This is a group short (7 minutes) documentary project that I made along with my two other group members for digital frame & sequence, my first semester production course at NYU. The rally took place at Union Square in November of 2009 and was hosted by Marriage Equality New York. Find out more information about MENY at: http://www.meny.us/
Created by Ava Lowrey, Spyros Papavassiliou, and Martin Smith
This is a project for my freshman film class, Digital Frame & Sequence. In the class we take photos and make short videos. For this project I decided to contrast wealth and affluence in New York City with the city's poverty and dead end streets. Often people visiting or living in New York are distracted by the glamor and the rush of the city to notice the things around that matter the most - the people. When I first arrived in the city I was surprised when I would see homeless people sleeping on steps and the sidewalks at night. Now I find myself passing by without noticing because it is so common. This video only represents a tiny fraction of a large problem in New York and other cities.
Huffington Post's 7 Young People Making a Difference!
I got an email today congratulating me. I had no idea what I was being congratulated for until I looked at the Huffington Post website! HuffPost just released an articled titled "ADOLESCENT ACTIVISTS: 7 Young People Making A Difference" and I'm included in the list. I'm honored to be on the list and appreciate the support.
As a new string of youth activists have shown, you're never too young or inexperienced to start making a difference in your community. HuffPost Impact is proud to detail the stories of the following young people, dedicating their time and energy in service to others. Vote on who you think is the biggest difference-maker!
Check out FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq at the NewFilmmakers Summer Festival on July 4th!
The 2009 NewFilmmaker Summer Festival will take place July 1 - 6 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. On Saturday July 4th NewFilmmakers in the Deren Theater celebrates the Fourth of July with first hand accounts of the Iraqi War and its aftermath. FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq begins at 6pm. Admission is $6.
FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq is a documentary about three veterans of the war in Iraq. Each veteran speaks about their experience as a soldier in Iraq and the challenges they faced while readjusting to civilian life here at home. These firsthand witnesses explain how their experiences have affected them and altered their views on the war, the media, the public, and the leaders who put their lives on the line. FALLOUT is the premiere film of Ava Lowrey, an 18 year old film/video activist from rural Alabama. Together with her brother Gordon, Ava set out with a single camcorder and drove across the South East to interview three veterans. Honest and straightforward, this unbiased documentary gives Staff Sergeant James C. Bailey, Corporal Michael Prysner, and Staff Sergeant Charlie Carlson a platform to open up with the public and share stories and opinions that might otherwise go unheard.
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009 Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue New York, NY
FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq - Watch it now!
As some of you know, I've recently been working on finishing up my first "full-length" documentary. This project was a two person project(my brother was a huge help with planning our filming trips and took still photography for the film) and self funded. It was a hard and at times incredibly frustrating experience, but sitting down with each of these veterans and listening to their stories inspired me to keep going. I wanted to give these three Iraq War veterans a platform to tell their own stories with viewers.
I learned so much through this experience, things that I will take with me when I begin my college studies in the fall. Thank you for the support and encouragement, and I hope you like the film.
Online Tomorrow - FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq
Beginning tomorrow "FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq" will be available for online viewing at the film's website: www.iraqfallout.com
FALLOUT has also been accepted to the NewFilmmakers Summer Festival in New York City. I will have more details within the next few weeks. Thank you everyone for the encouragement and support. I learned a lot through making FALLOUT, my first full-length film. It's been a hard and long process, but it has been worth every moment and every penny.
This is a rough edit of the first six minutes of what will be a 50min+ documentary. I'm currently working on finishing up and hope to put it online next month. I have a rough edit complete and am currently in the process of doing some sound editing and smoothing out some transitions. It's a work in progress!
A little bit of information about this documentary and its progress: I finished interviewing the veterans about a year ago, but a majority of the funding came from my savings, and my pocket emptied from filming expenses. As a result I didn't have money to pay for HQ b-roll footage from Iraq. After sitting on the footage for awhile I decided to take what I had filmed and work with it and footage from Iraq that I was able to find online. As a result most of the b-roll footage isn't high quality which is disappointing, but considering the obstacles thrown my way I'm happy with how the documentary is progressing. It is my first attempt at "full-length", and I've learned a lot from the experience that will help avoid the same mistakes in the future.
I remember beginning to think about which schools I was going to apply to about two year ago. At the time I told myself and everyone that I would apply to no more than 7, and preferably about 5. As the time to apply crept closer and closer the neurotic worrying and stress that many students suffer began to sink in and my list of schools grew. I ended up applying to 10 schools. Today I heard from another school, completing the admission process for me. I'm absolutely thrilled and honored with the results of my late night essay writing, and I'm certain that my Mom is glad that the process is over and I can now stop with the constant rushing to check the mail and refreshing my email inbox.
Below is a list of the schools I applied to and the admission decisions I received. Yes, I'm saving the announcement of the school I'll be attending until the very end of this post. It's more fun that way!
NYU - Accepted UCLA - Accepted Berkeley - Accepted Harvard - Wait-listed UNC Wilmington - Accepted Pratt Institute - Accepted Boston University - Accepted Ithaca College - Accepted Alabama - Accepted UT Austin - Rejected (I now have an excellent reason to pull against UT's football team )
And now for the best part. I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to announce that I'll be attending what has long my dream school and top choice, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where I will be majoring in film & television. I have also been admitted as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars major in one of the eight undergraduate divisions at NYU. In addition, they participate in a rich combination of seminars, domestic and international travel colloquia, research, educational and cultural activities, and community service. Scholarships and grants make the school affordable for me, and the film program is the best out there. After visiting the campus, and talking with current students and faculty I am certain the NYU is the place for me. I loved the campus, loved the students, loved the faculty, loved everything about it! I felt at home at NYU and I'm happy and excited to have finally found a place that I know will be perfect for me! I look forward to the fall. I can't wait to attend NYU and continue growing as a filmmaker and as a person.
FALLOUT: Coming Home from the War in Iraq is a documentary about three veterans of the war in Iraq. Each veteran speaks about their experience as a soldier in Iraq and the challenges they faced while readjusting to civilian live here at home. Unbiased, this documentary aimed to have each veteran profile their own Iraq war experiences.
Excuse my absence, please - Some news about the documentary
In the summer of 2007 I began filming for my first full-length documentary. I traveled to different parts of the country to interview veterans of the war in Iraq. In 2008 the production of the documentary came to a halt due to lack of funding. A majority of the funding had been coming out of my pocket(my car fund had become a documentary fund), but eventually my money dried up.
A couple of weeks ago I sat down and began to review the footage I have. I was hoping to have a bigger project with more interviews to include, but while reviewing I realized what I did have was enough and that the veterans I interviewed had stories that needed to be told.
Now I'm in my studio(my bedroom) working on editing the film. My goal is to release the documentary via the internet very soon. I'm on track to achieve that goal and I'm very excited to share this project with you all. I'll have some teaser photos and maybe even a few clips up on a website and myspace page for the documentary soon. Keep an eye out for it!
Thanks everyone for the amazing amount of support I've received both with my website and with this new project. As I get ready to leave for college in the fall I know that my time will not allow me to post as often - though I will continue creating videos on a regular basis. I'm excited to pursue film in my university studies and I'm looking forward to finally sharing my first full length film with you all.