Telling Your Story
For the last four years BCA has worked on the development and implementation of school programs that integrate arts and technology in a cross-curricular fashion. “Technology through the Arts” residencies have incorporated the instruction of professional digital and media artists into numerous Brevard public schools to enhance curriculum, teach 21st Century skills, and foster technology literacy in creative and meaningful ways.
During 2014, BCA implemented “Telling Your Story”, a project supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Boeing Company.
This free program taught North Brevard high school students how to use digital media to share their stories in creative ways. The participants filmed and produced documentaries about social, cultural, political, or environmental issues.
The initiative served as a community engagement component for the 2nd annual Art & Algorithms Digital Arts Festival in Titusville, during October 2014.
In May 2014, nine students from Astronaut, Merritt Island, and Titusville High Schools were selected to assume directorial responsibilities and form peer production teams, to turn their original concepts into short documentaries:
Directors and their teams used cell phones as the tool to capture images, audio and video, an ideal fit for the goals of the program. Cell phones are an accessible alternative to expensive video cameras, and a clear example of how technology facilitates the use of low cost tools to create and distribute content.
Program instructors were Bill Curtis, Television Production teacher at Titusville High School (THS) and Melanie Hale, Television Production teacher at Edgewood Jr. /Sr. High School of Choice. Work sessions took place during July-September 2014 at the Titusville Chamber of Commerce.
The official premiere screening of the students’ efforts was presented as a red carpet event at the Titusville Playhouse as part of the 2nd annual Art & Algorithms Digital Arts Festival in Titusville on October 9, 2014. More than 150 people, including participants and their families, attended the event. Prior to screening the documentaries, a reception with refreshments was held for attendees in the lobby of the Playhouse.
Florida Senator Thad Altman, Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher and Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley each introduced a block of films. Not coincidentally, Senator Altman and Mayor Tulley were each featured in a documentary.
We invite you to watch the videos presented below.
Watch the Films:
30: The Documentary by Abbey Tomes
Faces in the Crowd by Courtney McLean
Life in a Shell by Brianna Barone & Shreya Raman
Saving Our Indian River Lagoon by Megan Akimenko
Space Town Struggle by Jennilee Mestan
Theater Kids by Aneleise Colucci
The LGBT Community by Walker Roberts
The Struggle by Zhane Skanes
Youth and Politics by Madison Moceri