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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.

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!

PhillyCAM Screening on November 5th

25 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Friday November 5, 5:30PM-7:30PM

An Evening Showcasing Youth Media at PhillyCAM Studio

Showcasing various short videos, including the film “Jerk.”

Come support the Big Picture Alliance students who directed and produced the film “Jerk,” a film about a teenager, John, who is going through life changes that have hardened his personality. Three of his old friends are unhappy about John becoming a jerk until they realize the reason why. Can his friends help him before it’s too late?

In the summer of 2010, students from various high schools across the city worked with BPA teachers under the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program to create several films that display the students’ talents in film production. The film ” Jerk,” was done in collaboration with BPA, Esperanza Academy,Taller Puertorriqueño, and Philadelphia Museum of Arts within the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program. On November 5, 2010 the film will be shown at the PhillyCAM studio at their event: An Evening Showcasing Youth Media. Along with a screening of various videos from youth media programs, selections from PhillyCAM’s recurring series Straight Up Real Talk will be screened. The screenings will take place from 5:30PM-7:30PM.

Location:
PhillyCAM Studio
232 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

We hope to see you there!

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

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!