Reelworks is the teen filmmaking program that I’m pretty psyched to be blogging about, after attending the organisation’s gala event in New York City.
A few years ago, I came across a short film (“A Girl Like Me” by Kiri Davis) which really struck a chord with me as a dark skinned girl who knew all too well what it was like to be considered anything but beautiful by society. At the time, I didn’t realise that Reelworks was behind the award winning feature that received a lot of media coverage.
Long story short, I got an opportunity to cover the organisation’s gala event and Indiewire published the story in November last year. I was impressed by the New York teen (Dexter Dugar Junior), who won the coveted NBC Universal F. John Outcalt scholarship for his film (“This Is: Connections”) which explored a difficult childhood experience.
Another great part of the evening was listening to Oscar nominated directors, Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!“) and Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me“), speak on the importance of telling your story and pursuing your dream despite facing obstacles.
If you haven’t already, check out what interesting films Reelworks has here. The Brooklyn based organisation is worth looking into, so tell your filmmaker friends or any teens who may be interested in filmmaking to apply. This is the year to tell (and share) your own story.
Watch “A Girl Like Me” and “This Is: Connections” below.