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Thank You: Allen Hilles, Enon Baptist, Matthews Family Foundation

13 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

REELFilm Experience students work closely with a BPA Media Instructor to learn basic camera skills.

Heartfelt thanks to The Allen Hilles Fund, Enon Baptist Community Ministries & The Matthews Family Foundation for their support of Big Picture Alliance and our REELFilm Experience programs in the coming year!  It’s thanks to supporters like these that we can continue to engage, educate and expose youth to the world of media arts, literacy and filmmaking in 2012 and beyond!

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From all of us at Big Picture Alliance, Thank you!

Screening Tonight! 6 PM at Nueva Esperanza Academy

06 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

6-8 PM ~ Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School ~ 301 West Hunting Park Ave.

Tonight’s the night! Join us for the grand finale of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program. Come meet and mingle with the filmmakers, watch their creative productions and engage them in a Q&A session after the screening.

Students DaRon Hunter and Will Espinola during the BPA's Delphi Summer Teen Media Program

This year marks the tenth year that the Big Picture Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueño and Nueva Esperanza have collaborated in teaching young filmmakers from underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods. The following films will be shown at the screening tonight.

Personal Films by:

Lady Soto
Ricardo Lopez
Christlynn Dornevil
DaRon Hunter
Yine Jaquez
Joan Lopez
Tucker Finney
Reggie Coleman

Group Films:

Friend of a Friend
Jerk
This Is What War Does

Video: Summer Program Students in Love Park

04 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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Here’s a video featuring BPA students in Love Park last week,from Philadelphia’s Hispanic newspaper Al Día. A beautiful day and a beautiful setting for creative self-expression!

Under the creative direction of local artist Ben Volta, students of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program used water from the fountain to “paint” designs on the pavement. The students have been examining and creating art with a new perspective, inspired by Volta’s work with Michelangelo Pistoletto.

For our Spanish-speaking friends, Al Día also wrote an article in Spanish about the summer program: Verano, luces, cámara, acción.

UPDATE: Read a translation of the article below! (Thanks to Juan Felipe Cardona, an intern with the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Summer, Lights, Camera, and Action!

By Angelica Herrera-Al Dia
Translated By Juan Felipe Cardona

The story of “Patán” describes how a young honors student becomes involved with drugs after the recent death of his mother, and because of his father’s neglect.

This is one of the three different stories that were developed and realized this summer-with cables, microphones, lights, cameras and the ”action” of twenty young students between fourteen and eighteen years
of age.

“When you are behind the camera, you don’t see things the same way [as if you were in front of it]“, explains Francisco Sandoval-the director of cultural programs at Taller Puertorriqueño. “You find yourself in charge of scene takes, editing, casting, and everything else that the process involves.”

Sandoval, one of the collaborators for the “Delphi summer media program”, explains that the students work on their films through the course of six weeks. We teach them everything [involved in the process of making a film], from how to make a script out of a general idea, to the format in which they should write it-[ultimately leading to the application of cinematographic techniques.]

“I love to observe as they film or edit. [What is most interesting is to see their progress from the ground up”, proudly boasts Sandoval.

This program-the result of collaboration between Taller Puertorriqueño, the Big Picture Alliance, The Philadelphia Museum of
Art, and the Esperanza Academy Charter High School-is comprised of three stages. The first is [the creation of] a video limited to three minutes in length based on a monologue-where the students are allowed to explore the Museum and use it as the setting for their video. “It’s important to expose teenagers and children to beautiful art that is not normally part of their everyday life. It helps them develop emotionally and continue to progress in their lives with a more positive outlook”, remarks Sandoval.

The second stage is the making of a video of the same duration, which the students produce individually. As for their final task, the
students work in teams of five or six partners in the creation of a community group project. Tasks are democratically assigned to team
members, diving up the work evenly.

“It’s amazing… you become very proud of how easily they learn and grow, and through the anticipation of seeing their creations screened for the public (…) we get to see how the program stimulates their development in different ways”, replied Dwight Wilkins-a
representative of the Big Picture Alliance and editing teacher for the program.

The culmination of all their hard labor ends this August sixth with the exhibition of the students’ films at Nueva Esperanza Academy.

With movie titles such as “Mundo Mágico [magic world]” and ”Restaurando Justicia [restoring justice]“, the students convey their
concerns and feelings about the issues they feel are important.

The most important part of the program is that it teaches the students to work together, to interact with each other effectively, and about the importance of responsibility.

According to Sandoval, that the only thing that is asked of the students each day is their enthusiasm and commitment to work in the
program. “One of the most rewarding aspects of working with teenagers is how easily one is influenced by their energy, imagination, and optimism.”

“There are Argentineans, Colombians, Puerto Ricans, African-Americans, and they can all learn from each other. They interact and develop ideas that they find interesting while they learn about the different aspect of other cultures”, adds Sandoval.

“We could be here forever making movies…, but seeing the positive change in these teenagers is the “real” trophy of this program”,
concludes Sandoval.

Screening This Friday: Delphi Summer Teen Media Program

04 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Come join the BPA for the grand finale of our summer program for young filmmakers!

Featuring films produced by 19 North Philadelphia youth, the screening will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM on Friday, August 6th, at Nueva Esperanza High School (301 West Hunting Park Ave). The evening will showcase a selection of student films ranging from autobiography and comedy to historical fiction and documentary. After the screening, look forward to a Q&A panel with the directors and stars of the summer program.

The Delphi Summer Teen Media Program is a collaboration between the Big Picture Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueño and Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School.

Invitation for Summer Teen Media Program Screening

Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off the best summer program yet!

24 June 2010 ~ 1 Comment

In the studio at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Students from Taller Puertorriqueño, Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School, Dobbins High School and other local schools and organizations are diving into the 10th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art summer filmmaking workshop. This year promises to be the most intensive program run thus far with the most experienced pool of students. The young filmmakers will experience the ultimate in media authorship as they create a personal film, and also learn to work as a team on larger group narrative films. A free community screening at the end of the summer will celebrate their work.

First Camden Academy program finishes strong

24 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Students at Camden Academy Charter High School in Camden, NJ worked hard through the Winter and Spring to create the 25 minute drama “Azul”.  The film screened to overwhelming praise and support at the Camden Academy Talent Show and at the ribbon cutting of the new Camden Academy satellite science building acquisition. This year’s students are energized by their experience and are ready to start new daytime and after-school filmmaking programs in the Fall!

15th Anniversary Screening and Fundraiser

18 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

May 25 at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Come celebrate BPA’s 15th anniversary and enjoy films created by some of Philadelphia’s best student filmmakers from the Big Picture Alliance’s Film Program at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Suggested Minimum Donation: $25. Proceeds benefit the Big Picture Alliance – we thank you for your support!

Featuring the Philadelphia premiere of ”Class Clown,” a short film produced by the 2009 BPA/BMFI class; ”Ups and Downs,” a 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival selected short film directed byVann Parker and co-produced byBPA/BMFI Alum Isa Walker; recent work from BPA/BMFI alum and Frank Capra Award Winner Peter Binswanger; and a fun, film retrospective highlighting Big Picture Alliance’s 15 years of digital media arts, education and production!

The cast and crew of Class Clown, at their premiere

Reception | 6:00 PM

Meet  BPA’s new Executive Director, Teri Yago Ryan, and special industry guest hosts David Brind, co-producer and screenwriter of the Sundance Film Festival hit Dare, and Eric Weil, Emmy-winning writer and producer. (Minimum donation is your pass to attend this pre-screening reception!)

Screening and Q&A | 7:30 PM

Big Picture Alliance educates and engages Philadelphia’s youth in the art, science and craft of filmmaking. Enjoy student works from our Program Partnership at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute where we unite youth from Philadelphia School District schools with students from the Bryn Mawr area.

A special Q&A led by David Brind and Eric Weil and moderated by BPA Teacher Chris Fusco will follow the screening.

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