Hi, my name is Maya Cruz. I am 11 years old and am in sixth grade. I am here to tell you about my experience with PBS children’s programs.
Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or just a concerned citizen, the 180 Days game is designed to help you better understand the sorts of choices teachers are making with (and for) children every day.
Last Thursday, April 23, the eight final teams from this year’s NBPC 360 incubator took the stage at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in downtown Manhattan. The producers had spent six weeks honing presentations for this special event: Pitch Black, an evening that spotlighted their ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of industry professionals.
How would you fare with power over the fates of today’s schoolchildren and the public education system? Could you meet the developmental needs of a classroom of ten-year-olds, and pass each of them on to the sixth grade?
“The overwhelming response to NBPC 360 demonstrates two things: first, that there’s truly no shortage of topics and stories centering on the Black experience, and second, there’s a funding gap in the early development of such projects, a gap that NBPC 360 can fill.”
The series introduces viewers to a family struggling to make ends meet, including Monay Parran, a high school dropout and single mother struggling to raise three children while juggling two jobs, and her bright son Rashon, a fifth-grade student in West Hartsville Elementary, whose behavior is threatening his own educational future.
National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is launching an open call to producers for fresh serial content about the Black experience. Three projects will ultimately receive up $150,000 to complete their pilots.
America is overwhelming at first glimpse, everyone is talking faster, the houses and cars are suddenly bigger, and the sky seems more imposing somehow, the concept and physicality is just so vast. In “My Dear American” filmmaker Arpita Kumar dramatizes this beautifully using the intimate relationship between an Indian-American husband and wife who just moved to the suburbs.
So in the end, is death funny? Well, we all process the aftermath of death differently, and we’re all children of cultures that have struggled with the question of how to honor the dead for eons, but the message of this wonderfully moving short is this – while we might all be strangers from the Internet to each other, we all understand the loss of death, even when we can’t explain it.