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The Next Generation is Now: EVC Alum Spotlight

Updated: Dec 22, 2021


We at EVC are proud to celebrate our graduates from the past three decades whose documentaries have challenged us to think critically about pressing social issues in our lives. And we’re proud that they’ve gone on to make a difference in the world in countless ways—through the films they create, the communities they serve, and the students they teach and mentor.


Before the 2016 release of Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and before the NYPD’s stop and frisk policies ignited the news and the presidential debates, EVC students produced Tough on Crime, Tough on Our Kind. Their award-winning documentary delivered a powerful youth perspective on the juvenile justice system. It premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in 2001.

Kellon Innocent was a part of the EVC youth crew that produced Tough on Crime, Tough on Our Kind. He continued to work at EVC for several years as an assistant instructor and equipment manger, and then went on earn a BFA in Media & Communication Arts at City College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Kellon is now a camera assistant for film and television, and continues to mentor the next generation of students at EVC. Watch his story and prepare to be inspired!

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EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshops, New Media Arts Apprenticeship, and Professional Development Programs are made possible with generous support from: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomberg, The Brenner Family Foundation, HBO, ExpandED Schools, The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust, Jewish Communal Fund the National Board of Review, The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The Office of New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, The Pinkerton Foundation, The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Schumann Media Center, Variety New York, Laura B. Vogler Foundation, The Wellspring Foundation, the Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation Teacher of Conscience Fund, and you.


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