Bronx Film Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged youth with a much-needed safe space for creative expression. BFI’s tailored programming allows young people to have creative control as they collaborate with each other and industry professionals to explore the various realms of production – screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and more.
Our collaboration with the Bronx Film Initiative started in 2022 when we started working with the founder and program director, Christina G. Richardson. The Bronx Film Initiative and Vita Pictura collaborated on two projects – the Young Adult Borough Center documentary and the short fiction AJ’s Story.
Young Adult Borough Center is an afternoon and evening program designed to meet the educational needs of high school students who are behind in credit or have adult responsibilities that make it hard to attend school during the day. The commercial is set to share the non-profit organization’s work with youth and helping them find their purpose in life. The organization is part of the NYC Public Schools network.
Last Spring, NY-based organization the Bronx Film Initiative, took a group of high school students from all over New York City through the process of making a film from script to screen with our “Let’s Make A Movie!” Program. In a year-long process, the novice student filmmakers co-wrote this film. They collaborated with highly skilled industry professionals to bring their vision to life, working with them throughout the process, experiencing firsthand what it looks like to produce an impactful work of art called “AJ’s Story.” A story of survival and hope as young minorities navigate the foster care system.
Vita Pictura and the Bronx Film Initiative produced the featurette, and the teaser for the short film. The story follows AJ when tragedy strikes, and his foster siblings are determined to keep their makeshift family together after social services threaten to split them up.
Youth Summit Documentary
The Youth Summit documentary reveals how the Young Adult Borough Center works, showing the transformation of the students participating in the program through the years. The documentary aims to show how this program helps young adults find their creative passions and start acting on them.
Every year, a select group of students is chosen to lead the Annual Youth Summit. A youth-led leadership event for students produced by students. This documentary highlights the 2nd attempt at the 10th annual youth summit after a long pause due to the pandemic. The summit is organized by Good Shepherd Services, and the lead sponsor was Macy’s.