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.
This week's featured 2010 Summer Arts Institute film is The Iron Triangle, which explores the use of eminent domain in a Queens neighborhood and its impact on the local residents, emphasizing the importance of one's property rights. Young filmmakers Thomas Bencivengo, Malena Kovalevsky, and Gabriella Murillo contributed to the making of The Iron Triangle