Reel Exposure Festival

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Reel Exposure International Teen
Film and Photography Festival

3-Day Free Event
& Photo Exhibition

Night 1: Reel Exposure Photography Exhibition Opening, 5-7PM
Night 2: Reel Exposure Film Showcase
Night 3: Reel Exposure Film Showcase and Live Filmmaker Q&A

Reel Exposure Film & Photo Festival features photography and youth-produced short films – animations, documentaries, dramas, horror, and comedies – created by talented young artists from across the world.

Reel Exposure encompasses all of The Art Effect’s goals: to encourage youth creativity, to invigorate our local community through the arts, and to showcase the incredible work done by this next generation of media-makers.

Click here to see the program for 2021’s Reel Exposure festival.

This year’s 3-day festival begins with the opening of the photographic exhibition at The Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn on April 7, followed by film screenings April 8 & April 9 taking place online and culminating in a live virtual awards ceremony after the screening on April 9.

Night 1: Wednesday, April 7
Photography Exhibition Opening

5–7PM @ the Trolley Barn Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Blame It On Me

Join us as we kick off this year’s festival with the in-person opening of Reel Exposure’s Photo Exhibition. This show will be on display April 7–May 13 at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn Gallery. Can’t come in person? Check out the virtual gallery showcasing the jury-selected photography.

Step into a virtual gallery exhibition. Select between Laptop/Desktop Computer or Mobile Device/Tablet for the preferred viewing experience.

Night 2: Thursday, April 8
Reel Exposure Film Showcase

Screening starts @ 7PM

Join us here (or on YouTube Live or Facebook Live) for the final night featuring more short film, an awards ceremony, and a live Q&A with some of the photographers and filmmaker of Reel Exposure.

April 8 Lineup:
A Side of Light — by Michelle Wu • The Puppet — by Will Nordstrom • Two Sides — by Rauliz Paez • Cross Currents — by Eli Berliner • Weighed Down — by Ciara Bullington • Perfect Structure — by Zofia Żarska

Night 3: Friday, April 9
Reel Exposure Film Showcase with Awards Ceremony & Live Virtual Filmmaker & Photographer Q&A

Screening starts @ 7PM

Join us here (or on YouTube Live or Facebook Live) for the final night featuring more short film, an awards ceremony, and a live Q&A with some of the photographers and filmmaker of Reel Exposure.

April 9 Lineup:
Players — by Ava Bounds • tub. — by Maya Koenig • A Brother’s Love— by Michael Rosario • TikTok: A Data Dilemma — by Alyssa Batcheler • A Blur— by Nicola Ríos • LIFELINE — by Noah Lipsitz

Inspired by the amazing photographs and films young artists around the world are creating? Please consider donating to The Art Effect to help support the youth arts programming taking place in the Hudson Valley right now! Click here to donate today.

Special Thanks to: The Art Effect staff, teaching artists, Spark Studios students, Forge Media, youth crew & interns, Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center, Emmanuel Ofori, Art World Signs, Transcription Star & Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service at Taconic Resources for Independence for captioning and sign language interpreter services, and our Reel Exposure virtual hosts Mary Ellen Iatropoulos & Naajia Renee Villa.

Reel Exposure is supported in part by Vassar Brothers Institute Donor Advisor Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, monies received from the New York State Council on the arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Millman Harris Romano Foundation.

2021 Festival Short Film Lineup:

A Side of Light
Runtime: 0:08:35
Filmmaker: Michelle Wu
Philadelphia, PA, United States
The Puppet
Runtime: 0:01:52
Filmmaker: Will Nordstrom
Pacific Palisades, CA, United States
Two Sides
Runtime: 0:01:40
Filmmaker: Rauliz Paez
Lynn, MA, United States
Cross Currents
Runtime: 0:02:00
Filmmaker: Eli Berliner
New York, NY, United States
Weighed Down
Filmmaker: Ciara Bullington
Cohoes, NY, United States
Perfect Structure
Runtime: 0:05:21
Filmmaker: Zofia Żarska
Warsaw, Poland
Runtime: 0:02:50
Filmmaker: Ava Bounds
Leeds, United Kingdom
Runtime: 0:02:36
Filmmaker: Maya Koenig
United States
A Brother’s Love
Runtime: 0:03:17
Filmmaker: Michael Rosario
Sleepy Hollow, NY, United States
Tik Tok: A Data Dilemma
Runtime: 0:08:14
Filmmaker: Alyssa Batcheler
Chicago, IL, United States
A Blur
Runtime: 0:04:41
Filmmaker: Nicola Ríos
Puerto Rico
Runtime: 00:8:25
Filmmaker: Noah Lipsitz
Merion Station, PA, United States