Though summer often means an extended vacation from anything resembling school work for many students, a group of young filmmakers who participated in this year's Summer Arts Institute at Tribeca Film Institute devoted seven weeks of their summer to a filmmaking project.
A tuition-free intensive arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12, Summer Arts Institute was held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. The eighteen high school students who enrolled in the Summer Arts Institute created, developed, shot, and edited an original documentary or narrative film centered around the theme of "identity."
At the end of the seven weeks, the finished films premiered at Tribeca Cinemas to a packed house of family, friends, and community members, complete with Q&As with the filmmakers. Starting this week, we will be featuring all five of the films online.
Starting this week, we will be featuring all five of the films online. This week's featured 2010 Summer Arts Institute film is Take Out, a narrative film about two young people, each determined to buy lunch from their favorite neighborhood spot, discovering new culture, community, and maybe even a new favorite food along the way. Young filmmakers Jordan Campbell, Gisele Mobley, Danielle Weisbord, Evan Wood contributed to the making of Take Out.