Community Justice Symposium
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Reception 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Showcase and Discussion 6:00–9:00 p.m.
519 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
How can youth-made media impact violence and justice in communities?
What impact does crime and violence have on youth-made media?
Individuals and groups of young people from across the
country have submitted video and audio clips with community justice themes for this exciting event. Their work will be viewed and discussed by a distinguished panel. Join us to watch the presentations, listen to the panelists, and participate in a town-hall discussion.
Warning! These youth-created videos may contain profanity, staged reenactments of street violence, and other disturbing images representing the experiences many young people encounter in their everyday lives.
Section I - Identity
- Bad Choices
Aderian Fair (2004) Strengthening Youth Voices, South Carolina
This film explores the experiences of youth aged 19-21 transitioning out of the justice or foster care system. In his film, Aderian hopes to share his experiences stemming from a bank robbery conviction, in hopes of helping others avoid similar mistakes.
- Girl Like Me
Kiri Davis (2005) Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, New York
This documentary surveys the effects of modern day standards of beauty on the self-image of African-American teenage girls. Kiri captures a variety of experiences through interviews with her high school peers, and re-creation of a famous social experiment with young children and black and white dolls.
- Guns Senseless
Karl Gray, Jr. (2006) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
This gripping public service announcement touches on the senselessness of gun violence.
- Slip of the Tongue
Karen Lum (2005) Youth Sounds Factory, California
This film, shot in Oakland, California, explores the ways in which youth can utilize poetry as a form of self-expression to change the world. It features the slam poem “Slip of the Tongue,” written by Karen’s friend Adriel Luis.
- Who's Watching
Bianca O’Bryan (2006) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
This public service announcement delves into the unseen effects of gun violence
Section II - Community Life
- Street Violence
LaQuita Keele (2005) BAVC, California
This film demonstrates the ways in which violence affects the community from a youth perspective. LaQuita is an 18 year old in California and is interested in pursuing a career in film.
- Lean on Me
Harold Clinton (2004) Center for Reflexive Community Practice, Massachusetts
This film features a first-person account exploring the potential of youth to recognize problems and create solutions in their own neighborhoods. This drama features the original music of Springfield, Massachusetts community activist Jane Sapp.
- Living in a Peaceless Community
Stephen Bowers (2005) BAVC, California
This film tells the story of life before and after the period of chaos in Hunter’s Point, California. Stephen is currently a 12th grade student in San Francisco.
- Struggling to Survive
Dana Hall, Ashley Potter, Mary Profitt (2003) Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute, Kentucky
This documentary explores the importance of a local living wage ordinance in Letcher County, Kentucky. The film chronicles the experiences of Debbie Gibson, a single mother struggling to raise her children on a low-wage job. Living wage ordinances continue to be a hotly-debated topic in many localities throughout the country.
- Block Violence
Michael Kinard (2005) BAVC, California
This film depicts the seriousness of neighborhood violence in the Bay Area. Michael hopes his film will caution youth about the realities and dangers of gang violence.
Section III - Systemic Change
- Book 'Em: Undereducated, Overincarcerated
Ashley Burney, Catrenna Burney, Whitney Forman, Karl Gray, Jr., Sarah Goddard, Timothy McMichael, Niscay Montford, Chastity Navarro, Yusuf Shah, Roberto Soto (2005) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
This documentary examines the “school to prison pipeline” by demonstrating the ways in which school policies, local and state statutes and public spending priorities push young people out of schools and into the juvenile justice system.
- Schooling Baltimore Street
Lendl Tellington & Kyle Erby (2005) Wide Angle, Maryland
This documentary chronicles the stories of three youth advocates for education equity in Baltimore’s public schools. The film explores the motivations that inspire students to become activists.
- Know Me: Re-examining Police Perception and Treatment of Youth
Erika Brown, Natashia Archie, Nicole Nixon, Ja´mice Toney, Tychelle Gordino, Sheri Cabiness, Jamal Glascow, Leroy Steed, Lora Troche (2003) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
This film explores the parallels of youth and police officers by telling the fictional story of a day in the life of an African-American youth and an African-American rookie police officer. The story is spliced with candid interviews with young people and police officers, presenting the issues of mutual stereotyping, police harassment and accountability and community responsibility.
- Vicious Circle
Thais Fischer, Rachel Horsford, Sabina Kahn, Tatiana Lam, Corina Leu, Nadine Mamane, Valerie Mazo, Sara Reichel, Gina Wolff (2004) Global Action Project, New York
This documentary investigates acts of violence committed in the name of hatred and fear. By telling the stories of victims and activists, this film also unravels the complexities that make hate crimes unique in the U.S. legal system.
- CJT$: At What Cost?
DeAndre Barnes, Catrenna Burney, Doniseha Chatman, Karl Gray, Jr., Matt Mitchell, Travis Ruffin, Leroy Steed, Carlisa Watts, Bianca Windley (2004) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
This documentary presents a youth perspective of the controversial maximum-security Connecticut Juvenile Training School, which houses male offenders aged fifteen and under. The school’s controversy centers on allegations of corrupt construction contracts, excessive costs, neglectful and abusive conditions and ineffective programs. The film presents a guided tour of the facility and provokes viewers to ask: at what cost and to what benefit does Connecticut incarcerate its youth?
Additional Works Submitted
- Fillmoe 2 Blockz
Jamar Hite (2006) BAVC, California
- It's Not Facism When We Do It
Justin Li (2006) Just Think, California
- Nevah Wen: Reflections on an All American City
Bianca O'Bryan (2006) Youth Rights Media, Connecticut
- Teen Shoplifting
Sara Perman, Alaska Teen Media Institute, Alaska
- Welcome to My Unhappy Streets
Alicia Butler (2005) BAVC, California