Precious Places Community History Project 2017-18
Scribe Video Center is seeking groups to participate in 2018. We are especially interested in places that were or could have been important to a neighborhood’s connection to other parts of the city and beyond such as a proposed rail station or a closed trolley stop.
Each group will plan, shoot, and edit a video about their “precious place” with the help of a filmmaker and a research scholar hired by Scribe. While these facilitators will work closely with participants throughout the course of production, the work itself—the planning, writing, and filming—will be done by members of the community groups.
This program is free for organizations in Philadelphia, Camden and adjoining counties. No prior experience in filmmaking is required.
The Roots Of The Project
The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of Philadelphia's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Unlike oral history projects in other cities, Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods.
Conceived as a way to mark the 20th anniversary of Scribe Video Center, the Precious Places video documentaries celebrate Philadelphia's richness of neighborhoods, buildings, public spaces and landmarks. They record community memories and help define where we live at a time when so many of the city's memories are undergoing so much change.