Community Visions Vol. 6

Produced by: 
Scribe Video Center and Various Community Organizations
Year: 
1997

Community Visions Compilation Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00


 


The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change. This DVD features 6 films.

 


Films Included In The Compilation:

How Our Garden Grows: A Portrait of the After-School Program at St. Gabriels by The After School Program at St. Gabriel's

The After School Program in Olney works with community organizations and artists to create an environment that addresses the multiple ways children and their families need support. The imaginative video documents how the artists and teachers, through various art, music and dance projects, nurture the development of children and offer essential ingredients of their "growing garden." (00:11:00) Read more

Books Through Bars by Books Through Bars

What's a prisoner to do when learning is low on the penitentiary priority list? Because prisoners in American jails are not able to receive books from sources other than recognized publishers, bookstores, or other legitimate distributors, prisoners interested in self-education but without the financial resources to buy books had very limited access to literature of any kind. New Society Publishers began its free Books Through Bars program after it began receiving letters from indigent prisoners, and today distributes about 300 packages of donated books to individual prisoners, prison libraries, and halfway houses across the U.S. each month (00:15:00). Read more

Habitat For Humanity by Habitat For Humanity: West Philadelphia

"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 (00:14:00). Read more

To The Point by Prevention Point Philadelphia

Does everyone, no matter who they are or what they do, have a fundamental right to health and safety? Prevention Point Philadelphia thinks so and has since its inception in 1991 as a grassroots, volunteer organization conducting syringe exchange when it was still very much an illegal activity. To the Point documents the struggles and triumphs of this long-time needle exchange program committed to protecting the health and rights of habitual drug users and sex industry workers (00:13:00). Read more

The Princeton Nursery School: A Jewel For The Neighborhood by Princeton Nursery School

Princeton Nursery School's mission is to provide a happy atmosphere for children at an affordable cost for their parents. Many of the school's parents are working, going to school, single -- or all three! The video chronicles the nursery school's history, as well as its daily routine and problems, including the recurring struggle to get loving but time-crunched parents to become -- and stay -- more involved (00:12:00). Read more

Soks "Save Our Kids" by Princeton Atelier

"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. In recent years, SOKS has expanded its outreach efforts to young Latino males from the same neighborhoods (00:10:00). Read more