The DFS Documentary Workshop will investigate education in Detroit from the perspective of the young people who are most affected by it. We will spend six months exploring questions like: what does it mean for education to be humanizing? what does it mean for it to be dehumanizing? and how does the larger education system determine what’s possible in our schools? We will produce a documentary film that tells the story of our discoveries.
Too often, young people are reduced to statistics in the debate about education in Detroit. We believe young people can and should be leaders in addressing the complex problems we face in Detroit, from the drop-out crisis, to the crisis of local accountability in our separate school districts, to the need for new ways of measuring success beyond standardized testing.
WHO WE ARE
Detroit Future Schools is a digital media arts program committed to humanizing education in Detroit. The Documentary Workshop will be led by Detroit Future Schools Artist-in-Residence Andrea Claire Maio, a Detroit based filmmaker, whose work has been heard and seen on NPR, PBS and at film festivals in the US and abroad.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for young people (ages 14 - 21) who…
have ideas for how education in Detroit can be better
want to grow those ideas in collaboration with others
want to learn about filmmaking
want to use media as a tool for change
WHEN & WHERE
You must be able to commit to meet for three hours per week after school at the Allied Media Projects office in the Cass Corridor (4216 Third Street). Exact meeting days and times will be determined in January.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the application and return it to Detroit Future Schools 4126 Third Street Detroit, MI 48201 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 31, 2014.