camp

(West, Citadel & Temple Corps)

June-August

60 Youth

Ages 10-17

mENTORSHIP fOR tEENS

Teen Media Collective

Via Lux Teen Media is a youth-led film collective that provides the resources, community and mentorship for teens to collaborate on original films and develop as media professionals. It allows alumni of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program to continue creating original films, promoting their work to a broader audience, and connecting with media industry professionals under the mentorship of Big Picture Alliance (BPA). Members write original screenplays and then take on cast & crew roles to collaboratively produce the films under the guidance of BPA mentors. The collective organizes the annual fall BPA Showcase Screening and spring BPA TV broadcast where they debut their films along with other BPA youth films from across Philadelphia.

443-414-9919

924 Cherry St. 5th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19107

aleks@bigpicturealliance.org