BUFFALO YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE

Guercio & Sons is an Italian market on Grant Street in Buffalo’s West Side. It has been providing the community with the finest imported and domestic produce, meats, and cheeses for the past 52 years. In my documentary, I pay homage to the market’s rich history, how it kindles a sense of Italian heritage in Buffalo, and the reasons for its vitality despite changes to the city around it. I hope to impart this message through interviews of the people that have worked there for decades, and through filming the daily goings-on.
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.

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The BUFFALO YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE is a community history and youth media program geared towards the diverse population of young people living in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Combining media production, media literacy, and cultural studies this programs…


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The BUFFALO YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE is a community history and youth media program geared towards the diverse population of young people living in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Combining media production, media literacy, and cultural studies this programs aims to teach 21st century skills and a sense of civic and cultural understanding of the city they live in.

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