TFI’s Education Program Looks Back On The Summer And Gives A Peek At The Fall

It was quite a summer for us in TFI's Education department. For the last few months the Tribeca Film Fellows® met at the POV offices in Dumbo, Brooklyn, designing ways to deconstruct violence with new media. They pitched a web-based platform to the TFI New Media Fund in which users can upload –in video, poetry, or other forms – their experiences, thoughts and observations of violence. This fall the fellows will continue work both on their personal projects and on development of this website, plus extensive college prep workshops and college tours.

This summer also continued TFI's cultural partnership in film for the Summer Arts Institute, and this year’s films were absolutely incredible. With four weeks, four teaching artists, and a great idea, nineteen teenagers are tasked with creating both a personal project and small-group films. One of the highlights is No Different Than Anyone Else, a group project about transgender relationships. It's truthful, intimate, and revealing in a way adult filmmaking rarely is. Congratulations to filmmakers Gabriella Murillo, Josie Pesce, Linda Riera and Dayann Pazmino.

But now it's time to get back to school. This fall brings expansion and fresh ideas to all our programming:

  • Tribeca Teaches® will put Tribeca Teaching Artists to work in all five boroughs for the first time this year.
  • Through a new partnership with The NYC Department of Corrections, we’ve set up editing classes on Rikers Island.
  • Our first foray into elementary schools brings us to The Neighborhood School in the East Village.
  • Film brings new ways to communicate at Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language, where all the students are new immigrants learning English, and 98% qualify for free and reduced lunch.
  • The Tribeca Youth Screening Series® will challenge students to unpack, re-think, and re-mix the past, present, and future of hip-hop with films like Style Wars, Beat Street, and The Bronx-Berlin Connection screened in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: On October 1st we’ll kick off the series with a screening of Byron Hurt’s Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes for the community, with panelists including Toni Blackman, the first hip-hop envoy to the US State Department.

[Photo: Our Fellows contributing to the Inside Out Project.]