Brooklyn Youth Media Festival: Concrete Stories is a showcase of media produced by Brooklyn affiliated youth under the age of 21, celebrating Brooklyn’s talented young media makers who are telling stories through short films and animations. Concrete Stories is produced and curated by a group of media-savvy local high school students as part of the BRIC Youth Media Education Internship Program.
BRIC’s Youth Media Interns 2014-2015:
Nekita Blue is currently a junior, attending Urban Assembly for Music and Art, where she has achieved honor roll for 3 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has always shown an interest in both photography and film. She enjoys the photography classes at her school, and has been sharpening her skills. She hopes for a future in photography and film, but is also interested in psychology.
Carina Lamont is a junior at Millennium Brooklyn High School. She is a Brooklyn based writer and filmmaker. Carina has been a part of the BRIC Arts Media program for 3 years and is now a BRIC Youth Media Festival producer. She enjoys reading teen fiction as well as writing some of her own. Carina hopes to attend college where she will study creative writing and find herself.
Born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Karelle McKay always had a passion for the arts. As a child, she has always been passionate about writing short stories and poetry. Currently, she’s a senior at Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. She is an apprentice intern for the Exploring the Arts Organization, and interning at BRIC as a Youth Media Festival Producer. In the near future, she hopes to major in creative writing, hoping to become a professional writer.
Sai Nelson is currently a sophomore at El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice, where he has thrived as a student leader and an influential figure within the community. Sai is currently working on a screenplay that is centered around the struggles of teenage life in the city. His dream of being a major director makes him sympathetic to the idea of providing young people the opportunity to voice their ideas through media.
Ashley Rodriguez, is a 16 year old from Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, but her family is originally from the Dominican Republic. Ashley’s ambition has earned her gold honor roll 3 years consecutively at the Secondary School for Journalism. Ashley has produced several short films and is an active filmmaker in the BRIC media program. Ashley is also a youth core leader at UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. Ashley’s work at UPROSE earned her the opportunity to participate in the Students on Ice Arctic expedition where she explored the Arctic region. Ashley is committed to addressing the issues of Climate Change in her community and was one of few youth that lead the march of over 600,000 people. In the future, Ashley plans to go to college where she wants to study medicine and begin her journey into the health profession.
Ava Bryan is an aspiring filmmaker and senior at Urban Assembly for Music and Art. She is a student ambassador and a former 651arts new media intern. During the summer of 2013, she studied with New York Film Academy at the Universal Studios back lots in California. Ava is currently working on two short films; a story about teenage duality and another about technology’s role in education. She hopes to create work with the belief that media brings us all together, providing insight to our own unique journeys.
Harry Flax is an aspiring filmmaker with a passion for self expression through the camera lens. Born in 1998, he is currently a sophomore at Millennium Brooklyn High School . His recent work at Columbia University showcased his awesome skills with new technology. He is well on his way to a career in film.
Nasra Gariballa is a senior at the Secondary School for Journalism, who spends her free time dipping in politics and media. She is president of her school’s senior committee and vice president of the senior class. During her first year with BRIC, she helped create the documentary “50 People, 1 Question”, as well as created her school’s first website, which focuses on voicing students’ journalistic efforts. Next year, she looks forward to entering college, where she will study Political Science and Biology.
Nakata Hope is a dedicated artist and senior at Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School in Bed-Stuy, she is currently working on her art portfolio and applying to arts colleges such as Parson’s New School for Design and Pratt Institute. Through her art, she explores different perspectives around similar issues. She is interested in BRIC’s connection with media in Brooklyn and around the world, and hopes to learn how to connect her artistic talents and spread her own work to a larger audience.