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Teaching Art

Reel Stories
Working with 15 CeaseFire youth from Humboldt Park and Logan Square who are making an effort to dissociate themselves from gangs, Reel Stories is a work-study program that trains youth in the art and techniques of video documentary filmmaking. Sessions run throughout the school year and during the summer. At the end of the session the students will:

1) Gain expertise in video production,
2) Be empowered to tell their own stories, their own way, and
3) Reach audiences who would otherwise not hear their stories through internet, radio, and other media outlets.

This program is provided in partnership with ALSO (Alliance of Local Service Organizations), and is sponsored by After School Matters.


In order to practice filming recreations and editing techniques our Reel Stories participants make short films. Participants break out into two groups. Each group is given the same exact story that they then must break down into shots in order to adapt to a short video. Each participant in the group take turns writing, acting, directing, lighting, and editing. This is our first session practicing editing sound in post. We are always wonderfully surprised by how different each "version" ends up.

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sponsored in part by:
On Track, Arts Work Fund, Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC)
SBC, Young Leaders Fund

Voice of the City is a founding member of the
Logan Square Chamber of Arts