Fall 2014 Lab Documentaries
There are a lot of obstacles in life and many will try to kill your dream. At times like this it is good to think about what makes you happy in life, and happiness will provide you with enough strength to overcome any obstacles.
Black and White
Being from Brownsville means dealing with people’s assumptions about Brownsville and the young people that live there.
Mentor: Francis Agyapong
Breaking (The Stereotypes)
Adults have always been ageist, but now police brutality and Stop and Frisk take ageism to new heights.
Mentor: Natasha Mottola
Louric struggles with issues of confidence and in the process is confronted by a monster — bulimia. In this horror story, Louric battles this monster in order to gain back the person he was again.
A transgender teen explores their new relationship with their mother and their Chinese culture since coming out.
This is the story of a family’s struggle after coming to the U.S. in order to give their children a better life. The American Dream lives within the family, and together they work hard and accomplish their dream — obtaining a pushcart that brings both sadness and happiness to them all.
A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together.
Mentor: Alex Mack
Who Am I?
Sometimes diversity can lead to feelings of isolation. A young man struggles to fit until he discovers a new community through basketball.
Britini shows how bullying can start off small and become serious. Through telling her story Britini wants to reach out to others to tell other kids they are not alone, and encourage them to stand up and fight back.
A young woman recounts the struggles of moving from one place to another and its impact on friendships. Now settled in Brooklyn, she explores the importance of building and maintaining friendships.
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 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.
Alexis’ love for movies encouraged her to be a hero, but conflicts at home taught her you can’t save everyone. Alexis learned that instead of being a hero to everyone else, she needed to be a hero to herself.
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
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 does it mean to be a black girl from Bed-Stuy attending an exclusive NYC private school? A filmmaker examines her own experiences and those of girls in similar situations, knowing that not only are they stepping into a different school, they’re stepping into a different world.
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.
Ode to Home
To be from two distinct places means feeling connected and, at times, disconnected from both. Mie searches for a new definition of home and appreciation for her unique identity.
Mentor: Amanda Madden
Made for you and me
These are the reasons why my family has been migrating from different ends in the world, creating a culturally rich spectrum within myself.
Striving to be an artist from Canarsie can be more than an ambition, but a political statement about racial equality, education and access to the arts.
Mentor: Andrew Mambo
Live with it
A tale of a family struggling to survive the harsh terms of reality when the father is incarcerated.
People in the Dark
While she attempts to use film as a means to give voice to silenced undocumented immigrants in her community, Gabby is faced with the reality of this complex issue and finds her own voice.
The Fear is good
A woman recounts the tales of her troubled youth. Take a glimpse into the turbulent world of a young immigrant mother.
Straight Outta Bicycles
As the struggles of life tries to hold him back, Johnny finds his passion for bikes and creates a new beginning of adventures and happiness.
Wei of the Cranes
This film is about the filmmaker’s struggle to choose a career and make his parents proud.
Three girls’ narratives of survival are woven together in an attempt to humanize and shed light on adolescent mental illness. Not only were the discoveries of their illnesses shocking, but so were the responses they received. Despite their experience, the trio began to adapt in individual ways, from medical intervention to participation in sports.
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.