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Philadelphia's Youth In Action : Agents Of Change

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by the Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Hebert Peck Jr. & Miyoshi Smith

Year released: 
1995
Length: 
28 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change.

Filmmaker's Bio: 

Hébert Peck Jr. is an independent television producer. He has created television series, short form documentaries and web based projects for Rutgers University Television Network, a statewide closed circuit cable television and broadband Internet system. These programs air internationally through the ReseachChannel. Peck is the producer of Philadelphia Stories, a 13-hour series of documentaries and short films exploring the people, the places and things that make up the rich fabric of Philadelphia. Peck’s personal work, including the award winning video essay Little Hébert, has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals nationally. For eight years Peck managed the operation of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. He completed one term as the co-president on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and has served on an advisory capacity in such areas as film, video and multimedia production funding for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Services (ITVS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Miyoshi Smith is a media artist whose credits include two major radio series for national and international distribution: First and Last Words, a poetry series hosted by writer Sonia Sanchez, featuring Essex Hemphill, Larry Duckette and Linh Dinh; and Even the Sounds Are Blue, a musical series hosted by vocalist/composer Cassandra Wilson and featuring Michel Rosewoman, Craigh Harris and David Murray.

Press: 

January 11, 1995 - "Youth In Action On TV 12," Star Newspaper
January 18, 1995 - "Trying to Tell A Vision: Six Teenagers Make A Documentary About Young Activists, Past and Present," by Michael McGettigan, Philadelphia Weekly
January 31, 1995 - "Youth Activism Highlighted in Documentary," Philadelphia Tribune,

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

January 18, 1995 - Broadcast at 10pm on WHYY TV12 (Philadelphia, PA)

Out Of Time : A History Of Public School Education In Philadelphia

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by student videomakers in Scribe Video Center’s 2003 Documentary History Project for Youth

Year released: 
2004
Length: 
30 minutes

The 2004 Documentary History Project for Youth students worked diligently to span three centuries of history exploring the evolution of public education in Philadelphia. From early private Quaker establishments to the birth of the common school system a century later, right up to today's charter schools and the present-day schools contracted to the often controversial Edison Schools Inc., Philadelphia's eyebrow-raising educational periods are presented with humor and insight, all under the umbrella of the video's time traveling protagonist.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 14, 2004 - Part of Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing, Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
May 27, 2004 - Part of Reelblack Presents The Youth Media Intramurals at the 5th Annual Youth Media Jam, Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

Montessori Genesis II : A Family Thing

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Montessori Genesis School & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Nadine Patterson

Year released: 
1991
Length: 
8 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

Unhappy with your child's schooling? Don't call the principal; start your own school. That's what a group of low-income African-American families from the Mantua community decided to do 30 years ago, and as this short video testifies, the results have been astounding.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Montessori Genesis II
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Montessori Genesis II (MGII) was founded in 1976 by sixteen low-income Black families. The children of these families had had a very successful Montessori pre-school experience at the Early Learning Center in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These parents wanted their children to continue enjoying a high quality education during their elementary years. But there was no nearby elementary school prepared to follow up on the Montessori education that had been so successful.

The group of sixteen families joined together to take on this challenge. They solicited the help of two Religious of the Assumption nuns who were trained Montessori teachers to instruct their children and started their own school, Montessori Genesis II. Serving as something of a magnet, Montessori Genesis II now draws students not only from the surrounding community, but from throughout the Philadelphia area such as North Philadelphia, Germantown, Greater Northwest Philly and beyond. The quality of the education and personal growth afforded the students at MGII is such that when they leave, they can go out and successfully navigate the waters of all levels of higher education and post-academic life.

Press: 

August 7, 1997 - "Hey, That's Me!," by David Warner, Philadelphia City Paper
August 8, 1999 - "New Program Takes Films Out Of Theaters and Into the Streets," by Daniel Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

August 1997 - Street Movies screening at Montessori Genesis II playground (Philadelphia, PA)
August 1999 - Street Movies screening at Montessori Genesis II playground (Philadelphia, PA)

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