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Rape Stories

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Margie Strosser

Year released: 
1989
Length: 
25 minutes
Price: 

$79 for Community Institutions: Libraries, Schools, Non-Profits / $99 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

In October 1979, Margie Strosser was raped in the elevator of her apartment building. Two weeks later, she asked a friend to interview her about the incident. Ten years later, she remembers and recounts the rape, revealing the emotional texture of the experience and the reshaping of the event through memory.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Margie Strosser
Filmmaker's Photo: 
margiestrosser.jpg
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Margie Strosser is an award-winning producer, director and writer in television and film whose projects include fictional works such as Strange Weather and Moon Juice. Recently, Margie was the senior producer/writer for three seasons of Birth Day, the Discovery Health Channel's highest rated daytime show. She and writing partner Cate Wilson are currently collaborating on a romantic comedy and a psychological thriller adapted from a British novel. She also worked on several videos in the Scribe Video Center catalog including Art Is Food, Dance: Heartbeat of a community, and I Used to Teach English. [LINK]

Press: 

February 8, 1993 - "Expressing Themselves," by Ann Kolson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

Prix du Publique, Montreal International Festival of Films & Videos by Women; London International Film Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Power To Change

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Camden Churches Organized for People and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
2001
Length: 
15 minutes

Many older Camden residents have fond memories of a healthier, safer, more vibrant city and can trace its tranformation from a bustling center of industry after World War II to the present. "It was a beautiful place," says Reverend Heyward Wiggins III. "Such a beautiful place to grow up."

Filmmaker's Name: 
CCOP
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) is a covenant among Camden-area congregations to work together through collective action in addressing the many problems facing families and congregations in the city.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

November 19, 2001 - Part of Community Visions premiere screening, Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
November 5, 2002 - Broadcast as Part of WYBE-TV's "Through the Lens, Season 12, Episode 1" (Philadelphia, PA)

Peace In The Goodlands

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 
Year released: 
2003
Length: 
14 minutes

"The only time it seems we make the news is when something goes bad. Every time something goes bad, they'll have a sound truck out here filming. When do they ever show the good in our community? This is my home. You don't have the right to call it the Badlands. I live here."
- A frustrated young resident of "The Goodlands"

Centro Nueva Creacion's video honors residents of Philadelphia's West Kensington neighborhood who are redefining their community as a place of peace.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Centro Nueva Creation
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Centro Nueva Creation's mission is to transform their neighborhood by working with youth and families to create a better community. They believe that the assets of West Kensington outweigh the problems and that the area's youth and families have incredible resources for change. Although our community is often called "The Badlands" by the media, they like to promote it as "The Goodlands," a name more reflective of its current reality as a place where dramatic change is possible.

Press: 

December 9, 2004 - "Scribe Video Center's Street Movies Undercover at Graterford Prison," Greater Philadelphia Film Office Web site (brief mention)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 2004 & 2005 - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, PA)
May 2004 - Southeastern PA Synod's Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Assembly
June 2004 - Centro Nueva Creacion 10th Anniversary Celebration (Philadelphia, PA)
Spring 2004 - Winona Cotter High School in Minnesota as part of unit on community
June 8, July 6 and August 10, 2004 - DUTV Cable 57 (Philadelphia, PA)
July 20, 2004 - WYBE TV-35's Philadelphia Stories (Philadelphia, PA)
August 5, 2004 - Street Movies screening at Sturgis Playground (Philadelphia, PA)
August 7, 2004 - Street Movies screening at Eagles Park (Philadelphia, PA)
December 10, 2004 - Centro Nueva Creacion's Festival de la Luz en el Barrio (Philadelphia, PA)
September 10, 2005 - Hala Cine Latino Film Festival at the Civic Theatre (Allentown, PA)

Hear it, Feel it, Play it

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Sedgwick Cultural Cente

Year released: 
2003

This piece invites us into the Sedgwick Cultural Center and American Composer's Forum Philadelphia Chapter-sponsored residency of jazz pianist Orrin Evans in Spring 2003, as well as his work with the students of the Center's Teen Jazz Workshop.

Filmmaker's Name: 
The Sedgwick Cultural Center
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Sedgwick Cultural Center, located in Mt. Airy, the heart of Philadelphia's Historic Northwest, creates an experience that enriches the lives of individuals and of the many communities it serves. The Center's broad spectrum of performing and visual arts programs brings together people of all ages and backgrounds and gives voice and venue to both local and national artists. Drawing on teen jazzophiles from both the city and the suburbs, the Teen Jazz Workshop lovingly spotlighted in the video is one of the Sedgwick programs that create a community of artists to celebrate and advance one of the region's rich musical traditions.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

June 8, July 6, and August 10, 2004 - Broadcast as part of DUTV's Thursday Night Specials program (Philadelphia, PA)

August 31, 2004 - Broadcast on WYBE-TV's Philadelphia Stories (Philadelphia, PA)

Habitat For Humanity

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Habitat For Humanity: West Philadelphia & Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
14 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.

"This is not just some do-gooder project," asserts a Habitat for Humanity: West Philadelphia staffer at a meeting for local residents eager to learn about how they can become a homeowner through the program. He's right, as this video shows how much work future homeowners, some who ruefully describe themselves as members of "the working poor," must do before they receive keys to their newly built home.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia builds and rehabilitates houses and neighborhoods by providing simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. In March 2003, Habitat Philadelphia formed through the merger of four independent city affiliates, including the West Philadelphia branch of Habitat for Humanity, which co-produced this video. Before the merger, those affiliates had completed a total of 106 houses in a little over 15 years.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

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

August 4, 1998 - Part of Street Movies screening at 18th District Town Watch (Philadelphia, PA)

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