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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:


General Information

Throughout the school year students participate in a fun, engaging, and sophisticated filmmaking program, where they learn to produce and edit short documentary films. Several of our after school participants gained their first experience creating films through our summer program. Their subsequent participation in the after school program provides them an opportunity to expand their creative knowledge, work on personal projects, gain mentors in the filmmaking community, and ultimately produce short films of broadcast quality.

The after school program serves students at the high school level and is open to anyone residing in the five boroughs. Class sessions are held on Monday afternoons and on Saturdays during the day. For more information, email education@mayslesinstitute.org.

Broadcast Opportunities

In Spring 2011, the Education Program of The Maysles Institute partnered with NYC-TV to broadcast student produced films. Participating students learned how to produce broadcast quality documentaries, including the legal and technical aspects of completing a film. This process involves mentorship opportunities with veteran filmmakers who provide our students with professional and creative guidance throughout the production of their films.


PAST NEWS:

MAYSLES INSTITUTE PRESENTS TEEN-MADE DOCUMENTARIES
AIRED ON NYC LIFE IN CELEBRATION OF HARLEM WEEK

"They can really do it. I'd rather have the amateur-without the technical skill, but with the kind of poetry you're more likely to find in these kids."
- Albert Maysles

The Maysles Institute's Youth Education Program is thrilled to present a sample of student-produced documentaries from its winter/spring program on NYC Life, the official television network of New York City, for the very first time. Shown in thirty minute segments, The Maysles Institute Presents: The Teen Producers Academy on NYC life is introduced by Maysles Institute founder Albert Maysles.

The Maysles Institute's Youth Education Program was designed to encourage aspiring teen filmmakers in the wider Harlem area and provide them with the tools to produce their own documentaries with subject matter about which they are passionate. Instructed in the direct-cinema approach made famous by David and Albert Maysles, students sought to reinterpret and challenge notions of power, community, and even their own sense of self. With the guidance of educator and documentarian Vee Bravo, each student followed his or her own inspiration to find some truth or story that could not be told by anyone else in the same way. "I want these students to be deeply involved with their subjects," says Bravo, "in a way that can only happen if they approach the work free of judgment. If they can learn this, it is a perspective that will be of value for a lifetime." Students not only learned the tools of how to make a documentary, how to use a camera or edit footage, but how to record reality in a way that is entirely respectful of those in front of the camera.
These stunning student documentaries will be featured in this unprecedented broadcast television half-hour special in honor of Harlem Week. NYC Life is available in the New York tri-state area on broadcast, cable and satellite channels.

Films Screened:

BOOKER T
Produced by Brittney Lopez
A moving film that delves into the artistic lives of two high school performance artists and the teacher that helps them sustain their passion. Through their participation in the Harlem Children's Zone's after school program we encounter a fourteen year-old African-American dancer and her fifteen year-old counterpart, an aspiring singer learning English as a second language. 7 minutes 

SAGOMATIC
Produced by Alejandro Rosario
Have you ever cringed at the sight of a teenager with saggy pants? Well, what do saggers have to say about it? This unapologetic film frames a genuine fashion subculture using insider interviews with teen and adult saggers as well as teachers, parents, the fashion industry and the New York City community at large. 9 minutes 

DANIEL
Produced by Roxanne Mauras and L'Eunice Faust

An exploration of the daily challenges of an openly gay, sixteen year-old Jewish teen as he navigates through school and personal relationships. Producers Mauras and Faust, both fifteen years old and first-time filmmakers, deliver a riveting character study as they shadow this young man throughout his home and school life. 9 minutes 

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