Looking Back: TCYMN’s 2014 Showcase

As we gear up for the 2015 Media Market and Showcase, we’re looking back at some of the amazing youth work that was shown last year. SPNN is so proud of this piece by Destiny Roberts, Michaela Huberty, and Darartu Tashoma.

“From the Roots” offers an introspective view of Black women’s identity through the conversation about hair, a narrative that is frequently missing from mainstream media. Producer Destiny frames the conversation by identifying her hair as a mirror of her self-image and identity. The other teens and adults interviewed about their hair and what their unique style preference means to them reveals how media plays a large part in the internal dialogue surrounding hair.

The video sets out to examine how hair is inextricably tied to culture, particularly within the narrative of Black women in America. The team conducts interviews with young girls and women, compiling diverse messages around what people call “good hair.” From the Roots reveals how media relays pervasive messages to women at all ages about how beautiful hair must meet European standards in order to be “good hair”- hair that is straight and smooth.

Top 5 with Ben Patterson

The Walker Art Center Teen Art Council (WACTAC) met with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist and musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. Check out all of Walker Teens’ videos here!

TCYMN Youth Cover the NAMAC Conference

The bi-annual conference of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture was held in Minneapolis from September 6th – 8th. Crews of youth media makers from TCYMN organizations made instant mini-docs during the convention. Youth from IFP-MN covered Friday and a youth crew from MTN covered Saturday.

Welcome to NAMAC 2012 (by the IFP-MN Youth)

NAMAC 2012 Day 1 (by the IFP-MN Youth)

NAMAC 2012 Day 2 Part 1 (by the MTN Youth)

NAMAC 2012 Day 2 Part 2 (by the MTN Youth)