Since 2010, MHP has collaborated with the Kennedy Center on a youth documentary production and media literacy program at the Arts & Technology Academy (ATA) where 4th + 5th graders produce short documentaries with an arts-focus.

For the 2011-2012 school year, students from ATA are working with Meridian Hill Pictures filmmakers Brandon Kramer, Ellie Walton and our intern team to produce a new short documentary exploring the art form of opera: what opera is, what it takes to become an opera singer, and how opera touches and impacts artists and audiences. The film, titled Operatunities, will premiere during the Spring 2012. The film shows ATA students using opera as a lens for exploring their own dreams and the process of achieving a goal. The film's story is told from a variety of perspectives, including the two main youth interviewers, Demarje and Aaliyah; Duke Ellington vocal students; and two professional opera singers, Ms. D and Ms. Janice Chandler-Eteme.

During the 2010-2011 school year, students worked with Meridian Hill Pictures filmmaker Brandon Kramer to produce a short documentary about local teaching artist and cellist Elise Cuffy. The film, 'Teaching What You Love,' was supported through the Kennedy Center's On Location project, a national media education program designed to bring media literacy and technology to schools, teachers and students across the country. In the Spring of 2010, Brandon facilitated documentary filmmaking projects to youth at ten middle schools across the country as part of the On Location program.

Directed, Produced, Filmed and Edited by 4th and 5th Graders at the Arts & Technology Academy 

Student Crew

Education Director: Brandon Kramer
Lead Teaching Artist: Ellie Walton
Media Education Intern: Marley Moynahan

Supported by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


AFI SILVERDOCS “Youth Voices Speak Up” Panel
June 23, 2012
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Arts & Technology Academy PCS – “Origins: One Heart Beat”
June 14, 2012
THEARC Theater
1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020

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