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Make It Float (2016) “Float” is the word young artist Taofeek Abijako uses to describe his works. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, his cultural and family backgrounds influence the art that he produces. His unique perception of the world inspires him to apply his creations onto a variety of different canvases. Taofeek’s trademark as an artist is the lively and vibrant colors he implements. The unique shapes and designs he produces create art that “floats” on the canvas that he expresses himself on. “Make it Float” shares Taofeek’s story and how he intends to leave his mark on the world.
Directed, Filmed & Edited by: Aden Suchak
Co-Produced by: Taofeek Abijako
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, 2016 Golden CINE Finalist, 2016 15 Minute Max Film Festival, 2016 All-American High School Film Festival
Food Fight (2014) explores the challenges of eating healthy amidst inner city food deserts. By telling the stories of people who are growing their own food and engaging in the fight for food justice, this short documentary shows us that another way is possible.
Directed by: Ejanaii Clayton & Nyzeria Bush
Production Assistants: Musa Kanneh & Brendan Bequette
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Woodstock Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, Moving Media Student Film Festival, Ballston Spa International Film Festival, Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Josiah Media Film Festival, Bay Area Children's Film Festival, Bangladesh Children's Film Festival, Show Me Justice Film Festival, Boston International Kids Film Festival, Providence Children's Film Festival, Tilt/Shift Film Festival
Finding Strength (2016) This powerful Youth FX documentary tells three intersecting stories about the impact of bullying on the lives youth in Albany.
Directed by: Maya Suchak
Produced by: Darian Henry & Bhawin Suchak
Supervising Producer: Noelle Gentile
Cinematography: Maya Suchak
Additional Camera: Imani Peterkin
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2017 Scout Film Festival, 2016 Heartland Film Festival, 2016 15 Minutes Max Student Film Festival
Inside The Ring (2014) tells the story of Albany's city youth boxing program through the sights and sounds of the gym and the words of longtime coach Jerrick Jones and the aspiring young boxers.
Directed by: Darian Henry & Imani Peterkin
Sound: Freddie Boehrer Editing: Richard Opaku & Bhawin Suchak
WINNER: CineYouth Chicago, DC Independent Film Festival, Derek Freese Youth Film Festival, Reel Expressions Film Festival, Heartland International Film Festival.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, DocUtah Film Festival, San Diego Kids Film Festival, Kingston Film Festival, WMHT TVFilm Season 6, Guam International Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle), Woodstock Film Festival, Urban Media Makers Film Festival, Shadow Boxing Film Festival, Catskill Mountain Film Festival.
Tyler (2012) Tyler Rhodes, 17, of Albany, NY was stabbed to death on Saturday April 30th, 2011 during a fight with two teenagers at a city park. Tyler tells his story through the memories of his mother Stacey and the voices of young people who knew him. As we witness Stacey's grief as she struggles to piece her life together again, we hear from the voices of young people as they speak about ways we can prevent this type of violence from happening in their communities.
Filmed & Directed by Darian Henry | Sound by Imani Peterkin | Editing by Darian Henry & Bhawin Suchak
WINNER: Moving Media Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Chicago CineYouth Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Urban Victory Film Festival, Show Me Justice Film Festival, WMHT TVFilm Series, Proctor's Media Arts Festival, NY Shout Out!
Generation (2013) is an exploration of video games and their impact from the perspective of youth.
Directed by: Aden Suchak
Production Assistants: Josh Lopez & RJ Ford
Produced as part of the 2013 Youth FX summer program.