NARRATIVE LAB 2017
A Matter of Speaking
As a bright young Hailey prepares for her valedictorian speech, an entitled classmate plots against her.
A simple assignment in class hurls a teenage girl into a whirlwind of pain as she struggles to hide scars her mother can’t see.
A high school student in search of where he belongs is tempted to fall into the wrong crowd. When his mother and a friend from church confront him, he is forced to make a choice.
Still Figuring It Out
In finding a shirt to wear, a young man discovers the courage to explore his identity, stand up to his brother, and find the support he needs.
SPRING 2017 LAB DOCUMENTARIES
A filmmaker takes a journey to understand family dynamics – and discovers the nuances of colorism.
Filmmaker Crystal del Valle chronicles the transformation of a young girl who begins life as a victim, to emerge as a survivor.
A young man’s discovery of his Lebanese culture changes the way he copes with depression
Never As It Seems
A young artist in a prestigious performing arts high school struggles to understand where she belongs.
Only In NY
Real New Yorkers share their stories and perspectives of living in an eclectic and vibrant city.
An exploration of the positive and negative effects that labels have on queer youth.
Poetry in Motion
A poet struggles to find his serenity, while coping with the stresses of daily life.
A young man celebrates his parent’s journey to America, and the sacrifices they made for their children’s futures.
Silver Arm Nina
Twelve years after the passing of his grandmother, Hip-Hop artist/educator James “SoSoon” Gantt continues to search for ways to keep her memory alive.
The Beauty of the Rose
It’s hard enough to be a good dancer. What does it take to be a true artist?
The Water Project
A Brooklyn based artist, hailing from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, creates an art installation that sparks conversation around the Flint water crisis.
2016 REEL WORKS IN SCHOOLS
Ball Is Life
A documentary short on the importance of basketball in the Brownsville community. Teaching artists: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.
Behind the Billboard
This film attempts to complicate our understanding of the advertising industry and its impact on teenage identity. Since we are all teenagers, influenced by the advertising industry, we wanted to explore in more depth how the advertisers target specific demographics, specifically teenagers. We hope that by watching our film, viewers will be more aware of how the advertising industry influences teenage identity. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.
Blackbird is about our oppression as black girls, which turns into appreciation for black girls. The pictures are an example of how black girls are perceived and how they actually are, how black girls are discriminated against, and the interviews from black men and women express their feelings toward black girls. Teaching artist: Amanda Madden.
Getting bullied in school it’s a difficult experience, but there is always something to learn from every experience. Teaching artist: Hugo Rojas.
Coalition High School for Social Change: High School Experiences from East Harlem NYC
Students of Coalition High School for Social Change inquire with their peers and teachers about their school experiences, relationships to others and their future plans. Teaching artist: Steve Speranza.
Through our art practice, we hope to give a platform to teenagers who struggle with anxiety and depression. There is often a negative connotation with these anxiety and depression. They are thought of as “teen angst,” momentary, and as feelings that can be shoved aside rather than real illnesses. We wanted to capture only their voices, because they are usually lost in our society. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.
A PSA about violence against women. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.
Five 8th grade boys discuss their goals and dreams as they prepare for graduation. Teaching artisst: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.
Saidou navigates the streets of New York and Brooklyn. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.
What makes Gotham Professional Arts Academy a unique school? This documentary is a description of this school and how its students and staff feel about it as a school and community. Teaching artists: Amanda Madden.
The documentary “Hear Me” is about young people’s’ voices and them being heard by adults. We as young people deserve to be heard because we do have a voice. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.
The documentary “Hear Me” is about young people’s’ voices and them being heard by adults. We as young people deserve to be heard because we do have a voice. Teaching artist: Amanda Madden
Immigrants Keeping America Great
A PSA about immigrants and stereotypes. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.
There are many people in Park Slope who we ignore; we need to recognize and appreciate all of our neighbors. In this film, we hope to have provided a platform for the unheard homeless voices of Park Slope. Teaching artist: Jason Morrison.
A film about the labels that define us. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.
Listen To Your Heart
An essay film about dance and following your dreams. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.
Students investigate the differences between New York and their birth countries. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.
New York City - Where Are The Americans?
An exploration of what it means to be American in New York City. Teaching artist: Katrina Albright.
A student learns the importance of being on time. Teaching artists: Chris O’Falt, Roshanna Paul, Jade Fang.
State Test Feelings
3 Students documentary exploration on how their peers feel about the State Test. Teaching artists: Caitlin Gibbons, Steve Speranza.
The Brownsville Experience
Brownsville natives discuss what it is like to be born and raised from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Teaching artist: Daniel Cambridge.
A Girl Like Me
Do different standards of beauty impact the ideas and self-image of young black woman? A young filmmaker discovers the impact of racism on the lives of young black teens and realizes that very little has changed since the Civil Rights era.
A conflict arises at a seemingly progressive school. Students with different perspectives come together to retell the events. Mentor: Shannon Deep.
Clapping For The Wrong Reasons
The effects of gentrification on Bedford-Stuyvesant through the eyes of of its community.
Blind Love, No Sex
When two young people fall in love, one impulsive decision changes their lives forever.
The Evolution of Hezekiah
How art made me who I am today and how anyone can do anything and fulfill anything if you put your brain into it.
It Starts With You
This story is about my journey to becoming the person I am today after getting bullied. In my movie I talk about the different phases of my journey in the hopes of inspiring other people who have gone through similar struggles. Mentor: Meredith McGowan.
72 Hours: A Love Story?
A one-sided love story? the funniest kind.
This is: Connections
The New York subway system provides Dexter a means to escape the world above, connecting him to a difficult past and a promising future.
Mentor: Ben Lawal