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REEL Film Student Awarded Prestigious WHYY Youth Media Award

14 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Congratulations to BPA student Jessica Lynn Grose for being one of 17 finalists in the WHYY Youth Media Awards, honoring the best works by young filmmakers in WHYY’s broadcast area.  Jessica’s exceptional piece entitled Reflections, which was produced this summer during BPA’s REEL Film Experience at the Philadelphia Center for Arts & Technology, took 3rd place in the Open Category and 1st Place in the Judges Award Category!

Reflections, along with the 16 other student works, were screened at the awards presentation on Thursday, October 13 in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Commons at WHYY.

Here is Jessica’s “reflection” on her experiences with BPA this summer:

“Coming to this program [REEL Film Experience] has completely expanded my repertoire,” says Grose, “and being able to learn more about what I love [filmmaking] is such an opportunity for me, it has been such fun.”

Jessica Lynn Grose is 15-years-old and attends Norristown Area High School.  She is involved in marching band, concert band, drama, and field hockey.  She is a singer and songwriter who also plays several instruments including saxophone and piano. In fact, the song featured in Reflections was both written and performed by Grose.


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.

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.