“A Hope That Lights the Way” is a feature length documentary about the rising gun violence in Philadelphia and the heroes committed to changing the negative narrative around black men and boys by providing pathways of hope. This Big Picture Alliance Production was a partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s of Office of Black Male Engagement, Jtwo Films, directed by Kaloni Davis, and produced by BPA’s very own Gianna Brown.
Recognizing the powerful legacy of community engagement among Philadelphia residents, we embrace our active role in reshaping the narrative about our neighborhoods and fostering a collective sense of empowerment.
Sony announced Philadelphia-based Big Picture Alliance as the first recipient in the second year of the Sony Create Action grant program. Big Picture Alliance’s mission is to empower Philadelphia youth to define their own narrative through filmmaking and digital media by providing them with transformative learning experiences to have their voices heard and reach their full potential. As winners of the grant, the organization will receive $50,000 in cash to continue and expand their work, a custom short film telling their story, $50,000 in Sony Electronics products to support their action plan, and collaboration and partnership with Sony.
The 2023 Big Picture Film Fest premiered a dozen new films produced by youth ages 12-24 through Big Picture Alliance programs across Philadelphia. This annual event was created by and for Philly youth as a platform to uplift marginalized voices and build community – including screenings, workshops, musical guests, and panel discussions with youth, civic leaders and industry professionals. This year’s films explored the theme “Bloom Where You’re Planted” – including the premiere of an environmental justice docuseries produced in partnership with the Philadelphia Orchard Project.
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