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Mount Vernon Film Program to Welcome Young Haitian Filmmakers

SignUp_Flyer-20150323[1]Exchange Program Exposes Filmmakers to United States and Offers Opportunity to Assist in Training Budding Filmmakers

Thanks to the support of Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Media Magic EVTED@the Doles will launch its new visiting filmmaker’s project in collaboration with Building Sustainable Borders and Cine Institute of Haiti. It’s part of our ongoing effort to expose Mount Vernon student-participants and the wider community to as wide and varied a media experience as possible. “Media Magic EVTD is a program that I strongly support that offers opportunity to our young people by trained professionals,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Eric Tait is a well-respected media consultant and award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian who previously mentored Mount Vernon youth while filming for a documentary on New York City’s African Burial Ground. He’s been back in the city for over two years to help young people prepare for careers in television, production and filmmaking.” From January 11 thru April 8, 2016 graduate students from Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti will join Media Magic’s instructors as teacher’s assistants in film, audio, lighting and editing techniques. Some of the graduate student’s film works may be screened in the Spring Mount Vernon International Film Festival slated for March 31 – April 2, 2016. By screening their films and sharing their personal stories in this event, the filmmakers will focus a spotlight on this special cultural exchange opportunity in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. Support for the Visiting Filmmakers will be provided by a number of churches, organizations and individual sponsors in the Mount Vernon area. Building Sustainable Borders has served as a clearinghouse for more than 5 years, to expose underserved youth from developing countries to study abroad opportunities that exist in the United States as well as humanitarian service opportunities for travelers abroad. With previous successes of students from the Dominican Republic in 2014 hosted by N J I T and again in the 2015 in collaboration with Essex County College in Newark, they are continuing their dedication to work and expand reach on the island of Hispaniola with Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. Ciné Institute is a premiere film school that offers their students a world-class education and professional exposure. As young filmmakers and journalists, they share their educational advancements with Media Magic as a cultural exchange experience. Ciné Institute’s unique model begins with tuition-free education and hands-on college-level training in a two-year program. Their employment division brings in clients like Arcade Fire, Google, Partners In Health and Donna Karan who provide real jobs and experience for students and alumni while producing top quality work. The organization’s professional support division builds on these programs, and gives a powerful voice to Haiti’s storytellers broadening the vision of student filmmakers. Media Magic EVTEd@the Doles is a hands-on Media Training Program that exposes Mount Vernon residents 14 years and older to a wide variety of film, broadcast, graphic-arts and other media-related creative, journalistic and technical skills. For more information, contact Keith Gonzales, 250 So. Sixth Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York Ph: 914-371-6735