Buffalo Youth Media Institute 2013: West Side Stories
The Buffalo Youth Media Institute is a community history and youth media program targeting the diverse population of young people living in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Each season the Buffalo Youth Media Institute chooses a theme and this year it is called "West Side Stories." Students will explore local history, culture and social issues in Buffalo's rich and exciting neighborhood.This year, the Buffalo Youth Media Institute will incorporate media production, media literacy, and cultural studies into an intense summer curriculum that explores Buffalo’s thriving West Side. Youth participants will work with a professional filmmaker, real-world journalists, and local cultural educators to create their own self-directed documentaries using digital video production techniques, such as stop motion animation, video shooting, audio recording & voice overs, and intermediate level editing techniques. For an intense 8 weeks, our youth producers will create their own self-directed documentaries about Buffalo.
The final youth-produced films will premier at the Burchfield Penney Art Center!
Program Dates: July 1st – August 30th
Class meets: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10-2pm
Teacher: Mark James
During the program students will:
• Direct and produce a short documentary film
• Learn creative & innovative digital storytelling techniques
• Explore Buffalo’s thriving West Side community and its history through field trips, and collaborations with real life professionals and community leaders
This program is presented in partnership with Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, Buffalo First, Journey’s End Refugee Services, People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH), and Buffalo Tours. These community partners provide unique, hands-on opportunities for youth to understand the complex social dynamics of the burgeoning West side community. Youth will gain exclusive access to positive role models and leaders who are currently working to make the West Side a thriving cultural district.
Interested in signing up?
Register online, over the phone, or in-person by June 1. Participants must be between the ages of 12-19. Program tuition is $250 for the entire summer and includes open lab and equipment at no additional cost. Full & partial scholarships are available, download application, due June 15.
NOTE: If you are a student interested to apply for a scholarship, but would still like to hold a spot in case a scholarship isn't awarded, please submit your scholarship application with a registration deposit in the form of two checks, made out to Squeaky Wheel, in the amount of $125 for each check. If you have any questions about this process, please let us know at 884-7172. The ability to submit a full registration deposit will have no effect on the eligibility of a scholarship award.
The Buffalo Youth Media Institute is a collaboration with Buffalo Tours and Squeaky Wheel and has been supported in part by the Marks Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.