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Project VoiceScape

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

Bed Stuy: Do or Buy?

Gentrification in the historically African-American community of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

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Negesti Cantave (Brooklyn, N.Y.)


Katy Chevigny

POV Film - Election Day

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and the co-founder and senior director of Arts Engine, a leading independent media organization. There, she helped launch the Media That Matters Film Festival and the documentary website

Chevigny directed the documentary Election Day, which had its national broadcast premiere on POV in 2008.

With Kirsten Johnson, she co-directed "Deadline," an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan's commutation of death sentences. In an unusual acquisition of an independent film by a network, "Deadline" was broadcast on NBC in primetime. It won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award, the CINE Golden Eagle Award and was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently Chevigny produced "Pushing the Elephant," to be broadcast on Independent Lens in 2011.

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Local Partner

Reel Works

Reel Works provides a free filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.

About Mari Irizarry (Program Director): Mari Irizarry, Program Director has worked in community-based development and arts programs for nearly a decade. Prior to Reel Works, Mari co-founded the RECYouth Media Program at The City of NY, Department of Parks and Recreation, which she expanded to 11 Recreation Centers citywide. Currently, as the Reel Works Program Director, Mari continues to expand youth programming by creating partnerships with media organizations, schools, community groups and other youth media programs.

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