BYkids Associate Board Powers Up This Fall

September 14, 2022

BYkids is thrilled to welcome the unique and fresh faces behind the Associate Board! From Kenya to New York, these young professionals are BYkids ambassadors and help promote our goals through events and fundraising. Kicking off with a strong start this fall, the board raised over $1K with a birthday fundraiser to support upcoming filming. 

Please welcome the three co-chairs Jake Hart (LA), Olivia Levenson (NYC) and Hannah Rosenwein (LA) and Noelle Durkin, Ben Goodfriend, Khaddija Jobe, Qetsiyah Lynch, Alex Mabred, Arianna Mastro, Isabel Sheinman and Hannah Wolloch.

BYkids to Curate a Film Series at Opportunity Collaboration 2022

September 7, 2022

BYkids is honored to curate three nights of powerful documentaries by filmmakers making work on their own terms in their home communities to honor cultural knowledge, elevate awareness and drive substantive social change.

Partnering with FilmAid and Nia Tero, we are presenting “Film Series: Empowering Global Voices for Social Change” at Opportunity Collaboration 2022, the summit of global leaders dedicated to building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. 

BYkids is screening and discussing AGAINST THE CURRENT. 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. 

BYkids Sweeping the Festival Circuit

September 1, 2022

So much exciting news!

BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME won the One to Watch Award at the Asian American Film Festival.

AGAINST THE CURRENT has been selected for the Portland Film Festival (Oct. 12-23).

L’CHAIM AND I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE have been selected for the International Youth Film Festival in Atlanta at the Social Justice Symposium at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on October 27. 

The trailers of WALK ON MY OWN and I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE have been chosen for the My Hero Film Festival in LA (Nov. 19).

FAITH’S WORLD has been selected for the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Nov. 4-20) and is showing at MoMA as part of the UN Association Film Festival on Sept. 21.

And, FAITH’S WORLD, FIRE IN OUR HEARTS and I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE are touring with the Science Film Festival to Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Singapore and Vietnam from Oct. 1 to Dec. 20.

“BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME” Selected for the Asian American International Film Festival in New York

July 1, 2022

BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME is selected for the Asian American International Film Festival (aaiff45) taking place from August 3rd – 13th at the Asia Society in NYC.

Since 1978, Asian CineVision (ACV) has presented the annual Asian American International Film Festival, the first and longest film festival of its kind in the U.S. to showcase cinema by, for, and about Asian Pacific Americans. ACV is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions by artists of Asian descent; to ensure that the full spectrum of Asian and Asian American media works reach diverse audiences in Asian American communities and beyond.

Summer Partnership with Youth Documentary Academy

June 20, 2022

We are excited to announce that BYkids is partnering with the Youth Documentary Academy in Colorado Springs this summer. Holly Carter has been working as an Artist in Residence at the Academy, sharing BYkids films and teaching teens as they create their own films.

Thanks to Tom Shepard, the staff of YDA, and these 12 inspiring and brave kids.

“OUT OF ALEPPO” Screening and Fundraiser

May 29, 2022

We were thrilled to share our award-winning film, OUT OF ALEPPO, and experience the magic of the robust and personal conversation that our film inspired at an event hosted at Jim Brasher (BYkids Board member) and Jon Ambrose’s magnificent home in Sagaponack, NY.

The poignant reflections from the teens who were moved by Mo’s story of leaving Syria and settling in Germany gave us a taste of the profound conversations that BYkids films inspire in the classroom. Teachers use our films to guide meaningful discussions on how kids can help solve problems, find their own voice, and use storytelling to humanize global issues.

Our films, core-curriculum aligned School Guides, and Take Action Guides are invaluable resources for educators. BYkids films reach 83 million households through the PBS broadcast, 1.6 million teachers through PBS LearningMedia, and 4.5 million teachers and 45 million students through Discovery Education.

Funds raised will help produce four new films about environmental justice, climate activism, renewable energy and food security; to create professional development tools for teachers to generate an action agenda; and to hire administrative staff to achieve these objectives and increase impact.

BYkids A Presenting Partner with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

May 7, 2022

BYkids is excited to announce this collaboration with the Human Rights Film Festival. What an honor to have presented this past May.

A UN Ambassador on Bhutan and BYkids

May 5, 2022

Panelists speak about the culture and resilience of Bhutan and preparing youth for the future in a virtual chat after screening BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME. The BYkids film, by 18-year-old Rinzin Jurmey, documents how he – and his country –strive to preserve ancient practices and tradition under globalization’s pressure to modernize.

Panelists include H.E. Ambassador Doma Tshering (permanent representative of Bhutan to the United Nations), Holly Carter (BYkids founder and executive director) and Cat Papadimitriou (filmmaker and BYkids mentor). BYkids is honored to partner with the United Nations Association of New York in presenting this event.

BYkids Measures 14 Years of Impact

May 4, 2022

Thanks to board member Stephanie Apt for dreaming up how to capture the profound impact of our work and our original story. Thanks to Stephanie for engaging the talented editor, Alyce Muhammad, and everyone at her production company, Final Cut, and to Javier Arau for the music.

Building a Community of BYkids Collaborators

May 4, 2022

After two years of Zoom, BYkids was delighted to host a full-house screening of FAITH’S WORLD, the inspiring story by Faith Guilbault about life with cerebral palsy. Following the film was a a lively conversation about building new funding and creative partnerships to boost the sustainability and impact of our work.

On May 29, we look forward to another gathering in the Hamptons to share stories through film that address climate change, advance learning, support racial and social equity, and spur action worldwide. 

Screening and conversation at Soho House