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2,000 Miles
"2,000 Miles" By Jaci Larson
5:28

2,000 Miles

Two years ago, filmmaker Jaci moved from Utah to New York in hopes it would be an adventure. Through words, images and music, she creates a juxtaposition of two very different worlds. She realizes she misses the simple things and maybe New York isn’t the type of adventure she wanted after all.

Spring 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Journey to the Unknown
"A Journey to the Unkown" By Lizbeth Meija
6:17

A Journey to the Unknown

A filmmaker follows two friends who both find themselves pregnant at 15. One has the baby, the other doesn’t.

Spring 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Look Through My Eyes
"A Look Through My Eyes" By Shalaun Nelson
5:02

A Look Through My Eyes

Shalaun and her siblings have been in foster care for most of their lives. Now 16, she tries to make sense of the events that tore her family apart and faces the difficult question of whether to let her father back into her life.

Fall 2009

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Part Of Me
A Part Of Me by Ketty Henri
6:51

A Part Of Me

Ketty profiles her personal hero, her mother, who came to the US from Haiti to build a better life. Ketty asks why no woman in her family has ever achieved her dreams?

Spring 2004

Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
A-Yo
A-Yo by Ashley Green
7:46

A-Yo

In this film, Ashley discusses her love of K-Pop and how it helps her escape from all of her problems. Even if its her parents divorce.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Action & Reflex
"Action & Reflex" by Martin Vasquez
8:28

Action & Reflex

Having moved from New York to Texas and back again in less than one year, Martin struggles to find a place that he can truly call home.

Mentor: Amanda Madden

 

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Between Us and The Law
"Between us and The Law" By Ferrod Liles
6:48

Between Us and The Law

Ferrod Liles Directed By
Ferrod Liles

Ferrod Liles speaks to the responsibilities facing young men without father figures in their lives and his growing interest in law enforcement.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Beyond The Paper
"Beyond the Paper" By Sierra Pierce
6:33

Beyond The Paper

Film maker Sierra Pierce shows us her journey of learning how to play the piano.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Breaking the Silence
"Breaking the Silence" By Shaniece Bouldin
6:01

Breaking the Silence

A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.

Spring 2010

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Dancing Alone
Dancing Alone by Shanelle Wilson
3:15

Dancing Alone

When her mother left to start a new family, Shenelle spent each day waiting for her return and dancing alone. A video poem.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Do Ya Thing
"Do Ya Thing" by Nigel Johnson
6:12

Do Ya Thing

Nigel’s story revolves around his inner world – a place where the dreams of the artist come to life and join forces with reality through drawing and animation – all while he struggles to survive homelessness.

Mentor: Gregg Thompson

 

Family, Divorce & Loss
Driving With Jimmy
Driving With Jimmy by Tamahl Rahaman
7:57

Driving With Jimmy

Tamahl has lived with his stepfather, Jimmy, for seven years. But he never took the time to get to know him. Memory, identity and a question of love haunt this moving exploration of the complex relationships inside one family.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Family Curse
Family Curse by Dorene Ahmad
7:35

Family Curse

I started making “Family Curse” because I was afraid of developing one of the mental illnesses that run in my family. I ended up learning more about my aunts than I expected. Can my cousins and I escape our family curse?

Fall 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Generation Bengali
"Generation Bengali" By Saqif Bhuiyan
5:03

Generation Bengali

Being born into a Bengali family, filmmaker Saqif Bhuiyan struggles with identifying his individuality. How do you break the mold when you feel so trapped by your parent’s expectations?

Spring 2011

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Get Real
"Get Real" by Douglas Worthen
6:46

Get Real

Doug dreams of being a professional musician, but there are some major obstacles: finding the discipline and motivation to make it while somehow gaining his mom’s approval.

Mentor: Frankie Reyes

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat - Bart Rosenzweig
12:01

Go for the Throat

An experimental take on the death of a friend.
By: Bart Rosenzweig

Family, Divorce & Loss
Happy Ending
"Happy Ending" By Chris Irrizarry
11:15

Happy Ending

Chris dreams of reuniting with his mom and step-dad, both recovering addicts living in Philadelphia. But when he visits them for the first time in three years, he discovers that some hurts can never be healed.

Fall 2003

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Her Name Was Laurel
Her Name Was Laurel by Jhovanny Bisono
7:49

Her Name Was Laurel

Alex is very fond of his older brother, but when he finds out his brother is leaving for college, he meets Laurel.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Hopeful Home
"Hopeful Home" By Ryan Bethune
7:56

Hopeful Home

This film is about Ryan’s family’s experience in a homeless shelter when they moved back to New York after his grandmother died.

 

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Society & Politics
In Memory Of
"In Memory Of" by Maya Toole
12:05

In Memory Of

Maya’s documentary examines how today’s teenagers deal with grief and loss in the age of Facebook.

Mentor: Greg Wright

Family, Divorce & Loss
Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
"Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
5:18

Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up

Getting bullied in school is always painful, but Cheyenne endured the cruelty of her classmates by relying on the love of those who know her best, family and friends.

Mentor: Cristian Rossel

 

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
KEY-Ping Hope
KEY-Ping Hope by Helen Wong
6:36

KEY-Ping Hope

In this portrait of a club, Helen shows us the merits and accomplishments of Key Club and how helping others helped her get through a rough point in her own life.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Life Ain't Promised
"Life Ain't Promised" by Dimitri Tucker
9:08

Life Ain't Promised

Dimitri Tucker Directed By
Dimitri Tucker

A film inspired by the deaths of two people close to the filmmaker. A devastating look at the senselessness of gun violence and the people it leaves behind.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Life is a Game
Life is a Game By Larry Cruz
6:18

Life is a Game

How I handle a personal situation by turning to gaming.

Family, Divorce & Loss
LIRI
"Liri" By Orges Bakalli
10:30

LIRI

“LIRI” focuses on life after the Serbo-Croation Conflict. Among many problems was the inability to give you the right to go to school. At a time where you would go to prison for expressing yourself through art, one man escapes communist Albania to pursue his passion.

Spring 2011

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
Society & Politics
Los Fuertes
"Los Fuertes" by Catherine Cruz
7:07

Los Fuertes

What makes a strong woman? Catherine takes us into her world, where strength and love have helped her and her family members overcome difficult challenges.

Mentor: Emily Batista (Fall 2011 Lab)

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Man's Best Friend
"Man's Best Friend" by Mitchell Davis
5:54

Man's Best Friend

Mitchell Davis Directed by
Mitchell Davis

A film about the relationship people have with their dogs that discusses dog life in New York City.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Maybe Another Time
Maybe Another Time by Kenya Del Carpio, Harry Flax and Erin Flynn
7:57

Maybe Another Time

Description: A young woman learns her best friend’s well kept secret: her mom suffers from an untreated mental illness.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Memories
"Memories" by Jordan Burns
10:32

Memories

Filmmaker Jordan Burns asks his subjects, elderly residents in a Brooklyn nursing home, to share some of their fondest memories – as well as some of their most painful – in this moving meditation on memory, loss and love.

Mentors: Elizebeth Cole & Matt Rivera

Family, Divorce & Loss
Memories of Us
Memories Of Us by Tayanna Brumaire
8:47

Memories of Us

A young girl living prepares for a new life with an adopted family with the help of her foster sister and a special book.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Missing Without You
"Missing Without You" by Rashawna Paul
11:48

Missing Without You

A young teenage girl and her mom face a lot after their loved one goes to prison. Mother and daughter live their everyday life but its a lot to face when they are really missing their son/brother. All of the memories come back and its hard to go to Rikers to visit, but the family moves forward despite all of the pain.

Mentor: Deneen Scott-Reynolds

Family, Divorce & Loss
Mother
Mother by Kimberly Scott
4:49

Mother

My mother has made me a stronger person because she has shown me how to act in life-treat people the way you want to be treated. My film is about how she went through so much in life, yet still remains positive. I hope people understand that life is not all about your own feelings- you have to make an attempt to understand other peoples feelings too.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
My Missing Stuff
My Missing Stuff By Carol Matos
7:25

My Missing Stuff

There’s stuff missing in all of us, in all our lives.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Past and Present
Past and Present by Catherine Bond-Moore
1:56

Past and Present

Catherine bravely confronts the memories of her difficult past in foster care, and how she will take those lessons into a brighter future.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Playing with the other Tigers
"Playing with the other Tigers" By Zach Lennon-Simon
10:38

Playing with the other Tigers

“Playing with the Other Tiger” is the story of two friends, one who is Muslim and one who is half-Jewish, who stayed friends because they never realized that they were different from one another. Through conversations with the two friends the film explores how these two friends stayed friends even after everything that happened in the world.

Spring 2007

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Poetry In The Dark
"Poetry In The Dark" by Daniel Kharlak
11:25

Poetry In The Dark

A tribute to his grandfather, this film Is an exploration into visual poetry.

Mentor: Leonard Yakir

Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
Por Amor
Por Amor by Kenya Del Carpio
7:23

Por Amor

By talking to her grand parents and mother, Kenya Del Carpio discusses the generational differences in her family and in their expectations for her.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Rouge Blood
"Rouge Blood" by Stephanie Cherng
9:30

Rouge Blood

Stephanie Cherng Directed By
Stephanie Cherng

A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Rules Of Engagement
"Rules Of Engagement" by Noeman Samdani
6:08

Rules Of Engagement

Sometimes I find it hard to be a good Muslim and an American teenager. My dreams for my future are so different from what my parents want me to do. They think they have better plans for me. Throughout the making of this film, I have learned what being a Muslim is truly about and have realized that I am not the only Muslim teen going through this struggle.

Mentor: Sabine Hoffmann

Family, Divorce & Loss
Setting the Table
Setting the Table by Georgia-rae Lyken
8:45

Setting the Table

Cooking is connection – with culture, with family, with yourself.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Shahalam and I
"Shahalam and I" By Kamilah Badiane
4:06

Shahalam and I

People don’t get autism. The media portrays autistic people as slow and “special,” but Kamilah knows different. She shares her brother’s goals and dreams to help people understand that he isn’t so different from other kids his age.

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Silver Arm Nina
Silver Arm Nina by James “SoSoon” Gantt
9:33

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.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
Stray
"Stray" by David Ceron
8:54

Stray

This film is about me, my brother & sister- and how we were neglected throughout our lives. I examine the stress of being homeless- the hard times and struggles. I hope my audience walks away feeling not sad but strong- I want them to see what they have and think to themselves I have what I need, I have everything I need to take advantage of life. I also want them to have more self-awareness of their surroundings.

Mentor: Garret Harkawik

Family, Divorce & Loss
Strength
"Strength" by Asta Cummings
5:37

Strength

Asta Cummings Directed by
Asta Cummings

A film about a young woman who fights to overcome her struggles of being born with Cerebral Palsy as well as coping with the death of her mother.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Strict
"Strict" by Makeda Lynch
8:47

Strict

Makeda wants to know why her mom is so strict. Through stories of her mom’s difficult childhood in Guyana, Makeda begins to understand why her mom values education over everything else. She understands, but she doesn’t have to agree.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Superstar
Superstar by Naiquan Greene
6:20

Superstar

Naiquan has many dreams… being a writer, actor, filmmaker and possibly a singer. This is a film about Naiquan’s family not realizing their dreams and him not wanting to follow that path. Naiquan will accomplish his dreams, because he’s a “Superstar”.

Fall 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Swinging for the Fences
"Swinging for the Fences" by Joey Schweitzer
8:34

Swinging for the Fences

Joey loved playing baseball, until an injury changed the way he looked at the game, and his own identity.

Mentor: Joe Muto

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Temporary Home
"Temporary Home" Julianna Negron
6:53

Temporary Home

Julianna Negron Directed by
Julianna Negron

In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving by Jonah Levy
6:39

Thanksgiving

A young man’s love for his family moves him to examine the gratitude he feels everyday of his life. Join Jonah as he invites you to “meet the Levy’s.”

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
The Age Of Me
"The Age Of Me" by Faith Christian
7:49

The Age Of Me

Everyone tells Faith she’s mature, but they don’t know the reasons why: she has had to contend with more in her 15 years than many people face in a lifetime.

Mentor: Aleks Gezentsvey (Fall 2003 Lab)

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang
"The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang" By Scott Tsang
5:00

The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang

Stricken with a brain tumor at six, Scott lost both his parents by thirteen. His philosophy of life? You’ll be inspired.

Spring 2002

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Art of Life
The Art of Life by Izzy Longo
6:31

The Art of Life

In an attempt to escape her reality, a young girl draws two friends who magically come to life.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Family Three
"The Family Three" By Roshanna Paul
8:48

The Family Three

Sixteen-year-old Roshanna is deeply committed to her sister and mother, three women living alone in Brooklyn New York. Their connection is their creativity, and the love they share for the arts and one another.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Happiness Project
"The Happiness Project" by Doris Liang
6:26

The Happiness Project

Does money buy happiness?  Doris doesn’t think so.   Join her as she tries to understand her mother’s obsession with finding happiness through spending money.

Mentors: Corinne Colgan

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
The Hope Of My Life
"The Hope Of My Life" by Giselle Diaz
12:09

The Hope Of My Life

Coping with a parent who has cancer is tough. For filmmaker Giselle Diaz, making this film was a way to understand, cope, and bring her family together while dealing with her father’s condition.

Family, Divorce & Loss
The Memories
"The Memories" by Zoell Dillard
5:55

The Memories

A film about loss and how a family handles the many losses they have had. Zoell explores how life goes on and his family continuing after the loss of loved ones.

Family, Divorce & Loss
This is: Connections
"This is: Connections" by Dexter Dugar Jr
8:12

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

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Wanna Fix a Flat?
Wanna Fix a Flat? by Kayla Scott & Brianna Abdullah
13:15

Wanna Fix a Flat?

A bike shop owner learns to communicate with his son through the relationship he fosters with a young abused boy found hiding in his shop at night.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
What I Learned In Retail
What I Learned In Retail by Chelsi Apawa
4:00

What I Learned In Retail

Chelsi works with her dad in a jewelry store. In her film, she tells us what it’s like and the things we can learn about people by working for customer service.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Grief, etc
"Grief, etc." By Catherine Robinson
5:21

Grief, etc

A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together.

Mentor: Alex Mack

Family, Divorce & Loss
Long Way to Go
"Long Way to Go" By Zoe Spielman
6:23

Long Way to Go

A cancer diagnosis for a loved one means empowering oneself with knowledge, finding strength in family and taking life one day at a time.

Mentor: Laura Desmond

Family, Divorce & Loss
Last Stop
Last Stop by Tieria Jolly
4:45

Last Stop

A girl moves back and forth between parents and cities for three years which causes tension in relationships with family members and with herself. She eventually learns how to gain back those relationships through time and communication. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Family, Divorce & Loss
Live with it
Live with it by Chantha Bracero
5:05

Live with it

A tale of a family struggling to survive the harsh terms of reality when the father is incarcerated.

Fall Lab 2016
Family, Divorce & Loss

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