The Solitary Years
2/11/08Eastern State Penitentiary is America's most historic prison and one of Philadelphia's most fascinating tourist attractions. "The Solitary Years" looks at the prison's origins, its strict policy of solitude, and how that policy changed over the years. Produced by student filmmakers Chima Nwakpuda, Courtney Bryant, and Chris Collins.
The Disposal Project
2/11/08What do you do with your old computers and other electronics when they become obsolete? "The Disposal Project" focuses on the proper way to dispose of electronic trash and the people who are working behind the scenes to make sure our old computers aren't harming our environment. Produced by Manny Vazquez, Basheer Lewis, and Huizhong Wu.
This short mockumentary is a classic case of turning lemons into lemonade. When the production of short film about a superhero named No-Shame Man became fraught with problems, the students making the movie decided to make a mockumentary about a film production fraught with problems. "Shame" is the result.
The Motion Picture
This short film uses green screen technology to tell the story of a young gallery worker who develops a special relationship with one of the paintings. Starring Miasha Walters and Jackson Buttery and shot on location at F.U.E.L. gallery in Old City.
A seven-minute documentary, which draws on person-on-the-street interviews, "Color" examines current attitudes toward interracial relationships and biracial children. Produced by student filmmakers Jasmine Hardy, Daryl Hill, Briana Roberts, Tashayana Grant, and Lisa Fisher.
WHYY's 50th Anniversary
4/18/08See WHYY's 50th birthday celebration through the lens of students from the Learning Lab. These teens served as camera operators, editors, and roving reporters, interviewing WHYY staff and guests as they enjoyed the day's festivities.
8/14/08"In Philadelphia, there is a strained relationship between citizens and police." So begins the short documentary "Trust." Shot and edited by Philly teens over the course of the 2007-2008 school year, this video looks at the trust between police and the citizens they protect.
You Could Be Watching Something Better
8/14/08WHYY Afterschool alum Griffin Prall returned to the Learning Lab to write, direct, and star in his senior project: a hilarious half-hour of sketch comedy he calls, "You Could Be Watching Something Better."
Casinos: Good or Bad
8/14/08In this short documentary, a group of students, working with the Learning Lab in fall 2007 examine the controversy around the proposed casino construction in Philadelphia.
Art and Design
8/14/08What are art and design, and how do they impact our everyday life? A group of students from the Charter High School for Architecture and Design seeks to answer these questions in this short documentary.
Phanatic! A Phanumentary
10/23/08Teens enrolled in the Learning Lab's Summer 2006 program trace the history and cultural importance of the Philadelphia Phillies' baseball club mascot, Phillie Phanatic. See him in action and listen to interviews with various Phillies personalities, including veteran announcer, Harry Kalas.