a photo by Jane Cave of the film cooperative members

Photo by Jane Cave

In the Street Sense Filmmakers Cooperative, participants create and share visual narratives from the viewpoint of the street. Learn skills in directing, editing and cinematography.

Unlike many other forms of art, cinema generally requires the participation of a multi-person crew in production of its works. In the Street Sense Filmmakers Co-op, each participant crews in a different capacity on all of the group’s films in return for group participation on his/her own project. In the process, co-op members learn the methods and tools of cinematic production (literacy and resume skills) as they help activate one another’s stories.

Life is complicated – stories that rely on just one author to put things in order, arrive at convenience rather than reality. We can’t arrive at truth on our own, or even as a collective. But getting closer is the mission, change is the mission – it takes many voices. We’re all in this together.

Read more about the co-op in The Washington PostThe Atlantic‘s CityLab, PBS, and  The Washington City Paper.

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Film Trailers

Interested in screening one or more of our films at your theater, school or organization? Fill out a request form and we’ll get in touch with you.

Cinema from the Street II

Featuring Raise to Rise and Who Should I Be Grateful Too?

Cinema from the Street

Featuring Fairness Rising, Late Show and I am Levester Joe Green II

 Co-op Members

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bryan-bello_street-sense_photo-by-jane-caveBryan Bello
 founded and facilitates our film cooperative. He is a master’s graduate of the American University School of Communication and a Washington, D.C. filmmaker seeking to expand the use of participatory methods in media production and the study of cultures. Bryan is in awe of the wisdom and vision of his co-op colleagues.

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