Reel Works has announced a first partnership with its workforce development program MediaMKRS and documentary / television film production company Jigsaw Productions, led by Academy AwardÂ®-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.
âI am delighted to be working with Reel Works on this essential mentoring program,â Gibney said. “This inaugural cohort of budding filmmakers bring such unique perspectives to the table, and by welcoming them and their creativity to the team, we hope our talent can help hone their skills to create pathways to success.” long-term professional. “
The Brooklyn-based organization connects teens with professional filmmaker-mentors, and the “Career Acceleration Program” is a new initiative to provide young adults interested in exploring film development and production. and television mentoring, career awareness and hands-on experience. Reel Works’ MediaMKRS program, launched in partnership with the New York Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the City University of New York (CUNY), trains and accredits young filmmakers with the goal of diversifying the media landscape and create solutions to barriers to entry into the entertainment industry.
The program will provide six selected participants with a 1: 1 work experience with industry professionals at Jigsaw Productions who will be matched with mentees based on a career path of mutual interest and expertise. During the four-month program, mentees will have the opportunity to identify a specific project to develop that will enhance their skills in the industry, and will be introduced to a network of key staff and industry professionals. documentary film from Jigsaw Productions that will help further support their goals and objectives.
âWe are delighted to launch this partnership with Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions to help further support the career aspirations of our film students,â said Reel Works Co-Founder and Executive Director John Williams. âOur MediaMKRS program provides students with learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom environment, and we are confident that this personalized and hands-on training alongside leading documentary filmmakers will prove invaluable to their early development. career. ”
Mentees will be recruited for two cohorts for the 2021-2022 school year. Candidates had the choice to follow one of three tracks within different departments of Jigsaw Productions for the fall 2021 cycle: development, production or graphics and animation. The three participants below have been selected for the first cohort of the academic year which began on October 26 and will run until March 2022:
Aissatou Bah (her / her) – Development Aissatou graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York with a long-standing admiration for Jigsaw Productions. She brings her love for documentaries to the development track to learn more about what happens in the early stages of the filmmaking process.
Natalie Evans (she / she) – Production Natalie is a graduate of Hofstra University and is working on the Production stream to build on her passion for storytelling and her background in independent production.
AB Wilson (she / she) – Graphic Design and Animation AB is an alumnus of the Made in New York Animation Project. As a 3D artist, she was placed on the Graphics and Animation track to put her experience to good use and expand her existing skills.
In order to create a workforce as diverse as the communities they serve, Reel Works will focus on recruiting BIPOCs (black, indigenous, people of color), people who identify as LGBTQIA +, women and non-binary people, people living with a disability. , and others with lived experience from marginalized communities. The Career Acceleration Program will aim to prepare participants for employment in the industry during the first six months following the end of the program.