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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youth producers analyze and explore Douglas Horton’s famous quotation: “If you love something let it go free. If it doesn’t come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever.”