NEWS

WALK ON MY OWN SELECTED FOR LONDON LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

WALK ON MY OWN has been selected for the London Lift-Off Film Festival to happen virtually for the month of December, 2020. In her film, 13-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall illuminates the cultural shift in Senegal that has allowed her to remain in school and to make decisions about her own future. Congratulations to the team including mentor Elizabeth Hummer, our partners at Tostan and the Wheeler family.

BYkids’ Virtual Benefit: Education Evolution

Almost 100 guests participated in our virtual benefit on October 27 co-hosted by Helen Tsanos Sheinman (BYkids Board) and Isabel Sheinman (BYkids Junior Board) with a lively conversation about the transformative power of film in this era of virtual learning with storytellers, educators and students including Holly CarterBYkids Founder and Executive Director; Kristina KirtleyWNET Senior Producer, Content and Youth Engagement; Dustin Liuglobal education advocate and student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Qetsiyah Lynch, sophomore, City College; Brian MateoBard College Associate Dean of Civic Engagement and moderated by Matt Nink, President, Nink Group Educational Consulting. Using the magic of Zoom, we also had powerful messages from our filmmakers including Faiza Almontaser, now 27, directed Poet Against Prejudice at age 17; Daunnette Moniz-Reyome, now 18, directed Against the Current at age 17; Mohammad Shasho, now 21, directed Out of Aleppo at age 17; and Alcides Soares, now 30, directed Home Is Where You Find It at age 16. 

We are grateful for the Host Committee, who helped us raise $65,000 before the event even started. 

 

Alcides Soares, now 30, directed Home Is Where You Find It at age 16

 

Faiza Almontaser, now 27, directed Poet Against Prejudice at age 17

 

Daunnette Moniz-Reyome, now 18, directed Against the Current at age 17

 

Mohammad Shasho, now 21, directed Out of Aleppo at age 17

BYKIDS VIRTUAL BENEFIT ON OCTOBER 27

Join us October 27 for a conversation about the transformative power of film in this new era of virtual learning with storytellers, educators and students. This virtual event will be held on Zoom. Please register at Eventbrite at this link.

Messages from our filmmakers:
— Faiza Almontaser, now 27, directed Poet Against Prejudice at age 17
— Daunnette Moniz-Reyome, now 18, directed Against the Current at age 17
— Mohammad Shasho, now 21, directed Out of Aleppo at age 17
— Alcides Soares, now 30, directed Home Is Where You Find It at age 16

Conversation about the transformative power of film in this era of virtual learning
— Holly Carter, BYkids Founder and Executive Director
— Kristina Kirtley, WNET Senior Producer, Content and Youth Engagement 
— Dustin Liu, global education advocate and student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
— Quetsiyah Lynch, sophomore, City College
— Brian Mateo, Bard College Associate Dean of Civic Engagement
— Matt Nink, President, Nink Group Educational Consulting

AGAINST THE CURRENT WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY STUDENT SHORT AT WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

2020 Woodstock Film Festival awards Against the Current directed by Daunnette Moniz-Reyome with Best Documentary Student Short.


Jury Statement: “We are thrilled to present the award for Best Documentary Student Short film to Against the Current. The film is a beautiful celebration of Native American ritual, culture and humanity. This is a film both about reflecting on one’s self and the community as a whole. Expertly crafted by Daunnette Moniz-Reyome who at only 17 years old directed and narrated the documentary along with also being the cinematographer. Daunnette has a long career ahead of her and we can’t wait to see what she makes next!”

AGAINST THE CURRENT SELECTED FOR AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

AGAINST THE CURRENT has been was selected by American Indian Film Festival screening virtually November 6-14. Congratulations to Daunnette Moniz-Reyome (BYkids filmmaker) and her mentor, Evan Mascagni. “See” you at the movies.

Daunnette Moniz-Reyome (age 17) lives on the UmoNHon Native American reservation in Nebraska and wants to inspire her peers to celebrate their culture, despite being surrounded by depression and addiction. INFO

BYKIDS WELCOMES OUR NEW FALL INTERN

We are pleased to welcome Elisabeth Inzinna as our new Fall Intern. She will graduate from Eckerd College in May 2021 with a degree in Marketing. “Working with BYkids gives me will the opportunity to combine my passions of film and social justice effectively.” linkedin.com/in/elisabeth-inzinna-8a3473184

AGAINST THE CURRENT CHOSEN FOR CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

AGAINST THE CURRENT is an official selection of the 37th FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the oldest and one of only two Oscar-qualifying children’s film festivals in the world. This year, the Oscar-qualifying festival will be offered online from November 12-22. INFO

AGAINST THE CURRENT SELECTED FOR WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

Congratulations to director Daunnette Moniz-Reyome and her mentor, Evan Mascagni. AGAINST THE CURRENT has been selected for the 2020 Woodstock Film Festival (Sept. 30 to Oct. 4) as part of their Student Short program.

“In her film, Native American teen activist Daunnette Moniz-Reyome shares her family’s journey to retain the sacred rituals and values of their culture in the wake of centuries of loss from disease, war and government policies,” says Shorts Programmer Amanda Naseem. TICKETS

MIKE MARTIN AND HOLLY CARTER KEYNOTE AT THE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESSWOMEN OF CALIFORNIA

Thanks to the Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) for the opportunity to close the first day of your For Good conference with 6,000 powerhouse women including Cate Blanchett, Lisa Ling and Tererai Trent. WATCH HERE

FAITH’S WORLD SELECTED FOR UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL

Great news! FAITH’S WORLD (one of four new films for Season Three of FILMS BYKIDS to be broadcast on public television in early 2021) has been selected for the 23rd United Nations Association Film Festival.

In FAITH’S WORLD, 16-year-old Faith Guilbault shares life with physical disability and her wish that students and society embrace our similarities, not our differences.

“The Jury reviewed almost 600 submissions and found your film to be extremely pertinent and well suited for this year’s festival theme, THE POWER OF EMPATHY, and we feel strongly that the audience will be captivated by your work.” The festival usually happens at Stanford University, but this year will be held virtually. The film will be open to California residents starting at midnight on Thursday, October 22 and culminate with a panel discussion on Friday, October 23 at 6 pm PT. TICKET INFO