Community Visions

Siempre Luchando : A Culture Of Resistance

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Centro Pedro Claver and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
2004
Length: 
14:16 minutes

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.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Centro Pedro Claver Inc.
Filmmaker's Bio: 

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

Press: 

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

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

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)

New Faces of Aids, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

We The People Living with Aids of the Delaware Valley & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Janet Williams & Cindy Wong

Year released: 
1994
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.

"I just love that place. It's a haven," a woman says with a joyous smile as the video opens. Featuring exuberant testamonials from HIV positive members of the We The People "family," this doumentary short lovingly documents a unique HIV and AIDS-themed social service agency located within shouting distance of City Hall. We The People, an organization run by and for people with HIV, has produced a moving video which documents the organization's efforts to emotionally, socially and economically empower people with the HIV-virus.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Janet Williams, Cindy Wong
Filmmaker's Bio: 

<"http://www.peoplewithaids.org">We the People Living with AIDS of the Delaware Valley is the only Philadelphia-based organization created and run by people living with HIV disease and AIDS. This organization serves as the major link to the larger medical and social services for the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are disenfranchised because of their own behavior or because of discrimination based on race, mental illness, substance abuse, income status, sexual preferences, lifestyles, etc. We The People does this by offering practical support services that our target population tells us that they need: diagnostic and medical services, meals, clothing, social connections, peer and professional substance abuse and mental health counseling and referrals, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS risk reduction education, referrals to other services, and now a housing and recovery house.

Janet Williams works as a digital video artist and graphic designer in the Philadelphia area.

Cindy Wong has been a production facilitator for other Scribe projects including Face to Face and To the Point.

Se Habla Aqui

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey and Scribe Video Center, Project Coordinator: Marangeli Mejia Rabell

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Dave Kluft

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
13:20 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.

Say bienvenidos to this video that lovingly details the work of Southern New Jersey's largest Hispanic human service agency. The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey has offered a one-stop shopping buffet of holistic social services to members of the Camden, NJ-area Hispanic community since 1976. Staffed by bilingual and bi- and multicultural employees who have first-hand knowledge of the concerns of its first, second and third generation Hispanic program participants, HFCSNJ staffers and clients truthfully lay bare the needs, struggles and triumphs of its clientele.

Filmmaker's Bio: 

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey (HFCSNJ) is a United Way agency based in Camden, New Jersey. For over 30 years, HFCSJ has worked to provide the region's Hispanic community with a broad range of culturally relevant social services and advocacy programs that promote and encourage empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Project Facilitator Dave Kluft is an independent film producer and the founder and director of the NEXTFRAME, the University Film and Video Association's touring showcase of international student film and video.

A staffer with HFCSNJ at the time she served as the video's project coordinator, today Marangeli Mejia-Rabell is the executive director of the Hunting Park Community Development Corporation in Philadelphia.

Los Trabajadores

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

CATA (El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas),

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA)

Year released: 
2002
Length: 
20 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.

They didn't get mad. They got organized. Los Trabajadores (The Workers) tells the stories and day-to-day experiences of mushroom farm laborers based in Kennett Square and Reading, PA and examines their efforts to improve working and living conditions through organizing. The video illustrates the weighty challenges faced by Pennsylvania-area migrant farmworkers -- from migration and arrival in the United States to difficult labor, housing and health conditions -- and the benefits and victories that organizing collectively can produce.

Filmmaker's Photo: 
lostrabajadores.jpg
Filmmaker's Bio: 

El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) is a migrant farmworker organization governed by and comprised of farm workers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions. CATA still actively uses the bilingual video documentary in its outreach work.

Press: 

December 4, 2002 - Brief mention in Philadelphia Weekly's Reperatory Film section

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

December 11, 2002 - Part of Community Visions Premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

September 10, 2003 - Part of Street Movies screening that was in turn part of Hala Cine Latino Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA)

September 16 & 20, 2003 - Part of WYBE-TV 35's Philadelphia Stories series (Philadelphia, PA)

Princeton Nursery School : A Jewel For The Neighborhood, The

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Princeton Nursery School & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Charlene Gilbert, Carlton Jones, Louis Massiah

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
12 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.

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.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Charlene Gilbert, Carlton Jones, Louis Massiah
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Princeton Nursery School was founded in 1929 to respond to the needs of local mothers looking to place their children in a caring and educational environment while they worked outside the home. Children at the Princeton Nursery School experience diversity and daily successes, develop healthy attitudes toward mistakes, assume responsibility for their personal space and materials, and encounter decision-making opportunities in the planning of their independent activities.

Charlene Gilbert is an independent documentary film and videomaker whose award winning film, Homecoming, Sometimes I am haunted by memories of red dirt and clay, premiered nationally on PBS and won the NBPC Prized Pieces Award for Best Documentary. Ms. Gilbert also co-authored, with Quinn Eli, a companion book to the film entitled Homecoming: The Story of African American Farmers published by Beacon Press. Her most recent documentary, Children Will Listen, premiered at the 2004 AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival and had its national primetime PBS broadcast premiere in the fall of 2005. Her films and videos have been screened in numerous international and national festivals including: FESPACO, the Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Ms. Gilbert is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Media Fellowship and the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship award. She is currently working on a documentary project on Juvenile Justice and resides in Washington, DC where she is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University.

Carlton Jones is a working videographer, a frequent Scribe video faciliator, and the head of Willow Grove, PA-based Carlton Jones Video.

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of Scribe. He also produced and directed the documentary works Louise Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words, and W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices. His award-winning works have been seen widely on public television and at international film festival and include Cecil B. Moore, an examination of the political leader and the Civil Rights struggle in Philadelphia, and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown, on young political activists that emerged from a Hewlett video workshop at Haverford College.

Massiah's works for public television include Power! and A Nation of Law? for the award-winning series Eyes on the Prize II; <\em>Trash!, an encyclopedic look at trash as aspect of American culture; My Own Boss, exploring worker-owned and self-managed industries; and Digging Dinosaurs, profile of paleontologist, Jack Horner. In 2000, he served as senior production consultant for Robert Pinksy's Favorite Poem Project on the PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 13, 1998 - Scribe Video Center Retrospective: Five on the Black Hand Side, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)

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