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Lonely Struggles

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

H.E.R.O. (Helping Energize & Rebuild Ourselves) & Scribe Video Center,

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Miyoshi Smith & Ryan Saunders with David Sarasti

Year released: 
1999
Length: 
18 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.

Two women, Paulette and Karen, talk about their lives, and how they and their children have been affected by public policy. The women are former welfare recipients, are of similar age and have had similar backgrounds, but they left the public assistance rolls in very different ways. The documentary was produced in collaboration with members of H.E.R.O. (Helping Energize and Rebuild Ourselves) Inc., which was established in 1994 out of a concern for the plight of poor single mothers and their children. H.E.R.O.

Filmmaker's Name: 
H.E.R.O. (Helping to Energize and Rebuild Ourselves)
Filmmaker's Bio: 

H.E.R.O. (Helping to Energize and Rebuild Ourselves) was organized to assist women, primarily single African-American mothers and their children, to become self-sufficient. H.E.R.O. works with residents in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia, and sponsors a teen leadership group, coordinates community meetings, and is establishing an education and training center in North Philadelphia.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

May 6 & 7, 2000 - Part of Street Movies screenings at West Philadelphia Community Center and Clark Park respectively (Philadelphia, PA)

Paul Keene

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Carlton Jones for Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1988
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 want a confrontation," says Keene about his art. This short documentary portrait details the vision, inspiration and philosophy that grounded the work of this extraordinary Black American painter, a self-described "abstract realist" whose story reflects both the accomplishments and the difficulties of African American artists in the 20th century. As we listen to Keene and see his most commanding paintings and drawings (accompanied by a leisurely jazz and blues score), a colorful and well-rounded picture emerges of a nationally known Philadelphia-based artist at the height of his powers.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Carlton Jones
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Paul Keene was a Philadelphia-born black artist who earned an prominent reputation at a time when that was exceedingly difficult for artists of his race. He earned three degrees and taught at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1960 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Art at the Philadelphia College of Art. He remained there until 1969, when he left to become a full-time professor at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where he helped to establish a new art department. He retired from teaching in 1985 and took up his brushes full time.

In addition to the Michener Art Museum, Keene's work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum, among others. His subject matter reflects his personal responses to experiences of African Americans, and his work includes voodoo symbolism, ancient Haitian deities, and depictions of jazz musicians.

Carlton Jones is a working videographer and the head of Carlton Jones Video based in Willow Grove, PA.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

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

Crossing Thresholds

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Thresholds in Delaware County and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Adriana Quintero & Phil Rothberg

Year released: 
2002
Length: 
13 minutes, 33 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.

"What you find behind those clanging doors is so different from what you might expect. It's a human being looking for help," marvels longtime Threshold volunteer Theddress Thorpe. When Pennsylvania boasts a recidivism rate of 67%, and legislation passed each year further stigmatizes people who have a criminal record, yet are trying to become productive citizens again, programs like Threshold become very, very necessary.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Adriana Quintero, Phil Rothberg & Thresholds in Delaware County
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Thresholds in Delaware County, Inc. is a non-profit organization which teaches decision-making skills to interested inmates in Delaware County prisons by developing and maintaining a volunteer corps. Through this program, Thresholds builds a constructive relationship between the prisons and the community.

Adriana Quintero is a videomaker who also works as a production/administrative staffer for the Termite TV Collective.

Phil Rothberg is an independent film and videomaker. He also serves as Street Movies coordinator and has served as a facilitator for several Community Visions projects at Scribe Video Center.

Press: 

December 4, 2002 - Brief mention in Philadelphia Weekly, Repertory Film Listings

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

December 11, 2002 - As part of Community Visions premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

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