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A Productive Summer at EVC!

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

It’s been a busy and productive summer at the Educational Video Center! In June, EVC students Orlando Ramos and Mohamed Fofana travelled to Detroit with Director of Youth Documentary Workshop Jessie Levandov to participate in the annual Allied Media Conference, which brings together a “vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change.”

In July Jennifer Proulx and Emmanuel Garcia facilitated a successful week-long Youth Powered Video Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. Teachers braved the heat and took to the streets to explore issues ranging from culture and identity, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon, all the while learning how to facilitate video inquiry projects with their students.

Gil Feliciano led the Summer Youth Documentary Workshop team with support from Austin Goodman and Laura Scheiber, in the production of a video about educational equity, Understanding the Common Core. On August 12 they premiered their work to an audience of their peers and family members at the 1199/SEIU Conference Center. Before the screening the Youth Producers facilitated a conversation with the audience on education, policy, and standardized testing, and discussed their experience at EVC. For participation in the program, students earned stipends through the Summer Youth Employment Program and the WorkForce 2000 1199/SIEU.

Students in the summer session of New Media Arts Apprenticeship created an interactive website updating the 1990 EVC-produced documentary, Trash Thy Neighbor. Students went on location to interview Chief Keith Mellis of the NYC Department of Sanitation, and to document barges transporting paper to a recycling facility. They earned credit attending the summer school class that was facilitated by Amy Melnick and Leslie Englander, and made possible with support from ExpandED Schools.

We’re looking forward to seeing you for our fall programs! EVC is currently recruiting for Youth Documentary Workshops. Please contact Jessie Levandov ( and Gil Feliciano ( to enroll your students.


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