This is an extended version of the "Honorable Mention" winning video in the White House Student Film Festival. It includes a segment on Congressman Adam Clayton Powell and a 3D rendering of the Harlem State Office Building that bares his name.
In this video students from the Phelps Stokes Digital Media Training Program at the Riverside Church report on the life and death of President Nelson Mandela. The Reverend James Forbes, the ministerial staff and the congregation of Riverside Church were early supporters of the anti-apartheid movement and enjoyed a special relationship with Mandela once he was freed from prison after 27 years. After his death on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, the church celebrated his life and legacy in a memorial service of praise and thanksgiving. The young students in the media-training program are learning journalism, oral history, video and photography. The program is funded by the West Harlem Development Corporation and administered by the Riverside Church’s Rev. James Singletary and Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor Melvin McCray. The students used the occasion of Mandela’s death to sharpen their journalism skills and learn more about one of the most influential men of the last century. They were particularly intrigued by the fact that Mandela addressed enthusiastic crowds in the sanctuary where they were reporting. The opening montage contains rare footage of Mandela's farewell address to the Riverside Church filmed by McCray in 2005.
The Digital Media Training Program In Harlem
The Harlem Thourgh My Eyes Project
The primary goal of the Harlem Through My Eyes Project is to create a multi-media exhibit, website and photography book. A secondary goal is to train black and Hispanic youth in the Harlem community in video, photography, 3D animation, computer programming and journalism. The Digital Media Training Program in Harlem seeks to change the long-term prospects of African Americans and Latino youth through their participation in digital media training. The program will enable underserved young people, 16 to 24, to produce projects that expresses their reality and vision, feature their projects in public screenings and online exhibits, develop their collaborative, communication and critical thinking skills, critique and provide instructive feedback on their work, counsel them on how to channel their creativity and skills into viable career paths as well as guide them to additional training, internships and entry level job positions.
The first phase of the program was a six-week intensive video and photography workshop that took place from July 8 to August 15, 2013 at My Image Studios (MIST Harlem) at 46 West 116th Street in New City.
The second phase of the program ran from October to June 2014 and consisted of video and photography training at the Riversided Church.
The third phase of the program was a Saturday 3D animation workshop at MIST Harlem that ran from November to June 2014.
The fourth phase of the program summer 3D animation workshop and Black Scientist Speakers Series that took place at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.
Melvin McCray, Program Director, is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a 28-year veteran of ABC News. McCray has created journalism and digital media projects in the undergraduate program at Princeton University, Long Island University, Cooper Union and the Bread and Roses Cultural Project. For the last two years, McCray has implemented an oral history and journalism program at the Harlem Renaissance High School, a transfer school for at-risk students.
The Digital Media Training Program is supported by a grant from the West Harlem Development Corporation, a donation of facilities by My Image Studios LLC and in collaboration with the Riverside Church's Youth Ministry. For more information about the program contact Melvin McCray at (917) 748-4122, firstname.lastname@example.org or Harlemthroughmyeyes@gmail.com.