|Global Kids VVP Youth Leaders Premiere Animated Film Discovered|
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On July 1, 2009, fifteen Global Kids Leaders in the Virtual Video Project (VVP) premiered their film Discovered, a digital "machinima" film produced in Second Life that explores the powerful issue of child sex trafficking through the fictional story of one Mexican teenager.
Discovered is the final product of a year-long, intensive digital filmmaking program called the Virtual Video Project (VVP), an after-school program conducted at Global Kids Manhattan headquarters for students from all over NYC. The students gathered regularly during the past year to learn about film production, human rights, and virtual worlds, culminating in a serious issue machinima film produced entirely by the youth filmmakers.
The students, ages 15-18, represent a range of high schools from the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, including Hostos-Lincoln Academy, James Baldwin School, University Neighborhood High School, the Academy of American Studies, New York City Museum School, and Bryant High School. After the film screening, students answered questions from the audience, speaking eloquently about their work in virtual worlds, the issues the explored, the film production process, and the skills they have developed.
To read a press release about the event, please click here.
This year, VVP involved fifteen students from all over NYC
Students spoke about their experiences in the program at the premiere