Project VoiceScape is a partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today’s best young documentary filmmakers. Keep up with news from the filmmakers and their mentors on the Project VoiceScape blog.

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The 2011 Project VoiceScape Filmmakers

Many of the young filmmakers in this year’s group of Project VoiceScape participants couldn’t have gotten this far without the the support of local organizations. These partners hosted the students’ projects, provided technology and mentorship for media production, and even convinced the young filmmakers to submit their films! Find out more about the organizations below.

And don’t forget to enter your for vote for the 2011 Project VoiceScape Audience Award! Watch the short films and vote for your favorite by September 30, 2011.


Project VoiceScape FilmmakerTyre Brown
BAYCAT is a non-profit community media producer that educates, empowers and employs underserved youth and adults in the digital media arts. By bridging the digital divide, BAYCAT inspires students to stay in school and become lifelong learners, and to use the power of digital media and design to shape their communities and tell their unique stories.

Global Action Project

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerJesus Manuel Villalba
Global Action Project’s mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.

Media Arts Center San Diego

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerTrevor Seines
Media Arts Center San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists.

Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA)

Project VoiceScape FilmmakersDamari Lawrence, Lal Thapa and Jyoti Gurung
Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) provides high school students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) with the opportunity to study media arts with a focus on video production.

Reel Grrls

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerJulia Levy
Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production. Our mission is to cultivate voice and leadership in girls at a vulnerable age in their development.

Reel Works

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerNegesti Cantave
Reel Works provides a free filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerMadena Henderson
Youth Media Sanctuary is a community media arts peer-training project, designed to teach multimedia skills to young people, and to help develop  urgently needed independent local voices in our economically devastated neighborhood.

San Diego Asian Film Foundation

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerAngel Gatus
To Connect Audiences to the Human Experience through the Pan Asian Media Arts. Our Vision is that this leads to a more compassionate and cultured society.

Say Si

Project VoiceScape FilmmakerEmileigh Potter
Serving San Antonio’s youth, SAY Sí is a year round, long-term, non-profit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers.

Youth FX

Project VoiceScape FilmmakersImani Peterkin and Mohamed Gardner
The mission of Youth FX is to inspire and empower youth through the acquisition of technical and creative skills in the emerging field of digital media.  Youth FX encourages young people to shift from being passive consumers of media to active media creators while thoughtfully examining their lives and the world around them.

Don’t forget to watch and vote for your favorite Project VoiceScape documentary short film by Sept. 30, 2011!

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.