A group of students in The Maysles Institute Teen Producers After School Program has come together to find solutions to gun violence in Harlem – by using their skills in media.
The New York District Attorney's office and Harlem Hospital initially asked the program to help highlight a citywide anti-gun violence initiative, anchored by the first ever gun shot victim trauma center in the community. The students were asked to produce a film about the nature of gun violence in Harlem and its effects on the community.
The teens worked along side law enforcement officials, medical professionals, and families affected by gun violence to shoot, produce, and edit the film. And in the process, they created their own production company called No Straight Media (a reaction to the rampant usage of "No Homo").
Six months in the making, the finished project, Triggering Wounds: A Story of Guns and Violence in Harlem, will be an integral part of the Harlem Hospital rehabilitation program. The 20-minute film will be shown to victims of gun and knife violence in Harlem Hospital as part of their efforts to reduce deaths and repeat incidences of violence.
Find the film's trailer below:
Triggering Wounds will premiere at the Maysles Institute on April 27th, followed by a week-long run from May 29th to June 4th.
For more information on the project, visit the Maysles Institute.