Past Projects

Past Projects

Past Interactive Screenings:

  • December 8th. With filmmaker Tatyana Kleyn, MASCLab screened the film Una Vida, Dos Paises . The film connects participants in Mexico and the United States to tell the stories and address the issue of deportation of youth who had grown up in the United States.
  • January 25th. “Newtown” “Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.”Filmmaker: Kim Snyder, Director/Producer (
  • We are working with the Foster Care Film and Engagement Project to bring in filmmaker Yasmin Mistry and some of her participants to screen, discuss, and build connections around films centered on experiences in the foster care system.

Organizers: Lalitha Vasudevan, Cristina Salazar Gallardo, Joe Riina-Ferrie, Lisa Sepahi

Media Engagement and Adolescents’ Educational Wellbeing in Out-of-school
(funded by the Robert Bowne Foundation, Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grant, 2014)

In this study, we are engaged in building a theory of educational wellbeing through a close examination of adolescents’ media production experiences within an afterschool youth media program. We want to better understand how adolescents’ educational wellbeing—that is, youths’ sense of comfort and connection to a broad conception of education—is nurtured when they are engaged in collaborative media production during out of school time. In particular, we are focused on those adolescents who are also somehow involved with the criminal or juvenile justice system (herein, “court-involved youth”).

Organizers: Lalitha Vasudevan, Joe Riina-Ferrie

The Role of Participatory and Social Media in the Educational Wellbeing of Court-involved Youth
(funded by a Teachers College Dean’s Grant, 2014-2015)

This autumn (2014) we are piloting a longitudinal study of how court-involved youth in New York City access institutional, material, digital, and human resources in pursuit of their educational trajectories. We are especially interested in how these young people’s participatory and social media practices inform their educational wellbeing. The overall project to which this proposed study is connected focuses on educational wellbeing precisely because of its largely indefinable and elusive, yet significant, role in the educational trajectories of young people.

Organizer: Lalitha Vasudevan