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More Acclaim for MNN Producers' Documentary Short!

Community Media, Events, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

It started as a special episode of MNN’s “Gotta Run with Will.” Now the short doc “Save the Putnam Nature Trail” has been chosen among hundreds of submissions to be featured in the Northeast Film Festival and the Golden Door International Film Festival, both to open in September, with another likely screening at  the Bronx's International Film Festival later this year.

MNN producers Will Sanchez ("Gotta Run's" executive producer), Vanessa Cordova-Corwin and Monica McKane-Sanchez collaborated to make "Save the Putnam Nature Trail," an eight-minute documentary short that's part of an effort to stop a New York City Parks Department plan to pave a one-and-a-half-mile dirt path that runs through Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The film made its festival debut last year at the International Film festival Manhattan,...

Reminder: Regular Hours Return to El Barrio Firehouse Next Week

Classes, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

Hope everyone has enjoyed this beautiful summer! Friendly reminder that summer hours at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center come to an end next week. Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, the center will return to its regular hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday, Monday: closed

Be sure to stop by for a class or community event! See you there.

Summer Youth Employment Program Students Graduate from El Barrio Firehouse Training Program

Classes, Community Media, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

When the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program participants walked into the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on July 7, Director Iris Morales told them they “would be transformed” by their six-week experience. Last Thursday, the truth of these words came to light, when the students screened their final video projects and graduated as certified producers.

“We are thrilled to train the next generation of media makers,” says MNN CEO and President Dan Coughlin. “MNN has always been dedicated to educating young people on media equipment, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity."

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a citywide initiative that connects youth between the ages of 14-24 with meaningful, paid summer employment opportunities. El Barrio Firehouse serves as a host site, offering hands-on specialized training in field and studio production as well as expert workshops and roles in local advocacy events, like this year's NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit. The Firehouse’s...