FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOSTER CARE FILM AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT
TO HOST DEBUT PREVIEW SCREENING EVENT
Bat Haus Film Club presents the first open screening of a project by, for and about foster youth.
Nov. 4, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY – This December, idesygn and Brooklyn’s Bat Haus Film Club will present “Voices with Vision: Affecting Change in Foster Care.”
This debut preview screening of the first live-action short film associated with the Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP) will be followed by a foster youth panel and open discussion, both presented by the Bat Haus Film Club in Brooklyn, NY. The event will celebrate the achievements of the project’s foster youth collaborators.
“Voices with Vision: Affecting Change in Foster Care” is from 8 – 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237.
FCFCEP is not just a film – it is a project that connects current and former foster youth to those who have an opportunity to make a difference within the system.
“After working with foster youth through CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), I realized foster youth didn’t have a say in what happened in their own lives. I decided to give foster youth a voice using the tools I knew – film and animation,” said idesygn founder and FCFCEP director Yasmin Mistry.
In addition to a series of live-action films profiling individual youth’s journeys’ through the foster care system, the project is an animated documentary film about perseverance and survival; an opportunity for foster youth to share their voice through storytelling, writing and art; and an outlet for foster youth to work behind the scenes on a film.
“The original idea was to create a 10-minute animated documentary short combining the voices of foster youth with animated visuals. However, once we began we realized foster youth wanted an outlet to share their experiences and we collected way more stories than could possibly fit into one film. As interest grew, the project grew with it,” Mistry said.
The Dec. 9 preview screening of the first live-action short film centers on entrepreneur and speaker Charell Star Charleston. “Being a former foster kid comes with a lot of stigmas and labels that are usually assigned by people who have never known what it is like to be in such a challenging situation. Over the years, I’ve fielded some tough questions about my background and some hurtful glances, but taking part in this project has been a way for me to help re-frame the conversation,” said Charleston.
In addition to the debut preview screening and panel, a donation drive in partnership with Together We Rise will give attendees the opportunity to contribute toward the purchase of luggage for youth currently in foster care. Often, when foster youth are moved from one home to another, their belongings are thrown into large black trash bags – a method that can hurt their feelings, damage their already-shaken feelings of self-worth and dignity. Additional donations will go to support FCFCEP’s ongoing work.
This event is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
ABOUT BAC’S COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
BAC Community Arts Grants help fund project-based work by individual artists and nonprofit organizations in all artistic disciplines, and support capacity building for Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations. Grants are made possible through the generous support of: the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA); the New York State Assembly and Senate; the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); New York City Council; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
BAC is the borough’s leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. BAC reaches hundreds of thousands of artists and audience members each year through music, dance, film and visual arts programs, web-based directories and communities, arts education, urban folk arts initiatives, grants, training programs and artists services.
ABOUT BAT HAUS
Bat Haus is a communal workspace and event space, founded by two friends who believe that community and productivity require a genuine workspace where members share resources, space, and respect. Since opening the door two years ago in Brooklyn, NY, Bat Haus has hosted film screenings, community meetings, and private celebrations, featured in Buzzfeed, TimeOut New York and other publications. For more information please visit www.bathaus.com.
Bat Haus Film Club supports independent film makers in New York, providing opportunities to showcase their works at the venue monthly. For screening inquiries and more information, please visit www.facebook.com/bathausfilmclub.
Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project
Yasmin Mistry, Director