THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES
THIRD SEASON OF
“THROUGH OUR EYES: THREE DECADES OF EVC YOUTH DOCUMENTARIES”
AWARD-WINNING RETROSPECTIVE SERIES RETURNS
WITH MARCH AND APRIL LINEUP SPOTLIGHTING TEEN SHORTS
ON YOUTH HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
New York, NY – February 25, 2014. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today a third season of “Through Our Eyes: Three Decades of EVC Youth Documentaries,” an award-winning retrospective series of films made by teenagers through the Educational Video Center’s (EVC) Youth Documentary Workshop. Spanning 30 years of extraordinary work, the EVC retrospective documentary series captures life in New York City and beyond, through the fresh but unblinking eyes of emerging teen filmmakers. Each program is curated from the archives of EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshop program, whose projects have won more than 100 awards, including an Emmy and the White House’s prestigious Coming Up Taller Award. The third season kicks off with two new screenings this spring, with two more to be announced in the fall.
“EVC’s student films are assertive and astonishing. These teens have a lot to say about their world. They boldly go where angels fear to tread,” says FSLC Programming Associate Isa Cucinotta, who programmed the retrospective with fellow FSLC Programming Associate Marcela Goglio. “EVC gives teens the knowledge and facility to create telling documentaries about the social issues they deal with daily.”
“Every one of these pieces is balanced between the personal and the informative, the immediate and the presentational, sometimes touchingly, sometimes naïvely, sometimes awkwardly, and sometimes quite beautifully,” says Kent Jones, FSLC Director of Programming of the New York Film Festival. “I value the clarity of EVC’s video pieces, but I also prize their rough edges.”
This season’s collection of student shorts spans from 1990 to 2012. The program on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30pm focuses on youth health and healing, highlighting stories and struggles with teen depression, peer pressure, and corporate-marketing tactics aimed at teenagers who smoke. On Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm, a number of shorts tackle environmental issues affecting teens and their challenges with the garbage crisis, pollution in the Hudson River, recycling in low-income neighborhoods, and more.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center as we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says EVC Founder and Executive Director Steve Goodman. “Showcasing the best of our youth documentaries will inspire new young audiences to become the next generation of filmmakers.”
Each program will screen at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater and will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available at the box office or online at www.filmlinc.com for $6.
MARCH 4: YOUTH HEALTH & HEALING
2009 – The War Within: Youth Depression (27 min): Youth tell harrowing, yet life-affirming stories of their struggles with depression and the treatments they have found to cope with it.
2011 – A Clouded View (24 min): An inside look at corporate marketing, stress, and peer pressure that makes thousands of teenagers pick up their first cigarette everyday, what the addiction means to them and their families, and how community health workers at Harlem Hospital are helping them kick the habit.
2012 – Breathing Easy: Environmental Hazards in Public Housing (23 min): EVC youth producers bring their cameras to a fellow student’s mold-infested Harlem apartment, documenting their struggles with asthma and local environmental justice advocates efforts to help a family in need.
APRIL 8: WATER & WASTE: NYC TEENS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
1990 – Trash Thy Neighbor (14 min): “A lively, creative presentation on the garbage crisis and the role urban young people can play in combating the problem…” – Safe Planet: The Guide to Environmental Film and Video
1991 – NYC and the Hudson River: Downstream and Up the Creek (14 min): This visually creative work highlights the importance of the Hudson River and examines the causes and consequences of its pollution, through interviews with the Hudson River Keeper and visits to the then newly constructed sewage treatment plant in Harlem.
2006 – Still Standing (11 min): The story of a determined Hurricane Katrina survivor and grandmother who struggles to survive and rebuild what remains of her home without federal emergency assistance, in the midst of a real-estate frenzy that is pushing the poor out of their communities.
2007 – Shame on You: That Can Be Reused! (23 min): A must-see intergenerational documentary that explores environmental justice and recycling in NYC’s low-income communities with a focus on the South Bronx.
About Educational Video Center
A pioneer in media education, EVC has been teaching New York City teenagers the art of making powerful social documentaries in schools and its afterschool workshops since 1984. EVC documentaries have been featured on PBS, NBC, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Sundance Film Festival, and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York and in London. EVC has won more than 100 national and international festival awards and was presented with a JVC President’s Award at JVC headquarters in Tokyo, the President’s Committee’s Coming Up Taller Award at the White House, and an Emmy.
Support for the Educational Video Center and its Youth Documentary Workshop Program is provided, in part, by: the Robert Bowne Foundation, the Brenner Family Foundation, the Brightwater Fund, HBO, the Hearst Foundations, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, National Board of Review, Open Society Foundations, the Pinkerton Foundation, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, TASC, TechFoundation, Wellspring Foundation, and Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation Teacher of Conscience Fund; and with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the NYC DYCD Summer Youth Employment Program; and individual donors; and with in-kind support from the Long Island University – School of Education, NYC Department of Education, and City-As-School High School.
For more information, please visit evc.org or on Twitter @E_V_C_
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Theresa Navarro, Manager of Development & Communications
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year's most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, LatinBeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, The Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society's state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.
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