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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)

Brick School Legacy, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Willa Cofield

Year released: 
2003
Length: 
37 minutes

Filmmaker and educator Willa Cofield traces the colorful history of the Brick School, a pioneering boarding institution which provided education for African-Americans in segregated North Carolina from 1895 to 1933. The Brick School Legacy details the story of educator Thomas Sewell Inborden, who founded the Brick School in 1895 to serve the large number of rural African-Americans in the eastern North Carolina counties, and to provide solid academic training and an extension program for agricultural workers.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Willa Cofield
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Dr. Willa Cofield began classes at Scribe Video Center in the fall of 1998 after an eight-year search for a filmmaker to bring the story of Brick School to the screen. She has deep roots in North Carolina, having lived in Enfield, three miles from Brick School, for much of her life. Retired from the NJ Department of Education, she now resides in Plainfield, NJ, where she co-leads Women in Conversation and works with Girls in Conversation and the Black Women's History Conference, which she founded in 1983. During the summer, she serves as a small group leader for SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) in California, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Awards: 

Fall 2002 - Cofield wins a Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association subsidy
2004 - Winner of 2004 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Screening Jury Citation (However, the video is not screened during festival.)
July 2003 - Winner, Best Documentary, PhilaFilm International Film Festival at the African American Museum, PA

Press: 

June 12, 2002 - Film: Repertory, Philadelphia Weekly (brief mention)
June 13, 2002 - Screen Picks, Philadelphia City Paper (brief mention)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

June 13 & 14, 2002 - Part of Scribe's 20th anniversary celebration kick-off at Prince Music Theater
January 23, 2003 - The North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
June 28, 2003 - Premiere, Inborden School (Enfield, NC)
Summer 2003 - McWilliams Family Reunion (Rocky Mount, NC)
February 2004 - Black History Month Celebration (Tarboro, NC)
Spring 2004 - Women in Conversation (Plainfield, NJ)
May 21-22, 2004 - Westfield High School Ninth-Grade English Classes (Westfield, NJ)
July 3, 2004 - PhilaFilm International Film Festival at the African American Museum, (Philadelphia, PA)
June 17, 2004 - One-Room School House Conference, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
June 2004 - Vinegar Hill Festival, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
July 2004 - SEED Leaders' Conference, San Deomenico School (San Anselmo, CA)
March 9 & 16, 2005 - Women of Color Film Series at Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, CA)
January 15, 2005, Plainfield Cable Television (Plainfield, NJ)

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