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As December heralds the start of winter, the first semester winds down and the students at the Eastern Mediterranean International School sat for examinations. But along with the holiday festivities to cheer everyone up, here at the Charney Center we hosted an inspiring film workshop and proudly saw the "24:7" art exhibition installed in Times Square!
Storytelling Through Film Workshop
On December 1st EMIS students had the opportunity to participate in a film workshop with Tzipi Trope, Professor at NYU Tisch, producer, director, and writer. Tzipi explained to the students that everything can be understood as storytelling, and to start any project they first must decide what story they are trying to tell. Tzipi went over the basic requirements for any film, having the exposition in the opening act establishing the characters, moving into the second act where some confrontation occurs, and finishing in the third act where usually a moment of realization takes place. In trying to take the students abilities once step further, however, Tzipi also stressed the importance of identifying the intent behind the story. While remaining a neutral party, Tzipi explained that the film maker must answer the following questions: What is the point they are trying to convey to the audience? What story are they trying to tell? What questions are they seeking answers to? Tzipi showed the students clips from some of her works and explained how she herself went about answering these questions. At the end of the workshop she asked students to share stories they are interested in telling, to which she gave advice and encouraged them to pursue projects they are passionate about. Read more about the workshop here!
ZAZ 10 Times Square Art Initiative "24:7"
On December 4th the art initiative "24:7" was launched, displaying video art from a consortium of artists on new billboard on the southwest corner of 41st St and Broadway. The art aims to use the space traditionally used for advertising in Times Square to promote and showcase the work of talented individuals, including young and emerging artists as well as special needs artists. The artists come from all over the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Challenging the usual commerce and business centric focus of Times Square, producer Tzili Charney advocates for "art as a way of life, built into buildings" seeks to meaningfully engage the public through video art. This art initiative blurring of public and private space in one of the most dynamic urban environments ran from December 4-18. It was produced by Tzili Charney and ZAZ 10TS, organized by Artis, Ayelet Danielle Aldouby, Tzili Charney, Danspace Project, Tamar Dresdner, Tamar Ettun and Naomi Lev. For a full list of artists who participated and more info about ZAZ 10TS visit their website here!
And for a snapshot of the event, take a look at our video!
ZAZ 10TS 24:7 Promo
Tzili Charney's Reflections on Cesar Millan's Workshop
"A few weeks ago, I participated in Cesar Millan’s “The Dog Whisper” workshop at the Country Inn Pet Resort in Florida. Cesar’s work is centered around both training people and rehabilitating dogs. For five days, those of us at his workshop reinforced Cesar’s principals to focus on our energy, trust, love, and respect for each other that aims towards peace in a calming way. Cesar simply wants to have a better world. A world of peace. I was particularly inspired by Cesar's empathic approach, reminiscent of Leon Charney's famous advice to all of us on value-based leadership: "make proper choices, and bring about changes in your life while at the same time contributing to making the world a better place.” No matter where we are there are many ways to look at our lives and endless ways to make them better, and at the Leon Charney resolution center, we are always ready to bring this innovative and communicative spirit to both our students and the rest of the world so that we can all share a more peaceful world." - Tzili Charney
We had a great year sharing our stories and the impact they've had on our communities, and if you'd like to watch the latest, check out our most recent Leon Charney Reporters episode! This episode covered our annual Yocopas event, a student-led initiative to gather young minds from around the world to create and pitch unique solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Check it out here!
We hope our stories and projects can inspire you to help us achieve even more in the new year. We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018 and look forward to continuing our work together to make the world a better place!