When women, girls, and gender expansive filmmakers are better represented behind the scenes, they’re better reflected on the screen. That’s why Reel Stories is training the next generation of empowered filmmakers. Through collaborative, hands-on programs, we’re creating a pipeline of young women and gender expansive youth with the skills they need to enter the film and media industry, and the confidence they need to succeed.
Putting Your Voice First
Whether it’s a weekend animation workshop or a two-week summer camp, every Reel Stories program is focused on centering young women and gender expansive youth’s voices. Working with real equipment and real industry professionals, participants are encouraged to create, write, direct, and edit their own stories within a supportive and collaborative space. Check out films made at Reel Stories →
”As a person of color and a woman with family members who have disabilities and are in foster care - I’ve witnessed the journeys of people who are not shown in media, and I can see my own people wanting representation. Film gives me the opportunity to give a voice to people who don’t have the platform.Liz Tril"Choice" Institute filmmaker 2019 & Production Team member
”After multiple years of attending Reel Stories, I am now studying film at the Rhode Island School of Design. Reel Stories definitely gave me the skills I need to be successful here, as well as showing me that I can dream big despite my gender and that it is possible for me to be successful.Sarah Bryant-ColeAlum & Summer Program Producer
Comedy, drama, documentary, suspense, mystery, horror… we’ve got films you’ll love in every genre. Best of all, 100% of the films created at Reel Stories programs are written, directed, produced, and edited by women and gender expansive folks. Quite a few are award-winning, too. So grab the popcorn & some friends, then sit back and enjoy the show!
”Reel Stories is creating a safe space where young women and non-binary people can come and express their ideas freely and make what they wanna make. They're educating young kids like me who want to go into this business so there can be more diversity in the business.Vi SpencerStudent Board Member and Advanced Filmmaker
About BAVC Media
Since 1976, BAVC Media has been a trusted community educator, collaborator, incubator, community builder and resource for the media arts world.
BAVC Media advocates for those whose stories aren’t being told, and provides the resources for anyone to create and share, and amplify their stories and those of their communities. BAVC Media’s diverse, innovative programs lead the field in media training for youth and educators, technology and multimedia focused workforce development, visually-driven new media storytelling and audio-visual preservation.
We believe that when women and non-binary people are better represented behind the scenes in media, they will be better reflected on screen. Your gift will will help us move towards gender parity in the media by creating spaces for young women and gender-expansive youth to learn the technical skills of filmmaking, view media critically and thoughtfully, and create their own media content.