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Digital Story Workshop has produced videos with children in New York City and around the world. (Some images have links to video clips):

Through the Window (2008). Kristin and Sean Eno were commissioned by the Education Department at the Yale Center for British Art to make a short film featuring children's impressions of Louis Kahn's building from vantage points inside and outside, and the art collection within. They collaborated with first and second grade children from the Foote School in New Haven to create a story of pictures and poems about the world as seen through the lens of Kahn's building.



Coffey Park, Puppets and Planes, Added Value (2007-08). Digital Story Workshop provided video/play extensions of curriculum for three early childhood classes through a year-long School Arts Partnership with PS 27. Funding was provided by a matching grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through Partners for Arts Education, and the NYC DOE/PS 27. See project description and end-of-project documentation.



NOLA/NYC: Traveling Box (2008). Children in New Orleans explore their neighborhood, telling stories about various artifacts they find along the sidewalk and park. They place these objects inside a special box, the same box that children in NYC will later discover.  A special collaboration with Aaron Collier, Dwana Robinson and the St. Roch Community Church in New Orleans. NYC site TBA.

The Gowanus Critters' Amazing Odyssey (2007). 6-12 year old children made masks with Theresa Linnihan of the Puppeteer's Cooperative, then spontaneously played in character, as Kristin videotaped six separate video-plays. 11-12 year olds also worked on the "film crew" and as photographers and journalists. The final six shorts were screened for the Gowanus Houses community in the art room. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council and NY State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).

See Me Play (2007). 4-7 year old children from around the world were invited to play spontaneously with siblings, old and new friends and a selection of props.  The children were videotaped as they played together, then viewed and helped edit the footage on a laptop computer in the Media Arts tent at the World Children's Festival.

Very Hungry Caterpillars (2007). Three classes, a pre-K, an early kindergarten and a K-1st grade, created many dramatic interpretations of Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.

Mystery Castle with a Lot of Treasures (2006). Digital Story Workshop received the Brooklyn Arts Council's Community Arts Regrant (Individual Artist's Tier & Program B) to make this video with fifteen first graders from the Cypress Hills East New York Afterschool Program in Brooklyn. Third graders from the program created the main prop using seeds they found in the neighborhood. The video was screened on November 15 for all K-8th grade students in the after school program. (download flyer::pdf)

Fairy Magic (2006): Cypress Hills Community School (PS 89), East New York, Brooklyn, NY. Six kindergarten girls have a fairy adventure in the park.

Potato Sacks Attack! (2006): Cypress Hills Community School (PS 89), East New York, Brooklyn, NY. With props from the Superhero Supply Co./826NYC. Second grade boys find many mysterious objects in the grass by the school, and adventures ensue.

Creature Adventures (2006): PS 8, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. Kindergarten - 2nd graders met in mixed age groups to invent creatures with special powers and collaborate on imaginative stories. They made stuffed representations of their creatures out of fabric, and painted backgrounds for their stories. The four groups practiced and drew out their stories, then acted them out in front of the camera. The children watched their videos and provided voiceover narrations, which were incorporated into the final, four-part piece. Exhibited at Rotunda Gallery's "Kidsart," 2006 (Brooklyn, NY). Made possible by Rotunda Gallery Education Department.

2nd Grade Red Hook Book Nook Adventures (2006): PS 27, Brooklyn, NY. Four groups of second graders discover a strange doll in the school's book shop. Each group plays with the doll and tries to figure out where it came from. The children's voiceover narrations are incorporated into the final piece. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.

Chicken Sunday (2005-2006): Collaboration with Border Crossers. Third graders in East New York, Brooklyn (PS 89/Cypress Hills Community School) and second graders from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan collaborated to act out eight vignettes based on Patricia Polacco's book, Chicken Sunday. Four groups from each school narrated the video-plays of their pen-pals.

The Duende Superhero Surprise Show (2005): A class of first graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Brooklyn, NY respond to "Duende" by creating five original video stories about "what happened next." See program. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.

duende Duende (2003-2005): Three girls playing in a garden in Oaxaca, Mexico discover a mysterious doll which they realize is a duende. With children at El Pochote Film Center, Oaxaca. Videographer: Sean Eno.

ark  Ark (2002-2004): A girl is walking in the woods and finds a mysterious box. She places a seed inside the box and hides it. Time passes, and children playing in the woods, by a lake and at the ocean, come upon the same box. In each of four scenes, the box holds more and more strange small beings, little people who need the children so that they can gain new life. Play collaboration with eight children in Brooklyn, NY. With co-direction/technical collaboration from Sean Eno.

Sophie in the Trees (2001): A girl walks in the woods in Vermont. Children in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, narrate. Digital Story Workshop's first production. Videographer/co-director/editor: Sean Eno. See complete 2 minute video on Videatives.

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