diyinstrumentsCreate your own musical instruments made from recycled materials with community artist Michelle Nugent from Providence CityArts for Youth. Give new life to discarded objects and discover a new world of sound. Make some music and be a part of the PCFF orchestra! Then bring your creation to the 4:15pm screening of Landfill Harmonic and help us introduce the film!

Do you recycle? Help support the workshop and bring in plastic bottles, metal bottle caps, cardboard (including paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, cereal boxes) and coffee cans.


Monday, February 15 from 2 – 4pm (Drop in in any time!)
Location: Maker Room @ Gilder Center for the Arts / Wheeler School – 216 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906
Ages 6+.
Cost: $5 per child. Adults are welcome.
Drop-in workshop. Pre-registration recommended. Click here to reserve a spot.

CityArts hi-res logoARTIST BIO: Michelle Nugent is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community arts facilitator based in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey in 2009 and her MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2013. Since then Michelle has been a community arts facilitator and art instructor in Philadelphia, PA (Asian Arts Initiative; Philadelphia Mural Arts) Baltimore, MD (AmeriCorps), and Trenton, NJ (The College of New Jersey). She is currently a teaching artist at Providence ¡CityArts! and enjoys learning and collaborating with her students through socially and environmentally conscious art projects.

2014 MAKE-A-MINUTE-MOVIE Challenge
October 18, 2014 from 9:30am – 4:00pm

Rhode Island youth (age 8-12) are challenged as a team to make 1-minute films in a five-hour workshop with a professional coach and/or educator, while participating in a research study being conducted by the URI Media Education Lab, followed by a screening of the finished films and discussion about the process. Films are eligible for submission to the 2015 Youth Filmmaker Showcase at the 2015 Providence Children’s Film Festival.


WHO: Open to Rhode Island youth ages 8 – 12. No previous filmmaking experience required! (Please note that the GiveMe5 Teen Film Lab will continue to be held in March for older youth.)

WHAT: Youth will be assigned to a team, based on filmmaking skills. The teams will have 5 hours to make their 1-minute films with the guidance of a coach, and then screen and discuss their work at the end of film lab. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend the screening. Work produced at the Film Lab will be considered for broadcast on the RI PBS show, Teenage Critic, and eligible for submission to the 2015 Providence Children’s Film Festival.

ADVANCED OPPORTUNITY: If you are an experienced youth filmmaker, you may sign on to become part of the Documentary Team. Instead of making a 1-minute film, this team will document the Film Lab and the resulting film may be screened at the 2015 Providence Children’s Film Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:30am – 4:00pm (includes lunch)
Families are invited to attend the 3:30pm film screening / discussion of 1-minute films

WHERE: University of Rhode Island, PVD campus – 80 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

Limited first-come, first-served basis! Space is limited, Pre-reservation is mandatory.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

NOTIFICATION: Confirmation of registration will be sent by Monday, October 6, 2014, with further details and Research Release form.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Anisa Raoof: e v (401)316-5827

Thank you to our sponsors: Whole Foods University Heights, Seven Stars Bakery, GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival, and the URI Media Education Lab.

About Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF): 

The annual Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place In February with eight full days of screenings, filmmaking workshops, and free activities, along with post-film conversations to deepen the film-watching experience. At the February 2015 festival, we will also present our 2nd Annual Youth Filmmaker Showcase, which nurtures and promotes the work of young filmmakers from around the world.

Now in our 6th year, PCFF has become more than just one of the top film festivals in the country dedicated to programming for children and youth. The non-profit organization, PCFF, brings the community together to watch the best of independent and international films for youth, to learn about the craft of filmmaking, to engage with people and stories from around the world, and to make connections. Through the art of the moving image, PCFF inspires a new generation of thinkers and doers.

To broaden the reach of our programming beyond February, we have expanded collaborations with peer organizations in Rhode Island, and are thrilled to be working with GiveMe5 and The Media Lab to make this movie-making challenge originally designed for older youth, available for a younger set of aspiring filmmakers.

About GiveMe5: 

A collaboration among RI State Council of the Arts Education Program, Rhode Island Film and Television Office, RI Arts Learning Network, and University of Rhode Island. Now in its 7th year, GiveMe5 supports and nurtures the work of teen filmmakers. The GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival is an annual event for teens from around the state to showcase 5-minute films and get professional feedback. The GiveMe5 Teen Lab, brings teen filmmakers together to network and challenge and expand their filmmaking skills. GiveMe5 is proud to partner with PCFF to bring the GiveMe5 Lab to a younger audience.

About URI Media Education Lab:

The Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island advances media literacy education through research and community service such as GiveMe5 Youth Lab. We emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship and practice that stands at the intersections of communication, media studies and education. Under the leadership of Dr. Renee Hobbs, the Media Education Lab initiates diverse media literacy classes, seminars, and professional development. In the last three years, since moving from Temple University in Philadelphia, the Media Education Lab team was involved with RISCA and GiveMe5 in order to advance media studies in Rhode Island. Partnering with PCFF and RISCA on GiveMe5 Youth Lab is a continuation of the Media Education Lab’s mission to explore the effects of media literacy education and advocate for its importance.

About GiveMe5 Research: 

With the growing number of children using mobile devices and uploading their own media (Pew Research, 2014), we see the importance of exploring how we can teach our students to be more critical and at the same time more literate in their media creation. A team of the URI Media Education Lab is interested in exploring the effects of the five-hour-long workshop GiveMe5 Youth Lab on children’s media literacy skills. With their goal to expand children’s collaboration and 21st century skills, they align objectives with the Common Core State Standards. Your child’s participation in the research will help The Media Lab understand what is significant and what should be changed in Rhode Island media education. Participation in the research on the day of the workshop is voluntary.

We are pleased to share the collective work of over 50 kids from our 2014 February Filmmaking Workshops at RISD!


2014 PCFF Filmmaking Workshops

From the beginning, our mission has been to inspire and nurture the work of young filmmakers. We believe there is more to film than just watching movies: we want to help kids learn the craft of filmmaking and give them the tools and opportunity to talk about their experiences.

At the 2014 Festival, we hosted the first Youth Filmmaking Show, screening the reel (see above) along with a juried group of finished films made by children. The up-and-coming artists hailed from as far away as Australia to as near as our own backyard. After the screening we invited some of the youth filmmakers and the actors to share their experiences in making their movies.

Thanks Brown Daily Herald for covering the event. Read it here.