'The Gallery Gap' Ep. 14: Urban Exposure

Aug 16, 2017

Director Meranda Castaneda and Cinematographer Cooper Harrison review the last shot on Meranda's short film 'Gold Stones.'
Credit Urban Exposure

After a summer hiatus, Claire and Melissa jump back into The Gallery Gap with an interview of Quad Citizens Gaye Shannon Burnett and Jon Burnett regarding their summer film program, Urban Exposure.

This program is hosted by the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, and grew out research showing the social, behavioral, and cognitive benefits that the arts have on youth. Azubuike and its Urban Exposure film program provide young people with an opportunity to be creative in a healthy and culturally rich environment, and is supportive of nontraditional applicants like women, people of color and other underserved populations.

The ten-week summer program highlights the fundamentals of filmmaking including writing, directing, cinematography and editing. Under the supervision of experienced filmmakers, high school, and college-aged students work with one another to realize their creative visions and produce their own films from start to finish. By the end of the program, each participant writes, films, edits, and presents their films to the community at a premiere event held at the Figge Art Museum.

Actors Luis Portilo and Anna Riggins prepare for the final scene of 'Gold Stones.'
Credit Urban Exposure

Join Gaye, Jon, Claire and Melissa as they explore the program, including its founding, current offerings, and exciting future that lay ahead!

For more information about the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts and the Urban Exposure Summer Film Program, visit their website or check them out on Facebook. If you're in the area, be sure to attend their free reception and film premiere at the Figge on Thursday, August 24.