Center Focused

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

DiSilvestro Advisory Council and Town Watch

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Ellen Reynolds

Year released: 
14 minutes

Just blocks from the Avenue of the Arts lies this culturally diverse South Philadelphia neighborhood of residents working gamely to peacefully coexist despite their differences. With a little help from a jaunty soundtrack and members of the DiSilvestro Advisory Council and Town Watch, neighbors chat about the history of the neighborhood's Italian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, German, Irish, African American and Polish residents and how, with the help of the Town Watch and the DiSilvestro Playground, they make their melting pot into a tasty stew.

Filmmaker's Name: 
DiSilvestro Advisory Council and Town Watch & Ellen Reynolds
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The DiSilvestro Advisory Council and Town Watch operates from its home at the DiSilvestro Playground and Recreation Center located at 1701 S. 15th Street. The Center offers basketball leagues, summer camp programs, and gardening, dance, ceramics and other arts and craft classes to interested neighborhood residents of all ages. The Center has often allowed Scribe to program Street Movies screenings on its playground, widely known to area children as a Bully-Free Zone.

Ellen Reynolds is an editor, cinematographer and documentary producer. Recent documentary works include Race Talk and The Way of the Elephant. She is Post-Production Supervisor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.


January 7, 2004 - Film: Reperatory, Philadelphia Weekly (brief mention)
August 12-18, 2004 - Reperatory Film, Philadelphia City Paper (brief mention)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

January 8, 2004 - Part of Community Visions Premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

June 8, 2004 - DUTV Broadcast Screening (Philadelphia, PA)

July 6, 2004 - DUTV Broadcast Screening (Philadelphia, PA)

August 10, 2004 - DUTV Broadcast Screening (Philadelphia, PA)

August 11, 2004 - Part of Street Movies! screening at DiSilvestro Playground

(Philadelphia, PA)

American Sroksrei

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Medical Communication for Pan Asian Health and Understanding, Asian Arts Initiative & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Cindy Burstein & Tony Heriza

Year released: 
15 minutes

$20 for Individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase the DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email

Starting in February 1999, a total of 33 teens gathered on a weekly basis to script, shoot, and edit a 15-minute video addressing issues they decided were important in their lives. The dreams of Asian American teenagers, the expectations of immigrant parents, and the pull towards gang culture and violence are the themes of the resulting youth-produced narrative. The fictional story centers around three Asian-American teenagers their struggles and choices, set against the backdrop of life in Asian South Philadelphia and teen hip hop culture.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Phally Chroy& Cindy Burstein
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Phally Chroy, who graduated from Furness High School shortly after starring in American Sroksrei, is an immigrant who came to America as a baby after the end of the Vietnam War. He attended Temple University as an undergraduate in the Film and Media Arts program, and later applied to the MFA program to grow artistically as a filmmaker.

Cindy Burstein is a documentary producer living and working in Philadelphia. She comes to the field with a background in community organizing and youth leadership development. Since receiving her MFA in 1997 from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, she has been teaching video production, producing documentaries, and collaborating with other filmmakers. Her most recent film, 2004's Passionate Voices: American Jews and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict was created as a tool for dialogue. She served as regional outreach coordinator of theatrical release for two New Yorker Films award-winning documentaries, Trembling Before G-d and My Architect. As an adjunct professor in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University, she continues to enlighten students about the merits of progressive media.


November 10, 1999 - "It's Their Life," by Myung Oak Kim, Philadelphia Daily News

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

5/6/2000 - University of Pennsylvania Law School Human Rights Panel (Philadelphia, PA)

5/6/2000 and 5/7/2000 - Street Movies! screenings at West Philadelphia Community Center and Clark Park respectively (Philadelphia, PA)

5/4/2000 - Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)

2001 - Prince Music Theater's Youth Media Jam (Philadelphia, PA)

2001 - Chicago Asian American Showcase (Chicago, IL)

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