On My Block: Neighborhood Filmmaking

On My Block: Neighborhood Filmmaking

Kate Legere
Aug 30, 2012

We've recently discussed the challenges of making friends and meeting neighbors, and last week I learned about a fun project happening in New York City called "On My Block". Founded by a group of friends who loved their neighborhoods but did not really know their neighbors, OMB is a film challenge that invites filmmakers of all levels to create short narrative or documentary videos on their block using only their block's residents as cast and crew. The goal is to help strengthen communities through the collaborative filmmaking process.

Founder Ryan O'Hara Theisen participated in the challenge with a few neighbors he recruited to create a film called "Free Camera". During the process he made some new friends, one of which invited him to meet President Obama. Goes to show you, you never know who you are going to meet.

I don't know about you, but my wheels are turning with film ideas. The challenge is open to NYC residents from all five boroughs, and you can read and watch more on OMB's website.

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(Image and video: On My Block)

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