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Our Mission

Reel Lives uses media to support education, empowerment and social change. Our approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service.    

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Educational Outreach Initiative

Reel Lives provides training and resources to educators, youth workers and human rights advocates to use our content to promote social change.      

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The Media Training Program

Reel Lives trains marginalized youth in developing “hard skills” in documentary filmmaking, and “soft skills” in self-confidence, recovery from trauma and socialization by having our learners engage with their own lives through media arts.

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Media That Matters

Media that Matters is the premiere collection of short form, social justice themed films in the world. The annual Media That Matters Film Festival ensures the collection is on the cutting edge of global discourse.

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Our Unique Approach & Why it Works

Reel Lives programming combines vocational education, art therapy & human rights advocacy, creating a learning environment that is uniquely transformative, and our graduates see the world, and their place in it, in a radically different way.

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    I am: Nabila - I was born in Brooklyn. My father, who is from Egypt, made sure I was raised with Read More
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    I am: Abdul - This film tells the story of my family’s journey from civil war in Sierra Leone to New Read More
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    I am: Parbat - Hundreds of thousands of people in Bhutan can trace their ancestry to Nepalese origins... Read More
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STUDENTS: WANT TO TELL YOUR STORY?

We are currently accepting student applications for our next upcoming classes. We currently have spaces available for Summer and Fall 2014

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PROGRAM DETAILSabout Reel Lives

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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Reel Lives Core Program supports our participants in developing professional, “hard” skills in digital filmmaking, from cinematography and non-linear editing, to sound design and creating a narrative for non-fiction film blocking, story boarding and basic directing.

Our Graduate Program furthers our participant’s skills and places them in jobs, internships and tertiary education.

CATHARSIS THROUGH MEDIA ARTS

Marginalized youth and young adults are facing a number of challenges aside from technical and vocational skills.

Reel Lives programming supports our participants in engaging with their own lives through media-arts, creating a form of informal, group art-therapy. Our graduate Abdul put it best when he said “You make a film about the thing you’re most afraid of, and it takes away it’s power.”

MEDIA THAT MATTERS

Media That Matters is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day.

From gay rights to global warming, our in-house productions and jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 15 minutes or less.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Reel Lives partners with formal and informal educational organizations to use our collection of media to raise awareness of critical human rights issues, develop media literacy, and encourage action to promote social change.

There is something magical that happens when youth engage with media created by other youth, creating a powerful forum for discussion and debate on the obstacles marginalized youth are facing.

 

Founder and Director, Lyle Kane

Lyle speaks on the founding of Reel Lives and the impact it has on it participants and a desire to take Reel lives to a wider audience. 

Our Organization

Reel Lives is a 501(c)3 using media to support education, empowerment and social change. Our approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service via our Core, Graduate and International Programs, Media That Matters Collection and Curricula Development.

With the growing consolidation of mainstream media worldwide and simultaneous expansion of alternative access points for information, advocates, educators, youth and the public are bombarded with messaging. With our recently acquired Media That Matters collection of social justice themed media, and our Curricula Development in partnership with organizations and schools, Reel Lives represents a trusted source; connecting active audiences with media to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues, and gives educators the tools to impact the way youth engage with the world.

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Donors

Foundations Reel Lives is very grateful to the following foundations for their generous financial and in-kind support.

  • THE FORD FOUNDATION
  • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
  • THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION
  • COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT, INC
  • NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  • THE WELLMET GROUP
  • THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
  • AMERICAN EXPRESS

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