About PRO-TV

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What is PRO-TV

PRO-TV is the largest most honored free media arts training program for youth in New York City. Since its inception in 1978, PRO-TV has offered intensive video workshops, where 200+ youth a year create exemplary films that address the issues affecting their lives and their communities. PRO-TV teaching artists mentor students through a rich curriculum of formal workshops and field experience. Students use state-of-the-industry digital production equipment and edit systems, and tour media industry sites. PRO-TV conducts after school and weekend workshops ranging from one to three years that give students opportunities to:

  • Attain artistic and technical skills in digital cameras, audio equipment, and editing systems
  • Practice the art of storytelling using design, lighting, sound and image
  • Create original films, music videos, and public service announcements
  • Attend professional development seminars with directors, producers, editors, animators, and cinematographers
  • Attain skills in media literacy and analysis
  • View and deconstruct films in roundtable discussions with media professionals
  • Curate film presentations at film festivals and DCTV

PRO-TV Students Achieve Success

Almost 100% of advanced PRO-TV students graduate high school, attend college, attain media internships, and many go on to gain employment in the media industry. PRO-TV provides personalized assistance throughout the college application process. PRO-TV Alumni are currently enrolled or have graduated from colleges as diverse as:

  • NYU/Tisch School of the Arts – Lewis Rudin City Scholarship; University Scholars Program; New York Times Full Scholarship; Emma Bowen Foundation Scholarship
  • SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory – Emma Bowen Foundation Scholarship
  • City College – McCauley Honors Program
  • Claflin University – Emma Bowen Foundation Scholarship
  • Kingsboro Community College – Future Latino Filmmakers Scholarship
  • And many more, including Penn State University, Syracuse University, Emerson College, Ithaca College, Pace University, School of Visual Arts, Connecticut College, New School University, and several CUNY colleges.

PRO-TV helps place students in professional internships with major media companies. Recent internship sites include NBC, Tribeca Film Institute, The New York Times, NY International Latino Film Festival, and WBLS/WBLI Radio. PRO-TV graduates have also entered the Made in NY apprenticeship program of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Television.

Prestigious film festivals throughout the country select PRO-TV students’ films for public exhibition that reach thousands. These include: Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, African American Women in Cinema Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Future of Cinema Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Urban Media Makers Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival, among many others.