This program is composed of seven shorts by young filmmakers
from across New York City. Most films were created through New York
City arts and filmmaking programs or partnerships. An award winner
will be chosen by a professional jury.
Tribute to Trayvon Martin
Dir: William Herasme (w/Shamecca Blizzard, Kasiem Walters)
An original music video dedicated to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, made by students working in the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts Partnership.
Breaking the Chain
Dir: Stefanos Tai
Everyday interactions are underscored with powerful meaning in this exploration of how we can choose to live differently from our parents, even in the face of overwhelming family pressure. Completed as part of a pre-college summer filmmaking intensive at the School of Visual Arts.
I Am Lobsang
Dir: Eduardo Enciso, Lobsang Gyaltsen, Cheick N'Diaye, Tenzin Pema, Jessica Rodriguez, Jesus Villalba, Sonam Wangchen, Joy Paul
In English and Tibetan with English subtitles
Inspired by the real experiences of youth producer and lead actor Lobsang Gyaltsen, this fictional film explores the alienation of immigrant youth in New York, made by students in the Global Action Project.
Dir: William Herasme (w/ Ashley Allen, Kiara Black, Johnny Calixte, Alavaro Ceballos, Yali Gao, Deshawn Gaston, Eduardo Luna, Jaydee Maldonado, Shailyn Mendoza, Paul Meneses, Peter Meneses, Kharon Noble, Edwin Salgado, Karina Sanchez)
This documentary by a group of students from the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts Partnership shares the insights they gleaned into New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, after meeting with attorneys from LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Austin on Donna – Documenting Diversity
Dir: Austin Parenti
Part of a documentary project by teens about their peers, this film follows Donna La Forey, a determined young woman born into poverty with a plan to make the most of herself. This short was made at the Documentary Diversity at Hofstra University School of Communications.
Dir: Reyni Almonte, Yara Mims, Charles Canario, Eduardo Enciso, Polina Grebennicova, Tahir Muhamad, Joy Paul, Carl Remy, Merly Suclupe, Rogelio Temple, Ivo Testi, Isabel Villalba
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Ana is an undocumented teen who dreams of going to college. Her best friend Toni knows her immigration status, and struggles with finding the best way to support Ana as she fights legal and social barriers. This short was made by students in the Global Action Project.
Dir: Sharif Anthony
A nerdy, shy young woman finds the man of her dreams. But after a day of quiet stalking, is he still the guy she thinks she wants? This short was a thesis film from the Ghetto Film School.