working poor

New Faces of Aids, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

We The People Living with Aids of the Delaware Valley & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Janet Williams & Cindy Wong

Year released: 
1994
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 just love that place. It's a haven," a woman says with a joyous smile as the video opens. Featuring exuberant testamonials from HIV positive members of the We The People "family," this doumentary short lovingly documents a unique HIV and AIDS-themed social service agency located within shouting distance of City Hall. We The People, an organization run by and for people with HIV, has produced a moving video which documents the organization's efforts to emotionally, socially and economically empower people with the HIV-virus.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Janet Williams, Cindy Wong
Filmmaker's Bio: 

<"http://www.peoplewithaids.org">We the People Living with AIDS of the Delaware Valley is the only Philadelphia-based organization created and run by people living with HIV disease and AIDS. This organization serves as the major link to the larger medical and social services for the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are disenfranchised because of their own behavior or because of discrimination based on race, mental illness, substance abuse, income status, sexual preferences, lifestyles, etc. We The People does this by offering practical support services that our target population tells us that they need: diagnostic and medical services, meals, clothing, social connections, peer and professional substance abuse and mental health counseling and referrals, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS risk reduction education, referrals to other services, and now a housing and recovery house.

Janet Williams works as a digital video artist and graphic designer in the Philadelphia area.

Cindy Wong has been a production facilitator for other Scribe projects including Face to Face and To the Point.

More Than Property

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by The United Hands Community Land Trust & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Produced by The United Hands Community Land Trust & Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
13 minutes

The United Hands Community Land Trust was a multi-racial home ownership organization in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The Trust was committed to ensuring permanent, affordable, quality housing primarily for low-income people of color.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Toni Cade Bambara & Chris Emmanoulides
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The United Hands Community Land Trust has dissolved in the years since the video was completed.

Toni Cade Bambara authored two short story collections, Gorilla, My Love and The Seabirds Are Still Alive; a novel, The Salt Eaters; and a collection of fiction, essays, and conversations, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions (all of which are available from Vintage Books). A noted documentary filmmaker and screenwriter, Bambara taught writing workshops at Scribe for many years and collaborated on numerous productions. Her film work includes the documentaries "The Bombing of Osage Avenue" and "W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices." She died in 1995.

Chris Emmanoulides is Director of Programming at Banyan Productions where he oversees over 170 episodes of reality-based television programming. He is also co-founder of Parallax Pictures, an independent film and television production company whose focus is on commercial, documentary, and feature filmmaking. He co-produced and photographed The Ad and the Ego, an hour-length documentary on the impact of advertising on contemporary culture, which took first prize in its category at the 40th annual San Francisco International Film Festival in 1997 and is currently in international distribution.

His other films -- including Remains (1993), Suelto! (1989), A Border Crossing (1988) -- have screened at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, AFI and Margaret Mead. Chris is also an advisor on many independent productions and has served on the Advisory Council of the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA). He continues to work as a cameraman on a select number of independent documentary projects and teaches 16mm production at The Scribe Video Center, a community based media arts center in Philadelphia.

Press: 

February 5, 1993 - Scoop U.S.A. newspaper, "Premiere of New Community Programs", (brief mention)
October 2001 - Benton Foundation report, "Advocacy Video and Community Organizing"

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 10, 1993 - Premiere screening at International House's neighborhood Film and Video Project (Philadelphia, PA)
May 14, 1994 - 1994 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema's 9th Annual Festival of Independents (Philadelphia, PA)
August 8, 1997 - Part of Street Movies screening at Village of Arts and Humanities (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)

May Day Takeover

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Louis Massiah and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
1991
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.

Hey, does anybody recognize that van parked outside? No? On May 1, 1990, members of Dignity Housing, an organization of homeless and formerly homeless people working for permanent housing solutions to the shelter crisis, swarmed out of a van in an upper middle class neighborhood and put words into action. Much to the surprise of the neighbors, the members of Dignity staged a relatively polite and highly organized squat of a vacant, federally owned building in an community far from their own to emphasize the federal government's failure to address the housing needs of the poor.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Louis Massiah
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video and filmmakers and community organizations. He is an independent filmmaker who has produced and directed a variety of award-winning documentary films for public television.

Known for his explorations of civil rights themes and crises in the African-American community, his credits include two films in the Eyes on the Prize II series and The Bombing of Osage Avenue, about the burning of a black section of Philadephia as a result of the police bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE. He is also the director of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. Massiah has received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the the National Black Programming Consortium, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and several Emmy award nominations. In 1996, he was a recipient of a five year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.

Dignity Housing is a non-profit organization that has been providing affordable housing and social service supports to homeless families throughout Philadelphia since 1988.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

May 14, 1994 - 1994 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema's 9th Annual Festival of Independents (Philadelphia, PA)
January 14 & February 11, 1997 - Part of Tuesday Night Specials broadcast on DUTV Cable 54 (Philadelphia, PA)

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