Keep It Reel: Film Project and Festival

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 6pm | St. Paul's Chapel

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s influential film, Do the Right Thing, Trinity Church Wall Street is hosting Keep It Reel: Teens Facing Race Through Film, a filmmaking project and festival for neighborhood public high school students. Students from Leadership & Public Service High School, The Door, The James Baldwin School, and Trinity Youth are creating five to seven-minute narrative films addressing the issue of race by answering the questions:

  • What is the right thing?
  • How do we know when we see it? 
  • How do we do it?

Watch this trailer from Trinity's Youth Documentary Team featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process:



Join us for the film festival on June 1, 2019 at 6pm, to see how youth use cinema to explore the intersections of race, morality, and their own lived experiences as public high school students in District 2, New York City’s most segregated school district. This dynamic program includes five original short films, a Q&A panel with filmmakers, and the making-of Keep It Reel documentary by Trinity's advocacy apprentices.

Please email the Keep It Reel team for more information. 


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For questions about your registration, please email the Keep It Reel team.


Featuring Dylan Marron as Special Guest and MC

Dylan MarronDylan Marron is an IFP Gotham Award and Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Nightvale, an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, and the creator of Every Single Word (Tumblr’s “Most Viral Blog” of 2016 and Short Award Nominee).

In 2017 Dylan launched his Podcast “Conversations with People Who Hate Me” - in conjunction with Nightvale – where Dylan engages his internet trolls in a lively and funny way. The podcast has been a hit and racked up 2,000,000 downloads and a New York Times magazine profile of Dylan to boot. In Spring of 2018 Dylan also gave a TED talk in Vancouver, BC.

Dylan is a writer, correspondent and the most recognized face of, where he created the viral smashes Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and his signature Unboxing series.


Festival Program

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | St. Paul's Chapel

Doors Open
Pride Flag Raising for International Pride Month

Film Screenings, Filmmaker Panel Q&A

The Making of Keep It Reel

Closing Ceremony