The First Ever Andy Awards Film Festival!

On August 12th SYEP Interns celebrated their final projects at "The Andy's"! Photo by Andrew Tivon.

On August 12th,  Avenues for Justice (AFJ) hosted our first Andy Awards Film Festival, featuring videos created by nine participants who completed the AFJ Story Crew film internship program.  The six-week course, held at our Lower East Side community center, was led by videographer Gary Wachter and a host of guest professionals. The course included hands-on training on how to use professional equipment and culminated in each participant scripting, taping, and editing their individual videos.  AFJ combined the training program with NYC’s Summer Youth Program (SYEP), ensuring that each participant received a salary for the duration of the course. 

Our participants’ video topics ranged from nail salon careers to dogs to a study of the subway system and the impact of over policing on our City’s youth. After each video presentation, judges Namakula Mu, NYC artist, actor and producer, and Bill Muench, documentarian & cinematography instructor, analyzed each participant’s video for the audience. The judges presented awards unique to each story and skillset demonstrated in the films.  The audience, which consisted of family members, friends, and supporters, also had an advance look at a moving public service announcement about AFJ created by Chimney Studios as a pro bono project.  At the end of the evening, each participant was gifted a video camera generously donated by Carol Ott and her colleagues at Habitat Magazine.  

Best Documentary: Minah's ManiBar: The Journey by Aminah 

Best ScreenplayPolice Brutality by Nasir 

Best Music VideoSave My Soul (Official Video) by David 

Best Autobiographical DocumentaryTyreek’s Workout Journey by Tyreek 

Best AFJ Story: My AFJ Story by Carlos 

Best ComedyAFJ Brain Teaser: 5 Questions by Menkie

Community Engagement AwardThe MTA by Antonio 

Best EditingPeach Tree Garden by Wilmarven 

Best PSAi love my dog by Dajuan 

This successful summer internship with SYEP could not have happened without Gary Wachter, AFJ’s Story Crew 2021 Internship Coordinator and Director. Gary dedicated his time, energy, expertise and professional network resources to our program participants----for which AFJ is very grateful!

Special thank you to all of the guest lecturers that came and presented physically and/or virtually to our summer interns to share their professional experience and advice for entering the film industry. 

Todd Liebler   Director of Photography, Anthony Bourdain

Max Blecker   Editor, "We All We Got"

Keith McQuirter   Director, "Whatever Means Necessary--The Godfather of Harlem"

Elivia Shaw   Director, "The Clinic Screener"

Jon HokansonCameraman & Director of Photographer, "Savoy Night"

David NelsonProducer

Andrew LelandPodcaster

Joshue OttAugmented Reality Specialist

Haley Ott   – Reporter, CBS News

Andy Hayward Reporter, Vice News

Bill MuenchCinematography Teacher & Director, "The Artist & The Astronaut" 

Julie HershanProducer, Chimney Group

Lez RudgeDirector, Chimney Group

Namakula MuActor & Voice Over Actor

Andrew Tivan