We are a NYC-based, fiscally sponsored non-profit organization connecting schools with professional filmmakers to teach citizenship training through video education. In Spring 2011 The MyBlock Education Program gave students in four NYC public high schools the opportunity to produce videos for a new online video map of NYC. This hands-on experience led to the unprecedented creation of a deeply humanistic body of work giving the public a personal and rare glimpse into the challenges many neighborhoods and their citizens currently face. Since then, the MyBlock education model has been adopted by over thirty schools and educational institutions, included in major museum exhibitions and events, and become an integral component to the fabric of media arts education in NYC.
MyBlock student videos reach a wide and diverse audience. Their work has been featured at the 2013 All American High School Film Festival, the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art exhibit “Talk To Me”, the annual MyBlock Visions Film Festival, the NYC Youth Media Arts Show, and in multiple digital and print news publications.
We encourage our students to pursue film and video careers by guiding them to receive full scholarships to the NYS Summer School of the Arts and offering internships to any student participating in our program.
Alex Kalman is a filmmaker, designer, and educator from NYC interested in contemporary, humanistic journalism. He co-founded Red Bucket Studios, an award winning film and media production house, Mmuseumm, devoted to the exhibition of contemporary global archaeology, the critically acclaimed interactive video mapping website MyBlockNYC.com, and the non-profit video education model The MyBlock Education Program. His work focuses on using media with public models to promote cultural and civic engagement and he is currently working on a mobile application for frontline journalists.
Brian Paccione is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA Film program where he was a directing student. His films have screened internationally and have won numerous awards. Prior to attending Columbia, he graduated from Vassar College where he studied film and biology. In addition to directing his own work and serving as President of the MyBlock Education Program, Brian has taught screenwriting at Columbia University and is currently developing Rwandan short film projects with screenwriter Malia Scotch Marmo.