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Found Footage Workshop


As part of the first ever Teen Arts Week in New York City, the Museum will present a Found Footage Workshop for teens age 14 and older. Teen volunteers will lead their peers in the creation of films structured through selected found footage. Through both an analog and digital approach, teens will be invited to immerse themselves in the process of sourcing and collaging footage (image and video) from the past and present; visualizing and contextualizing patterns and threads in history. In addition, the Museum will screen’63 Boycott, a film about segregation in Chicago, which heavily incorporates found footage, before activities.

63 Boycott (Dir. Gordon Quinn. 2017, 30 mins.) On October 22, 1963, more than 200,000 students walked out of the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Blending unseen archival 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections, ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around equity, education, and youth activism.

NYC’s first Teen Arts Week is a weeklong celebration of youth arts engagement at cultural venues in all five boroughs. Created for teens by teens, the week connects young people with citywide cultural programs and creates an ongoing collaborative network of arts organizations.

Free admission with pre-registration. RSVP here. Museum admission included.