teens

Teens on Sex

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Youth Health Empowerment Project and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Dina Mendros and Roxana Walker-Canton

Year released: 
1998
Length: 
18 minutes

An informative look at adolescent sexual health by an eclectic group of Philadelphia teens and teen peer educators of the Youth Health Empowerment Project. The video was collaboratively made with Y-HEP teen volunteers who powerfully deconstruct myths ("You can't get pregnant your first time."), address common concerns, and give useful, experience-based advice to their peers.

Filmmaker's Name: 
The Youth Health Empowerment project, Dina Mendros & Roxana Walker- Canton
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)is a project of Philadelphia FIGHT that offers a comprehensive range of health promotion and youth development programs using a harm reduction approach to at-risk youth.

Dina Mendros is a member of Temple University's Women's Film & Video Collective and recently completed Temple's Master's program in Anthropology. A former writer for the Philadelphia City Paper, she is currently at work on a video documentary about a New York school for cross-dressing.

Roxana Walker-Canton is a filmmaker, author, professor and television host who currently works as visiting professor of media studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

Press: 

May 7, 1999 - "Film Talks to 'Teens on Sex'", by Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

May 6, 1999 - Part of the Festival of Independents at Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, International House (Philadelphia, PA)

Soks "Save Our Kids"

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Princeton Atelier and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Louis Massiah, Charlene Gilbert and Carlton Jones

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
10 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.

"When I was a child, Princeton was a real small community — everybody knew everybody," says SOKS founder Hank Pannell, whose goal was to recreate the small community of his childhood. "Princeton has the same needs as any inner city," observes SOKS member Tom Parker, "but the problems are being overlooked because it is Princeton." The men involved with SOKS all have the same mission — to make a difference in the lives of young African-American boys, ages 10 through 16, growing up in the Princeton community.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Princeton Atelier
Filmmaker's Photo: 
henrypannellSOKS.jpg
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The idea for Princeton University's Princeton Atelier was sparked by novelist and Professor Toni Morrison's experiences collaborating on a song cycle, Honey and Rue, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for opera star Kathleen Battle. That project brought her together with André Previn who scored the music for the piece. In the Atelier program, Professor Morrison tries to capture the same excitement this collaborative experience offered her. The Atelier brings together on campus guest artists from different media for an intensive, in-residence collaborative effort with each other and Princeton's faculty and students. The focus of the Atelier is on the process of creating a work of art rather than on the finished product, and guest artists bring to campus an idea they want to create, explore, and develop. The "SOKS - Save Our Kids " videotape was produced in an Atelier directed by Louis Massiah and facilitated by Princeton students.

The "SOKS" program works to further community identification and provide high quality mentoring, recreation, and learning opportunities for young males in the Witherspoon area of Princeton, New Jersey.

Press: 

September 10, 1997 - "Toni Morrison's Atelier: Students and professionals join forces to create art from the heart," by Deborah A. Kaple, Princeton Alumni Weekly

Shelter Stories

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Meryl Perlson

Year released: 
1990
Length: 
14:30 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.

Told from the perspective of five homeless teenagers living with their families in shelters, the video examines some of the causes of homelessness and debunks many of the common myths about who is homeless and why. The quintet is eager to demystify shelter conditions, the effects of homelessness on family and academic life, and their growing awareness of how media and society deal -- or don't deal -- with their homelessness.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Meryl Perlson
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Perlson began making documentary and experimental video in Philadelphia in the late 1980's. She is a founding member of the Termite TV Collective, an ongoing swarm devoted to the creation of alternative media. Her award-winning collective and individual work has been broadcast on PBS and cable, exhibited nationally in museums including MOMA (NYC) and the New Museum, and shown at a wide range of festivals. She has an MFA in Film/Media Arts from Temple University, and has taught at the university level for the past decade. She is currently a mother/artist in Medford, MA, where her life sequences between family, community, art and teaching is always subject to interruption.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

March 10, 1991 - "Panel: The Aesthetics of Community-Based Video," Women in the Directors Chair Film & Video Festival (Chicago, IL)

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)

Philadelphia's Youth In Action : Agents Of Change

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by the Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Hebert Peck Jr. & Miyoshi Smith

Year released: 
1995
Length: 
28 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.

Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change.

Filmmaker's Bio: 

Hébert Peck Jr. is an independent television producer. He has created television series, short form documentaries and web based projects for Rutgers University Television Network, a statewide closed circuit cable television and broadband Internet system. These programs air internationally through the ReseachChannel. Peck is the producer of Philadelphia Stories, a 13-hour series of documentaries and short films exploring the people, the places and things that make up the rich fabric of Philadelphia. Peck’s personal work, including the award winning video essay Little Hébert, has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals nationally. For eight years Peck managed the operation of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. He completed one term as the co-president on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and has served on an advisory capacity in such areas as film, video and multimedia production funding for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Services (ITVS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Miyoshi Smith is a media artist whose credits include two major radio series for national and international distribution: First and Last Words, a poetry series hosted by writer Sonia Sanchez, featuring Essex Hemphill, Larry Duckette and Linh Dinh; and Even the Sounds Are Blue, a musical series hosted by vocalist/composer Cassandra Wilson and featuring Michel Rosewoman, Craigh Harris and David Murray.

Press: 

January 11, 1995 - "Youth In Action On TV 12," Star Newspaper
January 18, 1995 - "Trying to Tell A Vision: Six Teenagers Make A Documentary About Young Activists, Past and Present," by Michael McGettigan, Philadelphia Weekly
January 31, 1995 - "Youth Activism Highlighted in Documentary," Philadelphia Tribune,

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

January 18, 1995 - Broadcast at 10pm on WHYY TV12 (Philadelphia, PA)

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