Scribe Video Center and Various Community Organizations
$20 for individuals/ $50 for institutions and universities
Individuals may purchase this DVD for $20 plus shipping and handling online using Scribe Video Center's secure PayPal account. Institutions should contact Scribe directly by calling 215 222 4201.
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)
Audenried Beacon Center with Scribe Video Center
Videomaking Consultant - Serena Reed; Humanities Consultant - Jacqueline Hart; Post Production - Ellen Reynolds
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.
With its run-down housing, neglected infrastructure and isolated location, residents of Grays Ferry say the city paid little attention to their neighborhood before the infamous street confrontations between working class whites and blacks in the 1990s. The media dubbed Audenried High School a "prison on the hill" after a spate of violent incidents between students. A racially diverse but segregated South Philadelphia neighborhood isolated between a highway and a river, the phrase Grays Ferry had become a slur to some Philadelphians.
Lawnside Historical Society & Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project compilation DVD.
On Mt. Peace by the Lawnside Historical Society (Lawnside, Camden County), chronicles the struggle of the members of the Lawnside community and The Lawnside Historical Society to maintain the 19th century historically black cemetery, Mt. Peace. Established in 1890 by African Americans to provide a burial place for their dead, Mt Peace is the final resting place of many Civil War veterans and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
Lawnside Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization which seeks to preserve and promote the heritage and history of the Lawnside, New Jersey community. The group’s video documents Mount Peace Cemetery, established in 1890 by African Americans to provide a burial place for their dead, and the struggle of local residents to have the cemetery designated as a historical landmark.
Produced and directed by Louis Massiah, Writer/Narrators: Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka
$99 for Community Institutions: Libraries, School. Non-Profit / $129 for Universities & Businesses
The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into an eventful century in African American history. Born three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois witnessed the imposition of Jim Crow, its defeat by the Civil Rights Movement and the triumph of African independence struggles.
"A beautiful and moving epic - not only about a brilliant and important figure but about the struggle of a people in the 20th century...Will make a wonderful teaching tool. I was personally inspired." -- Lani Guinier, University of Pennsylvania
"An absolutely incredible job! Your film on Du Bois nears perfection . . . A resonantly full work of art. I can't imagine that Du Bois himself would not weep in gratitude upon seeing the work." -- Houston A. Baker Jr., University of Pennsylvania
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.
April 1996 - Circle Audience Award Winner, FilmFest DC (Washington, DC)
November 1997 - Bronze Plaque in Social Issues category, The Chris Awards, The Columbus Film and Video Festival (Columbus, OH)
November 15, 1995 - "Du Bois film to have advance showing here," MIT News Office
April 25, 1996 - "All Together Now: Scribe Video's Louis Massiah uses many voices to tell the story of W.E.B. Du Bois," by Jeannine DeLombard, Philadelphia City Paper
May 2, 1996 - "Well-attended Tribute Features New Document Comments on 'Philadelphia Negro' Reissue," by Jehron Hunter, Black Issues in Higher Education
February-March 1997 - "W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices," American Visions
February 7, 1997 - "Pioneer in Sociology, Persevering Fighter for Civil Rights," by Walter Goodman, The New York Times
February 8, 1999 - "Third World Center hosts movie, lecture on life of W.E.B. Du Bois," by Triza Cox, The Daily Princetonian
February 23, 1994 - Excerpts screened at Celebrating the Birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois event, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York, NY)
June 21, 1996 - Boundaries · Bodies · Borders, American Studies Summer Institute (Pullman, WA)
November 2, 1996 - Presented by Gerald Horne, Department of History, University of North Carolina at American Studies Association Annual Meeting: GLOBAL MIGRATION, AMERICAN CULTURES, AND THE STATE (Kansas City, MO)
1997 - Film/Video/Television & Socio-Economic Transformation in the African World, African Humanities Institute Programme, University of Ghana (Legon, Ghana)
February 7, 1997 - Broadcast nationally on PBS
February 20, 1997 - Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
October 5 & 6, 1997 - New Docs, Neighborhood Film/Video Project at International House (Philadelphia, PA)
October 20 & 24, 1998 - Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
February 7, 1999 - Screened at Third World Center, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Summer 1999 - Du Bois Week, Institute for the International Education of Students, American Studies Program Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
March 6, 2000 - Screened as part of "Telling Lives: African American Autobiographies 1890-1960," Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)
March 21 - 24, 2000 - Inaugural Mercer University Symposium, Mercer University (Macon, GA)
February 7, 2002 - Part of Louis Massiah's appaearance as new artist-in-residence in the Afro-American Studies Program at University of Pennsylvania, International House (Philadelphia, PA)
February 20, 2002 - Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
February 5, 2003 - Colby College (Waterville, ME)
February 5, 2003 - Featured screening in The Council on African Studies and the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University's VISIONS OF AFRICA: Contemporary African Cinema series
February 11, 2003 - Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA)
May 15, 2004 - "The Search for Equality: Brown Vs. Board of Education" film series, Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
February 7, 2005 - Screening of the first and second parts of the film, John Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
February 23, 2006 - Louis Massiah presents film in celebration of Du Bois' 138th birthday at Haverford College's Multicultural Center (Haverford, PA)
Filmmaker and educator Willa Cofield traces the colorful history of the Brick School, a pioneering boarding institution which provided education for African-Americans in segregated North Carolina from 1895 to 1933. The Brick School Legacy details the story of educator Thomas Sewell Inborden, who founded the Brick School in 1895 to serve the large number of rural African-Americans in the eastern North Carolina counties, and to provide solid academic training and an extension program for agricultural workers.
Dr. Willa Cofield began classes at Scribe Video Center in the fall of 1998 after an eight-year search for a filmmaker to bring the story of Brick School to the screen. She has deep roots in North Carolina, having lived in Enfield, three miles from Brick School, for much of her life. Retired from the NJ Department of Education, she now resides in Plainfield, NJ, where she co-leads Women in Conversation and works with Girls in Conversation and the Black Women's History Conference, which she founded in 1983. During the summer, she serves as a small group leader for SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) in California, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
Fall 2002 - Cofield wins a Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association subsidy
2004 - Winner of 2004 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Screening Jury Citation (However, the video is not screened during festival.)
July 2003 - Winner, Best Documentary, PhilaFilm International Film Festival at the African American Museum, PA
June 12, 2002 - Film: Repertory, Philadelphia Weekly (brief mention)
June 13, 2002 - Screen Picks, Philadelphia City Paper (brief mention)
June 13 & 14, 2002 - Part of Scribe's 20th anniversary celebration kick-off at Prince Music Theater
January 23, 2003 - The North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
June 28, 2003 - Premiere, Inborden School (Enfield, NC)
Summer 2003 - McWilliams Family Reunion (Rocky Mount, NC)
February 2004 - Black History Month Celebration (Tarboro, NC)
Spring 2004 - Women in Conversation (Plainfield, NJ)
May 21-22, 2004 - Westfield High School Ninth-Grade English Classes (Westfield, NJ)
July 3, 2004 - PhilaFilm International Film Festival at the African American Museum, (Philadelphia, PA)
June 17, 2004 - One-Room School House Conference, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
June 2004 - Vinegar Hill Festival, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
July 2004 - SEED Leaders' Conference, San Deomenico School (San Anselmo, CA)
March 9 & 16, 2005 - Women of Color Film Series at Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, CA)
January 15, 2005, Plainfield Cable Television (Plainfield, NJ)