Meet Carmen: Accomplished Teen Who Made Her First Film at DCTV

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August 1, 2017

Meet Carmen. Carmen first developed an interest in film during an after-school club she started with friends at Brooklyn Technical High School. Each week, they met to discuss media and film topics inspired by different themes. Motivated by these discussions, Carmen enrolled in PRO-TV.

For Carmen, PRO-TV was a big leap from her high school film club. Prior to joining, she had never used a video camera before. She noted, “It was really intimidating because there were so many people around me who seemed so confident and knowledgeable. I felt like I didn’t know anything.”

This spring, Carmen’s Media Fellows I class was part of a special partnership between DCTV and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Chinatown, formed to create films exploring mental health. With guidance from our PRO-TV instructors, and in collaboration with six peers, Carmen created a documentary, Overworked & Overwhelmed, examining the pressures NYC high school students face, and the impact stress has on teens.

“It felt really good to screen our work. This documentary shed light on issues that deeply affect not only the Chinatown community, but teens around the city,” said Carmen. “Most importantly, it offers solutions for dealing with stress and mental health issues. Our documentary is one of my greatest accomplishments.”

Watch Overworked & Overwhelmed:




Meet the rest of Carmen’s Media Fellows I classmates.

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