Produced by Centro Pedro Claver and Scribe Video Center
This video fearlessly explores the colonization of Puerto Rico and the sacrifices of those who have struggled for independence -- with particular emphasis on the mobilization of Puerto Rican communities in Philadelphia and across the U.S. to secure the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners.
Centro Pedro Claver Inc. is a community based non profit organization, named after the patron saint of slaves, St. Pedro Claver, and founded by Father David Ungerleider. It was an outgrowth of work by the volunteer-run civil rights organization, the Puerto Rican Alliance, and activists from Franklinville's North Philadelphia community. With the eventual demise of the Puerto Rican Alliance in 1981, El Centro took on a recognized leadership role in the Latino community. Today Centro Pedro Claver's many programs work with neighborhood residents to radically change and contribute to the overall stability, vitality and untapped wealth of the Franklinville community
August 4, 2004 - Brief mention as part of Street Movies! screening in Repertory Film section of Philadelphia Weekly
Summer 2004 - Listed in DUTV Program Guide
June 8, 2004 - Broadcast on DUTV Channel 54's "Tuesday Night Specials" program (Philadelphia, PA)
July 6, 2004 - Broadcast on DUTV Channel 54's "Tuesday Night Specials" program (Philadelphia, PA)
August 10, 2004 - Broadcast on DUTV Channel 54's "Tuesday Night Specials" program (Philadelphia, PA)
Produced by Tina Morton
Did she do it?
In 1944, twenty-two year old Corrine Sykes was an illiterate housemaid accused of killing her employer, Freda Wodlinger -- and in 1946 she became the first African-American woman to be executed in Pennsylvania. But years after Corrine's death by electric chair, rumors circulated within the African-American community about a death-bed confession made by Wodlinger's husband that was published in an obscure corner of a local Philadelphia newspaper. Everyone remembers reading the confession but copies of the article were never found...
Tina Morton is an award-winning and prolific film and videomaker whose previously completed films and videos, include: The Dance in Aunt Ida Lee [LINK TO SCRIBE CATALOG ENTRY], A Day's Work, We The People, OpnFlo: Investigation, If You Call Them, The Plan and A Promise Fulfilled, which documents a Vietnam veteran who made a promise to his fallen comrade to journey across country in a horse-drawn covered wagon in the tradition of the Buffalo Soldiers. Morton's work has been broadcast on public television, featured in film festivals, exhibited in galleries and museums, and taught in colleges and universities in numerous cities across the United States.
Tina divides her time between Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University. In addition to her teaching experience at Howard University, she has taught several film/video production courses at Temple University and has served as a project facilitator for several Scribe Video Center community based projects.
June 2, 2004 - "Soul Searching," by Kia Gregory, Philadelphia Weekly
May 16, 2001 - "Severed Souls - Wrongly Accused, Corrine Sykes, First Black Woman Executed," by Arlene Edwards, Philadelphia New Observer
May 15, 2001 - Philadelphia Tribune article
May 9, 2001 - The Leader article
February 4, 2006 - Black Independent Film Festival, sponsored by Quinnipiacâ€™s Multicultural Affairs Committee and the School of Communications, Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
May & June 2004 - Art Showcase Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)
March 4 & 5, 2004 - Sisters Defining Sisters Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
March 2002 - Sedgwick Cultural Center (Philadelphia, PA)
2002 & 2003 - Part of Women in the Directors Chair Touring Festival
November 2002 - International Black Women's Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
November 2002 - DocSide Film Festival (San Antonio, TX)
October 2002 - University of Chicago, Gender Studies screening (Chicago, IL)
October 2002 - Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
August 2002 - Broadcast on DUTV, Cable 54 (Philadelphia, PA)
June 2002 - Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel 34 (New York, NY)
March 2002 - Women in the Director's Chair (Chicago, IL)
March 2002 - DC Independent Film Festival (Washington DC)
March 2002 - Color of Violence Conference (Chicago, IL)
March 2002 - Future Faculty Fellowship Presentation (Philadelphia, PA)
March 2002 - Gene Siskel Black Harvest Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
February 2002 - Hollywood Black Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
December 2001 - McCallister College (St. Paul, MN)
November 2001 - "Independent Women Filmmakers: Viewpoints From Within" at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
October 2001 - Oral History and Video: Oral History Mid-Atlantic Region Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
September 2001 - "Prison Breaks: Redemption, Revolution and Reality" at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
August 2001 - Street Movies! sponsored by Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)
May 2001 - "Philadelphia Stories" broadcast on WYBE-TV35 (Philadelphia, PA)
April 30, 2001 - 10th Annual Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)
Thresholds in Delaware County and Scribe Video Center
Adriana Quintero & Phil Rothberg
$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses
"What you find behind those clanging doors is so different from what you might expect. It's a human being looking for help," marvels longtime Threshold volunteer Theddress Thorpe. When Pennsylvania boasts a recidivism rate of 67%, and legislation passed each year further stigmatizes people who have a criminal record, yet are trying to become productive citizens again, programs like Threshold become very, very necessary.
Thresholds in Delaware County, Inc. is a non-profit organization which teaches decision-making skills to interested inmates in Delaware County prisons by developing and maintaining a volunteer corps. Through this program, Thresholds builds a constructive relationship between the prisons and the community.
Adriana Quintero is a videomaker who also works as a production/administrative staffer for the Termite TV Collective.
Phil Rothberg is an independent film and videomaker. He also serves as Street Movies coordinator and has served as a facilitator for several Community Visions projects at Scribe Video Center.
December 4, 2002 - Brief mention in Philadelphia Weekly, Repertory Film Listings
December 11, 2002 - As part of Community Visions premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)