SCREENING: Youth Media + Social Justice

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What media are youth creating that creates social change?

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Join The Alliance for an online screening of a selection of Youth-Produced Media from Alliance Members including Post D Productions (VA), Venice Arts Center (CA), Youth FX (NY), Appalachian Media Institute (KY), RYSE Center (CA) and St. Paul-based journalist Safiya Mohammed in an examination of how media is at the center of youth-led social change.

ABOUT THE FILMS + FILMMAKERS

Hannah Adams, Madison Buchanan, John Ison, and Autumn Craft +Appalachian Media Institute | Whitesburg, KY

“The Fallout” discusses addiction in the central Appalachian region and alternative therapies that help addicts through recovery. These programs step in where jail systems fail to rehabilitate those in need. In this film we look into the lives of recovered addicts who are now working to better themselves and their communities.

Emerson Boutte | "Lafitte 2068: No Place to Call Home" | Lafitte, LA

Emerson Boutte is a senior at Fisher Highschool in Lafitte, Louisiana. Once she graduates High School she plans on majoring in film to become a filmmaker. She has created multiple short films for school projects as part of her digital media class. She has recently created her first Short Documentary, Lafitte 2068: No Place to Call Home, while interning at Novac. Emerson wants to raise awareness for the youth to realize how fast her hometown is being washed away, and inspire them to make a difference and help in saving Lafitte.

Citizens of older generations from Lafitte speak out on how coastal erosion, subsidence, and floods have severely impacted their lives. Clothile Cobert, Lanvin LeBlanc, Edward Perrin, and Jerry Victoriano share personal experiences and memories of certain places they got to experience and how much of what they once knew is now gone. They explain how the land of Lafitte has changed before their own eyes as they have grown up and built a life in the small town. They express their opinions on what should be done and how it’s up to the young generations of Lafitte to become more involved and knowledgeable of the situation at hand and ultimately save our town. Young students and citizens from Lafitte share and express how little they know about the severity of coastal erosion or the situation at all. The goal of this documentary is to raise awareness and inspire the young generations of Lafitte, and other coastal towns facing the same problems, to be more involved, more knowledgeable, and want to stand up and help save Lafitte from becoming nonexistent within the next 50 years.

Camille Dobbs + Youth FX | "Silence" | Albany, NY

Camille Dobbs is an actress, director, screenwriter, and activist who has been working with Youth FX since she 15 years old. She is an aspiring actress who has starred and directed the following short films: Black Girls Don't Cry and Silence. Her film Silence was screened on national TV and was also accepted at Blackstar Film Festival. Camille has appeared in many plays such as Blaq Boi, Shot, and Which Way is Home. She uses film and theater as a medium to address and challenge the many issues that we are facing in today's society.

Inspired by real events & the #MeToo movement, SILENCE is a look at the fallout of a relationship that never was.

Azalia Escalera + Venice Arts | "Work" | Venice, CA

Azalia Escalera is a Mexican-American 1st generation student who was born and raised in Inglewood, California and is now attending UCLA’s School of Film, Theatre, and Television as a freshman. During her middle school years, Azalia discovered her passion for filmmaking. Ever since then she has dedicated herself to this interest in her free time and through different film programs outside of school such as Venice Arts and California State Summer School of the Arts, with the goal of becoming a director, editor, or cinematographer in the film industry.

Maria is a high school student in Aguascalientes, Mexico in the year 1986. When she gets home from school, she is faced with doing the house chores of 12 siblings and homework all while having a job on the side to help pay for her school. Maria wants to continue her high school career and pursue a higher education but one obstacle lies in her way: the misogynistic ideas of her father. This film shows a day in the life of Maria as well as the outcome in her attempt to continue her education.

Isaiah Grant, Destiny Madison, Tearra Brintley + RYSE Center | "Police Brutality" | Richmond, CA

"Police Brutality" is a Music Video that speaks on the injustice of black and brown youth. It shows the reality of what young people face everyday. Song was created by Jashawna "Anii" Chaney.Post D Productions | "Change" | Richmond, VA

Safiya Mohammed | "Twin Cities Native Americans Reclaim Lacrosse Sport" | St. Paul, MN

Safiya Mohamed is a well-rounded, multimedia student journalist based in Minnesota. Her journey as a digital storyteller began with Threesixty Journalism, a non-profit youth group at the University of St. Thomas. Through the program, she has polished and excelled her writing, reporting, interviewing, and media skills. Outside of Journalism, she is a Visitor's Assistant at the Minnesota Children's Museum, where she works to create an upbeat and fun environment for museum visitors and families. Safiya has also interned at Rondo Community Outreach library as a Public Art Intern. During her time there, she assisted patrons in the computer lab, answered digital and technology-related questions, organized media content, translated data and work from Somali to English, and helped teach computer classes. A current senior in high school, she hopes to attend the University of St. Thomas and study journalism. Safiya dreams of one day becoming a foreign correspondent in both the developing world and the Muslim world, covering women and marginalized groups who've created grassroots organizations and have fostered movements for global equality and democracy.

ThreeSixty Journalism collaborates with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) to examine trending health issues with the next generation of reporters.

Post D Productions | "Wrong" | Richmond, VA

We are a group of young men, in the Post Dispositional Program at RJDC. We made an animated music video about how we ended up where we are. This piece includes hand drawn animations and green screen performances. We learned about animation techniques and music production. All the lyrics were written and recorded by us. Our process shows no matter your situation, your creation can still be brilliant!!!

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance Youth Media Network convenes, connects, nurtures and sustains strategic development in the broad Youth Media field. We support innovative and emerging models of practice within the fields of youth media, creative youth development, and media literacy. We do this through the collaborative production of a youth media magazine, ongoing Collective Action work, hosting national Video Roundtable conversations, designing and producing youth media conference content with global partners, and through the leadership of an international network of youth media organizations.

All of the programs of our Youth Media Initiative use an intergenerational, co-creative approach as a means to demonstrate the possibilities and impact of a range of youth and elders working collaboratively and inclusively, interrogating power and privilege across program areas. Check out our FAQ here.

ABOUT THE YOUTH MEDIA NETWORK VIRTUAL SUMMIT

From October 25 to November 15, 2019, The Alliance Youth Media Network will be hosting a Virtual Summit across Zoom, OVEE, and Instagram that engages youth, adult, and organizational Members in a critical inquiry into how the role of media in youth-centered social change.

We will host intimate Video Roundtables with youth, teaching artists, and organizers on topics like:

On Saturday, November 9 at 10am PT / 1pm ET, we will be hosting an online screening of select youth-produced media, films, and video from members at:

Finally, we'll be taking over Instagram with our Members throughout those three weeks. We'll be:

  • hosting Instagram Live Chats with Young Adult Media Makers + Artists about their personal, professional, and creative trajectories,
  • inviting Members to Take-Over our Instagram Stories and show the ways in which they empower youth to create + tell their own stories, media, and art.
  • sharing Youth Media Memes that humorously complicate notions of what youth media actually is (and isn't).

To learn more about our Instagram Strategies for Collective Engagement and how YOU can be a MEMBER + JOIN US, visit: https://linktr.ee/alliance_arts

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