UPDATE!! Check out "Temporary Home", by Julianna Negron. Just one of the films to be touring this summer. VIEW IT HERE >> http://tinyurl.com/juliannanegron.
UPDATE!! We're confident that you all will help us reach our goal, so now we're putting a plan together to MAKE A DOCUMENTARY, showing the making of and the behind the scenes of THE TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL!
Thousands of New Yorkers have been moved and inspired by the stories of Reel Works teen filmmakers through the weekly broadcasts of our youth-produced series “Reel Works with Avan Jogia” on NYC-Life [Channel 25]. But the topics that affect many teens - like bullying, the immigrant experience, living with a disease and the loss of a parent - do not only affect young people in the “Big Apple”.
Why do you want to go on the road?
When teens share their stories with others just like them, something powerful happens and they learn they’re not alone and are often times inspired to make empowered positive action. That is why the Reel Works Junior Advisory Board has curated a selection of Reel Works films, which cover some very important issues that impact young people everywhere for the Reel Works Traveling Film Festival to visit communities from the Tri-State area to Washington, D.C. so they can share their stories and inspire other young people just like them to have their voices heard!
What is the Summer Plan?
The Reel Works Traveling Film Festival will partner with community organizers and teachers to screen award winning youth produced films in local communities - supported by youth produced discussion guides, lesson plans and connected cause-centric resources.
What is my money going towards?
All this month on Kickstarter, Reel Works will be trying to raise $10,000 to cover travel, lodging and food, design and duplication of DVD’s, discussion guides, lesson plans as well as publicity material including promotional posters, buttons and t-shirts.
ABOUT REEL WORKS
Founded in 2001, Reel Works is a Brooklyn based non-profit that provides a free after-school filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.
Risks and challenges
We've been helping teens find their voices to tell important stories for a long time. We've also done a great job helping them get their films into film festivals and local screenings for their immediate communities.
The idea of TRAVEL, for any individual can raise challenges and now we're going to do it with a gaggle of teens in tow. We'll be traveling with many experienced chaperones and connecting with peer organizations that will be equipped to help meet the needs of teens.
Our Kickstarter fundraising goal is a bare bones budget that covers a few trips this Summer. Reel Works is pursuing other funding sources that may allow us to add more locations as they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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