My documentary is about the community inside Sweet_Ness 7, a café on Grant St. Prish Moran bought the vacant building out of the blue one day in 2007, and has owned it ever since. She knew she wanted to help the West Side community, made up mostly of immigrants, and this was her way of doing just that. Since then she has opened another location on Parkside, which is also helping the community. The café has customers from all over Buffalo, not just West-Siders. Their fresh food, kind employees, and hard work helps to establish a welcoming vibe to anyone who walks in.
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. Community partners included Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, Buffalo First, Journey's End Refugee Services, People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.), Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The finished documentaries represent a team effort that truly uncover and capture the spirit of a thriving community!
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.