Youth Media

Three teens with three different definitions for "family" all agree that, no matter what it looks like, family is the most important thing.

Jasmine is part of a big immigrant family. Terrence lives with his single mother in the projects. Michelle grew up with her aunt and her aunt’s four foster children. Although each of the teens comes from a different family environment, none of which might be considered "typical," they all agree that family, by any definition, is important.

Produced through DCTV's ProTV Media Fellowship Program.

Daniel Howard lives with his hard-working, single mother in a Brooklyn housing project, where drug deals and the sound of gunfire are a common occurrence. Every day is a struggle to stay away from trouble.

But Daniel wants to succeed. To achieve this he knows he has to not only work hard in school, but also maintain a strong state of mind and positive outlook: "I'm trying to prove that I can make it even though I live in the projects."

Teen filmmakers document the experiences of nine young people, ages fifteen to eighteen, who have lost a loved one.

"Doing this project helped me in my personal life."

"We have done something worthwhile."

"There should be more opportunities like this for young people."

"I am proud to be a part of this project, it has given me some direction for what I would like to do in the future and I am grateful."

Produced by seven DCTV students during the summer of 1999, R.I.P.: Teens Coping with Death is a documentary about teenagers and how they deal with death. The project, which was made possible by a grant from the Open Society Institute's Youth Initiative Program and the Project on Death in America, documents the experiences of nine people, ages fifteen to eighteen, who have lost a loved one. They share their feelings, the changes they went through, and how they are coping.

The Summer Intensive Program is a six week workshop for beginner filmmakers. The workshop goes through the filmmaking process from pre-production to post. Unlike the other programs in PRO-TV, the Summmer Program gives students the opportunity to explore different genres outside of documentary including video poetry, experimental, narrative. The Summer Program is one of the most successful youth workshops in PRO-TV. The workshop culminates in a screening of their completed works.

The Summer Intensive Program is a six week workshop for beginner filmmakers. The workshop goes through the filmmaking process from pre-production to post. Unlike the other programs in PRO-TV, the Summmer Program gives students the opportunity to explore different genres outside of documentary including video poetry, experimental, narrative. The Summer Program is one of the most successful youth workshops in PRO-TV. The workshop culminates in a screening of their completed works, held at Downtown Community Television Center.

A total of 40 students have come together over six weeks to make media about topics that are problematic to their lives. Despite obstacles and challenges, these students will tell their unique stories on a wide variety of subjects. The films range from recontextualization footage questioning how as a society we perceive the use of the “N” word, a short narrative that emphasizes the silent emotions around the stress of impending pregnancy, the misconceptions of stereotyping, teen rebellion, and the misperception of homosexuality.

The Summer Intensive Program is a six week workshop for beginner filmmakers. The workshop goes through the filmmaking process from pre-production to post. Unlike the other programs in PRO-TV, the Summmer Program gives students the opportunity to explore different genres outside of documentary including video poetry, experimental, narrative. The Summer Program is one of the most successful youth workshops in PRO-TV. The workshop culminates in a screening of their completed works, held at Downtown Community Television Center.

Halfway There | Delcita Barnfield, Suprena Henderson, Ellijah Mussig | 10:33

A warehouse located deep in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has just been turned into a halfway house for convicted felons. The home is across the street from a public middle school. Watch as community members voice their disapproval with the newest addition to their neighborhood.

This Ain’t No Fairy Tale | Sade Falebita | 8:46

This intimate portrait shows the struggles of a young woman coming to terms with her parents’ divorce, revealing her triumphs and tribulations in making her stepparents a new part of her life.

La Progresion | Juliana Gonzalez | 12:00

Juliana Gonzalez was born in Colombia and moved to the US when she was just eight years old. In America, her immigrant family finds themselves adjusting to an entirely new culture in order to succeed. This is their story.

Family First | Robert Gonzalez | 14:00

After two years, another great Pro - TV media fellowship group is graduating from DCTV’s world renowned youth media training program. This fine group of individuals has accomplished so much over their time here and have made us all very proud. All of them will go off to continue their education in an array of different fields to further challenge themselves. We wish them all the best of luck in their bright futures.

Produced through DCTV's Pro-TV Youth Media Fellowship Program in association with Where There Be Dragons.

Daniel Howard, a teenage boy who lives with his family in a housing project in Brooklyn, makes an unlikely six-week journey from the hectic, noisy and often dangerous world of NYC to the poor, rural villages of Laos. Though living in barely adequate shelter and working hard in the fields every day to survive, the villagers seem happier to Daniel than his comparatively comfortable neighbors back in Brooklyn. He attributes the difference to the Laos peoples' "cool heart," their ability to find contentment and joy in the common pleasures of family and environment.

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