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Hosted Event  |  Squeaky Wheel's Buffalo Youth Media Institute Premier Screenings

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 1:30–4 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Squeaky Wheel's Buffalo Youth Media Institute is a community history and youth media program targeting the diverse population of young people living in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Students are selected through a competitive application process. Combining media production, media literacy, and cultural studies in an intense 7 week curriculum, our youth producers work with professional filmmakers and members of the community to create their own self-directed documentaries about Buffalo. Each year the Buffalo Youth Media Institute chooses a theme that allows students to explore local history, culture and social issues. This year's theme will be Downtown Renaissance; students will select a topic rooted in the sociocultural development of Buffalo's Downtown.

Downtown Buffalo saw the return of development in 2011 so it seemed appropriate to theme BYMI's return as well! The theme, Downtown Renaissance spans cultural, architectural and artistic areas; accepted students will explore topics like Canalside, the Buffalo Building Reuse Project, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, and Buffalo Place. Under the guidance of professional filmmakers and historians, youth producers will study the history, architecture, nature and culture of Downtown Buffalo and make self-directed documentaries based on their own research and interest. Squeaky Wheel provides the equipment and training with professional historians and filmmakers.

The Burchfield Penney is pleased to host the screenings of work by BMYI 2012 participants.