YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
Since 2008, QWFF Artistic Director and Filmmaker Don Cato has coordinated the Young Filmmakers Program which brings filmmakers and industry professionals into PS 69Q to produce narrative short films with a 5th grade inclusion class.
The QWFF team immerses children in a film production experience that takes them from original pitch to production of theme based original short films. Students rotate through production roles and it is the goal of the program to make sure that every student is able to fully participate in the collaborative nature of film making.
The theme of this year’s films is ‘Character’ and each of the 4 groups produced very personal and original screenplays based on an essay assignment that asked them to recount a moment or experience that taught them a character lesson.
As the 5th graders begin to set their sights on transitioning into middle school, this project encourages them to explore their own character while providing them with the opportunity to contribute to something bigger than themselves.
2017 Filmmaker Mentors are Don Cato, Patti Lowenhaupt, Richard Calvache and Elizabeth Pasieczny with the assistance of Resty Pranada, our Intern from BMCC.
We don't do this alone and are so appreciative of the Principal Martha Vazquez, Assitant Principal Ms. Voula Lekas-Wells and the dream staff that works so hard to make sure the students can take advantage of this opportunity. Our supreme gratitude belongs to Ms. Debbie Cregan, the school's Arts Coordinator and Liaison who makes it possible for us all to participate.
Finally our deep appreciation goes to New York Community Bank, our 2017 Young Filmmakers Program Sponsors. Thank you for recognizing that when you empower a young person to imagine, create and realize IDEAS you have supported everyone's future.
The films are finished and will premier at a mauve carpet event at PS 69, 77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, Thursday March 16 at 8:45am.
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Special short films by tomorrow's filmmakers.
On Thursday March 6, 2014 we held our annual 'Red Construction Paper Carpet' event to premier 5 original short films based on the theme of 'Character' created by our 2014 Young Filmmakers Program. Funded through our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and free to PS 69, this event belongs to the community. The students wrote personal essays about an 'aha!' moment when they discovered something about their own character. The classroom teachers facilitated the selection of their favorite 5 essays to be turned into scripts. At that time, Don Cato brought in filmmakers Sharif Sadek, Shelley Miller, Patti Lowenhaupt and Richard Calvache to lead the production teams through a bootcamp of filmmaking from script writing to shooting. The 5 production teams wrote the scripts, learned about various crew assignments, selected production crew roles, created costumes/props and identified their locations. Finally, each week the teams met with their filmmaker mentors to shoot their scripts. At the screening, NYC Council Member Danny Dromm, the Chair of the Education Committee, was honored for his support of all of NYC city's school children.
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