The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced a third season of Through Our Eyes: Three Decades of EVC Youth Documentaries, an award-winning retrospective series of films made by teenagers through the Educational Video Center’s Youth Documentary Workshop. Spanning 30 years of extraordinary work, the EVC retrospective documentary series captures life in New York City and beyond, through the fresh but unblinking eyes of emerging teen filmmakers. Each program is curated from the archives of EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshop program, whose projects have won more than 100 awards, including an Emmy and the White House’s prestigious Coming Up Taller Award. The third season kicks off with two new screenings this spring, with two more to be announced in the fall.
This season’s collection of student shorts spans from 1990 to 2012. The program on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30pm focuses on youth health and healing, highlighting stories and struggles with teen depression, peer pressure, and corporate-marketing tactics aimed at teenagers who smoke. On Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm, a number of shorts tackle environmental issues affecting teens and their challenges with the garbage crisis, pollution in the Hudson River, recycling in low-income neighborhoods, and more.
MARCH 4: YOUTH HEALTH & HEALING
2009 – The War Within: Youth Depression (27 min): Youth tell harrowing, yet life-affirming stories of their struggles with depression and the treatments they have found to cope with it.
2011 – A Clouded View (24 min): An inside look at corporate marketing, stress, and peer pressure that makes thousands of teenagers pick up their first cigarette everyday, what the addiction means to them and their families, and how community health workers at Harlem Hospital are helping them kick the habit.
2012 – Breathing Easy: Environmental Hazards in Public Housing (23 min): EVC youth producers bring their cameras to a fellow student’s mold-infested Harlem apartment, documenting their struggles with asthma and local environmental justice advocates efforts to help a family in need.
APRIL 8: WATER & WASTE: NYC TEENS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
1990 – Trash Thy Neighbor (14 min): “A lively, creative presentation on the garbage crisis and the role urban young people can play in combating the problem…” – Safe Planet: The Guide to Environmental Film and Video
1991 – NYC and the Hudson River: Downstream and Up the Creek (14 min): This visually creative work highlights the importance of the Hudson River and examines the causes and consequences of its pollution, through interviews with the Hudson River Keeper and visits to the then newly constructed sewage treatment plant in Harlem.
2006 – Still Standing (11 min): The story of a determined Hurricane Katrina survivor and grandmother who struggles to survive and rebuild what remains of her home without federal emergency assistance, in the midst of a real-estate frenzy that is pushing the poor out of their communities.
2007 – Shame on You: That Can Be Reused! (23 min): A must-see intergenerational documentary that explores environmental justice and recycling in NYC’s low-income communities with a focus on the South Bronx.
*Each program will screen at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater and will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available at the box office or online at www.filmlinc.com for $6.