Free Spirit Media developing documentary filmmakers

This summer ten aspiring filmmakers from Free Spirit Media (FSM) produced documentaries with the support of journalists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Over the course of seven weeks, the teen documentarians worked with FSM staff and their assigned journalist to story map, plan, shoot and edit their seven to ten minute documentaries. Their work explored a range of issues: from gender discrimination and gun violence, to graffiti and art and culture wars.

“I am continually delighted by the bonds built between the Pulitzer journalists and the Free Spirit Media participants,” says Free Spirit Media
founder Jeff McCarter. “The stories this summer were powerful and relevant both locally and globally.”

At the end of the program, the Foundation for Homan Square supported a documentary viewing party for the family and friends of the filmmakers, as well as their interview subjects and mentors. The evening included dinner and an awards ceremony.