Society & Politics
Bed-Stuy Do or Die?
This is a work in progress about gentrification in Brooklyn and what the future holds for the Afro-Americans who reside there.
When a young man returns from war his girlfriend is disappointed to find that he is no longer the loving, soulful musician that he once was.
Clapping For The Wrong Reasons
The effects of gentrification on Bedford-Stuyvesant through the eyes of of its community.
Jihad is a loaded term, that worries the world, raising the specter of Terrorism and War. But to Muslims, the literal translation of Jihad is “to struggle.” For Saifen, her struggle is to accept her Muslim faith, embrace Allah, and reject all the other views she encounters in the world around her.
Mentor: Yue Fang
Evolution of the Hill
What is the natural course of evolution in a neighborhood? Whats is the fine line between economic growth and maintaining the character and fabric of a community? This film explores the battle of gentrification that is taking place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and beyond. When examining the tension that exists between land developers and residents who can now no longer afford to live in their own neighborhood. The question to ask is: is it evolution or a process of un-natural selection?
Roza struggles with being bullied, and labeled a “Tomboy.”
From The Eyes Of The Decieved
What does it mean to be a Muslim in America, especially when your extended family is living in a country at war. Rama looks at the life of Syrian children by juxtaposing her own childhood in the United States, with theirs.
Mentor: Alex Herboche
Will the world be taken over by machines, or can man ramain his own master? Taylor’s investigation takes her to academia and beyond to find out what our future holds.
Mentor: Sam Jafee
A critical look at the gentrification of Astoria by the artists and community members who have been pushed out.
Mentor: Andrea Gilletti
A short film about how to live GREEN.
What is home to a young Palestinian American? When his homeland can’t be found on a map and Americans are suspicious of Arabs and ignorant of their culture, the answer for a young man can be heartbreaking.
This film is about Ryan’s family’s experience in a homeless shelter when they moved back to New York after his grandmother died.
Cleeford is moved by those with less than he has. As he looks at the world of poverty, and wonders how it can be eradicated in our lifetime, he questions why the rest of the world isn’t helping those who can’t help themselves.
Mentor: Emma Aristil
“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.
My Father's Stories
In 1971, Bangladesh fought a war of independence from Pakistan. As sons of veterans of that war, Adbul and his friends want to know more about the history, but it can be difficult to get the older generation to talk about it. With persistence and some guidance they find a way to connect and honor the brave men around them who were teenagers themselves when they took up arms for freedom.
Survivor of Twins
Cassandra’s elementary school was in the shadow of the twin towers on 9-11. She and her family recount the horror of that day and their desperate search for each other – a trauma that has never quite left them.
Trio from the Industrial Elite
An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?
Camryn reflects on how her appearance changes peoples perception of her, and the challenges of dealing with harassment.
When Satire Goes Bad
“When Satire Goes Bad” is a story about two jokes, one that didn’t get printed, and another that offended so many people it gained the attention of media across the country. Through conversations with professional comedians and high school kids, the film explores the depths of offensive humor. It attempts to answer a simple question: When does satire go bad?
Breaking (The Stereotypes)
Adults have always been ageist, but now police brutality and Stop and Frisk take ageism to new heights.
Mentor: Natasha Mottola
Growing up, Marlon was able to create a complete world with his imagination. Stepping out, he discovers a world of racism and xenophobia – and decides to take action against them.
I Can't Breathe
Disheartened by the stories of young black men in the media and afraid of how it might impact him, Javon searches for ways to speak out against racially-motivated hate crimes.
Mentor: Drew Nissan
The Future Speaks Now
In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, this film explores the viewpoints of teenagers – too young to vote in the recent election – voicing their opinions on his policies and what an ideal leader looks like.
What Makes Black People Black?
What Makes Black People Black? is a visual essay tackling the subject of Black identity and its relationship with media. This film provides a critical look at stereotypes, misrepresentation and police brutality through the eyes of an adolescent.