This afternoon student filmmakers Cristina Guerra, Fatima Rainey and I attended the New York Youth Media Art Show hosted by Sony Wonder Technology Center. As part of the Urban Arts Partnership Media Lab Team, we went in representation of our production Ghetto Talks.
Getting the film out into the world through screenings like this one is crucial to the development of the Ghetto Talks Response Project. We also wanted to raise awareness about the use of the word ghetto.
The people at SONY brought together student films that address common issues in today’s society. There were films about planet earth, a documentary about bullying, and a student-run public access show that depicted the hazards of American bombs dropped over a small island near Puerto Rico. (I firmly believe that all students should look into public access television—what a great way to get your message out! We were lucky . . . at the end of the day we got to try our hands at television by making a pretend newscast.)
After the viewing of the documentaries, special guest New York 1 News anchor Kirsten Shaughnessy addressed the crowd of media hopefuls. She spoke about her personal background and the hard work it took to become an anchor. She also shared clips of some of her work with New York 1. We were inspired – especially considering that Ms. Shaughnessy came from a home that did not have a television and she is now an anchor for a well-respected news company! nbso online casino reviews I got her autograph and shook her hand, inviting her to book an interview for the Ghetto Talks Response Project.
The festival showed us that student filmmakers are emerging in high schools all over the city, whether they choose to work with or without a team. We also learned about a summer program at SUNY Oswego in which students work intensely to create a documentary of their choice on issues that matter to them. Both Cristina Guerra and Fatima Rainey applied to this prestigious program. Let’s wish them luck!
The New York Youth Media Art Show was exciting, yet humbling. We learned that it takes hard work to be recognized. One thing we know for sure: we are not wrong for letting others hear our voices and for addressing issues that are important to us.
Keep checking back in for updates on the Ghetto Talks Response Project!