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To School or Not to School

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Youth United for Change of Woodrock and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

John Knapich

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
13 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.

A youth group from Woodrock, Inc. created this video to explore and document the high rate of school drop-outs among their peers. Students and drop-outs of Edison High School discuss issues of daily concern, such as peer pressure, the desire to earn fast cash, lack of parental involvement, teenage pregnancy and a lack of teacher effectiveness. With so many burdens weighing them down, how do they make a clear-headed decision to school...or not to school?

Filmmaker's Name: 
Woodrock & John Knapich
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Woodrock was originally conceived as a summer camp but within a few years began offering year-round programs by partnering with Philadelphia area schools. Today, Woodrock provides direct program services to over 3,000 youth and offers training and technical assistance to a variety of youth programs throughout the Philadelphia region. The non-profit youth agency committed to the elimination of interracial tension and hostility through programs for youths ages 9 to 18, particularly those based in the Kensington and Fishtown sections of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John Knapich has been a film editor, writer and director for over fifteen years. He has written five screenplays, including two with Thomas Kelly and has edited documentaries for NFL Films, Lifetime and Fox Television where he won an Emmy for daytime children's programming. His feature film directorial debut, Dog's Life , was shot in Philadelphia, PA. Crafty Web surfers can find samples of his work online at You Tube and Google Video.

Press: 

August 6, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia Weekly

August 8, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia City Paper

August 8, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

August 8, 1997 - Street Movies screening at Village of the Arts & Humanities (Philadelphia, PA)

August 23, 1997 - Street Movies screening at Winchester Community Center (Philadelphia, PA)

Princeton Nursery School : A Jewel For The Neighborhood, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Princeton Nursery School & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Charlene Gilbert, Carlton Jones, Louis Massiah

Year released: 
1997
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.

Princeton Nursery School's mission is to provide a happy atmosphere for children at an affordable cost for their parents. Many of the school's parents are working, going to school, single -- or all three! The video chronicles the nursery school's history, as well as its daily routine and problems, including the recurring struggle to get loving but time-crunched parents to become -- and stay -- more involved.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Charlene Gilbert, Carlton Jones, Louis Massiah
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Princeton Nursery School was founded in 1929 to respond to the needs of local mothers looking to place their children in a caring and educational environment while they worked outside the home. Children at the Princeton Nursery School experience diversity and daily successes, develop healthy attitudes toward mistakes, assume responsibility for their personal space and materials, and encounter decision-making opportunities in the planning of their independent activities.

Charlene Gilbert is an independent documentary film and videomaker whose award winning film, Homecoming, Sometimes I am haunted by memories of red dirt and clay, premiered nationally on PBS and won the NBPC Prized Pieces Award for Best Documentary. Ms. Gilbert also co-authored, with Quinn Eli, a companion book to the film entitled Homecoming: The Story of African American Farmers published by Beacon Press. Her most recent documentary, Children Will Listen, premiered at the 2004 AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival and had its national primetime PBS broadcast premiere in the fall of 2005. Her films and videos have been screened in numerous international and national festivals including: FESPACO, the Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Ms. Gilbert is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Media Fellowship and the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship award. She is currently working on a documentary project on Juvenile Justice and resides in Washington, DC where she is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University.

Carlton Jones is a working videographer, a frequent Scribe video faciliator, and the head of Willow Grove, PA-based Carlton Jones Video.

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of Scribe. He also produced and directed the documentary works Louise Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words, and W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices. His award-winning works have been seen widely on public television and at international film festival and include Cecil B. Moore, an examination of the political leader and the Civil Rights struggle in Philadelphia, and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown, on young political activists that emerged from a Hewlett video workshop at Haverford College.

Massiah's works for public television include Power! and A Nation of Law? for the award-winning series Eyes on the Prize II; <\em>Trash!, an encyclopedic look at trash as aspect of American culture; My Own Boss, exploring worker-owned and self-managed industries; and Digging Dinosaurs, profile of paleontologist, Jack Horner. In 2000, he served as senior production consultant for Robert Pinksy's Favorite Poem Project on the PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 13, 1998 - Scribe Video Center Retrospective: Five on the Black Hand Side, Painted Bride Art Center (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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