On Thursday, August, 6th, 19 North Philadelphia youth screened films ranging from autobiography and comedy to historical fiction and documentary at Esperanza Academy Charter High School as part of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program.
The Delphi Summer Teen Media Program is a six-week high school level summer program that provides unique training in the visual arts and filmmaking. The students select works of art from the the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection as inspiration for an individually researched and scripted film. Experts in transformative learning through film from the Big Picture Alliance, Inc. train the students in camera techniques, script writing and acting exercises. The result is a portfolio of short films inspired by the Museum’s collections, public works of art and current social issues produced, written, filmed by, and starring the students. Once the films are complete, the students participate in film screenings at the Museum and in their community. This year, students explored peace, violence, and tolerance through fantasy.
2015 Esperanza Academy graduate Jerrick Medrano directed the film, “The Ordinary 5” which screened at Esperanza Academy last week. Medrano says of the program, “I loved the Delphi summer media program. It helped me discover my love for filmmaking. It taught me how to express and tell a story visually rather than verbally. It was a great experience overall.”
The PMA currently partners with the Big Picture Alliance, Taller Puertorriqueño and Esperanza Academy Charter High School in the implementation of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program.
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