Tagged: reel film experience

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!

BPA Media Instructor “Matters”

25 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Cabral working with a student in BPA's REEL Film Experience 2011

BPA Media Instructor Nuala Cabral is a jack of all trades. In addition to her teaching, she is also a filmmaker who actively supports the anti-street harassment movement and is the co-founder of a Philadelphia-based media literacy project, FAAN Mail.

Walking  Home, one of Cabrals’ more recent films, won the “Speaking Out Award” at the Media That Matters festival in New York City .  This festival is a premiere showcase for short films that inspire action on the most important topics relating to both local and global communities.  It’s only natural that Cabral’s poetic film about street harassment (from the unique perspective of women who are harassed) was selected for this honorable project.

“Walking Home” will be screened in NYC on Thursday, October 27 at the SVA Theatre.

Sending her a big congratulations for this honor!

BPA Offers Philly Teens GATEWAY Opportunity For On-The-Set Learning

16 August 2011 ~ 1 Comment

On Sunday, August 14 Big Picture Alliance REEL Film students from the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology got a REAL opportunity to learn.

Student Working With Camera Dolly

In their six-week, summer media program REEL Film Experience students learned about film and media while developing introductory skills in documentary filmmaking.  On Sunday, three of those students traveled to the Gallery at Market East to continue their learning by being on-set for the filming of a scene from Big Picture Alliance’s upcoming documentary, GATEWAY.

“This is exactly why this project is so exciting to us,” says BPA Executive Director Teri Yago-Ryan, “our students are able to be a part of one of the largest public art projects the world has ever seen.”

The students in attendance were Abdul Wali Shoatz (Murrell Dobbins CTE HS), Raquel Johnson (Philadelphia HS for The Creative & Performing Arts) and Jasmine Gorham (Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Center).

Wali Shoatz, Johnson and Gorham dove head first into working side-by-side with Big Picture Alliance’s GATEWAY director Christopher Ambolino to set up film equipment, man the camera, and collaborate with the actors (HPM-featured dancer Nyla Shorustamova as well as six of the HPM muralists).

To document the day and their on-set involvement, students used classroom flip-cameras to record their unique perspectives.  Click here to view photos  from the day.  Click here to view the student’s video footage.

GATEWAY chronicles the making of The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s How Philly Moves (HPM), the 50,000 square foot mural spans the parking decks facing Interstate 95 (that’s the size of four football fields combined!).  HPM was inspired by J. J. Tiziou’s dance-photography and led by MAP’s lead muralist, Jon Laidacker.

GATEWAY is made possible through the generous support of Saul Ewing LLC, Pennsylvania State Film Commission, Big Picture Board of Directors, and additional in-kind support from the City of Philadelphia, Hertz, Avis, and The Greater Philadelphia Film Office.