PRO-TV Screenings Roundup

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by Rachel Baron | June 27th, 2018

One of the most anticipated moments for our PRO-TV youth media training program comes at the close of the school year as participants screen their original works to friends, family, and our community. We reflect on a year of work and learning as our students showcase their unique viewpoints with this rundown of films and sentiments shared at the three screenings earlier this month.

On June 6th, we held TV High: An NYC Partner School Screening. Each semester, PRO-TV’s TV High program partners with NYC high schools and youth organizations for an after-school program in media literacy and filmmaking. Students presented films on topics that affected their daily lives, ranging from sexual harassment and bullying, to gun violence in school, to school fitness. Said Victoria, a rising sophomore at The Theatre Arts Production Company School and TV High participant, “TV High helps us spread the word about important topics and get people engaged.”

The next week on June 14th, Media Fellows, our year-long, on-site filmmaking program for NYC teens, debuted their final projects at Keeping It Reel: A Media Fellows Screening. Seniors presented their personal portraits, including Jacob Lam’s A Lost Voice and Who I Am, Jonah Bravo’s Bravo: A Work in Progress. Junior and Intermediate students presented their collaborative docs, which covered a range of topics such as the transition to womanhood in Growing Up Female, teen consent in Crossing the Line, and even space exploration in Final Frontier. You can see photos from the evening here.

Our week of screenings concluded with our two of our young adult filmmaking programs, Young Men of Color and Young Women of Cinema, at June 15th’s The Artist’s Window: A Young Men of Color and Young Women of Cinema Screening. Covering genres, from documentary to experimental and science fiction, these films reflect a new generation of artists contributing to the media landscape. Check out Jalyssa Jiminez’s The Next Stop and Jean Garcia’s Insecure.

As one Young Men of Color participant shared, “DCTV helps you find yourself. It helps you find an identity.” We couldn’t be prouder of our young artists. Check back in August, when we screen final works from our Summer program.