Community Visions

A Glance Into the Life

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Colours/ Acres of Change and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Alpa Patel and Amanda Whittenberger

Year released: 
2007

This video illuminates the life and circumstance of LGBTQ youth of color, ages 16-22, through the exploration of their personal stories. It also dispels myths and provides much needed community resources. COLOURS's mission is to garner the strengths and talents of sexual minority people of color: male, female, transgender, African American, Latino, Asian American to construct an affirming and caring community.

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Under the Baobab Tree

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Pan African Studies Community Education Program [PASCEP] and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Serena Reed

Year released: 
2007
Length: 
16 min 37 seconds
Price: 

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History compilation DVD

PASCEP is a 32-year-old, all volunteer education and outreach program that was created out of struggles in 1970s to make Temple University more responsive to the African American community in North Philadelphia where the University is based. Their video is a celebration of the history and the influence of this institution has had and all the incredible artists and educators who have come through PASCEP's doors.

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PASCEP is the Pan African Studies Community Education Program. To access information about classes and other PASCEP activities, you can visit their web address at: http://www.temple.edu/pascep/

To The Point

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Prevention Point Philadelphia and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Ryan Saunders and Wanda Moore, with Cindy Wong and Keith Fulton

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
13 minutes
Price: 

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

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

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.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Prevention Point Philadelphia with assistance from Cindy Wong, Wanda Moore, Ryan Saunders, and Keith Fulton
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Prevention Point Philadelphia works to provide safe and human alternatives to the war on drugs. Since its off-the-radar and illegal beginnings in 1991, they have grown into a recognized, multi-service public health organization that continues its commitment to a community-based model that seeks to minimize the adverse consequences of injection drug use and sex work, such as HIV or Hepatitis C infection. Prevention Point staffers and volunteers meet drug users where they are, providing information and access to treatment for people with dignity and respect. They promote harm reduction through syringe exchange, medical care, social services, and referrals to drug treatment.

Ryan Saunders produces documentaries, multimedia and web projects, many of which explore the Caribbean immigrant experience. His recent works include Bacchanal Time: The People's Carnival, a documentary about North America's Caribbean-style carnivals and Mother Dot's Philadelphia: The Music Continues, about the Philadelphia jazz scene, produced in collaboration with Malkia Lydia for WYBE TV 35's Philadelphia Stories.

Film and videomaker Cindy Wong has also served as a production facilitator on the 1996 Community Visions project, FACE TO FACE [link].

Keith Fulton is a director and producer whose works, produced with Lou Pepe, include Brothers of the Head, Lost in La Mancha, The AMC Project: Malkovich's Mail, and The Hamster Factor and other Tales of 12 Monkeys.

Press: 

April 2002 - Brief mention in "Scribe Celebrates 20th Anniversary," The Independent

To School or Not to School

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Youth United for Change of Woodrock and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

John Knapich

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
13 minutes
Price: 

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

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

A youth group from Woodrock, Inc. created this video to explore and document the high rate of school drop-outs among their peers. Students and drop-outs of Edison High School discuss issues of daily concern, such as peer pressure, the desire to earn fast cash, lack of parental involvement, teenage pregnancy and a lack of teacher effectiveness. With so many burdens weighing them down, how do they make a clear-headed decision to school...or not to school?

Filmmaker's Name: 
Woodrock & John Knapich
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Woodrock was originally conceived as a summer camp but within a few years began offering year-round programs by partnering with Philadelphia area schools. Today, Woodrock provides direct program services to over 3,000 youth and offers training and technical assistance to a variety of youth programs throughout the Philadelphia region. The non-profit youth agency committed to the elimination of interracial tension and hostility through programs for youths ages 9 to 18, particularly those based in the Kensington and Fishtown sections of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John Knapich has been a film editor, writer and director for over fifteen years. He has written five screenplays, including two with Thomas Kelly and has edited documentaries for NFL Films, Lifetime and Fox Television where he won an Emmy for daytime children's programming. His feature film directorial debut, Dog's Life , was shot in Philadelphia, PA. Crafty Web surfers can find samples of his work online at You Tube and Google Video.

Press: 

August 6, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia Weekly

August 8, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia City Paper

August 8, 1997 - Brief listing in Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

August 8, 1997 - Street Movies screening at Village of the Arts & Humanities (Philadelphia, PA)

August 23, 1997 - Street Movies screening at Winchester Community Center (Philadelphia, PA)

Women Housing Women

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by the Women's Community Revitalization Project & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Women's Community Revitalization Project and video facilitator Gretjen Clausing

Year released: 
1992
Length: 
15 minutes
Price: 

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

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

In this intimate portrait of the women of the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), a culturally and economically diverse group of tenants, staff and board members speak of their success in developing affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless women.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Women's Community Revitalization Project
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic justice for low-income women and their families. They develop housing and neighborhood facilities; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor leadership, dignity, and equity in our communities.

WCRP believes that when you start with women, you are at the core of communities and families. There is power in women working together to make change. WCRP has created a model that works for community development, putting that power to work for low-income women and their families.

Gretjen Clausing is an independent media programmer and activist, who has made her home in Philadelphia since 1989. Prior to joining Scribe's staff in September 2004, she was the Program Director of Film at the Prince. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Coalition for Public Access, a grassroots group that has been working since 1999 to get public access television activated in Philadelphia. She has worked at Scribe as a part-time facilitator since 1990. She joined Scribe as Program Director in 2004 and was the Producer of the NAMAC conference in 2005.

Press: 

February 8, 1993 - "Expressing Themselves," by Ann Kolson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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