History

The Big Picture Alliance is a non-profit media arts education organization founded in 1994 by Jeffrey Seder and Creative Director Jared Martin. Seder and Martin recognized youth’s fascination and interest in the process of filmmaking, realizing its potential as an effective vehicle for academic, vocational and social learning and achievement, especially in underserved communities.

Since beginning our work 17 years ago, BPA students have created 450 films, garnered 45 awards at nationally and internationally recognized film festivals, been invited as guests and filmmakers at festivals and shown their work on Comcast and MiND TV (an independent channel here in Philly).

BPA teachers have enjoyed mentoring approximately 4,500 youth throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Chester Counties, as well as underserved areas of Camden, N.J.  Our Alliance of 70 school, community, health, adjudicated youth and arts organization partners is strong and growing.

BPA is commited to helping Philadelphia’s underserved youth reach their full potential through our transformative, powerful, engaging media arts education.