Accomplishments

Since 1996, the Big Picture Alliance has made a big difference for over 4,500 youth in Philadelphia. But don’t take our word for it:YouTube responded to TubePress with an HTTP 410 - No longer available

“Our personal films really defined who we are inside, what we are inside, who we want to be inside, and they really express how we want this world to define us.”

Joan Lopez, Student

“The program has had a big impact on my life. It helped me to be a better person, because of the discipline… It helped me to be a better writer, a more patient writer.”

– Ebony Johnson, Student

“I learned how to write a good script. I got better in school.”

– Dennis Nelson, Student

“BPA has kept me busy and helped me decide what I want to do in my future. It has kept me off the street.”

– Yalika Vaughn, Student

“The enthusiasm that the kids both bring to and get from the BPA program that is now a part of our curriculum is unparalleled. These experiences also translate into lifelong skills these kids will take with them into the job market.”

– Tom McLaughlin, English Teacher and Faculty Sponsor, Murrell Dobbins High School

“The Big Picture Alliance films are evolving into “Project Based Learning” which provides our students alternative means to achieving literacy skills… BPA is a valuable community resource. I commend them for their efforts to aid us in getting students interested in school and developing real world job skills. Their staff members are dedicated to providing a positive influence and vocational direction to our students. They do make a difference and we are grateful.”

– Charles M. Whiting, Principal, Murrell Dobbins High School

“We place high value on the partnership that exists with your organization and many of our middle and high schools… Through these hands-on experiences and training, our students have increased their interest in the ability to think critically and to increase their communication skills. Your programs enhance our academic curriculum by providing our students an exciting experiential learning environment that aligns with our normal curriculum.”

– Thomas M. Brady, Interim Chief Executive Officer, School District of Philadelphia

Achievements

2011 WHYY Youth Media Awards 1st Judges Choice, 3rd Open Category: “Reflections”

2010 Philadelphia Stories 2010 Selection: “The Jerk”

2009 Philadelphia Stories 2009 Selection: “Ups and Downs”
2009 Vancouver International Children’s Film Festival Official Selection: “Ups and Downs”
2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Official Selection: “Ups and Downs”
2008 NIFTY Honorable Mention: “Fatal Lovers”
2007 Listen Up! VIP Awards: Best Comedy Narrative: “Burger Thang”
2007 Listen Up! VIP Awards: Best Music Video: “Cross Over”
2007 Listen Up! VIP Awards: Honorable Mention “Sexual Abuse” (Part of PSA Collection “Hurt People, Hurt People”)
2007 Listen Up! Online screening: PSA Collection “Hurt People Hurt People” ( “Gun Violence”, “Gangs”, “Sexual Abuse”)
2006 Institute of Contemporary Art: Jury Selection “Better Days”
2006 Institute of Contemporary Art: Jury Selection “Six Below”
2006 Reel Teens Film Festival: Best Documentary, Audience Choice “Bria’s Story”
2005 Screening: National Multiple Sclerosis Society of “Bria’s Story”,

Honorarium for Special Achievement2005Annapolis Film Festival Screening: “A Day in The Life”2005Screening: Hayden Films OnLine Film Festival “Bria’s Story”2005Screening: Hayden Films OnLine Film Festival “A Day in The Life”2004Santa Cruz Film Festival Best Youth (18 years of age) Santiago Cortes “Untitled”20049th Annual 1 Reel Film Festival: Featured “Camike” “Untitled”2004Youth Media Jam: Best Animated Film Feature “A Dawg’s Life”2004Varsity TV: Golden V Award for short subject “Camike”2004Hip Hop Odyssey: Bronx Museum of Arts: Freshfest Awards: Best Narrative (long): “You Never Know”2004Hip Hop Odyssey: Bronx Museum of Arts: Freshfest Awards: Best Experimental: “The Game”2004Hip Hop Odyssey: Bronx Museum of Arts: Freshfest Awards: Best Narrative (short): “Camike”2004Philadelphia Foundation’s Alfred H. Williams Award for Organizational Excellence2004H2O Hip-Hop Odyssey Film Festival: Best Experimental: “A Dawg’s Life”2004H2O Hip-Hop Odyssey Film Festival: Best Youth PSA: “It’s All About Lead”2004Screening: Locomotion Film Festival: “Untitled” “It’s All About Lead”2004Screening: Philadelphia Stories, PBS WYBE-TV “Camike” “True Colors” “Identity”2003Screening: PBS station Philadelphia’s WHYY-TV “Music City” (premiere)2003University of the Arts’ Streaming Cinema Festival “Young Filmmakers” Featuring Big Picture Alliance Films2002WYBE-TV’s “Tales of the City”: Featured Presentation “Turning Point”2001WYBE-TV’s “Tales of the City”: Featured Presentation “The Seekers”1999INTERCOMM Film Festival: Silver Plaque for Achievement in Special Effects “The Seekers”1998Chicago International Children’s Film Festival: Certificate of Merit “Nuestra Vida”1998Taos Talking Picture Festival; Invited Exhibitor1998Nashville Film Festival: Invited Exhibitor1998Cine Eagle Award: “Lenora” Selected to represent USA at international film festivals1998INTERCOMM: Student Narrative: Silver Plaque “La Broma”1997Chicago International Children’s Film Festival: Best Short Subject “La Broma”