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Taking Of One Liberty Place, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Louis Massiah and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1988
Length: 
7 minutes and 30 seconds
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.

"When you say takeover, what kind of takeover do you mean?" -- A polite security guard facing a phalanx of equally polite protestors in The Taking of One Liberty Place

Filmmaker's Name: 
Louis Massiah
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video and filmmakers and community organizations. He is an independent filmmaker who has produced and directed a variety of award-winning documentary films for public television.

Known for his explorations of civil rights themes and crises in the African-American community, his credits include two films in the Eyes on the Prize II series and The Bombing of Osage Avenue, about the burning of a black section of Philadephia as a result of the police bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE. He is also the director of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. Massiah has received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the the National Black Programming Consortium, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and several Emmy award nominations. In 1996, he was a recipient of a five year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.

New Faces of Aids, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

We The People Living with Aids of the Delaware Valley & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Janet Williams & Cindy Wong

Year released: 
1994
Length: 
15 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.

"I just love that place. It's a haven," a woman says with a joyous smile as the video opens. Featuring exuberant testamonials from HIV positive members of the We The People "family," this doumentary short lovingly documents a unique HIV and AIDS-themed social service agency located within shouting distance of City Hall. We The People, an organization run by and for people with HIV, has produced a moving video which documents the organization's efforts to emotionally, socially and economically empower people with the HIV-virus.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Janet Williams, Cindy Wong
Filmmaker's Bio: 

<"http://www.peoplewithaids.org">We the People Living with AIDS of the Delaware Valley is the only Philadelphia-based organization created and run by people living with HIV disease and AIDS. This organization serves as the major link to the larger medical and social services for the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are disenfranchised because of their own behavior or because of discrimination based on race, mental illness, substance abuse, income status, sexual preferences, lifestyles, etc. We The People does this by offering practical support services that our target population tells us that they need: diagnostic and medical services, meals, clothing, social connections, peer and professional substance abuse and mental health counseling and referrals, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS risk reduction education, referrals to other services, and now a housing and recovery house.

Janet Williams works as a digital video artist and graphic designer in the Philadelphia area.

Cindy Wong has been a production facilitator for other Scribe projects including Face to Face and To the Point.

Habitat For Humanity

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Habitat For Humanity: West Philadelphia & Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
14 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.

"This is not just some do-gooder project," asserts a Habitat for Humanity: West Philadelphia staffer at a meeting for local residents eager to learn about how they can become a homeowner through the program. He's right, as this video shows how much work future homeowners, some who ruefully describe themselves as members of "the working poor," must do before they receive keys to their newly built home.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia builds and rehabilitates houses and neighborhoods by providing simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. In March 2003, Habitat Philadelphia formed through the merger of four independent city affiliates, including the West Philadelphia branch of Habitat for Humanity, which co-produced this video. Before the merger, those affiliates had completed a total of 106 houses in a little over 15 years.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 13, 1998 - Part of Five on the Black Hand Side Scribe Video Center Retrospective at Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)

August 4, 1998 - Part of Street Movies screening at 18th District Town Watch (Philadelphia, PA)

May Day Takeover

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Louis Massiah and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1991
Length: 
12 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.

Hey, does anybody recognize that van parked outside? No? On May 1, 1990, members of Dignity Housing, an organization of homeless and formerly homeless people working for permanent housing solutions to the shelter crisis, swarmed out of a van in an upper middle class neighborhood and put words into action. Much to the surprise of the neighbors, the members of Dignity staged a relatively polite and highly organized squat of a vacant, federally owned building in an community far from their own to emphasize the federal government's failure to address the housing needs of the poor.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Louis Massiah
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video and filmmakers and community organizations. He is an independent filmmaker who has produced and directed a variety of award-winning documentary films for public television.

Known for his explorations of civil rights themes and crises in the African-American community, his credits include two films in the Eyes on the Prize II series and The Bombing of Osage Avenue, about the burning of a black section of Philadephia as a result of the police bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE. He is also the director of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. Massiah has received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the the National Black Programming Consortium, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and several Emmy award nominations. In 1996, he was a recipient of a five year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.

Dignity Housing is a non-profit organization that has been providing affordable housing and social service supports to homeless families throughout Philadelphia since 1988.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

May 14, 1994 - 1994 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema's 9th Annual Festival of Independents (Philadelphia, PA)
January 14 & February 11, 1997 - Part of Tuesday Night Specials broadcast on DUTV Cable 54 (Philadelphia, PA)

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