By Andrea Plaid
While I’ve been working here at the R–among other places–I’ve also been working as the Social Media Fellow at Maysles Documentary Center (MDC), home of Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NY. Started by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) as a community-based movie house run by a mostly multiracial staff, MDC is also home to several educational programs to teach folks in the community to do the same thing he does–get the true-life stories that fascinate them on the screen. And not just adults: Maysles Documentary Center teaches them early, from the Film in Action film club for the 7-to-11 set to the Teen Producers Academy.
And the Academy has been producing some great short docs, ranging from the lessons of superheroes to racial identity to their take on “the Black Hair Wars.” Some of their flicks have been accepted at film festivals around the country this year and one–Triggering Wounds–just won (and what I mean by “just” is the director of the MDC’s educational programs, Christine Peng, sent me an email with the good news from her dying cell phone at 11PM last night) the Best Documentary Film Award from Tribeca Film Festival’s “Our City, My Story” program!
The film–a result of a collaboration with MDC, Harlem Hospital Center, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Operation Harlem SNUG, and Harlem Mothers SAVE, called the Circle of Safety Initiative–main goal is to be shown to gun-shot victims before they leave the hospital.
I interviewed one of the film’s co-producers, the ever-thoughtful Alejandro Rosario, earlier this week about the film and the impact he hopes the film will have.
The film has a standing-room only world premiere at Harlem Hospital tonight. Maysles Cinema will host a weeklong run of the film, starting April 27th and running through May 4th, with panelists from the NYC area talking about how gun violence is framed in the media to masculinity and gun violence to the solutions to the problem. The panelists for the week include the Academy’s filmmakers along with, among others, Colorlines’ Akiba Solomon, Huffington Post’s Darnell Moore, radio host and activist Esther Armah, and author Daniel José Older.
And Racialicious is giving away tickets to the screenings…with a little something extra! Check it out:
- The first person who answers the question below gets a ticket to the screening day of their choosing and a membership to Maysles Cinema (a $100 value).
- The second person who answers the question below gets a ticket to the screening day of their choosing and an autographed 17″ x 22″ Triggering Wounds movie poster.
- The third person who answers the question gets two tickets to the screening day of their choosing.
Here’s the question:
The Teen Producers Academy’s production company is called “No Straight Media.” What is it a response to? (Big hint: the answer is in this post.)
Good luck to you, and congratulations to the Teen Producers Academy on their win at Tribeca Film Festival!