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New Doles Media Center to Present Exciting Film Program

When Mayor Ernest D. Davis announced a new program designed by EVT Educational Productions would be coming to the city to provide a Youth/Community Outreach Project there was excitement about bringing transferable training into the city. EVT intended to provide exposure and training in film and TV studio production and editing, studio operations, and related areas, as well as computer graphics/graphic arts, on-line web fluency, web site construction, and eventually web and mobile applications design to Mount Vernon youth.  

After eight months of planning and outfitting space provided by the city, Eric Tait, Jr., President of EVT, the media production company he originally founded in the city in 1992, is ready to launch its new initiative by late September with the introduction of a young and up and coming talent from the community.

 Alexis Grier, a talented young video and film producer with a commitment to mentoring, will be providing film training to the city’s young people for the new Media Magic Initiative at the Doles. Computers and dubbing equipment have already been installed to help facilitate the editing needs of the youth Ms. Grier will be working with initially.

Grier attended UCLA’s Screenwriting Program and later graduated from the Los Angeles Film School. She has worked on such television shows as   MTV Super Sweet 16, Are You Kidding Me, Once upon a Prom and the 2008 BET Awards. Upon coming back to the Mount Vernon area, she founded the Four Squared Film Program specifically to work with young people.

Four Squared Film Program supports the mission of EVT Educational Productions’ purpose. Four Squared intends to give students a creative outlet allowing them to express their emotions in a healthy and creative way and aims to teach them the importance of teamwork, leadership, social interactions, the ability of thinking strategically and other important life skills that are extremely vital in our community.

Renovation work on the Doles Community Center is still ongoing but the Media Center will nonetheless make its facilities and equipment available to Four Squared that will not conflict with any other Camera or Graphic Arts training programs being conducted at the Media Center. The Four Squared after school program will offer 2 hour sessions, 2 times per week for 12 weeks. Mount Vernon middle and high school students interested in the art of filming can sign up for the program at the Doles Community Center.

For additional information please contact AlexisGrier at


Eric V. Tate is a veteran broadcast journalist and documentarian whose credits include ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20 and Our World. He is the Executive Producer/Director of the original multiple award-winning “Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home” video documentary which used students from the Mount Vernon High School to capture the footage. Among other documentaries Mr. Tait has produced and directed, the following have aired on PBS: “Across The River with Hedrick Smith,” “Fire In Their Eyes,” and “The Legacy of Maggie’s American Dream.” He has been selected as the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcasting Honoree by the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Alexis Grier has a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric/Studio Art from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA; a  Certificate in Screenwriting from the Professional Program from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and an A.S. in Film from The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, CA. She is currently producing various film projects.