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PANEL: The Power of Youth
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK
10/14/2018, 2:00PM
$ 15

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Every generation faces unique challenges and today's youth will be handed a world much different from that of their parents. The future of most industries is rapidly changing and the skills they will need to prepare for what's ahead is unpredictable. The POWER OF YOUTH panel features filmmakers whose work focuses on the goals and dreams of today's youth, some of the youth who are the subjects of those films, and an aspiring young filmmaker still in high school who hopes to make a career in film. Join the discussion as they explore how today's youth and tomorrow's adults can navigate society for a better tomorrow.

Megan Sperry is a documentary filmmaker and educator who advocates for social change. Her first feature-length documentary, The Domino Effect (2012), about the re-development of the Domino Sugar factory on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, NY, has screened at such notable venues as the Church Center for the United Nations, The Goethe Institute in NYC,and the Austrian Museum of Architecture. The film continues to serve as a teaching tool for universities and organizations across the U.S. In the fall of 2015, Sperry joined the Digital Media and Journalism department at SUNY New Paltz. During the summer of 2018, she served as the Program Director for the Woodstock Film Festival Youth Film Lab.

Juliane Dresser, Director, Personal Statement

Enoch Jemmott, Student, featured in Personal Statement

Harry Lee, Co-Director, Somaliland

Roda Mohamed, Student at Abaarso School, featured in Somaliland

Sam Levine, Participant in the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab and high school student at the Woodstock Day School

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