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Through Our Eyes Program 1: 3 Decades of EVC Youth Documentaries

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Educational Video Center Invite You to…A Retrospective of EVC’s Award-Winning Films

Program 1: Youth Culture and the Arts

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 At 3 pm and 6:15 pm

Where: The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater 144 West 65th Street

Check out these great blogs for the latest reviews of EVC’s Retrospective: Film Society of Lincoln Center and What Kids Can Do.

Spanning three decades worth of extraordinary work, the EVC retrospective documentary series captures moments in New York City’s history through the fresh, but unblinking eyes of emerging teen filmmakers. All of the eleven short pieces, to be presented in three programs from March to May 2012, were produced through the award-winning Educational Video Center’s Youth Documentary Workshop.

“EVC’s student films are assertive and astonishing. These teens have a lot to say about their world. They boldly go where angels fear to tread,” says FSLC Programming Associate Isa Cucinotta who programmed the retrospective with fellow Programming Associate Marcela Goglio. “EVC gives teens the knowledge and facility to create telling documentaries about the social issues they deal with daily. The openness and honesty with which they explore these stories show us ever more clearly how universal their desires are.”

Hip Hop: A Culture of Influence.1999; 28 minutes

Commissioned and exhibited by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, this exploration of the emerging culture of hip hop includes conversations with a young Mos Def (now known as Yasiin) and Talib Kweli of Black Star, and other artists early in their careers, as well as critics concerned with the growing trends of materialism and misogyny in the music.

Street Art: From the Can to the Canvas.2004; 16 mins.

Exploring the controversy of whether graffiti is art or vandalism, EVC youth producers contrast the opinions of world-renowned graffiti artists, city officials and police officers, while presenting their own perspectives on the debate.

That’s What They Call Art! 1993; 32 minutes

New to the world of downtown art galleries and Fifth Avenue museums, EVC’s young filmmakers chronicle the making (and subsequent unmaking) of the controversial 1993 Whitney Biennial, interviewing curators and artists as they are installing and, in some cases, even creating their artwork. A short version of this documentary was on continuous display in the Whitney Museum’s lobby throughout the exhibition. ***************************************

Each program will be screened twice at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater (with an afternoon screening for school audiences and an evening screening for general audiences). Question and answer sessions with the producers will follow each of the programs.

Tickets are priced at $10 for the general public, $7 for FSLC members, and $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at or in person at the box offices of The Film Society of Lincoln Center at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshop is a 15-week credit-bearing course that teaches high school students from across New York City to research, shoot, and edit compelling documentaries that examine community and youth-related issues.

EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshops and school programs are generously supported by: the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Brenner Family Foundation, the Brightwater Fund, the Gerald & Janet Carrus Foundation, HBO, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation Teacher of Conscience Fund, National Board of Review, the Robert Bowne Foundation, Time Warner, Inc, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and Wellspring Foundation; with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Education, New York State Council on the Arts – Arts Education General Program Support and Electronic Media and Film, and the NYC DYCD Summer Youth Employment Program; and individual donors; and with in-kind support from Benjamin Moore & Co, Claudia Giselle Design LLC, Gray Matters NYC, the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Satellite Academy High School.

For more information, visit or contact Paul Vitale, Special Events Coordinator.


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