On June 26th Scenarios U.S.A., a film group and collaborator with the Crown Heights Mediation Center, hosted a screening of short films starring and created by young people in Brooklyn communities. More than 50 people attended the event, including youth from the Mediation Center, accompanied by Jahshua Smith, School and Community Specialist.A group of young people from the Mediation Center and surrounding Brooklyn created a film titled “Split Second: A Microcosm of Violence,” which was screened alongside feature films Aleah, Stuck in Traffick, and Black & White. After the screening, participants of select films were chosen to be apart of a discussion panel touching on the relevance of the movies and why the anti-violence themes of each piece were necessary to convey through visual art.
Issac Lomax, lead actor of Split Second and one of my the many student participants at the Mediation Center, was selected as one of the panelists. He shared the thought process behind his film as well as what is necessary for adults to help young people be heard and combat violence together.
Watch Split Second below and visit https://scenariosusa.org/ for more information.