This Sunday Short Films about West Side make Debut


Join us for "WEST SIDE STORIES", the world premiere of 13 youth-produced documentaries recently created through Squeaky Wheel’s Buffalo Youth Media Institute! This is free and open to the public. The students will be present during a Q&A session following the screening. Highlighted community businesses include: West Side Wheels, Sweetness_7, You & Who, Lucy's Ethiopian Cuisine, Buffalo Maritime Center, Peace Bridge Coalition, Guercio & Sons, West Side Bazaar, Buffalo Religious Arts Center, and Five Points Bakery. For more info, visit

Over an 8-week period, Buffalo youth were able to explore this region’s up-and-coming West Side community through the lens of a journalist, documentarian, and producer. Under the guidance of local filmmaker, Mark James, and a mentorship team of community partners, students independently explored issues of pollution, illiteracy, and poverty, as well as featuring some of the unique grassroots businesses flourishing on the West side. The finished documentaries represent a team effort that truly uncover and capture the spirit of a thriving community!


Cincere Blackburn
Daijah Blackburn
Divine Blackburn
Hugh Brown
Emma Hulsing
Eli J. Jackson
Lauren Killian
Olivia Long
Jack Nix
Walter Robinson
Matt Rousselle
Will Stott
Noah G. Williams

Funding for the Buffalo Youth Media Institute is provided by: Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the Cameron Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, City of Buffalo and Erie County Cultural Funds.

WHAT: West Side Stories

WHEN: Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 1:30pm

WHERE: Burchfield Penney Art Center,1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, New York 14222