The good vibe level was high at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Center City this past Friday (March 25) where a packed house of family, fans and friends attended the Scribe Video student film showcase. The films are the finished works of students enrolled in Scribe’s 14-week Production Workshop taught by Aleks Martray. The lineup featured six short films on an array of topics, including allegations of corruption in correction facilities, childhood trauma transforming into a college graduate’s triumph, and magical romance in the midst of the ghetto.
Tops for me was “Home(less)” written by my former Scribe screenwriting workshop classmate David Walls. “Home(less)” (22 minutes) follows the journey of gay teen Ben, 17, who is coping with being ejected from yet another foster home even as he comes closer to aging out of the system. It brings home the plight of too many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered teens who wind up kicked out of their homes and on the street because of family rejection of their sexual orientation. The film is poignant without being preachy and offers moments of sweetness to soften the heartbreaking pain.
Other standouts included “Through It All,” (15 minutes) by Marva Sumlin which chronicles one young African-American man’s journey from overburdened childhood to college graduate and “It Starts With Me,” (14 minutes) by Nicole Kenney, which examines how one generation of African-American women shows a member of the younger generation how to cherish her heart and soul amidst the pressures of modern life. For more information about the 14-Week Production Workshop, visit Scribe Video or view video coverage of the post-showcase Q&A.
Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.