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Project VoiceScape

A partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today's best young documentary filmmakers.

Congratulations to all the participants in Project VoiceScape and to the winners of awards in 2011!

Best Documentary - Morgan Wilcock ('This Gay and Age')

Most Inspiring Documentary - Emileigh Potter ('The DREAMER')

Audience Award - Angel Gatus ('Musical Warrior')

In 2011, Project VoiceScape, a collaboration between the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program Adobe Youth Voices, the PBS Foundation and POV, public television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films, awarded grants to 15 projects by young documentarians. Read more about Project VoiceScape »

Watch the films and meet these talented young filmmakers below, and keep up with Project VoiceScape news on the Project VoiceScape blog.

The 2011 Project VoiceScape Filmmakers

Trevor Seines (San Diego, Calif.)

In Between - This 27-year-old has faced the prospect of being deported ever since being illegally brought into the United States as a baby.
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Jesus Manuel Villalba (Bronx, N.Y.)

Gardens of Justice - New York City's food-justice movement in community gardens.
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Drew Morton Goldsmith (Middleton, Wis.)

No Pity - Autism disability self-advocates' empowered response to our culture's pity for the disabled.
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Tyre Brown (San Francisco, Calif.)

What Is Jerkin'? - A gang-related turf dance from the '80s is reinvented for positive goals by urban youth.
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Negesti Cantave (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Bed Stuy: Do or Buy? - Gentrification in the historically African-American community of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
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Alejandra Gama (Goodyear, Ariz.)

Right To Be An American - Children of illegal immigrants in Arizona and their struggles.
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Imani Peterkin and Mohamed Gardner (Albany, N.Y.)

Seeds of Hope - A mother turns tragedy into hope after her son is killed.
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Julia Levy (Seattle, Wash.)

The Fifth Star - Follow Naomi as she explores the story of women receiving the right to vote in Washington State 100 years ago.
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Winner, 2011 Audience Award

Angel Gatus (San Diego, Calif.)

Musical Warrior - A young boy with cancer inspires others to care through music and friendship.
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Madena Henderson (Troy, N.Y.)

The Haves and the Have Nots - The financial struggles of students going to college today.
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Winner, 2011 Best Documentary Award

Morgan Wilcock (Minneapolis, Minn.)

This Gay and Age - The evolving expectations surrounding teen gays and lesbians due to stereotypes and media influences.
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Sergio Ricardo Ortiz (Viera, Fla.)

Pwning @ Life - Behavior patterns of one person who plays videogames and another who does not.
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Matthew Seife (Scarsdale, N.Y.)

Little Steps - Follow a baseball league for people with disabilities as the teammates enjoy social interactions and develop life skills.
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Damari Lawrence, Lal Thapa, Jyoti Gurung (Oakland, Calif.)

The Track - Oakland Youth In Crisis: Young girls on Oakland's street corners: Are they prostitutes or victims?
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Winner, 2011 Most Inspiring Documentary Award

Emileigh Potter (San Antonio, Texas)

The DREAMER - A look at the struggles that Bennie Veliz, the poster child for the DREAM Act, has encountered to fulfill her dream.
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