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Ebb Tide

Zee is an 86-year-old retired teacher, who decides to go back to the happiest time of her life and make peace with the path she has chosen by reconnecting with her students from the early ’90s in East Harlem. Most of her students back then were non-readers, but through non-traditional methods, she helped them produce […]

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Ebb Tide Interview

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/796044384175531/ CCNY’s award-winning documentary filmmaker Vivan Rivas talks about her motivations for telling stories. Vivian describes the impact of being a cinematographer for “Abused: The Postville Raid,” a documentary about a massive immigrant raid in Ohio. She also describes her work as a film student and her thesis film “Ebb Tide,” a documentary about a […]

The Unstoppable

The Unstoppable

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/457527114862181/ “The Unstoppable” is a short film inspired by Julianna Greenidge’s real-life battle with anxiety and depression. The film follows Lottie, an eccentric black teenage girl who struggles to communicate her feelings and becomes overwhelmed by things she cannot control. Lottie finds solace in writing, but her fight to work through her emotions is interrupted […]

The Unstoppable - Interviews

The Unstoppable – Interviews

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/823315904784963 Cecilia R. Mejia is the producer of ‘The Unstoppable,’ a short film inspired by a black teenage girl’s real-life battle with anxiety and depression. She discusses the film’s mission to help shed light on mental health issues affecting young people of color. Julianna Greenidge, writer of the story and lead actor, describes her emotional […]

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Patrick G. Lee Interview

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/1010423822683022/ Patrick G. Lee, a filmmaker, and community organizer discusses his film ‘Unspoken’ which explores the challenges of six LGBTQ Asian Americans talking with immigrant parents about queerness, gender identity, and sexuality. In his series ‘Searching for Queer Asian Pacific America,’ Patrick explores the stories behind specific moments of queer Asian-Pacific Islander history. Unspoken: LGBTQ […]

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Unspoken: LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander Stories

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/383999312285386/ Through letter writing, six queer and trans Asian Americans grapple with their queerness and consider what family acceptance might look like. CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies LGBTQ Resource Center at Brooklyn College Queens College Asian/American Center Asian American Life Gender Studies at John Jay College CUNY Queer Student Union of Hunter College Patrick G. […]

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The Boneyard

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/741256809633664 James Verdi’s short film “The Boneyard” takes a look at the remnants of ships hidden along the Arthur Kill, the Staten Island Ship Graveyard. Underneath the hulls of the decaying ships, a museum of stories comes alive. — James Verdi is a native of Staten Island, NY with a passion for filmmaking and history. His […]

James Verdi

James Verdi Interview

https://www.facebook.com/CUNYTVdigitalseries/videos/487910582034292/ Staten Island filmmaker James Verdi shares his fascinating journey through the history of his beloved birthplace. Using striking drone footage, his first documentary “The Boneyard” unveils stories of abandoned warships, slowly decaying in the island’s shores. In “Loyalty & Rebellion,” Verdi unearths unknown aspects of the local influence in the Revolutionary War. In the […]

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Interview With Juliane Dressner and Enoch Jemmott

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=2068349876610002 Filmmaker Juliane Dressner sits down with CUNY TV Short Docs to talk about the types of films she is drawn to, using her work documenting the CUNY-affiliated program College Access: Research & Action (CARA) as an example. In the interview, she describes the process of following Karoline, Christine, and Enoch, three high school low-income […]

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Right To College

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=324280175183914 “Right to College” is a video describing the challenges facing Karoline, Christine, and Enoch. They are seniors at Brooklyn high schools determined to get their classmates to attend college, even as they struggle with the process themselves. They are working as college counselors with the support of CARA -College Access: Research & Action, a […]

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