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Precious Places Community History Project Vol. 5

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Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Scribe Video Center and Various Community Organizations

Year released: 
2010
Price: 

$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. 5

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 5 features 8 videos covering themes that include race relations, racial segregation and integration, urban renewal, community arts, women's issues and spaces of worhip.

El Centro de Oro: The Golden Center by Raices Culturales Latinoamericanes, Taller Puertorriqueño, and HACE CDC (5th and Lehigh District)
Known as the heart of Latino business, art and culture in the tri-state area, El Centro de Oro is a celebrated corridor in Kensington. Embraced by Puerto Ricans and Cubans who left their homes around Spring Garden and the Northern Liberties as those neighborhoods gentrified, El Centro de Oro is a growing space for festivals, murals, and cultural participation. By highlighting the Latino community’s sustainability and self-reliance, the video aims to confront mainstream media stereotypes through the imagery of this beloved central street. (11:26 min)
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Engine 11: A Journey of Segregation & Discovery by Engine 11 Precious Places Group (1016 South Street)

Las Parcelas

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Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Norris Square Neighborhood Project with Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
2005
Length: 
10 min 31 seconds
Price: 

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.3 compilation DVD.

Once a vacant lot, Las Parcelas is now a lush urban garden and community center in Norris Square. Founded in 1990 in this largely Puerto Rican neighborhood in North Philadelphia, the garden is a place where the dedicated women of Grupo Motivos tend a small piece of the island for their community. The garden's verdant vegetable beds "remind me of Puerto Rico," says one gardener, who was unable to travel back to her home on the island for 30 years. "I came to Las Parcelas and here I found my Puerto Rico." Members of the garden say that they want to nurture the customs of their elders and ancestors in order to pass them on to the coming generations. The garden is divided into subplots and worked by families and individuals who have formed close ties over the years. Adjacent to the garden is "la casita," a museum and replica of a rural Puerto Rican house outfitted with a traditional hearth and kitchen utensils for cooking demonstrations. Overlooking it all is a mural depicting the diverse influences that make Puerto Rican culture, a "teaching tool" for the groups of young people that come to the garden. Although residents say that this Norris Square neighborhood once had its share of vacant lots and urban malaise, Las Parcelas is one of the many beautiful things that has emerged from community members coming together to honor their heritage.

Women Housing Women

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by the Women's Community Revitalization Project & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Women's Community Revitalization Project and video facilitator Gretjen Clausing

Year released: 
1992
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.

In this intimate portrait of the women of the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), a culturally and economically diverse group of tenants, staff and board members speak of their success in developing affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless women.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Women's Community Revitalization Project
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic justice for low-income women and their families. They develop housing and neighborhood facilities; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor leadership, dignity, and equity in our communities.

WCRP believes that when you start with women, you are at the core of communities and families. There is power in women working together to make change. WCRP has created a model that works for community development, putting that power to work for low-income women and their families.

Gretjen Clausing is an independent media programmer and activist, who has made her home in Philadelphia since 1989. Prior to joining Scribe's staff in September 2004, she was the Program Director of Film at the Prince. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Coalition for Public Access, a grassroots group that has been working since 1999 to get public access television activated in Philadelphia. She has worked at Scribe as a part-time facilitator since 1990. She joined Scribe as Program Director in 2004 and was the Producer of the NAMAC conference in 2005.

Press: 

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

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: 
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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

Strong Shoulders

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Scribe Video Center,

Year released: 
1995
Length: 
30 minutes

This upbeat and engaging program is a collaboration between 10 local film and video makers and a surprising and dedicated cast of individuals who work in the field of AIDS/HIV healthcare and activism. The video stems from Scribe's 1995 call for local videomakers to shoot "a day in the life of" AIDS/HIV caregivers, advocates and activists, in observance of world AIDS day.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Warren Bass, Dorothea Braemer, Chris Emmanouilides, Keith Fulton, Mike Kuetemeyer, Adrienne Murphy, Frances Negron, Andres Nicolini, Louis Pepe, Sloane Seale, Anula Shetty, Marie-Ann Walke
Press: 

December 1, 1995 - "Local Video Shows AIDS' Effect on People," The Philadelphia Tribune

November 30, 1995 - "Day Without Art," by David Warner, Philadelphia City Paper

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

December 1, 1995 - Simulcast at Painted Bride (Philadelphia, PA)

December 1, 1995 - Simulcast at International House (Philadelphia, PA)

December 1, 1995 - Simulcast on WYBE-TV Channel 35 (Philadelphia, PA

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