Keep It Reel: Teen Film Project and Festival

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s influential film, Do the Right Thing, Trinity Church Wall Street hosted Keep It Reel: Teens Facing Race Through Film, a filmmaking project and festival for neighborhood public high school students, on June 1, 2019. This project followed Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film in February 2019. Students from Leadership & Public Service High School, The Door, The James Baldwin School, and Trinity Youth created 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?

A documentary by Trinity's Youth Documentary Team provides a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process and final products:


Using cinema to explore the intersections of race, morality, and their own lived experiences was a powerful medium for these public high school students in District 2, New York City’s most segregated school district. This dynamic program included five original short films, a Q&A panel with filmmakers, and the making-of Keep It Reel documentary by Trinity's advocacy apprentices.

See the short films below.

Color of My Soul
The Door – A Center of Alternatives

Written, directed and filmed by:
Jasmine Buckner
Tshego Makoatsane
Miraku Miranda
Malik Steele
With Mezu Adams

Johnny Ramos, Teaching Artist

Where I’m From
The James Baldwin School



Written, directed and filmed by:
David Abdullah
Malaysia Delvalle
Darius Jones
Mya Mays
Mialyssa Roldan
Ruhi Tarafdar
Demoni Wallace
Cevon Williams

Raymond Rodriguez, Teaching Artist 


The Prejudice Project
Leadership and Public Service High School



Written, directed and filmed by:
Carlos Bautista
Tasmiah Mumin
Melanie Quezada
Cinthia Sierra
Brenda Zamacona
Silverio Zapotitlan

Sade Falebita, Teaching Artist 


Luz de Vela (Candlelight)
Leadership and Public Service High School



Written, directed and filmed by:
Apar Chand
Christopher Luciano
Jamantaye Moss
Lesly Tacoaman
Gabriela Zafra

Kerri Gawryn, Teaching Artist 


Trinity Church Youth Group



Written, directed, and filmed by:
Azalea Danes
Alex Grant
Victoria Lee
Jack Miles

Adam Cohen, Teaching Artist