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Free Running in Baltimore

Tyson Sanford-Griffin is a young man that loves free running and parkour, activities that involve finding acrobatic ways of moving through urban spaces. However, in this short film, Tyson explains how he often feels unsafe doing his favorite activity in his native city of Baltimore, MD.

Created in the fall of 2013 in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project, this film also won “Best Story Promoting a Cause Related to Youth or Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math” in TechSoup’s 2014 Storymakers contest!

Posted October 27th, 2014 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Video by waym
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Bring the Peace

Youth producers in the Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at Patterson Park Public Charter School researched and discovered that violence kills over 1.5 million people a year worldwide (World Health Organization). They also discovered that 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and only intervene 4% of the time (DoSomething.org).

After discussing problems of violence and bullying in their own communities, they decided to create poems and take pictures that express their concerns. Students in this workshop learned all parts of the production process by researching their topic, writing self reflections, taking pictures in their community, recording audio and video, and presenting their work to their peers. What are some actions you can take to prevent bullying and violence in your own community?

Posted January 24th, 2014 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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All Things Can Change

In this short, autobiographical film, Malcom Barton Jr. explores why some Baltimore youth make self-destructive decisions. When Malcom Barton, Jr. fails one of his high school classes, he loses the support of his friends and family. With his self-confidence shaken, Malcolm gives up on school. But, as he grows older, he realizes that it is his responsibility to put his life back on the right course.

Posted February 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized by intern
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Anything is Possible

Youth producers in Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Orleans Street Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library worked together for a semester to produce this film!

Posted August 31st, 2012 in Blog, Homepage, News by waym
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Our Little Secret

Posted August 13th, 2012 in Uncategorized by intern
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Homeless Mess

Posted August 13th, 2012 in Blog, Homepage, News by intern
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Peer Pressure

This animation was created by high school students at Paul’s Place in partnership with Wide Angle Youth Media. During a three-week workshop, students used stop-motion animation to explore their ideas about peer pressure.

Posted June 12th, 2012 in Video by waym
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A Way of Life

Da’El Clapperton created this digital story as part of Wide Angle’s fall 2011 Mentoring Video Project curriculum. Here is what Da’El has to say about her film:

Hi, my name is Da’El, and for the past two months, I’ve been working on a digital story about my religion. My film goes into some of the laws I follow and the practices my family keeps, as well as my personal feelings about the way that I live. There are a few places where I quote from our religious text. My goal is simply to explain why I live as I do, so please don’t be offended. I even managed to get some input from my friends and other young people from my congregation. I worked really hard on this and this is my first video I’ve made all myself, so I really hope you enjoy it.

Posted June 12th, 2012 in Video by waym
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To Rise Above

This is the story if how I came to be who I am because of the troubles I had been through and becoming who I really want to be.

Posted June 12th, 2012 in Video by waym
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The Game Boys – Video Game Addiction

Produced by John Bakker, Jeff Hughes, and their peers in the Mentoring Video Project at Wide Angle Youth Media. High school student Jeff finds an escape from the stress of his school life in the fun of video games, but soon realizes that this is not a perfect solution to his problems.


Posted March 19th, 2012 in Video by waym