Through Our Eyes: Three Decades of EVC Youth Documentaries

From the crack epidemic of the 1980s to the stop-and-frisk encounters with police today, young people use their cameras to tell the stories of their times. Spanning three decades, this extraordinary documentary series capture moments in New York City’s history through the fresh but unblinking eyes of emerging teen filmmakers from the Educational Video Center’s (EVC) Youth Documentary Workshop. Portraits of struggle and resilience, these award-winning short films brim with life and speak to us with as much honesty and immediacy today as they did when they were first created.

Each program will be followed by Q&As with the producers and participants. This series is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in partnership with the Educational Video Center.

About Educational Video Center
A pioneer in media education, EVC has been teaching New York City teenagers the art of making powerful social documentaries in schools and its afterschool workshops since 1984.  EVC documentaries have been featured on PBS, NBC, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Sundance Film Festival, and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York and in London. EVC has won more than 100 national and international festival awards and was presented the JVC President’s Award at JVC headquarters in Tokyo, and the President’s Committee’s Coming Up Taller award at the White House.

Coming Soon

Water & Waste: NYC Teens on Environmental Justice

Water & Waste: NYC Teens on Environmental Justice

| 92 mins

EVC youth producers tackle trash and recycling, the polluting of New York City’s rivers, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in these four affecting short films. Panel discussion to follow.

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Tuesday, April 08

6:30pm

Past Films

Epidemics in Our Lives

Epidemics in Our Lives

| 79 mins

EVC youth filmmakers tackle AIDS, crack and youth gun violence in four provocative looks at the crises that gripped New York in the 1980s and ‘90s: Crack Clouds Over Hells Kitchen (1988), AIDS: Facts Over Fear (1989), Hard Times in Cypress Hills (1990) and Young Gunz (1997).

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Gender and Identity

Gender and Identity

| 60 mins

Educational Video Center (EVC) youth producers examine the causes of violence and discrimination against women, homophobia in schools, and the high incidents of rape in people under 18 in three short documentaries: Patriarchy is Malarky (2004, 15m), Out Youth in Schools (1998, 22m), and It's Not About Sex (2007, 23m).

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Thursday, April 11

6:30pm
Housing and the Way We Live

Housing and the Way We Live

| 87 mins

A wide array of relevant housing issues, from abandonment to gentrification and foreclosure, take center stage in these four personal portraits by EVC alumni: 2371 2nd Ave: An East Harlem Story (1986), Home Sweet Gone (1993), Mortgage Mayhem: Living Inside Fraud (2011), As the Sun Comes Up, the Bricks Fall Down (2010).

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Issues in the Election

Issues in the Election

2012 | 90 mins

A program comprising four short films: Whose Streets? Our Streets! (2003, 15m), Alienated: Undocumented Immigrant Youth (2005, 29m), Shadows of Ignorance: The Love That’s Feared (2010, 22m), Journeys Through the Red, White & Blue (Parts 1 & 2) (2008, 24m).

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Race, Ethnicity, and the Media

Race, Ethnicity, and the Media

| 68 mins

Two shorts examine the lasting effect of racial and ethnic stereotypes in the media, while a third looks for common ground between African-Americans and Jews following the '91 riots.

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Thursday, February 07

6:30pm
Schools, Prisons and Police

Schools, Prisons and Police

2012 | 75 mins

A program comprising three short films: Unequal Education: Failing Our Children (1992, 21m), Tough on Crime, Tough on Our Kind (2001, 30m), Life Under Suspicion (2012, 24m).

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Youth Culture and the Arts

Youth Culture and the Arts

| 76 mins

Hip hop, graffiti, and the politically controversial art of the 1993 Whitney Biennial are explored in three short works: Hip Hop: A Culture of Influence (1999), Street Art: From the Can to the Canvas (2004) and That’s What They Call Art! (1993).

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Youth Health & Healing

Youth Health & Healing

| 103 mins

Three short films explore environmental asthma, cigarette addiction, and youth depression as documented by the young New York City filmmakers of the Educational Video Center. Panel discussion to follow.

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Tuesday, March 04

6:30pm
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