Some major congratulations are in order for New York City’s Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) and its PRO-TV youth media program.
Next Thursday, some of the students and faculty involved in the 21-piece series Our Cameras, Our Stories will be at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to accept the High School Broadcast category award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. The winning DCTV series aired last fall on WNET Channel Thirteen.
From the announcement:
Our Cameras, Our Stories explores the real-life issues facing NYC teenagers – homelessness, drug addiction, gun violence, incarcerated parents, pregnancy, mental illness, family discord.
All of the work was done by teenage filmmakers including the camera work, sound and editing. Even the animation was created by student Kelvin Rodriguez, who tells his own personal story, Woah!, in episode two.
PRO-TV, founded in 1987, runs more than 200 selected students annually through its program. Congrats to Jasmine Barclay, Richard Memminger, Natalie Setoute, Mohammed Yakub and all the other RFK Award winning student filmmakers.