When Bronx Guild High School teacher Stacy McCoy began a program in which her students were asked to create digital stories about their communities she was overwhelmed by their responses and inquiries.
This prompted McCoy to apply for a Fund for Teachers grant, which she was awarded. The grant enabled her to attend a four-week film-making workshop in Florence, Italy through the New York Film Academy.
Eventually, the grant funded Stacey to stay another month in Florence to create a documentary on how film fits into the legacy of Western art history. Additionally she was asked to hit the streets of Florence on a daily basis and create her own short film projects.
McCoy ended up creating 30 short films within a month.
Since returning to the Bronx, McCoy has taken the skills that she acquired in Florence and transferred them to the classroom. She has organized a digital media workshop for seniors within the Bronx Guild High School. The workshop has been a huge success and her class has organized their own film festival which will be held in June.
On March 20, her students will hold a rough cut screening of their documentaries. The films range in subject from horror movies to personal narratives and everything in between. McCoy’s class will then spend the rest of the semester editing their works in preparation for the festival in June.
The Fund for Teachers has allowed McCoy to expose her students to a medium that is usually not accessible to high school students. The June film festival will be the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work by both McCoy and her students that was all made possible by a grant issued by the Fund for Teachers.
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