We are a diverse group of high school students from all over New York City who have come together to make a documentary film as a part of the Educational Video Center (EVC) community. We had begun pitching social issues to produce a documentary about when our in-person workshops were cancelled. We think that there is nothing more pressing and interesting than an issue that is affecting everyone around the world, so we decided to use documentary strategies to chronicle our experiences as youth through a blog. We are each very unique and have our own perspectives, but are focusing on showing the experiences of people on the front lines, including youth and low income, immigrant or black communities. The Quaranteens hope that the people who read this blog (watch this film) are able to see this very surreal experience through our eyes, and know that they’re not alone. We also think showcasing this work at Emoti-Con will help us gather submissions from other Quaranteens
Here's a link to our blog. Young people can also read more about us and submit on the site.
I love that Quaranteens gives young people a place to express themselves creatively and connect with one another. The project reminds me of Rookie Magazine, which also consisted of teen submissions. This work seems especially important right now. In thinking about how the work could grow or have a larger impact, I wonder if there is a way to have teens collaborate. For example, one person is writing a short journal entry and then another person could create a drawing or work of art inspired by the writing. One of the exciting things about the website is the opportunity to share and connect and I think while we are all isolated there is potential to take the connecting aspect further. I also think that documenting this experience though the lens of young people will be extremely important in the future so this website could turn out to be an amazing archive, shedding light on the experience of the pandemic for folks in the future.
I really like the idea of this website and it is a great way to stay connected with other teens.