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.
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.
232 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
We hope to see you there!
Tonight! Friday, September 24 at 7:00 PM
The Jungle (1967, 22 min.)
Production Guided by Harold Haskins, Directed by Charlie “Brown” Davis, David “Bat” Williams, Jimmy “Country” Robinson.
A documentary about a group of African-American teens in 1967 Philadelphia. The teenagers filmed the documentary on their life in the 12th and Oxford Street gang.
Join Scribe, tonight, to see the screening of The Jungle, which is called an American “Treasure” by the Library of Congress selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry and a celebration of production facilitator Harold Haskins, filmmaker and long time member of the Dean’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following The Jungle, enjoy youth-produced works by the Big Picture Alliance, the Village of Arts & Humanities, YES Philly and Scribe.
For more information go to http://www.scribe.org/events/jungle
We hope you can make it!
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.
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
Group Films:Friend of a Friend Jerk This Is What War Does
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
“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”,
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.
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.
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!
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.