Documentary History Project for Youth


Scribe seeks Student-Workers for 2015 Documentary History Project for Youth!

DEADLINE: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

The Documentary History Project for Youth is an after-school, weekend and summertime production workshop for middle and high school students. Up to 12 young people explore an aspect of the political, social or cultural history of Philadelphia by creating short video documentaries, audio works or websites. Students gain solid skills in media production - including planning, scripting, camera & sound recording, editing, and exposure to varied media production softwares – FinalCutPro, AfterEffects, HTML and Audacity. The Documentary History Project for Youth program also helps young people learn about the process of studying and presenting history, teaching the skills of archive research, field interviews, data collection and analysis, constructing narratives and fact checking.

Youth enrolled in grades 8 – 12. No prior video making experience is necessary.

Interested applicants must be willing to commit to 5 hours of work during the school year and up to 10 hours per week in the summer. Participants are paid an honorarium for their participation.

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Documentary History Project for Youth

Producers' Forum: Citizen Koch directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (USA, 2013, 86 min)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
$7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe & IHP members


International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Tuesday, March 3, 7pm at International House Philadelphia

Alternately terrifying and wickedly funny, Citizen Koch asks a defining question: “Will big money destroy not only the Republican Party, but our democracy itself?” The film follows a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as it collides with the Tea Party aligned “Americans for Prosperity”, a group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men: David and Charles Koch. As Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, they are forced to choose sides.
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin are Academy Award® nominated filmmakers who produced and directed
Trouble The Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award, and the Sundance Film Festival’s
Grand Jury Prize. They co-produced Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and
Capitalism: A Love Story.

Preceded by
The 13th Amendment by Mike DennisM (2008, 4:35 min)
This documentary short follows a 90 year old great-great grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack
Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary. Having voted all her life, this is the first time she’s had the
opportunity to vote for a Black man for the office of President of the United States.

MASTER CLASS - Tia Lessin: finding and Licensing Archival Footage


DATE: Wednesday, March 4; TIME: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Tia Lessin
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

With anecdotes drawn from clips from her award-winning films Trouble the Water and Citizen Koch, and drawing on her years producing for other outstanding filmmakers like Michael Moore and Marin Scorsese, director Tia Lessin will talk about the arts and craft of archival documentary filmmaking.

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Scribe Café: Evening of video works by New York and local trans artists.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
additional ticket info: 
$5 Suggested Donation


Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street, 3 FL.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Works include All That You Can Be (2014, 3 min) by ScrapHouse Productions, Trans/Form (2014, 4 min) by Whitney P. López, and I Am Hear (2014, 14 min) by Olympia Perez.

Producers' Forum: United In Anger- A History of ACT UP directed by Jim Hubbard (USA, 2012, 93 min.) with On Strong Shoulders


Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 PM
at International House of Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

On Strong Shoulders directed by Warren Bass, Dorothea Braemer, Chris Emmanouilides, Keith Fulton, Mike Kuetemeyer, Adrienne Murphy, Frances Negron, Andres Nicolini, Louis Pepe, Sloane Seale, Anula
Shetty, Marie-Ann Walker and produced by Scribe Video Center (USA, 1995, 30 min)

On Strong Shouldersis a collaborative documentary commissioned by Scribe to look at heroes and
heroines in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. Twelve Philadelphia filmmakers look at “a day in the life of
caregivers, advocates and activists” as part of the observance of World AIDS Day, 1995.

United In Anger: A History of Act Up is a documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist
movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. The film combines
startling archival footage that puts the audience on the ground with the activists and interviews from the
ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots
perspective – how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the
world and save each other’s lives.

Jim Hubbard is a filmmaker and AIDS activist. His repertoire of over 19 films includes Elegy in the
Streets (1989), Two Marches (1991), and Memento Mori (1995). He co-founded, MIX NYC: the New York
Queer Film Festival and created the AIDS Activist Video Collection at the NY Public Library.

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