Scribe Video Center and Various Community Organizations
$20 for individuals/ $50 for institutions and universities
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Scribe Video Center’s
Precious Places Community History Project Vol. 4
While tourists head straight for the city’s official “Historic District” and native Philadelphian’s think they have seen it all, Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Community History Project reveals bypassed neighborhood sites as bright landmarks that surprise and inspire residents and visitors alike. Using the video documentary as a storytelling medium, neighborhood residents have come together to document the oral histories of their communities. Over the past 6 years Scribe has collaborated with community groups from Philadelphia, Chester, Ardmore, and Camden to produce 59 community histories. Precious Places is a regional history, an occasion for neighbors to tell their own stories about and the people and places that make their communities unique. Volume 4 features 10 videos covering themes that include urban green spaces, immigration, religion, racial segregation and integration and urban renewal.
Awbury by Awbury Arboretum (East Germantown)
The Awbury Arboretum has existed for over 150 years, and over that time it has been a celebrated green space in northwest Philadelphia. “Awbury,” by the Awbury Arboretum Association and residents living on the arboretum grounds, digs into Awbury’s history, from the purchase of the land by the Coate family in the 1850’s to the arboretum’s current youth programs and community gardening workshops. By revealing the similarities between past and present uses of the arboretum, the video underscores the timeless importance of green spaces in urban areas. (8:42 min)
Standing on the Promises of God by Bethany AME Church (Northeast Philadelphia)
Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac
This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions compilation DVD.
Meaning “School of Blood Moving in the Heart” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac is a dance and cultural troupe based in the heart of South Philadelphia. A visually captivating portrait of the group told through their own voices, Aztec Dance in Philadelphia raises questions about indigenous history and the retention of cultural heritage in the context of modern immigration. “We consider it a school because we are learning about the culture we have lost,” says one of the group’s members.
The United Communities Southeast Philadelphia and the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative with Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol. 3 compilation DVD
The Houston Community Center carries on a long and illustrious tradition of social service in this ethnically diverse South Philadelphia neighborhood. Founded in 1901 as St. Martha’s House, the organization functioned as a settlement house serving the predominantly Italian and Eastern European immigrant communities of the area. St. Martha’s provided education and health services and emphasized “integration and assimilation” programs for immigrants intended to ease their transition into an unfamiliar city and culture.
Filipino American National Historical Society with Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.
St. Augustine Church has been continually transformed by immigrants throughout its two century history. It has nourished many generations, beginning with Irish and German immigrants, who have made their home in the river wards of old Philadelphia. Anti-Irish, anti-catholic nativists burned the church to the ground in 1844, but the church was rebuilt and subsequently became a major institution of the neighborhood.
Filipino American National Historical Society – PA chapter is a local group that works to promote Filipino American history. FANHS PA’s project begins to document just one segment of the larger history of Filipino Americans in Philadelphia: the Filipino American community of St. Augustine’s Church at 4th and Vine.
Medical Communication for Pan Asian Health and Understanding, Asian Arts Initiative & Scribe Video Center
Cindy Burstein & Tony Heriza
$20 for Individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses
Starting in February 1999, a total of 33 teens gathered on a weekly basis to script, shoot, and edit a 15-minute video addressing issues they decided were important in their lives. The dreams of Asian American teenagers, the expectations of immigrant parents, and the pull towards gang culture and violence are the themes of the resulting youth-produced narrative. The fictional story centers around three Asian-American teenagers their struggles and choices, set against the backdrop of life in Asian South Philadelphia and teen hip hop culture.
Phally Chroy, who graduated from Furness High School shortly after starring in American Sroksrei, is an immigrant who came to America as a baby after the end of the Vietnam War. He attended Temple University as an undergraduate in the Film and Media Arts program, and later applied to the MFA program to grow artistically as a filmmaker.
Cindy Burstein is a documentary producer living and working in Philadelphia. She comes to the field with a background in community organizing and youth leadership development. Since receiving her MFA in 1997 from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, she has been teaching video production, producing documentaries, and collaborating with other filmmakers. Her most recent film, 2004's Passionate Voices: American Jews and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict was created as a tool for dialogue. She served as regional outreach coordinator of theatrical release for two New Yorker Films award-winning documentaries, Trembling Before G-d and My Architect. As an adjunct professor in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University, she continues to enlighten students about the merits of progressive media.
November 10, 1999 - "It's Their Life," by Myung Oak Kim, Philadelphia Daily News
5/6/2000 - University of Pennsylvania Law School Human Rights Panel (Philadelphia, PA)
5/6/2000 and 5/7/2000 - Street Movies! screenings at West Philadelphia Community Center and Clark Park respectively (Philadelphia, PA)
5/4/2000 - Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)
2001 - Prince Music Theater's Youth Media Jam (Philadelphia, PA)
2001 - Chicago Asian American Showcase (Chicago, IL)