Reel Works Announces 2014 Gala Benefit

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Internationally celebrated filmmakers MIRA NAIR (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) and MORGAN SPURLOCK (Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, Freakonomics) will be honored at REEL WORK’s 2014 Gala Benefit taking place on Wednesday, November 5th, at the Edison Ballroom, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm

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Internationally celebrated filmmakers MIRA NAIR (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) and MORGAN SPURLOCK (Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, Freakonomics) will be honored at REEL WORK’s 2014 Gala Benefit taking place on Wednesday, November 5th, at the Edison Ballroom, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm. The benefit raises funds and awareness for the Brooklyn-based non-profit whose mission is to prepare at-risk (underserved?) youth for careers in New York City’s $5 billion film and television industry. This popular annual entertainment industry event is supported my numerous media companies, among them Viacom, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CNN and Fox Networks

In addition to recognizing Nair and Spurlock, Reel Works will also name the student recipient of the F. John Outcalt Award for Outstanding Filmmaking, peer-selected by the Reel Works Junior Advisory Board.    The Outcalt Honoree will also receive a $5,000 scholarship donated by Comcast NBCUniversal. Reel Works teens will be on the red carpet to interview guests and will film, edit and present an original documentary at the conclusion of the event.

About Reel Works:

Reel Works is one of the leading digital media educators in the United States. They are the only filmmaking program matching teens 1:1 with professional filmmaker-mentors to tell their stories and have their voices heard. It’s a powerful combination that changes young lives while creating startling and original films that have been seen by over 10 million viewers since 2001.

What began as a single workshop of 17 students at the Prospect Park YMCA in Park Slope, Brooklyn has grown to provide free after school and in-school programs give a voice to over 500 youth citywide. Reel Works programs are designed to engage youth through intensive in-school or after-school filmmaking workshops and to provide a safe community and a continuum of learning opportunities that extend from middle school to high school to college and beyond. All our workshops are standards-based, rigorous and centered on literacy, storytelling, hands-on learning and a commitment to excellence.

For more information, visit reelworks.org

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Beth-Ellen Keyes
646 246 1081
bethellen(at)reelworks(dot)org

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