Better Call the Principal

Students at West Prep Academy in Harlem, New York City, interviewing the Principal for their short documentary “Better Call the Principal”.

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, the organization behind this after school program at the “West Prep,” has been founded in Brooklyn 20 years ago. Reel Works serves over 800 youth annually from middle school through high school and beyond, developing them as young artists and citizens and helping them graduate, get into college, and launch careers in media. It’s a powerful combination that changes young lives while creating startling and original films that have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.

Better Call the Principal – West Prep Academy from Colectivo Piloto on Vimeo.

 

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International Girls’ Day

Students at West Prep Academy celebrate the International Girls’s Day. The “Day of the Girl” is an international observance day declared by the United Nations. October 11, 2012, was the first “Day of the Girl”. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender.

International Girls’ Day – West Prep Academy from Colectivo Piloto on Vimeo.

 

Hot Wax at The Graham (Brooklyn)

Hot Wax at The Graham (Brooklyn) July, 2017

DJ’S:
Shakiem (Hot Wax)
Ant & Surv (Hot Wax)
Giovani (Trilogy)
Todd Fatjo

VISUALS:
Eli-Q (Trilogy)

SPECIAL THANKS:
Hot Wax (An All Vinyl Affair)
The Graham (Brooklyn)

VIDEO:
Pablo Herrera (Electrofilmika)

More videos at electrofilmika.com

The Building of a Community

Short Documentary about the Activist Movements of Manhattan Lower East Side

With its long and continuing history as a haven for immigrants, artists, musicians, poets, and political activists, the Lower East Side has been a cultural incubator since its earliest days. Ideas, movements, trends and customs that derive from either old or new world cultures, or both, emerged and radiated from here.

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During the summer of 2012, I joined Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) to produce a documentary about the activist history of the Lower East Side.

In The Building of a Community activists, artists, historians and political representatives describe the neighborhood, the squats, the community gardens and explain the struggle to save them.

To service the mission of MoRUS, this documentary aims to broadcast the historical memory of the activist movements of the Lower East Side.

The Building of a Community from Colectivo Piloto.