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Hamilton Commons

2007 and earlier



Friends Select Summer Documentary Workshop
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In Summer 2005, three 14-year-old students enrolled in WHYY's Documentary Workshop created a half-hour movie about the history, controversy, and public reaction surrounding the skating ban in iconic Love Park. The initial screening of Skaters in LOVE drew over 200 people, and the documentary has a been a popular Learning Lab favorite ever since.



SEAMAAC: Cooking with Culture
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10/10/06

In 2006, students working to earn their GED at Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition worked with the Learning Lab at WHYY to create "Cooking with Culture," a short documentary on food and cultural sharing.



Drive
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10/10/06

Over the '05-'06 school year, a group of Philadelphia teens gathered twice a week at the WHYY studios to create "Drive: 5 movies on young Philly artists." The collection of short documentaries follows five groups of performers as they struggle to define success.



Growing Up Philly
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10/10/06

Twelve teens from Audenreid High School collaborated on this short documentary during Spring 2005. Watch as they reveal what it's really like to grow up in their corner of the city.



School District Partnership: The Truth About Bullying
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2/20/07

During Summer 2006, five incoming 9th graders produced a short documentary on the harmful effects of bullying. Listen to personalexperiences as experts discuss preventative measures.



Inked Out in Philly
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2/20/07

Also in Summer 2006, four teens ventured from tattoo parlors on South Street to the Penn Museum, discovering the history and cultural phenomenon of tattooing. Watch to find out how someone gets "ink" as you see it live.



Abandoned Parks, Abandoned Dreams
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3/21/07

In the spring of 2006, nine out-of-school youth, earning their GEDs at the Girard Branch E3 center, decided to explore the state of their local parks and recreation facilities through digital video. Under the guidance of the Learning Lab at WHYY and the Temple Youth Voices program, these students created a critical and thought-provoking documentary that explores the causes, and more importantly the effects, of poorly maintained parks in Philly neighborhoods. Aprox. 9 min.



Turning Apathy into the 3 E's
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3/26/07

In Summer 2006, a group of students at the Girard Branch E3 center explored the role of apathy as an obstacle to success in the lives of many teens. Through interviews with teens enrolled in the center's summer programs and their adult instructors, the filmmakers highlight many factors leading to a culture of apathy and try to uncover what centers like the E3 can do to help teens achieve success.



Street Music
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5/10/07

This experimental short combines original poetry, the music of street musicians, and images of Philly's Center Square to paint a vivid picture of our city during evening rush hour. It was produced in the 2006-2007 school year by students from CAPA and Masterman, as well as one student who was homeschooled.



Inter-racial Relationships
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5/10/07

This documentary explores the current level of acceptance of interracial friendships and relationships at one Philadelphia public high school. It was produced over the 2006-2007 school year by students at Roxborough High School.



Teen Streets
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5/10/07

Created during the 2006-2007 school year by students at Northeast High School and Girard College, this documentary examines the problem of teen homelessness in the city of Philadelphia, where roughly 1,000 teens sleep in shelters each night. The filmmakers, teens themselves, spoke with teens who have been homeless, as well as the professionals who battle the problem every day.



Ghosts: Do They Exist?
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5/10/07

In this exploratory piece, a group of teens from Central High School and Parkway Center City High School interviewed members of the public to gauge levels of belief in the paranormal and to see if they could hear some good ghost stories. The video was created during the 2006-2007 school year.



The Yellow Shoes
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8/1/07

A love story between a boy and his new shoes, this short film uses music and color to follow the path of a romance from its exciting beginning to its heart-breaking conclusion. Produced by Brett Anders, Claire Bouvard, and Matt Whitman.



Trouble on Bread Street
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8/1/07

This 9-minute short, plays on the conventions of the classic Western, bringing cowboys and outlaws to the modern city. Produced by Sam Austin, Kim Burwash and Kim Klein.



The E3 Newsroom
In fall and summer 2007, students at the E3 Center--Girard Branch worked with the Learning Lab at WHYY and Temple's Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL) to create news stories about their neighborhoods. Topics included election day events, a local farmers market, the local library, and the Mural Arts Program.




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