Peep This! premiers Sunday

07/09/2009 7:35 AM by

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Peep This!, a series of short documentaries produced by East End youth in conjunction with the East District Family Resource Center and the VCU Department of African American Studies, will premiere this Sunday @2PM at the Byrd Theatre.

“The idea is to target young men who, based on their demographic status, are at risk and to inspire them through film-making,” said Shawn Utsey, Ph.D., Department of African American studies.

Peep This! was an 11-week program that ran last fall. The five participants, ranging in age from 13 to 16, met for three hours every Saturday to learn about filmmaking, research, interviewing techniques and ethics. Utsey said every class offers teaching moments in which students consider how to portray and respond to people whose viewpoints are different from their own.

“We want them to tell a story from their perspective. It’s centered around them and their families. It’s a way to give them a voice,” Utsey said.

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