Family, Divorce & Loss
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Between Us and The Law
Ferrod Liles speaks to the responsibilities facing young men without father figures in their lives and his growing interest in law enforcement.
Beyond The Paper
Film maker Sierra Pierce shows us her journey of learning how to play the piano.
Breaking the Silence
A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.
When her mother left to start a new family, Shenelle spent each day waiting for her return and dancing alone. A video poem.
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
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.
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?
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?
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
Go for the Throat
An experimental take on the death of a friend.
By: Bart Rosenzweig
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.
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.
This film is about Ryan’s family’s experience in a homeless shelter when they moved back to New York after his grandmother died.
In Memory Of
Maya’s documentary examines how today’s teenagers deal with grief and loss in the age of Facebook.
Mentor: Greg Wright
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
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.
Life Ain't Promised
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.
Life is a Game
How I handle a personal situation by turning to gaming.
“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.
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)
Man's Best Friend
A film about the relationship people have with their dogs that discusses dog life in New York City.
Maybe Another Time
Description: A young woman learns her best friend’s well kept secret: her mom suffers from an untreated mental illness.
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
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.
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
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.
My Missing Stuff
There’s stuff missing in all of us, in all our lives.
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.
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.
Poetry In The Dark
A tribute to his grandfather, this film Is an exploration into visual poetry.
Mentor: Leonard Yakir
By talking to her grand parents and mother, Kenya Del Carpio discusses the generational differences in her family and in their expectations for her.
A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.
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
Setting the Table
Cooking is connection – with culture, with family, with yourself.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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
In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.
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.”
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)
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.
The Art of Life
In an attempt to escape her reality, a young girl draws two friends who magically come to life.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together.
Mentor: Alex Mack
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
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.
Live with it
A tale of a family struggling to survive the harsh terms of reality when the father is incarcerated.