“I feel I have a future because of Reel Works.”


Reel Works In Schools brings the power of our award-winning workshops into the classrooms of New York City public schools.


Project-Based Learning

At Reel Works, we believe when students are engaged  - learning becomes effortless. The process of filmmaking contains the disciplines of storytelling, literacy, critical thinking, technology, teamwork and leadership that young people need to succeed. We empower young people to transform themselves from passive consumers to active creators of media.

Community Partnerships

We partner with educators to design bespoke media arts workshops that engage youth in hands-on learning and support artistic and academic outcomes.  Trained filmmaker teaching artists put the power of film storytelling into the hands of middle and high school students so they can express their true voices and celebrate their community.

Whether the course focuses on traditional documentary, narrative, animation or other storytelling mediums, all Reel Works courses include a significant amount of time exploring story structure, personal voice, and the importance of artistic choices. Practical hands-on exercises in each course keep students engaged as they learn to master filmmaking technology.  All our courses or workshops are taught by professional filmmakers trained through our own Teaching Artist University and supported by student teachers.

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Our Partners

We are proud to partner with the brilliant educators and talented young scholars in these communities in the 2018-19 school year:

  • Boys And Girls High School (Brooklyn)

  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (Brooklyn)

  • Frederick Douglass Academy VII  (Brooklyn)

  • Irwin Altman Middle School (Queens)

  • I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln Middle School (Brooklyn)

  • Millennium High School (Brooklyn)

  • M.S. 35 (Brooklyn)

  • Mott Hall Bridges Academy (Brooklyn)

  • Trey Whitfield Academy (Brooklyn)

For more information about bringing Reel Works into your school, contact Manager of Education and Curriculum Development, Charles Reynoso,