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Bed-Stuy Do or Die?
"Bed-Stuy Do or Die?" by Nagesti Cantave
4:09

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.

Society & Politics
Broken Pieces
Broken Pieces by Brittany Broderick
8:47

Broken Pieces

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.

2015 Master Lab Films
Sex & Relationships
Society & Politics
Clapping For The Wrong Reasons
"Clapping For The Wrong Reasons" by Khidr Joseph
10:31

Clapping For The Wrong Reasons

The effects of gentrification on Bedford-Stuyvesant through the eyes of of its community.

Society & Politics
Coexist
"Coexist" by Saifun Suborna
7:00

Coexist

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

 

Society & Politics
Evolution of the Hill
"Evolution of the Hill" By Samori Amir Toure
8:21

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?

Identity
Society & Politics
Female Outcast
Female Outcast by Roza Chervinsky
2:05

Female Outcast

Roza struggles with being bullied, and labeled a “Tomboy.”

Society & Politics
From The Eyes Of The Decieved
"From The Eyes Of The Decieved" by Rama Beidak
6:32

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

Society & Politics
Generation Hollow
"Generation Hollow" by Taylor Taglianetti
9:53

Generation Hollow

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

Society & Politics
Gentrif**kation
"Gentrif**kation" By Sangeda Alin
7:10

Gentrif**kation

A critical look at the gentrification of Astoria by the artists and community members who have been pushed out.

Mentor: Andrea Gilletti

Society & Politics
Green Living
"Green Living" by Terence Moore
10:02

Green Living

A short film about how to live GREEN.

Society & Politics
Home
Home by Nael Samara
4:38

Home

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.

Fall 2003

Equality & Discrimination
Immigration
Society & Politics
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
Invisible Poverty
"Invisible Poverty" by Cleeford Cedant
5:33

Invisible Poverty

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

 

Society & Politics
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
My Father's Stories
My Father's Stories by Abdul Aziz
7:09

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.

Spring 2009

Society & Politics
Survivor of Twins
"Survivor of Twins" By Cassandra Lu
8:04

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.

Identity
Society & Politics
Trio from the Industrial Elite
"Trio from the Industrial Elite" by Vlada Pimenova
8:15

Trio from the Industrial Elite

Vlada Pimenova Directed By
Vlada Pimenova

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?

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Society & Politics
Triple D’s
Triple D’s By Camryn Garett
2:59

Triple D’s

Camryn reflects on how her appearance changes peoples perception of her, and the challenges of dealing with harassment.

Society & Politics
When Satire Goes Bad
"When Satire Goes Bad" by Rebecca Kaplan
9:15

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?

Identity
Society & Politics
Breaking (The Stereotypes)
"Breaking (The Stereotypes)" By Dylan Lester
4:07

Breaking (The Stereotypes)

Adults have always been ageist, but now police brutality and Stop and Frisk take ageism to new heights.

Mentor: Natasha Mottola

Society & Politics
Distorted Reality
Distorted Reality by Marlon A. Francis
7:58

Distorted Reality

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.

Fall Lab 2016
Society & Politics
I Can't Breathe
#ICan'tBreathe by Javon Peters
5:31

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

Society & Politics
The Future Speaks Now
The Future Speaks Now by Lucas Hoye
8:41

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.

Fall Lab 2016
Society & Politics
What Makes Black People Black?
What Makes Black People Black? by Eli Lutale
6:38

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.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Society & Politics

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