Community Visions

Power To Change

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Camden Churches Organized for People and Scribe Video Center

Year released: 
2001
Length: 
15 minutes

Many older Camden residents have fond memories of a healthier, safer, more vibrant city and can trace its tranformation from a bustling center of industry after World War II to the present. "It was a beautiful place," says Reverend Heyward Wiggins III. "Such a beautiful place to grow up."

Filmmaker's Name: 
CCOP
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) is a covenant among Camden-area congregations to work together through collective action in addressing the many problems facing families and congregations in the city.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

November 19, 2001 - Part of Community Visions premiere screening, Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
November 5, 2002 - Broadcast as Part of WYBE-TV's "Through the Lens, Season 12, Episode 1" (Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia's Youth In Action : Agents Of Change

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by the Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Hebert Peck Jr. & Miyoshi Smith

Year released: 
1995
Length: 
28 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.

Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change.

Filmmaker's Bio: 

Hébert Peck Jr. is an independent television producer. He has created television series, short form documentaries and web based projects for Rutgers University Television Network, a statewide closed circuit cable television and broadband Internet system. These programs air internationally through the ReseachChannel. Peck is the producer of Philadelphia Stories, a 13-hour series of documentaries and short films exploring the people, the places and things that make up the rich fabric of Philadelphia. Peck’s personal work, including the award winning video essay Little Hébert, has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals nationally. For eight years Peck managed the operation of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. He completed one term as the co-president on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and has served on an advisory capacity in such areas as film, video and multimedia production funding for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Services (ITVS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Miyoshi Smith is a media artist whose credits include two major radio series for national and international distribution: First and Last Words, a poetry series hosted by writer Sonia Sanchez, featuring Essex Hemphill, Larry Duckette and Linh Dinh; and Even the Sounds Are Blue, a musical series hosted by vocalist/composer Cassandra Wilson and featuring Michel Rosewoman, Craigh Harris and David Murray.

Press: 

January 11, 1995 - "Youth In Action On TV 12," Star Newspaper
January 18, 1995 - "Trying to Tell A Vision: Six Teenagers Make A Documentary About Young Activists, Past and Present," by Michael McGettigan, Philadelphia Weekly
January 31, 1995 - "Youth Activism Highlighted in Documentary," Philadelphia Tribune,

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

January 18, 1995 - Broadcast at 10pm on WHYY TV12 (Philadelphia, PA)

Peace In The Goodlands

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 
Year released: 
2003
Length: 
14 minutes

"The only time it seems we make the news is when something goes bad. Every time something goes bad, they'll have a sound truck out here filming. When do they ever show the good in our community? This is my home. You don't have the right to call it the Badlands. I live here."
- A frustrated young resident of "The Goodlands"

Centro Nueva Creacion's video honors residents of Philadelphia's West Kensington neighborhood who are redefining their community as a place of peace.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Centro Nueva Creation
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Centro Nueva Creation's mission is to transform their neighborhood by working with youth and families to create a better community. They believe that the assets of West Kensington outweigh the problems and that the area's youth and families have incredible resources for change. Although our community is often called "The Badlands" by the media, they like to promote it as "The Goodlands," a name more reflective of its current reality as a place where dramatic change is possible.

Press: 

December 9, 2004 - "Scribe Video Center's Street Movies Undercover at Graterford Prison," Greater Philadelphia Film Office Web site (brief mention)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 2004 & 2005 - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, PA)
May 2004 - Southeastern PA Synod's Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Assembly
June 2004 - Centro Nueva Creacion 10th Anniversary Celebration (Philadelphia, PA)
Spring 2004 - Winona Cotter High School in Minnesota as part of unit on community
June 8, July 6 and August 10, 2004 - DUTV Cable 57 (Philadelphia, PA)
July 20, 2004 - WYBE TV-35's Philadelphia Stories (Philadelphia, PA)
August 5, 2004 - Street Movies screening at Sturgis Playground (Philadelphia, PA)
August 7, 2004 - Street Movies screening at Eagles Park (Philadelphia, PA)
December 10, 2004 - Centro Nueva Creacion's Festival de la Luz en el Barrio (Philadelphia, PA)
September 10, 2005 - Hala Cine Latino Film Festival at the Civic Theatre (Allentown, PA)

How Our Garden Grows: A Portrait of the After-School Program at St. Gabriels

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

The After School Program at St. Gabriel's & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Lise Yasui & Cindy Burstein,

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
11 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.

The After School Program in Olney works with community organizations and artists to create an environment that addresses the multiple ways children and their families need support. The imaginative video documents how the artists and teachers, through various art, music and dance projects, nurture the development of children and offer essential ingredients of their "growing garden."

Filmmaker's Name: 
Cindy Burstein,Lise yasui & Urban Bridges atSt. Gabriels
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Founded in 1990, Urban Bridges at St. Gabrielís "[provides] nurturing educational opportunities for people of all ages in the creative arts, computer technology and literacy." The program is located in the Olney-Feltonville section of Philadelphia, and provides after-school programs focusing on literacy, the visual and performing arts, and technology, for approximately 352 children.

Lise Yasui is a filmmaker and producer based in Philadelphia. She served on the board of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, and serves as a consulting producer on independent documentary projects with the Long Bow Group of Boston. Yasui has worked extensively in the nonprofit funding arena and as a curator and educator with a special interest in multicultural media. In 1988, she was nomintaed for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short Subject for her film "American Experience: A Family Gathering." She was also a producer of 1995's "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" and the coordinating producer of 2003's "A Morning Sun."

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, "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 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.

Her Story: The Philadelphia Black Womens Health Project

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Lillian Leak & Nadine Patterson

Year released: 
1993
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.

What's the skinny on black women's health?

Filmmaker's Name: 
The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project
Filmmaker's Bio: 

The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project (PBWHP) was established by African American women from Philadelphia who attended a historic national conference on women's health held in the early 1980s. PBWHP was known by residents, service providers, community groups and clergy for its health promotion activities for African American women and teens in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the organization became defunct in 2004, but the national umbrella organization, recently renamed the Black Women's Health Imperative, still offers considerable resources in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia-based independent producer Nadine Patterson has been making independent film/video for the past twenty years. She has produced and directed programs for the School District of Philadelphia's cable station, and WYBE Public Television. She earned her MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Previous work includes Shizue, a Scribe Video production that was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; and Moving with the Dreaming, winner of a Prized Pieces Award from the National Black Programming Consortium. A recipient of a Media Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, her award-winning work has often been broadcast on public television.

Press: 

February 5, 1993, "Premiere of New Community Programs," Scoop U.S.A (Philadelphia, PA newspaper)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 10, 1993 - Part of Community Visions premiere at Neighborhood Film Video Project at International House (Philadelphia, PA)

Summer 1997 - Part of Street Movies screening series (Philadelphia, PA)

August 15 & 23, 1999 - Part of Street Movies screenings at Malcolm X Park & Winchester Community Center (Philadelphia, PA)

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