Produced by student videomakers in Scribe Video Centerâ€™s 2003 Documentary History Project for Youth
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.
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)
Produced by Montessori Genesis School & Scribe Video Center
$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses
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.
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.
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
August 1997 - Street Movies screening at Montessori Genesis II playground (Philadelphia, PA)
August 1999 - Street Movies screening at Montessori Genesis II playground (Philadelphia, PA)
Written and directed by Donna Dudick, Up and Over Productions
"The Mommy Track" is a comedic drama about three sisters coming together for their mother's funeral. After the will is read, it becomes clear that one of the sisters has been disinherited, and the sisters try to uncover the reason as they deal with the grieving process, uncover hidden truths about one another and handle their respective midlife crisis situations. Dudick stars in the film as Midge, the sister who works as a family law attorney and is so over-burdened that she fantasizes about marrying the local newspaper man and becoming a professional BASE jumper.
Donna Dudick is a filmmaker, wife and mother of three. She attended Temple University ’s graduate program for Acting (Professional Actor's Training Program) in the early 1980’s, after which she earned a J.D. from the California Western Law School in San Diego , and an M. Ed. from Arcadia University in Glenside , PA. Dudick practiced law in the Philadelphia area until 1995. During this time, she maintained her interest in film and theater by exercising her burgeoning skills as a dogmatic armchair critic.
The Mommy Track is the Warrington, PA resident's first film. In 2003, she directed her second feature film, this time shooting parts of it in Bethany, WV, the Poconos, and suburban Philadelphia. THE MIDDLE VOICE is a "noir narrative" about the residents of a fictional, blue-collar town who are threatened with a doctor walk-out in the midst of a looming health care crisis.
Dudick shot and edited 2 short films in 2005: "The Trick," and "Virgilio," a short film about the American haiku poet, NickVirgilio. She also directs the Algonquin Independent Film Festival of Bucks County.
June 26, 2001 - Feature film to be shot in Warrington in July, The Doylestown Patriot
July 18, 2001 - Lights...Camera...Action!, The Doylestown Patriot
February 12, 2003 - The Mommy Track (review), Film Threat Magazine
May 10, 2002 - DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
June 22, 2002 - Sedgwick Cultural Center's "Digital Divas" women-in-video program (Philadelphia, PA)
October 20, 2002 - Mike Lemon Casting Workshop series (Philadelphia, PA)
Produced by the Fall 2002 Documentary Production Workshop
Nadine Patterson and Phil Rothberg, Humanities Consultant: Dr. Tondra Loder
An eclectic group of public school students, city politicians, parents and public school teachers reflect on the unfortunate inequities, questionable fixes and and sometimes painful ironies of the city's public school system.
"I love learning but they're killing that love."
- Evan Kornfield, Creative and Performing Arts High School senior
"I think we don't value our children, even when we say we do."
- Melanie Ekpaji, parent and Philadelphia Public School teacher
Dolores Luis Gmitter, Tondra L. Loder, Amy Roy, Pauline Stakelon all participated in the fall 2002 Documentary Production Workshop at Scribe Video Center. They were inspired by Toni Morrison's poem, The Big Box, a lyrical allegory of what happens when Patty, a good, but rambunctious student's freedoms are slowly taken away from her for "the greater good."
Nadine Patterson runs the awarding-winning film company, Harmony Image Productions. Her productions focus on African-American culture and the city of Philadelphia. Patterson is an award-winning independent producer of works such as I Used to Teach English, Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit; Moving with the Dreaming; Todo El Mundo Dance!; Shizue; and LoqueeshaAshleyFranklinJosieBrown, which was part of the second season of WYBE TV35's Philadelphia Stories. She has received funding for her projects from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, WYBE, the National Black Programming Consortium, the Philadelphia Foundation and the Leeway Foundation. She has taught courses in video production at educational institutions including Scribe Video Center, Arcadia University, Temple University and Drexel University. Her latest work is Cosmic Trane, an experimental video in three parts that uses music, movement, visual art, and documentary footage to convey some of the issues explored in John Coltrane's music.
Phil Rothberg is an independent film and videomaker. He also serves as Scribe's Street Movies coordinator and has served as a facilitator for several Community Visions projects at Scribe Video Center.
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)